Colts win Metropolitan Cup Final after enthralling day at Penrith
The Colts have come from 4th position after the premiership rounds and a loss in the quarter final to win both their semi-final and final and take out the 2018-2019 Metropolitan Cup. This is the second Colts premiership in 3 years.
Austyn Nugent and his team mates at the final
Having played last week at Chatswood, the Colts were able to play the final at Howell Oval and experience two first grade grounds in two weeks. This in itself was a great experience for this very young side and continues to confirm the exceptional value of the Colts team and how integral it is to the success of the club.
The final was played over the weekend against Penrith who have been a wonderful opponent for our Colts side over many seasons with the ledger about even. The start was delayed after early rain with the wicket not available unit 1.40pm and winning the toss Gordon decided to send in the Penrith team.
While our bowling was tight, the Penrith bats started to get on top after two wickets to Cam Hewitt and Sam Braham and at 2 for 128 off 48 overs we were in need of wickets.
Sam Braham at Howell
As the day came to a close our strong pressure started to bear fruit with three more wickets, another one to Sam and one each to Jayden Gray and Nathan Sequeira. At stumps Penrith were 5 for 151 off 64 overs and the match was evenly poised but too many more runs would prove difficult to chase with the strong Penrith bowling.
The honours for the day had gone to Sam Braham and, while he hadn’t taken any wickets, Callum Bladen was very unlucky and had kept control of the scoring rate. Overall the bowling had been excellent with the Penrith bats not being able to take full advantage of the fast Howell Oval outfield
Nathan Sequeira leading the players from the field.
Due to the rain delay the second day was able to start at 10am with 100 overs allotted for the day. Early wickets and we would be on top.
Again the bowlers didn’t disappoint with this time Nathan Sequeira taking three wickets and Rohan Watson chipping in with one. Including the night before Nathan had taken 4 for 3 off 4 overs of almost unplayable fast bowling due to a great combination of accuracy and pace. The Penrtih team had been bowled out for 162, but this was a final and with runs on the board, Penrith were still confident.
Our batting started promisingly until Cam Hewitt was out for a well-made 26 with the score at 38. With Jaiden Gray coming in at No. 3, he continued with Nick Astridge to keep the score board ticking over. Unfortunately, as so often can be the case, we lost a wicket in the last over before lunch with Nick out stumped for 20. The first hour after lunch was also not helpful to our cause with Riley Behlevanas, skipper Austyn Nugent 4 and Lachie Donaldson losing their wickets and with Nathan Sequeira coming in at No. 7 to join Jaiden we were 5 for 95 and desperately in need of a partnership.
Jaiden Gray during his fine 74 not out
This was when the call for heart defibrillators was made by club legend Tony Wilson as another close finish was on the cards. Whether they arrived or not, they weren’t needed as Jaiden continued his fine innings to pass 50 and supported by Nathan the target was getting closer and at 5 for 143 at tea, a wicket just before a break had not eventuated.
The game wasn’t over as Penrith threw everything at our bats after tea but they survived to take the score to 5 for 164 and a brilliant win with Jaiden 74 not out and Nathan 25 not out. This had been a defining innings for Jaiden who held the team together with some fine stroke play and unrelenting defence.
While there were heroes in the final, the final series and in fact the whole season had provided an excellent overall team performance, including some excellent leadership in the second half of the season by Austyn Nugent.
A big thank you also to all the parents who supported this team throughout the season and the finals series to help bring home the trophy.
Congratulations to everyone involved and we looks forward to this fine group of young men to move into the grade teams in the years ahead. There is a lot to look forward to.
The victorious Colts team
Penrith all-out 162 in 73.1 overs – Callum Bladen 0-33 off 14 overs; Sam Braham 2-31 off 14;
Nathan Sequeira 4-22 off 15 overs with 7 maidens; Kartik Khetarpaul 0-14 off 6; Rohan Watson 1-28 off 12.1;Cam Hewitt 1-12 off 6; Jaiden Gray 1-4 off 3; Conor Clift 0-5 off 3. Defeated by Gordon 5-164 off 64 overs – Nick Astridge 20; Cam Hewitt 25; Jaiden Gray 74no; Nathan Sequiera 25 not out, Riley Behlevanas 5; Austyn Nugent 4; Lachie Donaldson 2.