HOLBROOK and District reclaimed the Des Kennedy Shield with a thrilling victory against Brocklesby and District in Sunday’s final at Rand.
With the visitors needing six runs off the final over with one wicket in hand, Culcairn’s Norm Barlow hit the winning runs with four balls remaining to gain bragging rights for another 12 months.
Brocklesby made 9-169 off its 50 overs thanks to a majestic 85 in the middle-order from James Kreutzberger.
He held the innings together with a 59-run ninth-wicket partnership with Rand teammate Dan Lieschke putting the host association in a strong position.
But Holbrook’s middle-order also stood up under pressure with Barlow (47) and Darren Howard (50) playing key roles.
Kreutzberger said it was one of the best representative matches he had played in.
“It was a great advertisement for country cricket,” Kreutzberger said.
“Unfortunately we lost and will hear a bit about it, but it’s a good day and a great opportunity for the young blokes like Lachie Lane, Nick Perryman, Will Swift and Mitch Koschitzke.
“Both associations had some good kids playing.
“We had our chances to win, but couldn’t quite get there.”
Holbrook advanced to the grand final defeating Tumbarumba with Brocklesby now having to go through the elimination final in next year’s competition.