Gorillas fall short

Ryan Lockie, (Jacob Pattison) 395299_01

A late comeback by Grand United fell short as the Altona Roosters claimed the Victorian Turf Cricket Association McNamara Shield premiership on Sunday.

Going for a second straight premiership, this one in a higher division, the Gorillas entered as favourites despite finishing below the Roosters on the ladder.

The Roosters won the toss and decided to bowl on Saturday afternoon.

The Gorillas lost a couple of early wickets before a partnership between Jayden White-Powell and Leniko Boucher.

Once that was broken, the Gorillas struggled to get any more partnerships going.

The tail struggled and the Gorillas were bowled out for 129 in the 62nd over.

White-Powell top scored with 53, with Boucher the only other player to pass 20.

Dishnaka Ariyarathna took 5-26 for the Roosters while Matthew Short took three wickets.

The Roosters started well with their three top bats all getting start.

The Gorillas fought back and were able to get into the middle order.

The Gorillas used the tea break to reset and came out started to take some wickets and the Roosters nerves started to grow.

At 6-88, the game was still on the line.

With Nadeera Thuppahi still at the crease, the Roosters still had a good chance and he was able to guide his side to victory.

The Roosters managed to sneak home, finishing 8-130, with Thuppahi finishing 40 not out.

Oliver Davidson was the pick of the bowlers for the Gorillas, taking 4-36, while Hashan James took 2-31.

The grand final caps off what has been a successful season without winning a premiership, having also made the T20 grand final.