Rain dampened this year’s Rapid Clean Twenty20 Big Bash but on Friday night, cricket prevailed with Kirinari crowned the winner of the 2017 series.
Armidale District Cricket Association’s annual tournament of the short-form of the game came down to a final between last year’s winner the Royal Hotel captained by Matt Jackson and the Matt Baillie-led Kirinari.
Batting first, the Royal Hotel had a tough time against the Kirinari bowling attack and only managed 87 from their innings.
With the bat, Kirinari chased down the Royal’s total easily, only losing two wickets in the process.
Baillie batted out most of the innings but said it was his side’s efforts with the ball which got them over the line.
“It is a good feeling actually,” he said.
“I suppose we did most of the work in the field today and kept them to a low enough total to chase down and it was just about bowling good areas on a little bit of a damp pitch and a slow pitch.
“We were lucky enough to put away the bad balls when we first got out there with the bat.
“It was mainly from a good effort in the field and capitalised with the bat so pretty happy with that.
“To do that pretty convincingly was pretty satisfying.”
Earlier in the night, Sportspower and Moxons fought it out for third and fourth places in the series.
Sportspower batted first and made 9-117.
Barry Lockwood stepped up for Moxons with an unbeaten 58 and helped his side land the win.
The victors only lost three wickets in the process.