Eastern Knights were celebrating again last night after emphatically clinching the Tilney T20 Blitz title with victory over last season’s champions the Western Warriors
Andrew Brock’s men suffered a blip when they surprisingly went down to Caley Highlanders in the opening match of their double header at The Grange.
However, they produced the response of true champions with a commanding performance against the men from the west.
If any self-doubt had been raised by their defeat to the Highlanders, George Munsey quickly eased any nerves in the home camp with a barrage of big shots to get the scoreboard rolling.
Munsey lost opening partner Michael Carson to the bowling of Riyaad Henry early on while Haroon Tahir removed Gordon Goudie as the Warriors kept themselves in contention.
However, Munsey and debutant Michael Shean gradually took control, the former dominating a third wicket stand of 70.
The Watsonians and Scotland left-hander stroked ten boundaries and launched six enormous blows over the ropes on his way to a tournament record of 92, making him the highest run scorer in the season’s competition.
He had faced just 51 balls when he edged a Richie Berrington delivery to Dave Stafford.
However, there was little respite for the Warriors as Shean took up the attack with five fours and two maximums in an excellent 51, hoisting the Knights’ tally to 184-5. Henry was easily the pick of the visiting attack with 2-24 from his four overs.
The Warriors suffered a major blow in the first over of their reply when Berrington was bowled by Mark Watt as the Knights’ march to the title became a sprint.
Wickets were shared around as the visitors struggled to produce any partnerships of note, the only sustained resistance coming from youngster Tom Bradburn who bravely battled his way to 44no as the Warriors limped to 129-9 at the end.
Earlier Michael Leask top-scored with a half-century as the Highlanders posted 166-5 before dismissing the Knights for 117.