Walcha cricket: The game that made Uralla premiers

Grinning winners: Walcha News Cup Premiers Uralla 2016/17 with team manager Lee Kelly.
Grinning winners: Walcha News Cup Premiers Uralla 2016/17 with team manager Lee Kelly.

Uralla are the 2016-17 Cricket Premiers after they defeated Colts by 52 runs at the Park last Saturday in weather conditions which threatened the Walcha News Cup grand final on a couple of occasions.

Winning the toss Uralla battled early on before they lost prolific run scorer Cameron Wood for 30 after Phil Frewen rearranged his furniture.

Frewen was on a mission, snaring four wickets in the space of just nine deliveries, including a hat trick without conceding a run.

When opener Nick Endacott was run out for 24, the visitors had lost five wickets for six runs to be reeling at 6/68 before dual Players of the Match Brad Ritchie and Brett Woodward put on what turned out to be a match-winning 81-run seventh wicket partnership.

Ritche made 58 including two sixes and four fours on a sluggish field that didn’t reward batsmen for good shots along the carpet, whereas Woodward contributed 24.

Frewen finished with 6/25 and was rewarded with the Jim Fletcher Memorial Best Bowling in the Grand Final Trophy for the second year in a row.

The other two wickets takers were Ed Blomfield and Will Fletcher, with one each.

In reply, Colts lost opener Josh Wellings for a duck but recovered to be 2/46 in the 18th over before they lost five wickets for three runs to leave them dangling at 7/49.

Late order batsmen Will Fletcher and Dougal Eliott put on a 45-run eighth wicket stand to give their team a glimmer of hope. But when they both went within six runs of each other, the curtain was all but closed.

Fetcher made 32 and Eliott 11 while earlier in the innings, Blomfield contributed 13 and Jacob Sherring 13.

Opener Wood captured 3/28 for the visitors left-armer Ben Hamilton 3/23 Woodward 2/33 opener Sam Townsend 1/16 and Ritchie 1/9.

Celebrations commenced when Ritchie bowled Cameron Little to end the match and probably won't finish anytime soon.