Club chairman Richard Bennett quickly dispensed with formalities inside the changerooms moments after Greater Northern Raiders scored a victory for the ages.
Among a near speechless playing group that struggled with the new club’s theme song, the former Tasmanian batsman told the Raiders to soak up and celebrate the landmark occasion.
Captain Miles Barnard, one of the team’s most seasoned campaigners in Northern Tasmania, doubted teammates understood the enormity of the four-wicket win against New Town.
“I don’t know if they all have realised to be honest,” Barnard said on Saturday.
“They’re a fairly young bunch of players.
“Some of them might look back in five or 10 years as something special because it is something special.
“It’s good for the North – as I have said before, cricket in the state needs this and the North definitely needs it.
“It’s a great reward not just for the 11 players, but everyone who is involved in cricket in the North of the state.”
Barnard was very much a relieved man afterwards too.
The Raiders came awfully close to blowing the hard work done early in the field.
Left-arm paceman James Beattie (4-18 off nine overs) tore through the New Town top-order to reduce the visitors to 4-32 by midday on a wicket at the NTCA Ground No.2 that held up a little.
Singaporean international Anish Paraam (2-14 off 10 overs) did well to maintain the pressure on the Bucks who struggled towards 6-65.
The disciplined Raiders’ bowling effort restricted New Town to 111 off 45.5 overs.
But the home side coming off an opening loss to Kingborough found out they could not drop their guard for a moment in the Cricket Tasmania Premier League.
Openers Brodie Hayes and Barnard were both struck on the pads for ducks and when vice-captain Alex Taylor was clean bowled for just four, the Raiders had their backs to the wall at 3-10.
Paraam was forced to retire unwell just two runs later when he struggled with cramps that unsettled the Raiders batting lineup.
Jake Williams backed up his debut half-century with a steadying 18, but wickets continued to tumble and at 6-68, the game remained in the balance amid a tense finish.
Oliver Wood (34) took control to knock off 22 of the next 24 runs alone before Paraam (33) picked up the pace in an unbeaten 53-run stand for the seventh wicket.
“Sometimes low totals can be a bit tricky as they were in this game,” Barnard said.
“The side’s bowling and the fielding was definitely an improvement on last week – it made it tough for them to score and we restricted them.
“There were a few wobbles there, but we managed to get home fairly comfortably.”
Barnard said, history aside in the club’s groundbreaking first win, the confidence from taking the points early in the season would instill aid the Raiders through the summer.
“We’ll probably have tougher games than this, so the level will go up again in the next couple,” he said.
“It’s good now to get that experience under your belt and get a look at a few of the competitors as we get into the rest of the season.”