Trevallyn breaks flag drought

AFTER two years of heartache following the TCL grand final, Trevallyn got to celebrate as the competition's premier yesterday.

Trevallyn secured a 63-run win against Longford at Beauty Point, thanks largely to a masterful 62 from experienced campaigner Matty Cocker.

Trevallyn won the toss and elected to bat - compiling 8-198 of 40 overs.

The minor premier was 4-61 after losing Nathan Balym (9), Shannon Rumbel (1) and Phil Walker (2) cheaply.

Cocker and Glenn Gleeson (40) steadied the ship to guide their side to 6-161.

An Anton Balym golden duck made it 7-161, before Paul Richardson and Matthew Woods added 16 between them.

Longford's bowlers shared the workload with Aiden Hume (2-30), Jesse Arnol (2-25), Sam Graham (2-31) and Brett Martin (2-33) all claiming two wickets.

In reply, Longford lost wickets consistently and was in terrible trouble at 8-98.

Anthony Taylor managed to wrangle 41 from 81 deliveries, Dion Blair scored 21 and Martin knocked up 20 not out down the order.

Cocker claimed 4-38 to secure man-of-the-match honours, as Woods (2-18) and Gleeson (2-18) picked up two each.

The win breaking an A grade flag drought for Trevallyn, with its last pennant coming in 2006-07.

Coach Damien Whybrow said it was a tremendous feeling to lift the shield as captain-coach.

``We have been the best side for the past three years and the last two years we couldn't get the job done, but this year is our year,'' Whybrow said post match.

``We set the win up today winning the toss and batting.

``We got off to a good start like normal and Matty Cocker dug deep.

``We brought in a few young and experienced boys at the start of the season and a lot of clubs wrote us off, because we had a lot of players go to other clubs.

``It is a credit to the club and at the end of the day you never write the Trevally Cricket Club off.

``I'm very proud of my boys.''

YESTERDAY'S SCORES -  A GRADE GRAND FINAL: TREVALLYN 8-189 (M. Cocker 62, G. Gleeson 40, D. Whybrow 31; A. Hume 2-27, J. Arnol 2-24, S. Graham 2-28, B. Martin 2-32) d LONGFORD 126 (A. Taylor 41, D. Blair 21, B. Martin 20 not out; M. Cocker 4-34, M. Woods 2-17, G. Gleeson 2-18).

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