It has been a while but the Grand old flag can be replaced with a brand new one. The 2009-10 South Division 1st XI premiership flag can now be replaced with a brand new one after Bentleigh defeated South Caulfield to take out the Premiership in the Cricket Southern Bayside Championship Division last weekend. Closing in on a decade since the last first eleven success, the Demons played some stellar cricket lead by Player of the Final Tom Meredith with 109 from 135 balls as he set his side up for their total of 293, ensuring it was game on at Princes Park. With timely support from captain Rob Ciccarella (55), runs from Alex Caravelas (23) and the lower order in Sam Mouzakis (23) and Shane Jeffree (25) against his former side, Bentleigh were dismissed in the 79th over of the first day and were well aware that the 293 was likely to be the minimum score needed on the fast outfield and South Caulfield home deck. Sampath Perera (4/56) continued his fine season for South but it was Meredith stealing the show on Day One with his season high 109, in a 531-run season. Three times during the season Meredith was on for a century, but Saturday was the day he chose to bring it all together despite being dropped on 30. On Sunday, Bentleigh grabbed the early breakthrough when Jarrad Dowling knocked over Elliot Bradley (2), they soon picked up Luke Russell (24) and Will Russell (12) in the space of a run, it was game on at 5/83. Josh O’Donnell (59) rebuilding the chase with support from Dan Ford (42) as they put on 90 odd before losing both quickly, 6/176, then 7/178, before the tail was swept up and the final wicket taken by former South Premiership player Shane Jeffree (4/39). It was the perfect time for Bentleigh to deliver an all-round team performance and deliver not only a flag but some new silverware to the trophy cabinet at Arthur St. In the end a 105-run win for Bentleigh was the final result.