Donnybrook’s first season in the BDCA’s women’s competition has ended in a remarkable premiership success, holding off a resurgent Marist to win Sunday’s grand final at Forrest Park. Chasing a first premiership in their third grand final appearance, Marist were rocked early by one of the competition’s best-ever bowling displays as the visitors restricted them to just 42. A Donnybrook side with all the momentum but much less experience then found themselves on the ropes early in the chase. Summer Towers was caught behind off the bowling of Gabby House from the first ball of the innings and when Amiee Licciardello spooned a ball to Hayley Byass at backward point, the Dons were 2-1. It took a 22-ball innings of 11 from Lisa Worsfold and her vital 20-run partnership with captain Ashleigh Towers to put Donnybrook back in the box seat — both batters striking at 50 for more than five overs to steady the ship. Both Worsfold and Towers had fallen before Emily Wilson, who was used as Marist’s fifth bowler, dismissed Brodie Stewart and Rebecca Welsh in consecutive balls. Having not lost more than eight wickets in any game this season, Donnybrook’s inexperienced tail was set to be exposed on the biggest stage, still needing six runs with two wickets in hand at the final drinks break. It made for an agonising final stage, as Lisa Smith and Gemma Dunkley, with the assistance of some sundries, inched their way towards the target. The premiership was sealed when Dunkley pulled Ebony Bilcich through mid-wicket for the winning runs. “The heart was definitely beating pretty fast, it was a lot closer than what we thought and what we’d hoped for but all nerves went and it was just excitement once we hit the winning runs,” Ashleigh Towers said after the game. Earlier in the day eventual player of the match Stewart took 2-8 from her six overs and Smith and Ashleigh Towers also took two each as Marist fell for easily their lowest score of the season. A defiant 4 (33) from Tenille Barbetti provided some sort of anchor for the home side but the middle-order batter ran out of support. The defeat is Marist’s third from as many grand finals, losing twice to Hay Park in the competition’s first two seasons.