In a nail biting game, Midland-Guildford narrowly defeated Subiaco Floreat in the WACA Under 14’s McKenzie Shield Grand Final held at Lilac Hill Park on Sunday 16th March 2014. Joel Curtis, captain of the victorious Midland Guildford side, said "We looked down for the count against a strong Subiaco side, but somehow we were able to produce one of the greatest comebacks WACA district cricket has ever seen.Our season was slipping away but once we broke the big partnership we gathered momentum quickly and applied pressure which created the collapse and led to our win.”

In a boost to WACA District cricket over 500 people watched and cheered as Midland Guildford won by only 9 runs.

Matt Russo

Midland Guildford batted first and had a solid batting display finishing their innings 5/163 with Matthew Russo starring with 60 runs with good contributions from Casey Vandersluys (28), Ryan Daye (24) and Tom Alderson (23). William Bartley toiled hard for Subiaco Floreat taking 2/33 off 10 overs with 1 valuable catch in the field and Campbell Dawson and Hamish McKenzie taking 1 wicket each. Jason Goodson also took 1 catch with wicketkeeper Ethan Seah taking a catch and assisting with a run out with Shaun Tatlow.

Joel Curtis

Subiaco seemed in a commanding position at 1/122 with a 92 run partnership between Rylie Morgan (61) and Hamish McKenzie (44) before Joel Curtis had the dangerous Hamish McKenzie caught behind by Josh Harris in what could only be described as the game changing breakthrough. Bowling with a fractured collar bone, Midland captain Joel Curtis led an inspired spell of 4/14 off 5 overs as Subiaco Floreat limped to 9/155 off their allocated overs. With Lee Griffiths, who bowled beautifully to take 3/24 off 10 overs, the pair wreaked havoc as Subiaco Floreat collapsed dramatically. Tom Alderson was a stand out in the field taking 2 catches and assisting in a run out with Josh Harris. Joel Curtis and Josh Walsh also took important catches in the final overs of the game.

Winning Celebration

The win gave Midland Guildford back to back grand final wins but this year was an exceptional one with side remaining undefeated. After the back to back premiership wins, Captain Joel Curtis said “We've worked extremely hard all season as a team. We knew this year would be harder after last year's win but the bonding and friendships that were made, created the 'never give up' attitude that helped us in many difficult situations during the season and on Grand Final day. We knew we could do anything if we did it together and as a team.”

All queries to Coach of Midland Guildford Cricket Club Under 14’s Darryl Hodgson on 0413851474.

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