BEECHWORTH players and supporters were celebrating the club’s first ever senior premiership in Wangaratta and District cricket on Sunday night, but Wanderers skipper Brenton Surrey made sure to keep a lid on the jubilation.
The Wanderers absolutely dominated the one day grand final against perennial superpower Bruck, taking out the Rod Newton Shield with a nine-wicket win under lights at the Norm Minns Oval.
It was an early night in the end, with little over half of the scheduled 80 overs needed for Beechworth to emerge triumphant.
After a tentative start, the Wanderers proceeded to rip through Bruck’s top order, with Jake Biddulph getting the initial breakthrough, removing Hamish Busk for three, before Matt Hunt got rid of Jordan Blades (13) and Lucky Perera (1).
When Matt Ryan sent Jon Hyde on his way for three Bruck had lost four wickets for the addition of just 10 runs, leaving the Mill decidedly shaky at 4/29.
While Jordan Hansted provided some middle order resistance, compiling a sturdy 36, there was little support as Beechworth’s attack continued to strike, with Josh Newton (2/12) and Sam Thompson (2/14) getting in on the act.