FOR the first time since round 11 2016, Mornington’s first grade side are winners.
Looking to close out the first innings early on day two, Mornington were met with strong resistance from Kookaburra’s Kristopher Lodge (42) and Luke Ellis (20 not out) but had a dangerous weapon in the form of Callum Hayne.
Having taken five wickets late on day one, Hayne continued the onslaught claiming another three wickets to finish with 8-40 and helped deny Kookaburras a first innings lead, dismissing them for 112.
Hayne was very humble about his haul post match.
“It was nice to be able to fluke a few wickets,” he said.
“I was getting a fair bit of swing on day one which really helped, then I was able to scrap something together to get a couple of wickets today [Saturday], which was nice.”
Mornington captain Sam Lumby praised his side’s performance, describing the win as “bloody unreal”.
“I’ve been back playing first grade for a good two years or so now and that’s the first win I’ve had,” Lumby said.
“Week in and week out we have turned up and been tonked around, and got pretty sick of it, so it’s really pleasing to finally be on the other end of it.”
Lumby said the inclusion of top personal such as Hayne had helped the side improve over the season.
“To be honest I wasn’t surprised by Cal’s performance, I always knew he could bowl,” he said.
“We caught up the night before and we were talking about how keen we were to pick up the win.
“I think that enthusiasm and energy throughout our performance has been what we have been lacking over the last couple of years.
“Energy is a huge thing in cricket, that energy was there throughout this game and is a big reason why we got up, so hopefully we can keep that going for the rest of the summer.”
Mornington will now look to its next clash against Albion at Kitchener Park.
“I think we have the quality of players to compete with those top sides,” Lumby said.
“We still have Jamie Mitchell and Trent Winsor to come back in on top of the guys who played in this game.
“We have some genuine first graders playing which makes a big difference, hopefully with them we can continue this form going forward.”