CHAMPIONS: The Glen players celebrate after winning the under-17 Gladstone cricket grand final by 127 runs, thanks to a superb 84 from Benn Richardson (below) and tight bowling by an efficient attack to dismiss Yaralla for 121.
CHAMPIONS: The Glen players celebrate after winning the under-17 Gladstone cricket grand final by 127 runs, thanks to a superb 84 from Benn Richardson (below) and tight bowling by an efficient attack to dismiss Yaralla for 121. Jake Jones

Stellar innings sets team up for grand final win

FALLING one run short of his best score in the under-17 cricket grand final was disappointing for Benn Richardson but it didn't stop him celebrating his team's victory.

His stellar innings set The Glen up to declare at 6-248 against an eight-man Yaralla side, ultimately leading to a sweet grand final victory.

"It helped them only having eight players. I picked the gaps, took my time and took three-quarters of the night," Richardson said.

His team's main challenge was deciding when to declare.

The Glen needed to win the match - which they were going to do with tight bowling and some discipline - whereas minor premiers Yaralla needed only a draw.

"We talked about it at tea and said if we go to 250, that would be enough," Richardson said.

When he was out bowled for 84, there was some disappointment but Richardson knew his team's job was now to stop Yaralla from getting runs on the board.

Behind the stumps as wicket keeper, Richardson picked up two important stumpings last Friday night to help Sam Romagnolo take two wickets.

"It was nice to get Joshua Andrew. He can potentially bat all day," Richardson said.

Another close call dismissed Riley Bath, quick hands from Richardson doing the job.

"I did think I had it. I don't appeal if I don't think it is out," he said of the catch.

The wicketkeeper praised his team for sticking to the task and not letting attention waver against the shorthanded Yaralla (121).

He said it had been that way all year and managing extra numbers had not caused any issues or egos to be bruised.

"We had 14 tonight and (had that number) all season," he said.

"We put in all year. There were other commitments we could have made but we got out here and got the job done."



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