Freeling is the toast of Barossa and Light cricket after completing one of the most amazing seasons in recent memory.
Promoted back into A1s this season, Freeling captured the one day shield then on Sunday claimed the two-day shield with a 29-run win over Angaston.
Batting first the Redlegs showed tremendous patience and from the moment Rob Montgomery (49) and Raed Hannun (119) came together with the score at 2/33 they appeared in complete control.
Montgomery was at ease against Angaston’s seam attack rocking forward onto his front foot to push the ball wherever he wanted.
Entering the competition with the reputation of being a big hitter, Hannun’s composure was masterful as he put together a beautiful century. He did give a couple of chances during his innings with Angaston unable to grasp the catch and stumping opportunity.
Freeling captain Ian MacMillan was thrilled with his team’s effort.
“It’s massive for our club, it’s a great feeling to have so much success straight away,” MacMillan said.
“Our goal at the start of the year was to be competitive and make finals. The club’s had a more professional approach all round this year and we’ve set ourselves up to be competitive for the next four-five years. The boys batted so well to get that score as I felt Angaston bowled pretty well and were very disciplined in the way they bowled.”
The Redlegs’ score was even more impressive considering they went into the match without one of the competition’s class batsmen Ben Parish who was attending a family member’s wedding.
“I discussed it with the group and as much as we would have liked him to play we had to forget it and move on, they handled it really well and other guys stepped up nicely,” MacMillan said.
For the Blues it was a case of rueing missed opportunities after dropping several catches to compound their woes at being a bowler short due to Brett Woodards (bowled just two overs) suffering from a side strain sustained in the semi-final.
His teammates did their best to carry the load as Brett Burgess (4/70 from 19 overs) and off spinner Scott Rathjen (3/75 from 26) did the bulk of the work.
The Blues’ run chase started well with each of their top six getting a start but only Beau Byster (32), Ben Burgess (60) and Kym Vivian (44) passed 30.
If there was any doubt about Hannun’s hold on ‘man of the match’ honours he guaranteed the outcome by taking 5/75 from his 24 overs as Freeling’s attack did what they’ve done all season by bowling tight lines and smothering opponents.
It was a day of mixed emotions for two of the Blues players on Sunday with Shaun Woodards coaching the Angaston under 16s to a grand final win while Kym Vivian’s wife Kylie gave birth to their daughter Eva on Sunday morning after spending Saturday afternoon at the cricket.
four: Freeling’s Raed Hannun cracks a square cut for four on his way to a premiership winning 119 against Angaston. Raed also took 5/75 to help ensure the Redlegs grand final success. Watching the action is Angaston’s Ben Antonie.
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