The Wolves have defeated the first placed Assassins in the National Indoor Cricket League ACT Zone grand final at Weston Indoor Sports on Saturday night.
Deciding to bat first after winning the toss, the Wolves got off to a great start with Benji Floros and Shane Devoy combining for an opening pair of 29.
In the middle overs, the Assassins were able to stem the flow of runs with leg spinner Dean Wheelwright providing impact with the ball taking 2 for -1 with his two overs. The final pair of Tim Floros and Dwane Hall made an impressive combined 26 against the strongest bowlers in the Assassins side to see the Wolves set an imposing 89 runs for victory.
Opening up the run chase in the second innings for the Assassins, Dylan Faram and Tyler Hays efforts were limited by the Wolves bowling a high number of dot balls to slow the run chase, but the Wolves were unable to keep Jason Hays at bay in the second pair, hitting 19 runs to top score for the match.
The final pair of Vinesh Bennett and Nathan Douglas were left with the difficult task of chasing 37 runs to win in the final pair but the Wolves were able to consistently take wickets in the final over to ensure their victory.
Named the player of the grand final, Benji Floros opening the batting for the Wolves and hitting 17 runs and conceding only four runs from his two overs.
“I couldn’t be more proud of my players this year,” said Wolves Captain Tim Floros.
“The Assassins have been the benchmark all season and it wasn’t easy going into the grand final as the underdog for the second year running, but we put that behind us and played with no fear.”
The Wolves will now go onto the national finals series in Adelaide to take on the state winners from across Australia. The Wolves will be hoping to improve on their result from the finals series last year where they were eliminated in the semi-final.