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Kew Goes Back to Back in Sunday Turf 1 (McLeod Shield) Grand Final

After STC South Camberwell (4th) managed to upset the top placed North Dandenong in their semi final, they booked a place in the Grand Final against Kew (2nd) at Victoria Park.
Kew won the toss and elected to bat first, and it appeared as if STC were riding the momentum from their semi final as they struck twice early leaving the home side at 2/27. 
But at number 3 and 4 was Nathan and Dan Bernet. Those who can remember back to last year's Grand Final, will recall Nathan top scoring with 103 runs against Heathmont, and he looked good again early this year.
The two played a steady partnership with Dan the clear aggressor hitting the odd boundry around the park. STC weren't without their chances however, as a catch that was hit straight up in the air was put down at the bowling end, right after a missed opportunity at a stumping, plus a few outfield catches that fell short on multiple occasions.
Dan eventually holed out to deep mid wicket at was caught for a well made 64 (89 balls) at the end of the 31st over, ending the partnership at 99 runs and the score at 3/126. At this point Nathan was joined by Captain Owen Hereford (7*) but was more than happy to take over the aggresor role and finished out the innings on 65* (also from 89 balls) as Kew finished on a modest 3/175 from their 40 overs.
The STC chase got off to a rocky start as Kew's opening left arm bowler David Orchard (1/4 from 6 overs - 5 maidens) had the ball hooping and manged to knock leg stump over of STC co-captain Oliver Garlick for a 7 ball duck.
fellow opener and co-captain Hamish Macmillan (7 from 39 balls) and number 3 Zachary Gleeson (17 from 64 balls) put up their defences to try keep wickets in hand. But they may have defnded too much as a mix up saw Macmillan run out and STC sitting at 2/20 after 13 overs, with Kew's first three bowlers sitting on economy rates of .66, 1.5, and 1.85 respectively, showing just how hard it was to score.
Once the run out occured, and the required run rate reached over 7 runs an over, it all came tumbling down for STC, as Karune Aurora cleaned up the middle order with 3/13 from 7 overs, along with Nichloas Padbury (2/7) and Joshua Bernet (2/0) who were able to polish off the tail.
STC finished 10/71 and Kew secured the 104 run victory, with Dan Bernet awarded the player of the match medal for his 64 which the umpires decided was the momentum shifting innings of the game.
Congratulations Kew Cricket Club.
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(L to R) Dan and Nathan Bernet put on a 99 run partnership to establish a large total for Kew. Photo © Michael Mirabella

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STC bowlers toiled hard but missed some key opportunities in the field. Photo © Michael Mirabella