C Grade: Jung Tigers beat Homers | Photos

JUNG Tigers scored the C Grade premiership with a 79-run win over Homers at Dimboola Road oval on Saturday.

The Tigers were sent into bat and posted a total of 8-162 from their 40 overs, before dismissing the Pigeons for just 83 in reply inside the 30th over.

Tigers skipper Ash Wright said he was thrilled to come away with the flag.

“We’re just stoked,” he said.

“I thought we had the team to win it – everyone knows their role, and that’s what they did.”

Wright made a vital contribution with the bat, scoring 56 at the top of the order, while Frank Marklew played a pivotal role in the middle, showing his experience in a composed 40-run innings.

But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the Tigers, who had to fight off a determined Pigeons bowling attack.

After a promising start with the bat, Pigeons’ left armer Mitul Vyas made a double breakthrough, dismissing experienced middle-order pair Darren Barnett and Jason Frost in quick succession.

“We were in a bit of trouble early at 4-60, but probably myself and Frank steadied it a bit and got us up towards 100,” Wright said.

Shannon Waterworth, Mark Hallam and Vyas each claimed two wickets for the Pigeons, but the chase of just over four an over proved too much for the minor premiers.

First drop Barry Hopper played a lone hand with the bat for the Pigeons, as his side lost wickets at regular intervals.

Hopper scored 30 before being trapped leg before wicket by Greg Eagle, with no other Pigeons player passing 12.

Wright said he had full confidence in his bowlers’ ability to defend 162 runs.

Eagle proved the destroyer with the ball, finishing with 4-5 off just four overs.

Young left-armer Tyler Puls snared two wickets and four other Tigers – Haydn Smith, Chris Potter, Marklew and Frost – all picked up a wicket each.

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