Coleambally Nomads make it six in a row

Cricket

COLEAMBALLY Nomads claimed the GDCA second-grade premiership for the sixth year running in astonishing fashion yesterday.

The big-hitting Nomads were restricted to a meagre 60 runs but Diggers could only muster 21 runs in reply.

Diggers seemed to have made the right choice in electing to bowl when Greg Collins (4-12), Mick Duncan (3-16) and Brian Corner (1-5) bowled 10 maidens between them and Coleambally limped to a total of 60.

Coly captain Tom Fuller (15) batting at number nine was the only batsman to make it to double figures.

Diggers would have been short odds to break Coly's premiership streak at the innings break, but opener Josh Moran ended up top-scoring for his side with four runs.

Fuller said the pitch wasn't to blame for the incredibly low scores, despite the match being delayed by a day due to wet weather.

"Of course the pitch had moisture in it but the pitch wasn't doing anything stupid - you can't blame it on the pitch," Fuller said.

"There was just great fielding and bowling on show and top bowling won the game for us, especially David White (3-7) and Nathan Jones (4-8).

"They have a good batting lineup and their openers alone average 20 to 30 runs between them.

"When we only made 60 I thought the openers alone might have beaten us, especially Mark Favell who has experience in first grade, but we got them out for basically nothing which was handy."

Fuller was excited to have a new story for his grandchildren. 

"It's a funny thing - when I'm older I can say I top scored with 15 but I was the only one to get double figures which is uncanny," he said.

"All the boys are pretty ecstatic because we got bowled out for 60 and we thought we would lose the great winning streak and that provided a little bit of extra pressure.

"We've been able to get six in a row because we have a great team culture, we're all mates who do it for each other, a lot of the boys are blessed with talent and we just love winning."

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