Warriors defeat Canecutters to win place in grand final
WARRIORS have edged out Canecutters with a narrow win of only 6 runs to secure a spot in the grand final against Valleys this Saturday.
Batting first, Warriors got off to a steady start with Bryce Fraser (14) and Harry Quod very watchful and strong in defence, making bowlers work for any wickets.
An in-swinging off-cutter from Dale Mengel (1/16 from 4 overs) found a way through Fraser's defence to claim what would be the first and only wicket to fall in the Warriors' innings.
Quod (42 not out) and Dane Vardanega (52 not out) turned defence into attack, with some strong stroke play and lusty hits making life difficult for the Canecutters bowlers.
The Canecutters attack could not find a way to remove Quad and Vardanega, with the pair remaining unbeaten to see Warriors bring up a defendable total of 1/132 from their allotted overs.
In response, Canecutters got off to a shaky start with Warriors bowlers Shane Knight (1/27 from 4 overs) claiming the early wicket of David Vickers (6).
Liam Davies (18) and Aaron Regan (35) got Canecutters back on track, taking a leaf out of the Warriors' batting innings with some attacking shots to the boundary.
Spin bowler Grant Lucht (2/27 from 4 overs) struck to remove both Davies and Regan in fairly quick succession to put Warriors firmly back onto the front foot.
Mike Hope (30) and Dale Mengel (22) teamed up together and it looked likely that the duo would bring up victory for Canecutters before Hope fell to a great catch on the boundary from Harry Quod off the bowling of Dane Vardanega (1/23 from 2 overs).
With only 11 runs required from 2 overs for victory, it was down to Craig Brown and Dale Mengel to win it for Canecutters.
The pair were on track to bring up a win for Canecutters, before a mixup running between the wickets saw Dale Mengel run out and Canecutters falling agonisingly short by only 6 runs.
With Warriors securing the win, this weekend will see the grand final played between Valleys and Warriors in what should be a close contest.
The game will be 40 overs a side and players are asked to be at the Kelsey Creek Sporting Complex by 11:45am so that a toss can be held at noon with the game to get underway promptly at 12:30pm.
Spectators are welcome to come along, with the canteen open for the duration of the game.