Forestry Cricket Club has won the Warren-Blackwood Cricket Association premiership cup for the 2020-21 season. Forestry’s stand-in captain Dan Ward won the toss and elected to bat, as runs on the board in a final have a huge impact. Boyup Brook’s Jacob Maw had the new ball talking early as he nicked off opener Mat Johnston for a duck in the opening overs. Kayne Aitken joined Ward at the crease and steadied the ship as the pair put on 44 runs together before Ward was dismissed for 26. Aitken played on to post 40 runs for his side, until he was caught off the bowling of Jakob Marsh. With Forestry at 3-74, the game was very much an even contest. Boyup Brook needed some quick wickets to potentially roll through Forestry, although Andy Tuthill denied their attempt. He was rock-solid in defence early, and accelerated through his innings later to put Forestry in the box seat. He compiled 35 runs in a strong partnership with Brock Tempra (48) which really set up the innings. Marsh claimed three wickets of his own, while Maw and Tristan Mead had two each to their name in a great contest between bat and ball. Josiah Smith hit 11 runs late, with Corey Gibellini chipping in with 12 to bump the score up to 7-181 after 45 overs. Boyup Brook went about the chase aggressively, and it paid dividends for the first part of their innings. Skipper Jason Raven made 35 and was solid as he opened the batting and held strong to survive the opening bowlers. Tim Mead displayed some clean ball striking, including a glorious six over long-on, until a great catch from Johnston had him dismissed for 26 from just 19 balls. With the visitors well in front, and Tristan Mead fresh at the crease, the game seemed it was about to break open, but Forestry’s Josiah smith had other ideas. He removed Mead with assistance from Gibellini, who took a great catch, and then clean bowled Maw the next ball, to have two wickets in two balls. Once again, the game was then in the balance. Ex-Forestry player Steven Hill, and young wicketkeeper Josh Miller created much hope for Boyup Brook as they made 25 runs each. Star player Tuthill was then called upon for his second spell, and he dismissed the pair instantly. Joe Thompson showed a glimmer of hope with 17 not out, but it was too little too late as Forestry ran over the top. Ward and Smith finished with two wickets each, while man of the match Andy Tuthill claimed four wickets in a best afield display. This is the first time in 16 years that Forestry have won the Thompson shield, with Dave Jeffery the only remaining player. The game was played with plenty of respect from both sides in a great display of cricket, as Forestry became winners by 26 runs.