Champs

Champs

COLLENDINA produced an almost flawless display to win the Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association T20 tournament last Thursday.
The Cobras were far too superior for Barwon Heads in the final at the Snake Pit in Collendina, winning by nine wickets with five overs to spare.
Dean Britt ensured Collendina only had to chase a small total for victory. The seamer bowled with a clever change of pace to take 5/7 as the Heads were bundled out for 83 in 16 overs.
In reply, the Cobras lost just one wicket on their way to 1/87 with opener Cam Kavaliunas unbeaten on 45 and captain Corey Walter on 23.
“It’s only 20/20, but it’s still nice to win and it’s a bit of silverware for the club,” Walter said. “It’s very pleasing for a young side as there were probably three or four blokes who normally don’t play A grade so it was great for them to experience it.”
Barwon Heads never got going after losing the toss. Pat Lowery took advantage of a promotion up the batting order to make 21, but Bradley Michell (13) was the only other Seagull to make double figures. Walter and James Rock took two wickets each, but it was Britt’s crafty seamers that proved too good. “Dean’s been pretty good for us the whole year,” Walter said. “We had a lot of slower bowlers who just held the ball back a bit and took the pace off the ball.”
The Cobras were also at the top of their game in the fielding department with only one catch being grassed.
The Seagulls needed quick wickets, but Kavaliunas and Rock shared a 34-run opening stand and then Walter came in to steer the side to victory.
“It’s tricky chasing a small total,” Walter said. “You need a solid start and he’s (Kavaliunas) been pretty aggressive and he was particularly good with his pull shot.”
Barwon Heads captain Sam Schaller said his side paid the price for batting poorly.
“Disappointing to lose, but when you make 80 you’re going to struggle,” he said. “They worked it out very quickly and Corey captained really smartly and just took the pace off (the ball). We tried to hit too many big shots and gave easy wickets.”
Schaller said his young side was simply outplayed by a better team on the day. “Full credit to them, they beat us in every department,” he said. “They dictated the game and their good players played well whereas we just couldn’t manage any kind of momentum.”

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