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Drysdale’s bid for a Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association D Grade premiership fell at the final hurdle to the hands of Collendina on Saturday 18 March.
The Hawks met the Cobras at Collendina in the season decider on a perfect autumn day.
Collendina won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first.
Regular wickets didn’t come for Drysdale with Collendina able to form several partnerships.
Mark Walton was his usual economical self with the ball taking 1/26 from his eight overs while Haiden Damiani chipped in with two wickets late in the innings. Collendina eventually finished its 40 overs on 6/206, a competitive total.
Drysdale would need a good start, but it never happened. At 2/7, the Hawks were in trouble but not out of the game.
David Willis steadied the innings for a while with a well-compiled 29 and Mark Walton got things going with 36 from 37 deliveries with a crafty display of hitting into the gaps.
But it wasn’t enough.
The Hawks were dismissed for 116 in the 32nd over, 92 runs short. Collendina paceman Scott Grant proved the biggest stumbling block with a player-of-the-match performance, taking 5/21 to win the Petrie Medal.
Drysdale’s best player on the day was undoubtedly Walton, who top scored and bowled well.
Beaten, but far from disgraced, captain Russell Potter congratulated Collendina and thanked his team for their efforts all season. He conceded that Collendina was just too good on the day, but was proud of his team’s season.

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