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Weston Creek Molonglo veteran lauds Blake Dean's special display in grand final win

 Weston Creek Molonglo veteran Cade Brown has played with Test tweaker Nathan Lyon, but he endorsed Blake Dean as the most complete teammate he's seen after his man of the match display in the Douglas Cup grand final win over Wests/UC.

Former Wests/UC player Lyon watched the last two days of the match from the Kippax Oval stands. Lyon boasts 138 Test wickets, but it was Dean who Brown anointed as the best all-round player he's taken the field with.  

Dean single-handedly demoralised Wests/UC on Friday, taking 7-48 with his leg spinners in their first innings, before smashing 81 off 42 balls in a brutal assault with opening partner Adam Heading (55 off 39).

Brother Jono made 125 to guide Weston Creek Molonglo to 475, before Wests/UC were dismissed for 295 in their second dig to seal an innings and five-run win. 

Swing bowler Dlaji Bloomfield (6-92) was the chief destroyer as Wests/UC fell apart when openers Darren Richards (138) and Matthew Gilkes (84) were dismissed. 

Blake Dean chipped in with three wickets to complete a 10-wicket haul for the match. 

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It was revenge for Weston Creek Molonglo after Wests/UC beat them in the Gallop Cup one-day final, despite 192 off 167 balls from Brown. 

They are just the third team since 1989-90 to win the title from fourth place, and denied Wests/UC a third-straight title. 

"I've been playing grade cricket for 20 years and I've never seen anything like that," Brown said of Blake Dean.  

"I've played with some great cricketers like David Jeffrey, Nathan Lyon, Mark Higgs, Rodney Tucker; Blake Dean is the best all-round player I've played with. 

"Nobody can do what he does, with bat and ball, that I've ever played with before.

"This guy is something special, I'm really rapt to be able to play with him."

Brown said Dean and Heading's early assault wasn't a tactic the team discussed before their first innings. 

"We were watching it thinking 'we never spoke about that'," Brown said. 

"It was almost surreal and don't underestimate what Adam did either, it was brutal against a good attack. 

"I've got no doubt Blake could play the next level, it's just up to him and whether he wants to."

Weston Creek Molonglo skipper Michael Delaney is weighing up whether to retire, while Richards is also thinking about his future. 

"It's still fresh at the moment, I'm deciding whether I play one or two formats in first grade, or play down the lower grades.

"Blake Dean's seven wickets and quick 80-odd broke our backs. 

Bloomfield tore apart West/UC's top order, his reverse swing proving too much to handle. 

"Once we knew we got the two blokes who were set out, we knew we could finish up nice and quickly and we were able to do that," he said. 

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