Three teams make fi­nals

Comment News (Gosnells) - - Sport -

AR­MADALE Cricket Club en­joyed a su­perb week­end, see­ing three out of four teams progress to the grand fi­nal.

Ar­madale’s first grade, one day E and one day F sides all made their re­spec­tive grand fi­nals, while one day A heart­break­ingly missed out on a grand fi­nal berth on the game’s fi­nal ball.

First grade won a thriller against Thorn­lie, as a su­perb spell from Chad Forsyth saw Thorn­lie col­lapse from 1-45 to 6-56.

But they fought back and de­spite Jake Forsyth tak­ing two cru­cial wick­ets, Thorn­lie man­aged a com­mend­able 176.

Ar­madale reached stumps at 116 with the game in the balance, and looked to be in trou­ble on day two when they slumped to 4-64.

Steady re­sis­tance from An­ton Bick­ley (20) and Jeff Petrie (34) saw Ar­madale take con­trol, although two quick wick­ets re­duced them to 6-108.

Once again, the Forsyth broth­ers stood tall, guid­ing Ar­madale to 8-164, be­fore a sen­sa­tional 36no from Cap­tain Damian Car­roll helped se­cure Ar­madale’s spot in the grand fi­nal.

One day A lost on the fi­nal ball against Ken­wick, de­spite reach­ing 7-185. Oswin D’Sylva’s bril­liant 58 proved the cat­a­lyst for their tidy to­tal, and they looked to be head­ing to the fi­nal when Ken­wick fell to 4-61.

One day E took on Cock­burn, re­duc­ing their op­po­nents to 4-44.

De­spite a brief fight­back, ex­cel­lent bowl­ing from Jim McClure (476, in­clud­ing 0-14 from 8 overs) and Peter Smith (3-15) left Ar­madale in the driver’s seat as Cock­burn were dis­missed for 122.

Rhett Jones (37) and Smith (24no) played their part to per­fec­tion as Ar­madale cruised home by seven wick­ets.

Great bowl­ing from one day F’s James Og­den (3-22), Joe Facey (2-7 off 5.2 overs) and Rob Goscombe (2-11 off 4 overs) dis­missed Kardinya for just 78.

Will Wat­son’s 34 stead­ied a shaky start from Ar­madale and de­spite four quick wick­ets, they calmly pro­gressed in the end to win by five wick­ets.

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