Notre Dame College has won the Marist Cricket Carnival title in Bunbury, Western Australia.
The Shepparton-based school capped a superb campaign in majestic style on Monday with a seven-wicket win against Marist Sion College Warragul.
Notre went into the clash needing to beat the previously unconquered Gippslanders to lift the Stan McCabe Trophy and put themselves in the frame with the ball.
On a good wicket for batting, Marist Sion College was restricted to 7-192 from 50 overs with Josh Larkin (3-32) the pick of the Notre Dame bowlers.
Five of the six bowlers used enjoyed success, with Harry Tonks (1-23 from eight overs) and Mitch McGrath (1-28 from nine overs) economical.
Notre’s chase endured an early setback when Connor Holland fell for one, but Larkin and Andrew Poppa came together for a match-winning 123-run stand.
Larkin hit 13 boundaries in a stylish 80 from 89 deliveries, while opener Poppa’s star continues to rise.
The Karramomus batsman provided the backbone of the innings, batting for 136 minutes to make 75 from 112 balls.
When he departed at 3-172, the job was all but done as the explosive Jordan McGregor (28 not out, including six fours) and McGrath (3 not out) saw Notre Dame home with 12 overs to spare.
Four players — Poppa, Holland, McGregor and Ethan Baxter — were named in the Marist XI for their form during the five-match campaign.
McGregor earned the nod as player of the carnival after making 111 runs at 111 and taking 15 wickets at the miserly average of 8.53.
Poppa took home the batsman of the carnival thanks to an aggregate of 337 runs at 112.33, highlighted by a century against Newman College last Thursday.
Baxter’s 12 wickets at 9.58 helped him secure title of bowler of the carnival.