Dumbleyung right the wrongs of last season with gritty grand final win over Harrismith

Calvin SimsNarrogin Observer
Upper Great Southern Cricket Association B-grade premiers Dumbleyung.
Camera IconUpper Great Southern Cricket Association B-grade premiers Dumbleyung. Credit: Ian Blevin

Dumbleyung capped off a dominant season with a crushing grand final win against Harrismith in the Upper Great Southern Cricket Association B-grade grand final on Saturday.

Dumbleyung redeemed themselves — after dropping the grand final to Wagin in heartbreaking fashion last year — with a six-wicket triumph at Nenke Oval to claim glory this season.

Byron Blevin and Ryan Taylor holding the premiership shield.
Camera IconByron Blevin and Ryan Taylor holding the premiership shield. Credit: Ian Blevin

They suffered their only loss of the 12-game regular season in round five because of a forfeit and went on to qualify directly for the grand final after an eight-wicket semifinal win over Harrismith.

Harrismith won the toss in the grand final and batted first, setting Dumbleyung 106 to win, but an unbeaten 47-run knock to Peter Joyce fired his side to premiership glory.

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Dumbleyung were in early trouble at 3-11 and it looked as though an almighty collapse was on the cards.

Byron Blevin (2), Scott Jefferis (4) and John Allanson were all removed inside the first four overs but a game-defining 63-run partnership between Joyce and Ryan Taylor (34) steadied the ship.

Ryan Taylor was caught from the bowling of Caen Taylor but that would be the last wicket Harrismith took as Joyce and Andrew May (13no) saw the game out from there, finishing at 4-107 to claim premiership glory.

Jamie Miller was the only multiple wicket-taker for Harrismith with 2-30.

Caen Taylor dug in with an unbeaten 46 runs but the rest of the batting order failed to offer notable support, with the next-highest scorer Miller (18).

Dumbelyung’s Scott Gray was outstanding with the ball to finish with bowling figures 3-11, while John Allanson shone with 3-8.

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