Cooma Expats win again

The Cooma Expats have taken out Monaro District Cricket Association's annual Australia Day six-a-side cricket tournament for the second year in a row.

The side was led strongly by Captain Brendon Geeves who picked up his second consecutive player of the tournament award for his power hitting, accurate bowling and incredible efforts in the field.

In perfect weather for cricket, and the ideal way to celebrate Australia Day, teams from Canberra, Berridale, Jindabyne and Cooma took to the field on Sunday for the competition.

On the very slow Nijong ground, the only stroke played that gave value for the shot was the one that cleared the boundary. Many sixes were hit throughout the tournament with the Cooma creek claiming a few cricket balls to add to its collection.

The usual suspects once again dominated the days proceedings with one of the elder statesman of Monaro Cricket Simon Freebody winding back the clock with the bat hitting sixes at ease.

Laurence Redmond hit the biggest six of the day and, bowling with some good pace of the six step run up, was the pick of the Berridale side.

Mitch Hynes shined with the bat and Chris Khoury, Monaro's premier batsman, just about played the Jindycats into a semi-final berth with a sublime batting and bowling effort.

Andy Bartell, leading a very inexperienced side, did an amazing job with bat and ball. The players of the tournament came from the visiting ACT sides, the Wolfs and Cooma Expats. Fittingly, the two best sides battled it out in the final with the Cooma Expats batting first and setting the Wolf pack a below par 70 to win.

A terrible start from the Wolfs, being 2-6 after the first over with star batsman Zach Smith, who had been at his blistering best in the pool matches, running himself out without facing a ball. The Wolf pack never recovered and finished 28 runs short.

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