Day 1 of 4 was going to be one that set the game up for either side. Altona, winning the toss and batting first could’ve seized the initiative early, however some negative and
inconsistent batting provided the Seddon bowlers with the all-important opportunity to seize upon. Preying on the nerves of the favourites, Seddon quickly found their rhythm and when the captain was dismissed leaving the Roosters in a hole at 4/43, it was going to take a mammoth effort to come back from that. Regular wickets tumbled and when the Roosters ‘keeper lofted one to mid-on from the bowling of Kriebardis only to be duly caug
ht, the innings was closed at 100. A magnificent team bowling effort highlighted by Paul Grant (3/17) who was marvellously supported by Kriebardis (2/14), Weerasinghe (2/15) and Matkovic (2/27). 4 overs to play saw Oldham (2) nick one to the ‘keeper to see Seddon placed
at 1/6 after Day 1.
Day 2 presented both sides with the opportunity to seize the initiative. Altona got away to a flyer dismissing Webb (2) and Stevens (0) to leave Seddon at 3/9. Weerasinghe (21) joined the captain, Tim Grant, to snatch back momentum with a significant 63 run stand. When Weerasinghe departed with the score at 72, Procko (11) took the score to within 7 of the opposition before he fell slashing at a wide one. 5/93 had Seddon in a strong position, however the last 5 partnerships would have a massive say in where the title headed.
Kriebardis (20), P Grant (9), Markovski (8) and Matkovic (3) all combined with the skipper to contribute useful partnerships. When Matkovic was dismissed early on Day 3, T Grant remained defiantly unbeaten on 120 and Seddon had a sizable lead and control of the game by being dismissed for 213.
Altona’s only option was to come out and play positively. That combined with some undisciplined bowling allowed the then favourites to wipe out the lead for the loss of only 1 wicket. Seddon refocussed and with some unusually profligate batting saw the contest even up somewhat with Altona finishing Day 3 on 8 for 250. Weerasinghe (3/54) and Kriebardis (2/68) were the pick of the bowlers.
Day 4 arrived and the premiership was there for the side who applied themselves the most. Altona lost a wicket early and after scurrying a few quick singles declared their innings closed at
9/267. This left Seddon a chase of 155 to claim the inaugural West B1 premiership. T. Grant and Oldham set about the chase positively dispatching loose bowling to all parts of Donald McLean Reserve. At tea, Seddon could smell victory with the score on 101 for no loss. The pair continued the onslaught after the interval bringing the victory up with a poorly timed no-ball.
A magnificent unbeaten partnership of 155 with Oldham (75*) outpacing his skipper (65*). A fitting reward for a largely consistent season. The captain, Tim Grant walked away with best on ground honours after his combined efforts of 185 runs without being dismissed. The team will now see themselves promoted back to North A1 division and the sincere hope that the vast majority will be back for some more success in 2012/13