Hatton, Barr propel Saints to grand final
St Mary’s Cricket Club will play Yallingup Oddbods in the A grade grand final of the Busselton Margaret River Cricket Association on Saturday after St Mary’s overcame YOBS by just two runs in the second semifinal.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Saints got off to a flyer, with opener Nick Barr hitting a personal best of 70.
Jono Lloyd (24) and Shay Thackrah (20) continued their good form to help St Mary’s post an imposing total of 191.
In the chase, YOBS looked to be cruising to victory thanks to a 64 run partnership between Nayt Colombera (48) and Ben Clarke (52) but when Clarke was caught behind off Saints spinner Joe Lowe, YOBS still needed 52 runs.
St Mary’s captain Danny Hatton was the hero with the ball, taking 4-27 with a crucial wicket-maiden at the death to deny YOBS, who were all out for 189.
The Margaret River Hawks cruised to victory over Dunsborough Cricket Club in the first semifinal at Gloucester Park.
On a bouncy wicket, they restricted Dunsborough to just 95 off 40.5 overs before Rumesh Silva took over the game, scoring a quick-fire 66 not out to give the Hawks a nine-wicket win.
In Sunday’s preliminary final Margaret River won an important toss and batted first, making another solid total of 9-183.
Shane Joyce top-scored with 66, while Haig Colombera took 4-18 off seven overs for YOBS.
In reply, YOBS struggled with the bat and when spinner Ethan Piggot was out for a 10-ball duck, they were reeling at 8-103, needing a further 81 runs to win.
Enter the in-form Ben Clarke who blasted a game-high 83 off 87 balls to steal a grand final berth.
In B-grade, Vasse will play Dunsborough in the grand final thanks to 99no from Matt Kamman leading his team to 2-231 off 45 overs to destroy YOBS by 111 runs in the second semifinal.
Dunsborough worked harder for their grand final berth, defeating St Mary’s by 11 runs on Saturday and a demoralised YOBS on Sunday by just six runs.
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