Westbury bowls to final honours

WESTBURY won its second NTCA first grade premiership in three years yesterday on the back of a huge effort from its fast bowling cartel.

Mowbray started the final day's play at 4-104 with a 43-run lead but collapsed to be all out 123 in its second innings an hour into the first session _ setting the Shamrocks 63 for victory at the NTCA ground.

Opening bowler Johnathon Chapman removed Eagles' danger man Clinton Reid for 72 on his way to a six-wicket haul.

Fletcher Seymour (11) and captain John LeFevre (19) were the only other batsman to enter double figures.

Westbury went out with an aggressive mindset and looked shaky in its small run chase for success, finding itself 3-20.

Mowbray spearhead Justin Reeves was on fire, claiming openers Sean Stevenson (6) and Matthew Battle (17) and the big scalp of Westbury skipper Dane Anderson for a duck to have them on the back foot.

Reeves continued his rout to finish with 5-34 in the second innings and eight wickets for the match.

Shamrocks middle-order batsman Josh Adams (14) and Shaun Leatherbarrow (11 not out) showed cool heads to guide their team to a four-wicket victory in 20.3 overs _ two overs into the second session.

Anderson said his boys lifted the Finley Trophy aloft with vindication, following last year's loss to South Launceston in the grand final.

Nick Spencer collected 10 wickets in his final game, including an 8-34 in the first innings, to be named the Ricky Ponting Medallist.

``We expected a tough three days of cricket and we certainly got that,'' Anderson said.

``It was perfectly set up by the bowling group on the first day. . . to bundle them out for 100 is a great effort and we were sort of in front for the rest of the game.

``I would be lying if I was to say there wasn't a few dicey moments, but in saying that we were pretty confident as we bat right down as our bowlers have been making more runs than our batters in the back half of the year.

``Last year we were the best team all year and we just stumbled at the final hurdle . . . but this year it has probably been our best roster season in the past three years as it certainly came together for us.''

Westbury coach Adrian Tudor said it was a great result for the club and praised his players' composure.

``There were 22 heroes out there today and unfortunately for Mowbray we have taken the spoils,'' he said.

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