By Sam Strong

As your all probably aware, the B Grade boys of Kettering have had a big couple of days (some bigger than others 🐐) The B grade boys made their way down to Woodbridge to play in a Grand final.

10.15am the toss was done and Mariners were off to a flying start winning the toss and electing to field (some say this was a jaw dropping result)

We warmed up and out to field we went, Woodbridge started well before the tone was set by Dan Chintock chasing the ball to the boundary and saving 2 runs not once but twice. The boys got around him and from here on the Mariners were up and about before Benjamin Bowerman took the first scalp of the day to have Woodbridge at 1/64 after 14. 6 overs later bows took out the other opener and had them 2/88 off 20 overs. This brought about a hard hitting player. He was at the crease for a little while before receiving a full toss from Squizzy Taylor, miss hit and went straight to Cam Dick on the boundary who then dropped the catch!!! (Some would say,him included that he dropped the match) that was not the case. 25 overs in and Matthew Lucas and Nate Appleby combined together to remove him on 19!! Did the players go ballistic in their celebrations!!!! From here on in the atmosphere around the ground was unreal and it was all the Mariners.. Woodbridge then losing 5/28 eventually bowled out for 177!!!

Next up the Mariners were in at the crease and it didn’t take long for Woodbridge to take their first wicket in Jacob Fordham (0) and we were in trouble at 1/0. Entered Damian Wickham who said on his way down the ramp (see you at the end boys) true to his word him and bowsa proceeded to play every shot in the book and put on a match winning partnership of 179!! 42 overs in and there was confusion at the crease and bows nearly running out wicka in a quick single, 2 seconds later 4 over throws and the game was over, the ground then flooded with Mariners players celebrating the win of the Grand final!!! (Lucky to win apparently, only by 9 wickets)

Notable mentions:

Ben Bowerman 93* and 2/38 (Player of the match)

Damian Wickham 75*

Brendon Taylor 3/52

Matthew Lucas 2/30

Jacob Fordham 0

Cam Dick match winning dropped catch

Nathan Appleby match winning catch

Dan Chintock the best fielder of the day

Josh Mitchell entertaining and quality wicket keeping!!

Well done to everyone involved and thanks to all the supporters that got down and supported us in the win. The first grand final win for the club in 15 years!!

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