VSDCA: Young and old unite for Bayswater flag

Off the legs: Bayswater’s Campbell Craigie plays a shot during the thirds grand final. Picture: Rob CarewYOUNG, old or otherwise – Bayswater thirds claimed a memorable premiership in their Victorian Sub District Cricket Association south-east grand final on Sunday.
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The Waters beat Elsternwick by 141 runs at Bayswater Oval and captain John Salter praised his side’s commitment and contribution to the victory with the team made up of veterans like 53-year-old Salter, along with six teenagers.

Two performances stood out from the rest as middle-order batsman Adam Watt made a stunning 125 in the first innings and medium-pacer Liam Thomas took 5-25 from 21 overs on day two to lead his side to victory.

Salter paid tribute to his whole side for their efforts during the finals along with the impressive efforts of Watt and Thomas.

“Watt didn’t play from Christmas through to February because he had work commitments in Western Australia,” Salter said.

“He got back just in time for the last game of the season and then the finals. He has looked like getting a big score but hadn’t done it yet, he certainly picked the right day.”

Watt formed a key partnership with Campbell Craigie (46) and Salter (65) scored some key runs early in the innings.

“Craigie batted with him for a long time,” Salter said. “I told the boys after the game that everyone in the team had contributed something worthwhile in the finals series.”

Salter said Thomas had returned to the Waters this season after a couple of seasons playing local cricket.

“Elsternwick got off to a good start at 2-57 then Thomas got a a couple of wickets in a couple of overs,” he said.

“He knocked over their two most important batsmen and he had a lot of bowling to do as we have limits on how much we can use our younger bowlers where he doesn’t have that restriction.”

The premiership was Salter’s first in 16 years with the Waters.

Salter said his premiership players had a bright future ahead of them after the majority of the sides’ younger players had a game in the second side during this season.

“I would be surprised if they don’t play a fair bit of seconds cricket next year,” he said. “The biggest thing is hanging onto them, hopefully they all stay with their mates and move into the higher sides.”