The South Australian Metropolitan Cricket Association congratulates the Hope Valley Cricket Club on winning the annual Metro Twenty 20 Champions Cup final, with a thrilling victory over highly rated Coromandel Ramblers Cricket Club. SAMCA's Board of Directors thanks the Adelaide University Sports Association and the Adelaide University Cricket Club on their efforts in partnering with the SAMCA and their community association members to host this match, their venue providing the perfect setting for both clubs' large supporter groups to enjoy what was a high quality encounter.
Winning the toss Coromandel Ramblers elected to field, and despite several near chances still kept the Hope Valley openers restricted, Weber surviving a dropped catch to top score with a run a ball 36 was the first to go well caught with the score 1/48 in the 9th over, of Farrells bowling, Sykes opened his shoulders with a 6 before adjudged lbw for 20 with the score 2/67 after 13. Wilkins 16 and Sam Hutchinson 7 pushed the score to 84 in the 15th before Kancks bowling dismissed Wilkins and when Hutchinson was well caught in the 16th at 4/90, skipper Giles and George went at a run a ball in the final overs, Giles caught for 8 of Saunders bowling in the 20th, George a square drive highlight boundary to be undefeated 17 and Madigan 1 not out, Hope Valley after 20 overs 5/112, wickets 1 apiece for 5 of the Coromandel Ramblers bowlers.
A wicket in the first over to the Wilkins dismissal of Borda put Coromandel on the back foot at 1/1 after 1, Ben Hutchinson equally economical in his opening spell, 17 runs the score after 4 overs. Spinner Pannell replaced Wilkins and in his second over had Work on 7 caught, 2/27 in the 7th, Coromandel opener Rosman looking classy easily pushing singles, but Pannell broke through with his second wicket of 'Lord' Ferris in the 9th, well caught Sam Hutchinson, score 3/37. Coromandel's experienced pair of Saunders and Rosman looked comfortable in the next four overs, risk free 6 an over, and when Sims had Rosman well caught by Wilkins in the 14th, 4/65, new batsman Simister got the run rate going with a 6, before Sims returned for another tight over conceding just 1 run, 78 from 16. 6 an over from the next 2 overs, one over apiece from Wilkins and Weber had Coromandel still confidently poised at 90 after 18, but Wilkins last over the 19th saw Simister caught for 14 at 5/91, before Saunders hit a big 6 and retained the strike for the final over, score on 99 with just 13 to tie and 14 to win.
Pannell bowled 2 dot balls to start the 20th over, before a 2 to Saunders left another tight finish a possible outcome, but when Saunders was caught on 28 next ball, new batter Morey remained undefeated on 1 and Coromandel Ramblers fell short at 6/102. Oliver Pannell taking his third wicket 3/12 from his 4 overs to seal the result was duly awarded Player of the Match by umpires Ken Barthelson (ATCA), Lindsay Drowley (ASCA) and SAMCA Director Andrew Caldwell.
A wonderful high quality match enjoyed by the players and club supporters, as was the playing surface and hospitality displayed by the Adelaide University Cricket Club. Well done to all involved, a special mention for our fantastic sponsors in Kookaburra Sports for their provision of SAMCA competition balls, and prizes including pink and red Kookaburra balls for both grand finalist clubs, valued at over $1600 for each club, as well as our preferred suppliers AH Trophies; The Trophy Shop for their support with medals and cups.