Narrikup on hunt for maiden B-grade premiership as they look to deny Manypeaks a three-peat

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Manypeaks celebrate a wicket in their grand final victory in 2018-19.
Camera IconManypeaks celebrate a wicket in their grand final victory in 2018-19. Credit: Laurie Benson

Manypeaks will chase a hat-trick of B-grade premierships when they take on Narrikup in an intriguing grand final on Saturday.

Peaks crushed Railways in the 2018-19 decider and then were declared winners of last season’s B-grade title after COVID cut the finals series short.

On the other hand Narrikup will get another chance at breaking their elusive premiership drought.

Since joining the competition in 2009-10, Narrikup have made it to the final game of the season more than once but have been unable to win a B-grade title.

It will be Narrikup’s first grand final appearance since 2017-18.

Adding to the intrigue of this season’s decider will be the fact the game will be played on turf rather than a synthetic wicket.

The last few B-grade premierships have been decided on Hard North but the ADCA executive and clubs made the decision to play regular B-grade games on turf this season with only two A-grade matches each week.

The move has been well received by clubs and players alike and now the two sides will square off at Turf East at 12.30pm on Saturday. Last time the two sides meet Peaks finished 48-run winners

Opener John Miell will be a big part of Narrikup’s bid to break through, having made two centuries this season and compiling 60, 135 and 72 in his past three innings.

Their side also contains the competition’s leading wicket taker, James Morris (25).

Bryce Durack (392 runs) and Ethan Drew (362) are important parts of the Peaks line-up with the bat while Wade Anning looms as a key with the ball.

Collingwood Park and Manypeaks clash in the C-grade grand final at Hard North from 1pm.

Park have enjoyed a terrific season, losing just two matches thus far and enter as warm favourites against Peaks who downed last season’s premiers Mt Barker in the preliminary final.

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