EVCA REVIEW: United

Finished: Premiers – (w-l-d) 10-2-2.

Round-by-round ladder position: 1st, 2nd, 4th, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 1st, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 2nd, 1st.

Bash for Cash: Beaten in grand final – won 6, lost 2.

Most runs: Andrew Collins - 600 @ 50.0.

Most wickets: Andrew Gaul - 25 @ 11.7.

Highest score: 158 – Andrew Collins, v Emu Creek, grand final.

Best bowling: 7-12 – Andrew Gaul, v Maiden Gully, round 4.

IN what was an extremely even Emu Valley Cricket Association where going into the last round all four finals positions were still up for grabs, the Tigers were the team playing the best cricket when it mattered most.

United’s batsmen - in particular - were firing on all cylinders late in the season as the Tigers marched to their first flag since 2007.

Following the heated-out game against Spring Gully in round 10, the Tigers’ last five innings of the season yielded scores of 6-291, 204, 7-200, 437 and 371.

The Tigers crushed defending premiers Emu Creek - a side they had lost to twice during the home and away season - by 182 runs last week in one of the most ruthless EVCA grand final performances in history.

In what was a win that will go down in EVCA folklore, the Tigers’ grand final score of 371 included a sensational 293-run partnership for the second wicket between the Collins’ brothers - Andrew (158) and Alex (141).

Their grand final centuries were among six tons made by United batsmen this season.

Tim Elliott (134), Andrew Gaul (112*), Luke Kairn (108) and Josh White (101) also made centuries during the season.

The Tigers also had five performances where a bowler took at least five wickets, including Alex Collins, who backed up his grand final 141 with 6-54 the following day, while Gaul produced one of the EVCA’s most devastating spells against Maiden Gully with 7-12 off 14 overs in the second innings in round four.

In what was a double celebration for United, the Tigers’ division four side also won the flag.

The premiership team: Forbes Klemm (c), Alex Collins, Andrew Collins, Brenton Dillon, Tim Elliott, Josh Filo, Michael Frilay, Andrew Gaul, Patrick Hartney, Luke Kairn, Josh White.

DIVISION 2: 5th – 6-5-1.

DIVISION 3: 6th – 5-4-1.

DIVISION 4: Premiers – 9-6-1.

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