Penrith Cricket Club has won the first grade limited-overs cup with a one-run win over Hawkesbury at Howell Oval on Sunday afternoon.
Bolstered by the return of Pat Cummins from international T20 duty, Penrith scored 9-181 from its 35 overs in the rain affected final.
Hawkesbury were cruising at 1-139 before Michael Bevan medalist for player of the match Michael Castle came on to bowl.
He took 5-20 from five overs and started a collapse of 9-41.
“It was a really good feeling,” Castle said.
“I’m new to the club but the club’s been building to it for some time and it’s good to be a part of it.
“It was good for a western derby final and Hawkesbury played really well.”
It was good for a western derby final and Hawkesbury played really well.Michael Castle
Speaking immediately after the match, Cummins said it was emotional playing a part in such a close victory.
"It's actually quite nerve wracking,” he said.
“In big stadiums there's lots of people and you don't really notice it but here it's all your teammates [watching] and you know how much it means to everyone so it's nerve wracking – but I got through it.”
It was Penrith’s first limited-overs title since the 2001/02 season and denied Hawkesbury it’s first title in first grade cricket.
Rooty Hill junior Jordan Gauci was the only player to pass 50 with 82 from 89 balls for Hawkesbury.
When Castle took Gauci’s wicket, he said Penrith still had the belief they could win.
“We always said it was a pretty two-paced wicket and hard to score on,” he said.
“I just tried to execute the yorkers and everything turned to gold and we just kept running through them.
“Pat bowled well and we just kept taking wickets which made it hard for them.”
Five runs were needed off the final over against Cummins with a run out sealing the result on the final ball.