BRUCK skipper Jordan Blades admits his side didn’t handle the pressure of Saturday’s one-day final, despite running out thrilling winners.
Bruck won a pulsating decider against Myrtleford by the narrowest of margins.
After rolling the Saints for just 83, Bruck made extremely hard work of the small total to make it nine wickets down.
Tailender Lachlan Busk held out a few balls at No. 11 before Jeremy Wilson tucked a pull shot away the following over to guide Bruck over the line.
Blades was the first to admit there were plenty of nervous moments.
“It was a nailbiting finish, that’s for sure,” he said.
“We made pretty hard work of it.
“There was nothing wrong with the pitch, we just didn’t really handle the pressure of the situation.
“It certainly wasn’t convincing but we’ll take it.”
Unsurprisingly, Blades said Bruck’s bowling performance set up the victory.
“Our guys bowled really well,” he said.
“Shayne Bell took 3-16 from his eight overs and really led the way for us.”
Alex Marklew and Jon Hyde also picked up three wickets.
Meanwhile, in the weekend’s two-day action, Yarrawonga-Mulwala won a three-run thriller against Rovers United.
Defending 189, the Lakers only just held on to bowl Rovers out for 186.
Matt Knight, who claimed 5-27, struck late to claim the final two wickets to get the Lakers over the line at the death.
Adrian Squires (37) and Simon Godfrey (29) provided plenty of cheek batting well down the order to almost snatch victory from the competition heavyweight.
Elsewhere, City Colts cruised to victory against Whorouly-Gapsted, losing just four wickets as they passed their opponents’ total of 118 with ease.
Beechworth was always in control as it mowed down Wangaratta’s first-day total of 140.
Adam Crossman finished unbeaten on 36 as the Wanderers called it quits at 7-151 from 36 overs.
Greta held out Rutherglen, while Myrtleford made up for its one-day heartbreak with a tight win over Corowa yesterday.
Bruck had the bye.