The Detail First Premier League Boys U/17’s Grand Final was as close a game as you can ask for, some stellar performances with bat and ball from both sides making for an unforgettable match. Clarence took on Kingborough at Kangaroo Bay Oval, the home side winning the toss and sending the Knights in to bat first. The game looked to be well in the hands of Kingborough, as opener Mitchell Owen took to the Roos bowling attack with an incredible innings.
While captain Aidan Donovan fell for 5 off 40, Mitchell Owen remained at the crease to hit an impressive century, 138 off 180 deliveries. His partner throughout this magnificent knock, Jacob Glover, also put in a fantastic performance with the bat with 60 off 131. However, as both crucial wickets fell off the bowling of Colby Whitelaw (1/12) and Samuel Banks (3/44) in quick succession, the remainder of the batting lineup was cleaned up very quickly. None of the remaining seven batsmen were able to reach double figures as Lachlan Borsboom (3/31) and Ryan Borsboom (2/33) tore through the tail order, Kingborough bowled out for 250.
Clarence were in trouble early on in their innings, Tom Kemp out for 7 off the bowling of Jacob Glover. Archie Hurd (21 off 113), Thomas Vaughan (37 off 126) and Samuel Banks (27 off 55) all spent decent time at the crease slowly ticking over the total for the Roos, while captain Lachlan Borsboom (85) put in a fantastic effort, remaining at the crease as his partners fell around him. In what became a truly tight contest, Clarence managed to get within six runs of victory before losing Ryan Borsboom for 10. Needing one wicket to win, Kingborough couldn’t get past Connor Woolley, as he smashed a four to lead Clarence to victory. Mitchell Owen (3/62), Jacob Glover (2/53), Jack Ross (2/20) and Matthew Direen (2/20) all put in great efforts with the ball for Kingborough as they fell just short of victory, Clarence clinching the Premiership Cup in the tightest of victories.