VIRGINIA secured back to back Para Districts grade one cricket premierships after defeating Salisbury West by 24 runs in a thrilling, low-scoring grand final over the weekend.
Virginia won the toss and elected to bat on Saturday, and man of the match Anthony Bascombe (60 runs) helped carry his side to a gettable 136.
D.J McIntyre was Westies’ best with the ball, taking 5/31, while Justin Davies was also handy with four wickets.
Despite his side’s low total, Virginia skipper Shaun Lay said he was confident entering day two on Sunday.
“We were confident, getting over 100 was alright as it’s hard to score runs at Virginia,” he said.
“We were 2/9, then 3/100 and then all out for 136.
“We had about 17 overs to bowl (on day one), and managed to take four early wickets.
“We were pretty happy with that, and we knew it was game on.”
The Virginia bowlers had Westies on the ropes, but a late partnership from Lyndon Woods and Jamie McIntyre put some doubts in the minds of the players.
However, Salisbury West was eventually bowled out for 112, falling short to Virginia for the second year running.
“It was awesome to go back-to-back,” Lay said.
“We dropped the first three games at the start of the year, then we won 12 straight to win the grand final.
“It was a massive effort from the boys.”
In grade two, Eastern Park cruised to an eight-wicket victory to win the flag over Central United.
Nathan Fenwick (24) topscored for the Units as they were skittled for just 78.
The Demons were patient in reply, and chased the runs just two wickets down, in 35 overs.
North Pines won the A3 premiership by beating Enfield United by 37 runs.
United sent Pines into bat, and bowled them out for 74, largely thanks to six wickets from Amit Channa.