IN AN historic clash between two traditional Salem families, the Amms claimed the Family Settler six-a-side cricket title for the first time when they defeated the Fords in the final in Salem on Saturday.
The final, which the Amms won by a decisive 22 runs, was the culmination of an exciting and well-contested day of cricket, with both finalists edging into the title round by a superior run-rate after they each lost one and won two of their round-robin matches.
The Fords, who were playing in the tournament for the first time, had a thrilling finish in their group clash with the Emslies, Michael jnr hitting the winning single off the final ball to ultimately clinch their berth in the final.
Sadly for them, they ran into a rampant Simon Amm in the final and the young lefthander thrashed their Ford attack for a sizzling 47 in double-quick time, sending his team soaring to 73, the highest score of the day by eight runs.
The Fords needed a strong start to stay in touch, but they lost two key batsmen in Michael snr and Mark in the second and third overs, and from then on they were never really in the hunt.
They persevered until the end, but finished their five overs well short on 53.
It is interesting to note that the two captains, Peter Amm and Mark Ford, are lifelong friends, having played together at Salem Primary School and later St Andrew's College. They also both played provincial cricket.
The fielding prize was shared by 59-year-old Cuan King and 52-year-old Mark Ford for two brilliant catches.
Other awards from the day were: Gary Emslie Trophy for effort and all-round contribution: Ben Ford; batting prize: Murray Hobson; bowling prize: Mike Ford jnr; Ian Long Trophy for best individual bowling performance: Chris Ford; most runs: Murray Hobson; fielding: Cuan King and Mark Ford.