ONE of the toughest seasons in the Bendigo District Cricket Association's history came to an end yesterday when Bendigo United defeating Golden Square in an entertaining grand final at Canterbury Park.
The Redbacks won by 36 runs to close the door on a season in which all players endured horrific ground conditions because of drought and water restrictions.
Victorious Redbacks' captain Heath Behrens was named the inaugural Taylor-Walsh medallist for his match-winning innings of 139 not out on Saturday.
It capped a superb season for Behrens, who last month also captained Bendigo to its drought-breaking Melbourne Country Week Provincial Group title.
Reflecting on the season, Behrens paid tribute to all players in the association, who week in, week out, put their bodies on the line in the difficult conditions, and to officials for running a successful season, which at some stages last year had doubt cast over it because of the water worries.
'‘Full credit to all the players in the league - it just shows how important cricket is in Bendigo and how much people love the game,'' Behrens said.
‘‘You turned up to grounds this season where conditions were very difficult, but every player in the league stuck at it, so full credit to everyone.''