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Cricket: Natsias brings Virginia glory

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Cricket: Natsias brings Virginia glory
Published 27 March 2017
Hat-trick at the right time secures cricket premiership glory.

Hat-trick at the right time secures cricket premiership glory. ^^ Virginia celebrates success in the Para Districts grade one cricket grand final.

Photo: Facebook A Johnny Natsias hat-trick was the highlight as Virginia cruised to Para Districts grade one cricket premiership glory on the weekend, defeating reigning title-holders Salisbury West.

Virginia was defending 220, which in the furnace of a grand final was a challenging target – and so it proved, with the Tigers dismissed for just 99 in their run chase.

Virginia captain Shaun Lay was, unsurprisingly, delighted by the win.

“I haven't wanted something any more than this today,” Lay said on Facebook.

“Virginia CC have taken me in and given me the opportunity to captain these legends today to a premiership!”

At 2/61, Salisbury West was right in the game, but then in walked Natsias.In his fourth over, the veteran got the crucial breakthrough to dismiss equal top-scorer Justin Davies (27) before having the Tigers’ in disarray, removing Anthony Lewendon and danger man Travis McIntyre to complete his hat-trick.

It didn’t take long before the match was completed, as West lost more wickets in batches.

Nathan Warren took the last wicket to complete the rout and begin the celebrations.

Natsias (3/5), Anthony Seccafien (4/38) and Nathan Warren (2/31) starred with the ball for Virginia.

On Saturday, Virginia heaped pressure on the hosts by putting runs on the board.

Ashley Nicholas (65) scored the only half-century of the match, while Lay (25) and Anthony Bascombe (39) set the train rolling with a 60-run opening stand.

Davies took an excellent 5/77, while Leon Kent (3/25) and McIntyre (2/54) were amongst the wickets.

The result turned the tables on last season’s result, which saw Westies defeat the Rams.

The premiership is Virginia’s first since 2013/14, a grand final in which it beat Salisbury West. ^^ Johnny Natsias (left) and Ashley Nicholas celebrate their roles in Virginia's cricket premiership. Photo: Facebook Other results:

Grade two: Dublin chased down Riverside’s 9/189, with Ben Starr (4/63 and 27) instrumental in the win.

Grade three: Craigmore chased down Parafield Gardens’ 96.

Grade four: Riverside (153) defeated Salisbury West (56).

Grade five: Adelaide Warriors defended 92 to defeat North Pines by 18 runs.

Grade six: Jarred Brennan’s unbeaten 109 led Craigmore (3/176) to victory over Salisbury West (100).

Grade seven: Enfield United chased down North Pines 127 with two wickets to spare.