SOME standout efforts with both bat and ball saw Angaston defeat Freeling by eight wickets at Sandy Creek on Sunday and claim the Barossa & Light A1 one-day cricket premiership for 2017/18.
After an early Ben Antonie onslaught, the Water Hens rallied to post a defendable 9/191.
However, Blues skipper Greg Bain led from the front during the chase, with his 69 runs off just 40 balls paving the way for an Angaston victory.
Bain said while his side got early wickets, he was still cautious of how Freeling would hit back.
“It was obviously good to get some early wickets, but we knew they were still pretty dangerous and with (Ben) Parish in there anything could happen; he batted well,” he said.
“I thought they battled pretty well to bat out their overs.”
Bain also praised the work of man of the match, Ben Antonie.
“He took the first four wickets and bowled exceptionally, he set the game up for us,” he said.
Ben’s ripping spell
The Blues won the toss and put the Water Hens in to bat, which proved to be a masterstroke decision.
Angaston young gun Ben Antonie removed Freeling opener Troy Scott for a golden duck and then bowled out his partner, Sam Carmichael, for just five.
The Water Hens’ skipper, Ian McMillan, was next in and also fell victim to the Angaston spearhead, caught for a duck.
David Coombs entered at five and Antonie bowled him for 10, leaving the Water Hens 4/37 and in a precarious position.
Former Freeling captain Ben Parish put on a super individual display (76) and partnered with Rob Montgomery (23) for 51 runs.
Jacob Wright (27) and Dwayne Shaw (19) then helped push the total to a respectable 9/191 by the end of the 40 overs.
Antonie finished with 4/13 from his eight overs, including four maidens.
Bain goes ballistic
Needing some good efforts with the bat for victory, Angaston skipper Greg Bain rose to the occasion.
Bain was in top form, belting five sixes and seven fours on his way to 69.
The skipper found Davies Road on two occasions, and the roof of the club rooms once, as he smashed Freeling quick Rob Montgomery all over the place.
However, his opening partner, Shaun Woodards, didn’t have as good an afternoon, as he was caught for nine.
Scott Rathjen (47) and Ben Burgess (55) then combined for an unbeaten match-winning partnership of 110 to secure the Blues the one-day flag.
Ian McMillan was the Water Hens’ best bowler, taking 2/31 from his 5.2 overs.
Bain said while the boys were celebrating, he’s hoping that the win puts them in good stead for the rest of the two-day season.
“It’s a good stepping stone for the two-day comp so, hopefully, we can carry on our form for the rest of the season,” he said.