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Golden Point win shield after 15 year drought

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AFTER fifteen years of trying Golden Point Firsts have done it, beating Brown Hill to bring the premiership shield to their club. Brown Hill needed 181 runs after the Pointies’ scored 164 and 163 to their 146 first innings score but only managed 132 in their second innings a deficit of 49. Golden Point Captain Josh White said it was a good win for his side and just rewards for the club after many years of hard work. “There was plenty time in the game, it was just a low scoring game,” he said. “After the first two days there were a lot of wickets and it was probably set to go a bit shorter (match). There was a lot of pressure and a few guys did well with the batSaman Jayantha, (81 2nd innings), Simon Ogilvie got 50 in the first innings, which was really important and there were a few other contributors. “It was a low scoring game so those runs were pretty important and all the bowlers bowled really well – a good bowling group all round.”

Teenager Bailey Van De Heuvel managed 7 wickets for the game and Simon Ogilvie one better on 8. White ,who has held the captaincy for 5-6 years said he had started with a young group and a lot of them are still there now and in their mid-twenties. “We deserved to be there,” he said of the win. “We finished on top two years in a row…we worked hard for it. “It’s just fantastic for the whole cricket club, we haven’t won an A Grade flag for a long time and there are a lot of old blokes around the club, who used to play A Grade, are pretty emotional about it, which is good to see.

“They enjoyed it just as much as we did.” With three sides in the grand final this was always meant to be Golden Point’s year.

Unfortunately the Thirds lost to Lucas while the Fourths were victorious over Ballarat/Redan. Tim Gawne, Captain of the Fourths, said it was a good feeling to get back to back wins.

“We dropped the one game this year and had a very tense game in the semi final but got up by just 10 runs in a low scoring affair against Ballarat East,” he said. “We had a team of really young kids but we knew we had to work pretty hard against them, as they have made us work pretty hard the couple of times we’ve come up against them earlier in the year, which was a really good all round team performance from us.” With a 98 run lead first innings lead Golden Point was able to bat them out of the game.

“We were 2/250 at stumps on Saturday and they conceded,” Gawne added. In the Second Grade Buninyong was too good for Ballarat/Redan.

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