In a brilliant finish to the two week long carnival, the 14 girls and the 14 boys delivered when it mattered to secure premierships yesterday.

The girls lost the toss and batted first. Early wickets fell before a series of steady partnerships saw the girls finish on 125 but leave nearly 6 overs of cricket unused.

Double figure contributions from Sunday, Rituja, Poppy and Sanika (49 balls) allowed the girls to set a target that was defendable.

A steady start with the ball saw North West Metro JCA at 3/25 and on the back foot. They had a very talented player who batted extremely well and despite some chances not taken the girls kept their cool and dismissed them for 100.

Rituja, Sunday and Poppy took 2 wickets each in a very even bowling performance. Conceding 20 extras less was again a key factor in the win.

Congratulations to all the girls and coach Simon De Roos on winning the first ever BHRDCA girls premiership. Stella and Rituja did a brilliant job leading the girls all week winning 5 games in a row, and the win is a great reward for them after being runners up last year.

The growth of girls, and womens, cricket is important to the association and this team has been a great ambassador for all girls playing the game under the BHRDCA banner.

The 14 Allen Shield boys played Ferntree Gully DCA, lost the toss, and bowled first. After an early wicket FTGDCA built slowly before they lost 4/17 including 3/5, to be 5/57 after 21 of their 40 overs.

They rallied with a solid 54 run partnership for the 6th wicket but when that partnership was broken the tail fell away under good bowling, fielding and the pressure to post a total. FTGDCA finished on 9/138.

The pick of the bowlers was Ollie Davidson with 3/31 from his 8 overs, skipper Arnav Chobisa took 2/23 and 1 wicket to Anshu Panjikar and Luke Cariss-Brett. Two good run outs also kept the heat on FTGDCA.

The run chase started well and at 1/46 after 11 overs, BHRDCA was in control. In the 34th over BHRDCA passed the total 5 wickets down. The chase was brilliantly anchored by captain Chosiba with 61 no out and great support from Lachie Whitchurch, Louie Miller and Luke Fryer.

In what was a long and hard fought carnival, the boys finished 6th and won two finals on the road before defeating FTGDCA. They have beaten 1st, 2nd and 3rd on the table to claim consecutive Russell Allen Shields for the association.

Congratulations to all involved and in particular coach Jack Peters who has done a magnificent job managing and coaching the team. At just 20, Jack also has a bright future.

Very well done to Des Hearn and Michael Snell as BHRDCA umpires who were appointed to grand finals.

Many thanks to clubs that hosted, parents that scored, helped with transport, lunches and just getting things done. Whitehorse and Mannigham council support has also been significant.

Lastly, a huge thanks to Ross Chambers who does the majority of the work over many months and is the driving force behind the BHRDCA representative program.

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