Talbot Cricket Club claims B grade grand final to break 23-year drought

The Talbot Cricket Clubʼs 2018-19 B grade premiership team. (back) Isaac Vlcek, Anton Roche, Ryan Aquilina, Daniel Romeo, Mark Richardson, Matt Zeuschner, Karl Gunther, Cal Evans, Heath Cameron, (front) Alan Kenden, Jack Kenden (captain), Matt Whiteman and Jac Matthews.

The Talbot Cricket Club has broken its more than two- decade long premiership drought by claiming the 2018-19 B grade grand final over Natte Yallock on Saturday.

After winning game one of the three-day grand final series by 109 runs, the Yabbies backed it up at the weekend with a seven-wicket win over the Swans.

The premiership is the first in 23 years for Talbot, despite the side having made eight grand final appearances in that time.

Talbot president Alan Kenden said Saturday’s win was expected, but welcomed especially after such a long time without a flag.

“It was just a fantastic feeling. It was our first premiership in 23 years so it was really exciting,” he said.

“We weren’t surprised. We had a pretty good side by the end of the year and everyone was available so we were pretty confident.

“I don’t want to sound cocky but it was a best of three and we won two reasonably easy, we just played really well.We also had a heap of people there from Talbot so it was good to play for a big crowd.

“I’m just proud of the club. A couple of years ago we were really struggling and we’ve come through that. We had to leave the Pyrenees Cricket Association to come to the Maryborough District Cricket Association (MDCA), but it’s all turned out really well.”

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