LEITCHVILLE-GUNBOWER isn’t even in the Goulburn Murray Cricket competition.
And yet it rocked up to Rochester on Sunday and knocked off the two best A grade teams to take out the 2017 Twenty20 title.
It batted first in both games and twice dismantled oppositions with tight bowling and electric fielding to claim the title.
First against Rochester United, where a moderate total of 7/101 proved plenty as Sam Colvin picked up four wickets to help bowl United out for 52.
But its real masterpiece performance was in the final against red-hot favourite Moama.
LG was sent in to bat, a problem against a side that had won its first three games in the tournament with a combined 30.3 overs to spare.
Tyler Jones (17) and captain Kurt Brereton (19) started well with a 36-run partnership, before they and Ollie O’Shea all fell four runs apart.
Jack Elliott (39) and James Keath (24) steadied though and played what would turn out to be match-winning innings. LG finished at 6/127 and Brereton was comfortable with the score.
‘‘The plan going into the final was just to put up a competitive score and we did,’’ he said.
‘‘We lost a few early wickets again but the middle-order got us to 127 and we thought we were right in it because the wicket was still doing a bit, and the bowling and fielding was excellent again.’’
Moama’s T20 import Brayden Stepien looked to take the game away early with 19 off 13 balls, but he joined Alistair McCann and Rhiley Lau back on the sidelines as it slumped to 3/24.
Captain Layton McCann dug in however and picked up ones and twos on his way to 52, but LG kept the run-rate low while taking wickets.
Moama needed 17 from the last over, and Brereton said Keath demanded the ball.
He delivered, bowling McCann with the second ball to all but end the show, Moama finishing the 20 overs on 7/118.
Captain Brereton was thrilled with his side’s performance in beating the more-fancied sides.
‘‘We turned up today just hoping we’d be competitive. The wicket had a bit in it this morning, and we lost early wickets, but the middle-order got us to 100 and we bowled and fielded really well,’’ he said.
‘‘We were all locals; we didn’t have any imports today because they couldn’t come. it was just completely local and young blokes with a few older guys.
‘‘It is very satisfying. We’ve played a lot of Twenty20 in the last 10 years state-wide, and we’ve done really well. For a little club, it’s fantastic.’’