The Detail First Premier League Grand Final lived up to the hype on day one, near perfect conditions in the first session giving way to some exciting cricket. Clarence won the toss and elected to bat, however were soon in strife as Rodwell Medalist Harry Allanby was dismissed by Nathan Ellis for a duck.
The Lindisfarne bowling attack came out ready to put pressure on the reigning premiers, as Matt Wilkie and Ellis rampaged through the Clarence top order, Jesse Dinnie (3), Alec Smith (1) and Ben Rohrer (14) all falling in quick succession leaving the Roos 4/52 early in the match. As the conditions became overcast throughout the day, an impressive stand between Michael Jones and Daniel Salpietro kept Clarence in the match as Jones brought up his 50 and the pair reached a 95 run partnership. However, as Salpietro (44) lost his wicket to Ellis break the partnership and was soon followed by Jones (73) of the bowling of Wilkie, the tail end soon fell away under the Lightning's impressive and consistent form with the ball.
Absolom was out almost as quickly as he was in, dismissed for a duck after facing three deliveries. Ellis cleaned up the remainder of the Clarence tail order as Clarence were all out for 209, Ellisfinishing with figures of 5/73, while playing coach Wilkie finished his innings 4/35.
As Lindisfarne took the crease with all the pressure on the opposition, Mac Wright and Matthew Dance looked dangerous early before falling to Lawrence Neil-Smith for 15 and Sam Rainbird for 18 respectively. With the aim being to get through the remainder of the session without losing another wicket, captain Charlie Wakim (21*) and Ben McDermott (33*) managed to bat it out and leave the Lightning in a commanding position, 2/94 at the end of the days play.
Tomorrow sees the commencement of the 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade and U/17 Boys Grand Finals with Kingborough, Brighton, Clarence and Lindisfarne all featuring in the lower grades.