Saints secure five straight | HCA Under-16.5 grand final

​The Horsham Saints have won the 2017/18 Under-16.5 Horsham Cricket Association premiership against the Dunmunkle Renegades.

The win marks the fifth consecutive Horsham Cricket Association premiership for the Saints.

In a match that highlighted all that cricket has to offer, Monday's final started with the Saints winning the toss and choosing to bat.

It was a shaky start for them, with both openers back in the stand for just three runs each. 

Mitch Martin righted the ship to have his team at 3/52 at the first break, as he steadily compiled 39 valuable runs.

When the Dunmunkle Renegades batted they were quickly under pressure as the Saints bowled tightly with fantastic support from the field. 

In a spirited first 13 overs, they had taken four wickets for just 26 runs, with Jye Walter snaring four for four from four overs. 

Then, young guns Blake Turner and Bailey Young came together to see if they could pull the Renegades out of trouble. 

And that's exactly what they did.

Their partnership put the team back on an even keel with the Saints at the main break, taking the score to 4/56.

Turner was not out on 15 and Young not out on 16.

When the Saints returned to the crease, those at the ground were treated to a magnificent display of batting from Mitch Martin as he raced to a terrific century. 

In an innings of pure class, he played shots all around the wicket, striking 19 magnificent boundaries. 

He was out for 108. 

Aiden Laffy made a quick fire 18 at the end, hitting three boundaries and a six. 

The Saints finished on 187, giving their opponents a hefty chase of 132 to claim victory.

And the Renegades took up the challenge in brilliant style, racing to 105 runs after just six overs in their second stint at the crease, as both Turner and Young flayed the Saints attack to all parts of the ground, thus keeping them well and truly in the match.

The game changed when Turner eventually fell for 54 to a great catch in the deep by Aidan Laffy off the bowling of Lachie Pike. 

The loss of Turner saw a drop in the run rate.

The Renegades finished 15 runs short of the Saints’ total.  

Bailey Young completed a stellar season with a magnificent 76 not out. 

Jye Walter added two wickets to his total to finish with the fine figures of 6/15.  

Mitch Martin won the man of the match award for his outstanding grand final performance.

Corey Smith and Mitch Martin have played in all five of the consecutive premierships for the Saints.