They might have done it the hard way but Tom Boxall’s Wagga City Cats have emerged victorious in their Cricket Wagga second grade grand final, beating the Kooringal Colts by 40 runs at Wagga Cricket Ground on Saturday.
City won the toss and elected to bat, scoring 5/163 off their 40 overs and despite the Colts starting well at 1/47, they were able to bowl out the top of the table side for 123 in 34.6 overs.
The Cats, who finished third at the end of the regular season, had to take the long road to the decider, moving past South Wagga and Wagga RSL in the semi finals before proving too strong for Kooringal in the decider.
Boxall, who made the move from Wyangle to Wagga City Cats this season for a new cricketing challenge, was stoked with the victory.
“It was my first grand final win, so I was pretty happy with that,” Boxall said.
“I was very proud of the boys after we made the come back that we did. Kooringal were 1-60 odd at drinks and it would have been easy for us just to throw in the towel but we just kept backing ourselves in and we rolled them in the last 20.”
Boxall was not afforded a chance to bat or bowl in the grand final but this didn’t dampen the Tumut cricketer’s mood after a successful first season in the stronger Cricket Wagga competition.
“Although I didn’t get to bat or bowl in the match, It was still nice knowing that I helped contribute in the games leading up to the grand final,” Boxall said.
“It was also a nice introduction to Wagga cricket for my first season, I have enjoyed it a lot and have found facing better bowlers and bowling to better batsmen really beneficial.”
Despite not featuring heavily in the grand final, the former Wyangle bowler’s influence for Wagga City this can’t be discounted, after taking 13 wickets throughout the season at an average of 14.15.