by Claudia Williams
CRICKET: The Blackbutt and Yarraman Timbertowners are the B-grade cricket champions after defeating Cherbourg on Saturday.
This was the first time in eight years that Blackbutt have entered a team in the competition.
The idea started with players wanting to keep up their fitness from footy during the off season and Blackbutt made their presence felt throughout the season to claim the title.
Captain of the team, Michael Marriott, said it was not only a win for the players in the team but a win for the town.
"It was great first year back and to take it out is pretty good,” he said.
"It is good for the town as well because we haven't had much sport in Blackbutt for a few years.”
Going into the game the Timbertowners were confident.
"We knew we had a pretty good chance because Cherbourg was the only team we hadn't beaten this year and we only had to be a little bit better to beat them,” Marriott said.
Cherbourg won the toss and elected to bat and the Timbertowners limited Cherbourg to 116 runs off 27 overs.
Barry Fisher Senior made 31 runs and Alfred Watcho contributed 19.
For Timbertowners Chris Turner claimed three wickets for 13 runs, Kieran Harvey dismissed three batsman for 22 runs and Dylan Gilliland also took three wickets.
The Timbertowners were confident when heading into bat.
"We felt pretty confident because we kept them to a low score,” Marriott said.
Shane Argent guided the Timbertowners to victory with 37 runs not out and Dylan Gilliland made 25 runs.
"We had a couple of the more senior blokes stayed out there and they held on and finished strongly with six wickets in hand and 10 overs to go,” Marriott said.
The Timbertowners made the required runs in 30 overs with the loss of four wickets to win the game and the B-grade competition.
Kieran Harvey took out player of the year and Dylan Gilliand was named man of the match with a strong effort with bat and ball.