Cobras clinch grand final

By Gavin Staindl
THE HEINZ Southern District Cobras are destined for Turf One of the Dandenong and District Cricket Asscociation for the first time in their 19-year history after beating Coomoora in the Turf Two grand final last weekend.
The Cobras never looked like losing as they rolled the relegated side from last season’s Turf One competition by 141 runs at Alex Nelson Reserve.
Had there been an award for man of the match, HSD’s Michael Davies would have been a shoe-in as he led from the front in the batting and bowling departments.
Davies top scored with 68 as his team posted a first-innings total of 7/291, and he backed it up the following day taking 6/18 as the Cobras bowled Coomoora out for 150.
The win over Coomoora ensured HSD snapped an 11-year drought of unsuccessful final campaigns.
Of the past 11 final series, the Cobras have appeared in nine of them, but each time had fallen short of the major prize.
But a stellar performance by Davies, along with a half century by Navoda Ganegoda’s and a three-for by Paul Stockdale’, gave the minor premiers the deserved promotion.