RSL's redemption

AN unprecedented ploy from RSL captain Ryan Hinton has paid dividends as his side claimed the 2016-17 Swan Hill and District Cricket Association premiership yesterday.

Late on day one, RSL sent in Jack Cook to play his role as night watchman but hung around until the final runs were scored on day two.

Cook held on with Hinton for much of the second day before partnering Stuart Patterson as RSL approached the magic 140 run total.

Following the winning runs, Hinton said it was one of the best victories he had ever been part of.

"I am stoked," he told The Guardian. "We couldn't have won it any better and I am just so proud at the minute.

"Jack came in with 10 overs to go yesterday (Saturday) and has done one of the best jobs ever... he kept his head in a grand final, something some older blokes struggle to do in the grand final.

"All the losses against Nyah District gave us a feel to win and fueled us when it got tough.

"I have won two [grand finals] but this is up there."

While the RSL camp were celebrating their redemption, Nyah District were left disappointed they couldn't go back-to-back.

After winning a tight grand final last season, the Demons couldn't find the same form which stunned the Swan Hill cricketing world.

"It was a tough loss," Demons captain Justin Toomey said after the match.

"They were too good in the end, all the little bits of luck didn't go our way.

"They did an outstanding job... it is hard to make the grand final let alone win one. They were hungry and it helped them."

On the first day, Nyah District were sent in to bat.

It wasn't until Michael Boulton (38) that Nyah District made an impression on the scoreboard.

Opener Bailey Codling (0) and second man Shane Fleming (14) struggled to fire from the opening spots.

Ben Shadbolt was impressive on his way to 24 runs, but the Demons could only jump out to 139 runs at the end of their 55.2 overs after being bowled out.

At the end of the first day's play, RSL were 2/55 from 24 overs, setting up an interesting second day yesterday.

More grand final coverage in Wednesday's Guardian.

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