Cricket — 30 January 2014

The Angaston Strokers grabbed the fourth annual Vine Inn T20 Big Bash with three strong bowling displays on Australia Day, Sunday, January 26 at Nuriootpa.

Angaston faced off against the Vine Inn Roar in a third successive grand final appearance.

With a combination of slick fielding and tight lines, the Strokers bowled first and restricted teams to relative modest totals.

Against the Roar this trend continued, restricting the hosts to 87 runs, with the Roar not able to bat out their overs.

In their run chase the Strokers started very confidently and were progressing well until the slow bowlers came on for Roar.

During a surprise collapse the Strokers lost wickets at regular intervals, with Rhys Schulz collecting five-wickets.

With a couple of overs to spare, the Strokers were eventual champions when eight wickets down.

Having won the toss and elected to bat first in the decider, the Roar was hoping to continue their good form with the willow.

In the first round and semi final contests, batting first, the Roar scored an impressive 160 runs against the Clubhouse Chieftons and 116 against Lyndoch Lightening.

In a tremendous show of generosity the Angaston Strokers winnings were donated to the Angaston CFS.

Results: first round – Vine In Roar d Lyndoch Lightening, Angaston Strokers d Truro Rammers, Murray Street Vineyards  Schlungers d Sskids Tyers Sloggers, Clubhouse Chieftons d Stockwell Hotel Teufels; semi finals – Vine Inn Roar d Clubhouse Chieftons, Angaston Strokers d Murray Street Vineyard Schlungers; grand final – Angaston Strokers d Vine Inn Roar.

 

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