Panmure’s Dan Meade carries form into today’s GCA grand final.TO measure Dan Meade’s cricket success, you simply have to ask how many premierships he has been involved in.
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To come up with the exact number is difficult for him because there has been so many, he can’t remember them all.

“I’ve been involved in all of the A grade ones except for last year, when I was overseas,” he said.

That means he has been part of seven flags, with the Bulldogs last season collecting their eighth crown since joining Grassmere Cricket Association in 1999-2000.

While the club continued its dynasty with a grand final win against Yambuk, Meade was in London.

“I was working over there,” the computer programmer said. “I was there for 15 months.”

The 27-year-old returned to the south-west in September, ready for another cricket season with Panmure, the only club he has called home.

The Warrnambool resident, who grew up in Panmure, will carry strong form into this weekend’s season decider against Killarney.

The Bulldogs sunk to 6-69 against Grassmere but Meade (28) and veteran Brian Salmon (58 not out) produced a 60-run partnership for the seventh wicket to steer the minor premiers to a grand final berth.

Meade, who has an average of 29.86, usually bats at five or six, while he opens the bowling with Nathan Shand.

This weekend he hopes to limit the influence of Killarney’s deep batting line-up, including Crabs captain Liam Cole, who is fresh from making 130 in the semi-final.

“He’s going to be dangerous and they’ve got a fair few others who could come out and make some runs,” Meade said.

“Batting is probably their strength. We’re probably a bit of an all-round team but we bat most of the way down as well.”

Panmure finished the home-and-away rounds on top of the ladder but it was Killarney who sat on the top perch for most of the season. The Crabs also collected the one-day premiership.

“Killarney would be favourite because they’ve been pretty strong all year, whereas we probably only started coming good at the end of the season,” Meade said. “We should still go all right.”

The grand final will be played at Purnim Recreation Reserve today and tomorrow.

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