Three Fraser Coast Cricket titles in a row for Past Grammars

PAST Grammars reinforced their position as Fraser Coast's strongest cricket club after they secured their third consecutive premiership.

The minor premiers came into the grand final after two consecutive losses, but Paul Sanders' men turned produced one of their best bowling performances of the season against Australs Gold.

"That's three local ones in a row," he said. "I've been on the losing end as a junior coming up so they're always special to get over the line.

"It's been a pretty dominant period for Grammars but we're making the most of it while we've got a strong team and strong players."

Sanders' decision to bowl paid dividends as they restricted Australs Gold to just 117 runs.

"That was well above expectations. I think we would've hoped to restrict them to 150, around that area," Sanders said.

"If they put 180 on the board it would've made it a tough chase, particularly having to force the runs on a tough deck (which) is always hard. Because we had the game under control we able to take it easy to limp over the line without any risks."

THREE IN A ROW: Past Grammars celebrate their third consecutive Fraser Coast Cricket title after a convincing eight-wicket win over Australs Gold. Grammars bowled Gold out for 117 and chased down the total in 32 overs. Paul Sanders top-scored for Grammars with 45 not out.
THREE IN A ROW: Past Grammars celebrate their third consecutive Fraser Coast Cricket title after a convincing eight-wicket win over Australs Gold. Grammars bowled Gold out for 117 and chased down the total in 32 overs. Paul Sanders top-scored for Grammars with 45 not out. Matthew Mcinerney

Australs Gold captain Clinton Hansen said his ideal total was about 200, but admitted his side fell well short.

"In 40 overs, if you get a score about that 200 mark it gives you something you can defend," he said.

"In the semi final last week we made a bit over 200 and were able to defend that so that was certainly our goal today. Just not enough runs."

For Sanders and his Past Grammars team-mates it is the latest of a string of premierships they can celebrate.

Sanders said his side were confident when they began their chase, but remained cautious.

"We've had trouble with those small totals before so it wasn't a shoe-in," he said.

"It was important for our guys to get off to a good opening partnership, which they did. We lost two quick wickets but were able to get home with relative ease."

For Australs it is a disappointing end to what was a ripper season.

The club's two teams finished in the top six at the end of the regular season and reached the A-grade finals, and Hansen said he hoped that would continue into the future.

"To have two teams in top three in A-grade group we're ecstatic with that as a club, and going forward we're confident moving forward we'll certainly have competitive sides again next year," Hansen said.

Sanders top-scored with 45 not out for Past Grammars while Matt Rook (24 not out) was Australs Gold's best.

Craignish beat Bay Power Teal by six wickets to win the reserve grade premiership.



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