Tatts does the triple

Tatts wins the three top prizes

Tatts Cricket Club claimed the 2017-18 Narrabri District Cricket Association club championship, first grade 45-over championship and second grade 40-over championship. Pictured are second grade skipper Bill Wood, first grade skipper Tom Craig and club president Brendon Ward with the trophies.

First grade grand final win - check; second grade grand final win - check; club championship - check.

The 2017-18 season, which was the Tatts Cricket Club’s 50th, was a very successful one for the club.

The icing on the cake was on Saturday, when the sides celebrated grand final glory in both first and second grade.

The first grade side batted first and made 9-124 in 45 overs, before bowling Civeo out for 84 to win by 40 runs.

The second grade side’s victory was even more convincing.

After making 9-196 from 40 overs, Tatts won by 87 runs after dismissing Civeo for 109.

The day was a special one for club president Brendon Ward.

The last time Tatts did the double on grand final day was in 2002-03, during a season in which Ward played in second grade.

He said that it was a special feeling for things to come full circle on Saturday.

“I’m very happy,” Ward said.

“This year was a different approach from our captains and also the club.

“There was a bit more emphasis on each grade, and players in each grade focusing on their own jobs and positions.

“We’ve ended up using about 40 players, and we had a couple of spares in the grand final.

“The club is moving forward and I’m really happy with how everything has turned out this year. “

Ward said that things looked promising for the club in the near-future.

“We’ve always tried to keep the family value at Tatts,” he said.

“People like Bill Wood, Butch Graham, Russell Wood and Tom Craig and a few others - we are all focusing on looking after the young guys.

“We have a couple of good kids in Nick Hand, Joey Fowler, Sid Harvey, then a few older boys like Jakeb Nipperess and Jonty Schwager who will both be pushing for first grade next year.”

For first grade skipper Tom Craig, Saturday’s decider was his first as the club’s captain.

He said that he expected runs when he first looked at the wicket, and commended both sides’ bowlers.

“The game highlighted just how good the bowlers are for both teams,” Craig said.