Subiaco Marist CC provided a huge upset win against the powerhouse Wembley Districts CC in the T20 Division 1 Grand Final held at Newman College yesterday.
Subiaco Marist won the right to stage the final on their home ground and started the match well by winning the toss and sending hot favourites Wembley Districts in to bat.
Eventual man of the match Josh Richards was the star with the ball collecting 4/22 from his 4 overs including the prize scalp of Wembley captain Suresh Perera who was in full flight in his brief innings of 22 from 9 balls.
Crafty Leg spinner Callum Hinton also contributed significantly with the ball and in the field with 1/9 from his 4 overs and two fabulous run-outs to choke the Wembley scoring to be all out for 95. Niall Penfold (12 from 21 balls) and Josh Mangan (18 from 24 balls) battled hard but were no match for an outstanding bowling and fielding performance from the home side.
Subiaco Marist Opener Nayana Palamandadige was the stand-out with the bat with a top score of 30 (28 balls and was well supported by wicket keeper batsmen Ben Hislop 25 from 39 balls.
A mini collapse by the home side towards the end of the run chase with Niall Penfold 4/12 from 4 overs and Kris Ravichchanran - 2/1 from 3.3 overs almost clutching victory from the jaws of defeat.
Big Jake steed steadied the ship with 18 no from 24 balls to bring home the silverware for the hosts with just 3 balls to spare 8/97 and providing a much needed boost of confidence to the club heading into the upcoming finals series in a months time.
Meanwhile in Division 2, Western Suburbs CC went into the Grand Final match against Balcatta CC warm favourites and came out comprehensive winners.
After losing an early wicket, the home side made a competitive score of 4/145 with Alexander Bell 39 from 39 balls and president David Morey 32 no from 37 balls setting up the solid total.
But it was an outstanding exhibition of power hitting from Brad Seward 47 no from 19 balls including 5 sixes that had the big home crowd roaring, with the wickets shared amongst the Balcatta bowlers.
Unfortunately the Balcatta team were unable to get partnerships going and continual pressure from the home sides bowling attack would see wickets falling at regular intervals.
The visitors would be bowled out inside the 15th over for 79 with captain and wicket keeper Kalpit Pamnini the only significant contributor with 29 from 23 balls.
Rhys Edwards was the stand-out with the ball taking 4/21 from his 4 overs.