Success continues to find its way to Cresswell Park, with Claremont-Nedlands claiming a third trophy in two weeks, winning the Club Championship for the fourth time in its history.
The past five seasons have transformed the Tigers into a Premier
Cricket powerhouse, with three club championships in that time, following the
2012-13 and 2013-14 triumphs.
First Grade coach Tim Macdonald believes it’s a
morale-boosting period for the club.
"It’s a really good feeling,” Macdonald says.
"It is a great indicator of where the club is at and
how we are performing across all four grades.
"It is a pretty great place to be at the moment as a cricket
The Tigers have collected back-to-back One Day League flags,
a Colts premiership and a T20 title over the past three seasons, along with
qualifying for countless finals.
"The amount of experience in playing and coaching that
has been around the club in the past five years has been a big reason behind
success,” he says.
"It has really helped to develop the young guys,
coupled with some of the ex-First Grade players hanging around.
"We have the largest percentage of local players
playing for our club, which is what we want.
"It is just a great club in general; it keeps the
seconds, thirds and fourths all involved and everyone hangs out socially
together as well.”
Claremont-Nedlands has been the dominant side in this year’s
First Grade competition, winning the Kevin Sullivan Silver Cup (minor
premiership) and the One Day League final, with a number of factors elevating
the Tigers to a new level this season.
"We have had a number of guys step up that were
teetering on the edge,” he explains.
"The performance of Tim David this year has been
outstanding. We knew he was going to be a good player, but he has really
stepped up and is dominating the competition.
"Our bowling attack has probably got a little more
venom, as we were missing Matt Kelly for quite a bit of last year and obviously
Joel Paris is starting to play a bit.
"Our one-day cricket, we have been strong for the last
three or four years, and everything is sort of coming together at the right
time of the year now.”
Whilst it is clear the Tigers are on top of their game, one
premiership still eludes the club.
The two-day flag has been the goal over the past few
seasons, and now after a number of disappointing finals campaigns, including
losing a gripping grand final to Wanneroo in 2012-13, the side is primed for a
"This (two-day flag) is what we have been talking about
since Wanneroo beat us at the WACA Ground,” he says.
"This is what every single one of the players wants; we
have made no bones about that in our planning.
"Obviously, we put everything into one-day cricket, but
this is the one we want and the year is sort of a failure if we don’t perform
how we know we can in the longer format.”
- Elliot Raiter