Weston Creek's fairytale run ends
Weston Creek batsman Lewis Harman is disappointed to be run out for six. Photo: Katherine Griffiths
Albury-Wodonga put an end to Weston Creek's fairytale finish to the Regional Twenty/20 Cup, with the visitors beating the underdogs by two wickets at Kingston Oval on Sunday.
Albury had earlier accounted for Wests/University of Canberra in their semi-final, with Weston Creek beating favourite Tuggeranong to claim their place in the decider.
Captain Adam Rhynehart admitted that Weston Creek had been spurred on by its underdog status, but fell agonisingly short of winning the competition, with Albury surpassing its modest 88 in the final over.
James Weighall from Albury Wodonga took 2-17 off four overs. Photo: Katherine Griffiths
"Early in the week I heard Tuggeranong and Wests talking about playing each other in the finals and I don't think Tuggeranong actually expected us to put up a good show," Rhynehart said.
"Thankfully we got under their skin and got a good win against them. It would have been a whole lot better to go one more - but unfortunately it wasn't to happen."
Having beaten Tuggeranong by 22 runs the young Weston Creek side had to back-up for the decider two hours later.
"The first thing we had to do was calm everyone down and start again. It's not every day you get to play a first grade cricket grand final," Rhynehart said. "Six or 10 more runs and we would have been really happy."
Albury made hard work of the small run chase, losing 3-4 in the final overs, leaving it up to the tailenders to secure the win, which they did with five balls to spare.
It was Albury's second win in the last over of the day, having beaten Wests/UC in another low-scoring affair, Wests' total of 82 largely restricted by the bowling of Mark Butters, who took 5-11.
Albury, which will also contest the final of the SCG Cup next month, viewed its first win of the Regional Twenty/20 Cup in a decade with some significance.
"We play every side that we've come up against with the utmost respect and I guess it's fair to say we probably haven't had that in return, until now hopefully," captain James Tonkin said.
"I really think this win puts Albury/Wodonga cricket on the map.''