Skip leads as Rand pulls off the double

RAND clinched back-to-back premierships with a 70-run victory against Balldale at Rand on Saturday.

The Pigeons achieved the feat for the first time in the club’s history by making 3-188 off 35 overs before holding the visitors to 8-118 in reply.

Skipper James Kreutzberger led the victory charge with 81 not out while Ryan Kirkwood continued his impressive form with 48.

Kreutzberger added the finishing touches to the innings by smashing 19 off one of Alex Wilson’s overs.

Balldale slumped into immediate trouble when it was 1-8 off six overs.

Wilson (30) and Pat Mitchell (26) occupied the crease for the Magpies but never really got on top of Rand’s steady pace attack of Brayden Ralston and Dan Lieschke.

Ralston, who won the Brocklesby and District Association’s bowling aggregate, claimed 3-20 off seven overs.

Kreutzberger said it was another outstanding team performance.

“We were really happy with the score we made and our bowlers backed it up,” Kreutzberger said.

“Rand has been a dominant side for the past few years and I can’t see it changing in a hurry.

“I think nine players have played in our two premierships.”

Balldale skipper Pat Mitchell was gracious in defeat.

“Rand was too good,” Mitchell admitted.

“They batted and bowled well.”

In division two, Burrumbuttock won a thriller against Rand by one wicket.

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