St Pat’s Old Boys knock out Royal Hotel Cup Kings Cavaliers in 2021-22 Grand Final | West Central Daily

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Carl Sharpe medalist Nic Broes and damaging wicketkeeper Andrew Brown starred for St Pat’s Old Boys en route to one of the biggest final wins in the history of the 2021-22 Royal Hotel Cup. Making the most of a spiky Wade Park deck after the savage storm that hit the city the night before, the blues and golds raced through the top order of the Cavaliers to falter at 5-36 early on. Maroons limped through the rest of their 20 overs, and Nick Crowley’s near-run-a-ball 26 (27 balls) at least lifted the undisputed kings of the Royal Hotel Cup to give them a chance with a total of 9-84. St Pat’s six bowlers all grabbed wickets, but it was West End four star Broes (2-13) and four out Mitch Taylor (1-9) that hurt the Cavs the most. From there, it was St Pat’s title to lose. And it was Brown (42 from 42) and Broes (34 from 22) who guided St Pat’s home to record an impressive nine-wicket win in the final. The only other nine-wicket victory in a Royal Hotel Cup grand final came when Waratahs beat Orange City in a game over 40 in 2008-09. Brown was crowned Player of the Finals for his innings with the bat, as he also combined with Broes on the field thanks to a Kyle Buckley drop. “We were pretty confident. Our bowling set it all up. They did all the hard work, we were just happy to be there to hit the score at the end,” Brown said after the game. “They played too short, the Cavs did it – it’s as simple as that. “Our boys really like to come to Wade Park on a Friday night and tonight we thought all we could do was short and that we could play our luck, and that’s what we did.” In the old 40-over format and the Twenty20 revolution, the Cavaliers won 17 Royal Hotel Cups in 19 attempts – that’s an enviable record. And considering the cup has only been on offer since 1990-91, the Cavs’ stranglehold on the trophy is even more remarkable.But that insane winning percentage dipped slightly after Friday night’s loss, and skipper Bailey Ferguson admits “it hurts a lot. But don’t get me wrong, they played better than us. They deserve it,” Ferguson said, adding that he probably would have struck first anyway. “It’s one of those things. It’s a flip side, but we didn’t beat or play to our potential.” Broes once again won the Carl Sharpe medal as player of the tournament – this is the second time that St Pat’s gun earned that individual distinction after averaging 60 throughout St Pat’s title run in 2018-19.Consistency was key for Broes in the game’s shortest format this summer – averaging 53 while taking six wickets, at the extremely miserly pace of four over. It’s special. You’re never trying to win the individual medals, but it’s always nice. There are great names here, and doing it twice now is unreal,” he said. Broes admitted the under-100 total St Pat’s had to chase had the potential to be tricky. “But we thought if we can beat the top six hard and get 30 on the board, the game is ours,” he said. “They had to take 10 wickets. tricky total on a sticky wicket, heard it was raining this week. “They didn’t play as well as they would have liked. But we still had to score and Browny hit it really well.” Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:



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