IF Daniel Bruce was partying harder than most on Saturday night, it was probably forgivable.
The 29-year-old made a superb half-century to guide his Workers White side to a comfortable six-wicket triumph over Evans Head in the Lismore District Twenty20 cricket second grade final.
It was a first piece of silverware for the wicketkeeper/batsman since his opening season with the club in 2001.
The Goonellabah player was over the moon with his team’s triumph.
“I’m absolutely stoked to win a trophy,” Bruce said. “I think there will be a big night now.”
The seasiders, batting first, struggled to make a decent total in tricky conditions at Lismore’s damp Oakes Oval.
No one made it past the teens for Evans Head as they struggled to 8-75 from the allotted 20 overs.
Corey Layton shone with the ball, taking 3-16 from his fourovers.
Bruce led the way for Workers White in response, hitting an unbeaten 54 to guide his team home with three overs to spare.
Paddy Wilde did best with the ball for Evans, taking 1-9 from his four overs.
“We were saying in the sheds that we had to bat like we were chasing 150,” Bruce said.
“If we thought we were chasing a low total, we would probably have been out for 50.
“I normally like coming in against the second-change bowlers, but I’ve opened a little bit this year.
“I haven’t made a lot of runs this season, so it was good to do well today.”
Right-hander Bruce is a big fan of the short-form game.
“I think we all like Twenty20,” he said.
“You can have a big swing and hit some shots.
“I got 30 last week so maybe I’m hitting my straps this season.
“There’s a few weeks left, so hopefully I can get some decent runs for the rest of the year.”