Lindisfarne Cricket Club claimed their first premiership since 2010/11 in spectacular fashion on Saturday, defeating reigning premiers and table-toppers Clarence on the second day of the Detail First Premier League Grand Final.
Lindisfarne came out swinging after seeing out the final session of play on Day 2 with Charlie Wakim and Ben McDermott still at the crease to build an insurmountable lead to seal the triumph with a day to play.
The pair left no doubt as to their intentions as both players brought up their half centuries well before lunch.
A frustrated Clarence bowling attack were unable to put a halt to the partnership that soon developed into centuries for both players after the first interval, Ben McDermott hitting his ton as Lindisfarne cruised to 2/241.
Lightning captain Wakim was soon to follow, notching his own ton as the side sped to figures of 2/280 - dwarfing Clarence's first innings total of 209 after they were restricted to the under-par total by new ball pairing, Nathan Ellis & Matthew Wilkie, who took nine wickets between them.
It was fast-bowling prodigy, Lawrence Neil-Smith, who finally took the scalp of the captain, Wakim caught in front of the stumps on 117 off 236 deliveries.
However, the jubilation of the Roos was short-lived, as McDermott took up a new partnership with the incoming Keegan Oates.
McDermott simply couldn’t be stopped, hitting glorious shots all around the ground off the entire Clarence bowling attack. His magnificent effort of 217* broke the 35-year-old record for the highest individual score in a Grand Final, which was previously held by Lindsay Davison of Glenorchy Cricket Club.
Clarence could to little to stem the flow of runs, Oates himself putting in a strong performance to finish with 53* off 106 deliveries.
The Lightning finished on a mammoth 460 at the end of the days play, losing only the three wickets across their 124 overs.
For his record-breaking performance with the bat, Ben McDermott was awarded the Roger Woolley Medal for Player of the Final.