Dunsborough romp into T20’s big dance

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
Nick Ritchie will captain Dunsborough against Yobs in the grand final.
Camera IconNick Ritchie will captain Dunsborough against Yobs in the grand final. Credit: Vanessa Holmes-Hatton

The Dunsborough Cricket Club will play Yallingup Odd Bods (YOBS) in the Busselton Margaret River T20 grand final tomorrow after demolishing St Mary’s on Saturday with a brilliant batting display.

A superb half century (55) which included four sixes from Dunsborough No.4 Matthew Jamieson put Dunsborough in the box seat early before captain Nick Ritchie hit an unbeaten 30.

“It was good to hit a few sixes early and develop some momentum,” Jamieson said.

The reigning premiers posted 5-146 off 20 overs which proved too much for a struggling St Mary’s who could only manage 8-92 in reply. Ever reliable St Mary’s captain Danny Hatton top-scored with 28 for the Saints before being trapped lbw by Dunsborough’s Nathan Whitney (2-12).

St Mary’s could not develop any momentum with the bat, losing their first four wickets for only 12 runs.

“I thought we protected that score well with a strong bowling performance,” Jamieson said.

“We’ll need that again next week and hopefully we can get another flag.”

It sets up a grand final rematch between Dunsborough and YOBS, who lost their match against the Margaret River Hawks but progressed through to the grand final because of superior points.

The YOBS started well with Nayton Colombera (24) and Troyden Thorpe (34) enjoying a strong partnership after the first wicket. However, when Thorpe was stumped by Hawks captain Shane Joyce off the bowling of Chris McLean with the score at 4-99, it sparked a collapse and YOBS would lose six wickets while adding only 11 runs to be bowled out for 110.

Man-of-the-match Joyce would go on to top score for the Hawks with 37 as they passed YOBS total with eight balls to spare.

YOBS captain Ben Payne said they were “pretty lucky” to reach the grand final after winning only two matches this T20 season.

“We’ll look to bat first and set a good total and defend it with the ball,” he said.

YOBS’ star batsman Harvey Golding will look to return to form after falling for only four runs.

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