It’s finals time again in the Rocky River Cricket Association!
The last two minor round games took place on the weekend and all sides had something to play for.
Laura defeated Georgetown to shore up top spot and secure free passage through to the grand final.
Meanwhile Redhill defeated Gladstone to scrape into third spot and set up a preliminary final encounter with Crystal Brook.
Gladstone v Redhill
Redhill in trouble early but stages comeback
Redhill won the toss and chose to bat but found themselves in trouble early with the first four wickets falling for only 45 runs.
Number 3 batsman Cam Kerr lost four batting partners and was struggling to build partnerships until Simon Hayes came to the crease.
Hayes was able to contribute 25 runs toward an 85 run partnership with Kerr which took Redhill’s total to 130.
Kerr was denied a century as he was trapped LBW by Jack Flavel for 94.
Redhill were not able to bat out their 42 overs and lost a steady stream of wickets to be all out for 168.
Jack Flavel was the best of the bowlers with 5/38 from 9.1 overs.
Jesse Philps also bowled very well to finish with 4/46/10 including 3 maidens.
Neil Loftus picked up a single wicket.
Gladstone’s run chase got off to a poor start with both opening batsmen being dismissed early.
Craig Woolford and Jack Flavel found themselves back in the pavilion with the score at 2/7.
Dylan Hansen had a lot to do as he made his way to the crease and he set about trying to build partnerships.
He ended up being the backbone of the innings with 64 runs but didn’t receive a lot of support as Riley Hennessy (13) was the only other batsman to make it into double figures.
Gladstone crumbled to be all out for 106, well short of Redhill’s total of 168.
Louis Cummins was the destroyer with the ball, finishing with 5/22/11 including 5 maidens.
Larry Klingner took 2/30/9 while Ben Weckert and Cooper Hayes picked up 1 wicket each.
Georgetown v Laura
Laura marches to final score of 5/247
Laura batted first in their clash against Georgetown and seemed to have all the answers against Georgetown’s bowling attack.
29 from Rick Willis and 60 from Ziek Kay took Laura’s total to 3/127.
Andrew Fleming contributed 47 and Michael Gaunt made 66 not out to help their side to a commanding total of 5/247.
Georgetown had 5 bowlers who picked up 1 wicket apiece – Stephen Hollow, Joel Zanker, Jake Clements, Cody Robson and Mackenzie Meaney.
Georgetown fell behind the required run rate early in their innings and never looked likely to chase down Laura’s total.
Shane Ballantyne batted throughout the entire innings and made 113 not out to notch up his second century for the season.
Stephen Hollow (22) and Jake Clements (17) were the only other batsmen to make it into double figures.
Georgetown finished their overs with the score at 5/182, well short of Laura’s total of 247.
Koby Nettle was the best of the bowlers with 2/37/8 while Rick Willis, Jaran Turner and Koby Millington picked up 1 wicket each.