Sweetest of victories for Nicoll and his Cats

SPECIAL WIN: Jon Nicoll celebrates with son Cooper, 3, as Wagga City claimed a five-wicket win in the Wagga cricket grand final on Sunday. Picture: Laura Hardwick

SPECIAL WIN: Jon Nicoll celebrates with son Cooper, 3, as Wagga City claimed a five-wicket win in the Wagga cricket grand final on Sunday. Picture: Laura Hardwick

A third premiership with Wagga City means a whole lot more for Cats coach Jon Nicoll.

Overcome with emotion following the five-wicket victory against South Wagga on Sunday, Nicoll rated this latest success as the club’s best.

Wagga City looked in all sorts of trouble heading into the Christmas break with four losses and only the two wins to their credit.

However they won six of the next seven matches to take out the premiership.

Nicoll was proud of the way the team responded to the challenge.

“We were gone at Chrissy, we were nowhere, but we were able to find a way win the last four in a row,” Nicoll said.

“We had to win five or six games to make it and I’m still speechless really.

“The way we were able to find a way is incredible.

“It’s the third in five years so we have to be doing something right.”

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Nicoll played a big hand in the victory.

He took five wickets to bowl South Wagga out for 141 on Saturday, before being in the middle for the majority of the run chase.

Nicoll helped get the Cats on top early, taking two of the first three wickets as the Blues struggled to 3-18.

He then finished off the innings when he removed Nathan Cooke (16) to end with figures of 5-48 off 17.5 overs.

Coming in late in the day with his team at 2-35, Nicoll steadied the innings before taking the match away from the Blues on Sunday.

He eventually fell for 69, removed by Cooke just after the tea break when his team needed another four runs to win.

Combing with Josh Thompson (40) for a 103-run partnership, it ensured the Cats another title after back-to-back success in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

Nicoll was thrilled to help the team take home another premiership.

"I thought me and Josh were really good, we started really well and it was important that they didn’t get an early wicket,” he said.

“To have a 100 odd run partnership is really special.

“This is the stuff you play for and it is such a special feeling.

“I’m so happy for the young blokes and particularly Newc (Adam Newcombe) to come over at Chrissy.

“It is great for him to experience this feeling, being in a premiership team.”

Captain Warren Clunes was once more impressed by Nicoll's ability to win the match for the Cats.

“Jono is a special talent and he puts all his efforts in,” Clunes said.

“You can see the emotion on his face, he is in tears, and just puts so much effort in

“He does it for us every week so I’m very proud of him.”

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