OCEAN Grove are officially the kings of Twenty20 cricket.
The Grubbers won their historic fourth Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association A-Grade Twenty20 in a row on Sunday February 24 against Newcomb at Ocean Grove Memorial Recreation Reserve.
The Grubbers won with five balls to spare in an enthralling contest after scoring 6/143 from 19.1 overs.
Batting first, Newcomb compiled 8/142 from their 20 overs.
Newcomb batsman, Greg Matthews, led the way with 50 from only 37 balls, while teammate Darryl Bissett provided good support with 32 from 28 balls.
Ocean Grove bowlers Cam Habgood, who took 2/19, and Mick Gill, who claimed 2/33 were the main wicket takers for the home side.
It was, however, Grubber Pat Kuipers, who proved the difference with both bat and ball with his figures of 3/29 from four overs and a brilliant innings of 69 from only 52 balls opening the batting.
Kuipers shared in an opening partnership stand of 53 runs with teammate Dean Gills, who provided great support with a great cameo innings of 26 from 15 balls.
Ocean Grove’s historic Twenty20 title means the club has now increased their winning streak to 16 matches.
Ocean Grove coach, Lucas Cameron, said it was a masterful performance from Kuipers.
“Patty (Kuipers) batted really well and hit the ball as clean as a whistle,” Cameron said.
“His (Kuipers) efforts with bat and ball along with Gillsy (Dean Gills) at the top of the order were the keys to our win.”