Freyberg canter to finals victory
Freyberg barely broke a sweat in winning the club one-day final yesterday, as they romped home against Palmerston by eight wickets at Manawaroa Park.
Palmerston won the toss and batted first, and probably wished they hadn't as they were bundled out for 81 in 29 overs.
Freyberg didn't muck around in their chase, as captain Luke Murray blasted his way to 50 not out to win with eight wickets in hand in just 15 overs.
"We tried to get it over and done with as soon as possible," the opener said. "They might have got a little bit of roll on or something.
"Defending 80 is pretty hard and we got a few away and they dropped their lips after our pretty good start."
Seamer Mike Mason did the damage from Freyberg as he ripped through Palmerston, with miserly figures of 4-14.
Palmerston's batting crumbled as only two batsmen made it into double figures, with Kayne Dunlop top-scoring with 24 , while Brett Wyeth made 11.
Grayson Harwood took 2-27 and Bevan Small 2-29, while Murray and Dave Fulton snared one each.
Murray was pleased with his bowling attack, particularly Mason, who made his job easier.
"He bowled in good areas, they struggled to hit him and Fults [Fulton] bowled really well."
Freyberg last won the title three years ago in the 2009-2010 season, breaking United's two-year hold on the trophy.
Palmerston had been the top side going into the final and captain Rob Sheary was gutted they fell at the final hurdle.
"They just bowled really well, took it to us," he said. "We had one of those days and it had to be the final."
Palmerston had been excited as it was their first final since 1995 but the red caps weren't up to the challenge against a strong Freyberg team.
"I wish we had put up a bit more fight today," Sheary said. "We got beaten by the better team."
Freyberg also made easy work of winning the semifinal against Marist on Saturday.
Marist batted first and scored 195-6 on the back of starts from Tom Giesen (36 not out), Sam Hartley (33), Roald Badenhorst (32) and Connor Morriss (29).
In reply, Dane Cleaver top-scored with an unbeaten 86 to reach their total only four down to win by six wickets.
Palmerston 81 (Kayne Dunlop 24; Mike Mason 4-14, Grayson Harwood 2-27, Bevan Small 2-29) lost to Freyberg 82-2 (Luke Murray 50*) by eight wickets.
The Manawatu Standard