Brothers in arms: Panmure players share in the joyful aftermath of another premiership triumph. PANMURE captain Chris Bant has attributed his club’s stranglehold on the Grassmere Cricket Association (GCA) A grade competition to strong friendships and faith in each other’s ability.
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The Bulldogs yesterday clinched their ninth top-grade premiership since joining the association in 1999-2000, bringing up another flag after a comfortable victory against Killarney.

Bant was not surprised the Panmure dynasty has continued to roll on.

“I guess we just have trust in each other and trust in everyone’s ability,” he said.

“We don’t have any backstabbing like some of the other clubs.

“Everyone’s mates here and we don’t really go out and try and recruit players.

“There is a winning culture at the moment and we want to keep it going.”

Killarney captain Liam Cole won the toss at Purnim Recreation Reserve on Saturday and sent the minor premier in to bat, a move which Bant was expecting after the Crabs’ impressive semi-final chase the previous weekend.

It was an ideal start to the innings for Killarney, dismissing one of the association’s leading run scorers in Timmy Hunt (1) to have the Bulldogs 1-8.

Bant (73) stepped in and steadied the innings, which included a 68-run partnership for the third wicket with James McKinnon (10).

“When we were 3-100, we were looking like we might get to 250 but we just kept losing wickets and couldn’t really get any good partnerships going,” Bant said.

“They bowled pretty well as well. We still thought that to get 210, that was going to be pretty competitive.”

A solid 29 from number eight Dan Meade was crucial in lifting Panmure’s total to 210, while last week’s matchwinner, veteran Brian Salmon, chipped in with 23.

Killarney faced seven overs unscathed on Saturday afternoon, finishing 0-11 at stumps to need 200 runs for victory yesterday.

“We knew that we were going to have to bowl them out if we were going to win,” Bant said.

“We were just able to keep getting wickets (yesterday) and they couldn’t get many partnerships going.”

The Crabs sunk to 6-66 mid-afternoon, with Cole (28) the only top-order batsman who fired.

It was courtesy of Panmure opening bowlers Nathan Shand (4-38 off 27.1 overs, including 11 maidens) and Meade (3-28 off 22 overs, with eight maidens) ripping through the order.

After being 9-104, Killarney’s Daniel Jones (30no) provided some resistance before the Crabs were all out for 123.

“When Jonesy was in, he could’ve done anything so it was a bit of relief when we got them all out,” said Bant, who explained celebrations after the final wicket weren’t too animated due to the majority of the Panmure players being involved in previous flags, including last season.

Meade was named man of the match due to his all-round performance.

The modest 27-year-old, who missed last year’s premiership because he was working in London, described his game as “all right”.

“They didn’t really play any shots in the first half of the game so they dug themselves into a hole,” he said of Killarney.

“We fielded well and bowled pretty tight.”

Cole was the pick of Killarney’s bowlers, taking 3-57 off 19 overs.

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