SIXTEEN runs was all that separated Bega/Angledale from an A grade cricket premiership on the weekend.
Playing at home against the Eden Reds, the Bulls were cut short in their first innings dig to see the visitors clinch the title.
Inclement weather threatened the final, which would have seen the Bulls win on ladder standing.
However, as skies cleared and the match got underway on Saturday, Bulls captain Dave Allen said Eden would start as “warm favourites”.
Allen top scored for the Bulls with his defensive stand of 24 runs.
However, Bega /Angledale was all-out for 71 only hours later.
In reply, Eden was able to score 87 runs to claim the premiership on first innings points.
Bega/Angledale’s second innings looked much more promising.
However, Eden defended strongly and the inconclusive second innings saw the visitors take the win on first innings points.
Allen said it came down to the fast bowlers over the weekend.
“Eden has the four fast bowlers and over the past few years the dominance has been with fast bowlers,” Allen said.
Allen said he was confident the team could have won if it was able to replicate its semi final performance.
Robbie Ringland had guided the team home with a 118 run stand.
However, it was not to be as Ringland was bowled lbw by Matt Bell for a duck.
Allen was caught by Eden captain Reece Wheeler for 24.
Fellow opener Sean Lambert was clean bowled by Tyrone Thomas for four.
Bega/Angledale had been building up and looked solid at 2/35, but things went awry very quickly.
Sam Hodder was unable to get his usual traction at the crease as well.
He opened well with a driving four, but was soon dismissed - again by Bell - for 14 runs.
Kel Evans scored three runs and Cody Hazelgrove-Danvers made a solid stand of 15.
However, he quickly ran out of batting partners as the Bulls innings crumbled.
Six ducks saw the Bega/Angledale line-up topple quickly for 71 runs.
Tyrone Thomas was Eden’s best weapon with ball in hand.
Thomas claimed five wickets for just five runs and six maiden overs.
Meanwhile, Bell claimed four wickets for 35 runs.
Eden’s innings started the way Bega/Angledale hoped it would.
The openers Drew Mudaliar and Andrew Evelyn were both out for just three runs between them.
Mark Spink top scored for the visitors with 25, while son Corey was dismissed for eight.
Bell scored five, while Wheeler added eight to the total.
Unfortunately for the Bulls, even as wickets fell cheaply the total slowly ramped up.
Thomas made a low-order stand of 16 runs to see Eden reach 87 runs.
Bega/Angledale leg-spinner Jack Allen led the attack with four wickets.
Wayne Dunham claimed three wickets and Sean Lambert took two.
The second innings fared much better for the Bulls, but the result was inconclusive.
Ringland scored a half-century, while Kel Evans scored 18.
All-out, the Bulls totalled 111 runs for their second dig.
However, Eden had wickets to spare closing at 2/60.