Blacktown has pulled off a remarkable chase to complete an unlikely victory in the under-13s representative junior cricket Gee Shield competition.
After being ranked eighth at the end of five preliminary rounds, Blacktown won all three sudden death finals away from home including the grand final.
Chasing 8-180, the Warriors’ won the Gee Shield grand final by three wickets with two overs to spare.
Coach Darren McDonald said the side had learnt a lot from tight matches throughout the campaign.
“We don’t rely on one player with the bat or ball, it’s really been a sum of all parts scenario,” he said.
“There have been contributions from all the batsmen right down to 10 and 11. We’ve lost six of seven tosses and they’ve batted second so we’ve learned how to close those games out.”
Blacktown were sharp in the field with four run outs. Lachlan Grace took 2-13.
The Warriors lost an early wicket in the chase but captain Hayden McDonald (41) and Daniel Gauci (53) combined for a 97-run second wicket partnership.
“They batted calmly for about 25 overs and set us up really well,” McDonald said. “We still had plenty of wickets in the sheds for our guys to close it out at the back end of the game.”
Aikaansh Ahi (13) and Cameron Wallington (4) were the not out batsmen, hitting the winning runs.