WHITE Hills has added a second piece of short-form BDCA silverware in as many seasons after beating Golden Square in Sunday’s Keck-Findlay Shield one-day final at the QEO.
The underdog Demons defeated Square by 38 runs to have now won both the one-day title and Twenty20 flag in the past two seasons.
White Hills successfully defended its total of 189, bowling Square out for 151 in reply to cap a strong weekend for the Demons, who belted 4-352 against Strathfieldsaye on Saturday.
“It has been a good weekend for the boys and today probably shows you can win from any position,” Demons skipper Mitch Winter-Irving said.
“We put the heat on ourselves to really perform with the ball today because one thing that has let us down this season is we’ve struggled to bowl teams out, so it was good to do that tonight.”
The Demons’ victory was led by a man-of-the-match performance from inclusion Mick Peters – the club’s third XI captain.
Peters came in with the Demons 6-104 in the 29th over and peeled off an unbeaten 52 off 46 with four fours and two sixes.
Peters teamed with David Blume (20), Tom Schultz (11), Jack Bourke (11) and Linc Jacobs (1) to add a valuable 85 runs for the last four wickets.
Spinner Liam Smith (3-29), who opened the bowling, and Corey Van Aken (3-38) both took three wickets for Golden Square.
Following his half-century with the bat, Peters delivered with the ball in taking three crucial wickets.
Medium-pacer Peters dismissed Square dangermen Ben Gunn (20), Scott Woodman (48) and Scott Trollope (31) on his way to figures of 3-18 off seven overs.
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“He starred today. He came in at a really difficult situation, but worked the ball around well and then came on and did the job with the ball for us,” Winter-Irving said.
Apart from a 59-run partnership for the fifth wicket between Square’s twin towers, Woodman and Trollope, as they fought to rebuild the innings from 4-54 in the 16th over, the Demons consistently had the upper hand through the evening session on a day where it was still 38 degrees at 8pm.
As well as Peters, Winter-Irving (3-22) also snared three wickets for the Demons after earlier making 15 opening the batting.
Sunday was the second year in a row Golden Square has come up short in the BDCA’s one-day final.
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