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Beechworth split T20 contests but miss out on final


BEECHWORTH was forced to split its matches in the Wangaratta and District Cricket Associatio­n on the weekend and due to its initial loss, missed out on making it through to the grand final.

The Wanderers were clinical in accounting for Delatite on Sunday but it was the loss to Wangaratta Magpies on Friday night that effectivel­y put paid to their finals hopes.

With Saturday’s matches reduced to draws through the heat, Greta (with two wins) and YYarrawong­a Mulwala were able to progress to the grand final on Friday night.

After being forced to bowl first against the Magpies, Jake Biddulph grabbed three wickets, including two in the final over to reduce the home side to 8/133 from their 20 overs.

And while Beechworth moved to 2/75 in the chase, the dismissals of Kayde Surrey (30) and Allessandr­o Belci (19) one run apart ripped the momentum away and the Magpies were able to restrict the Wanderers to 9/127.

With the shackles released somewhat on Sunday, Beechworth made the most of its trip to Mansfield, batting first and making a formidable total of 3/166 from its 20 overs.

Delatite was never in the hunt and were eventually bowled out for just 120 with Beechworth’s Will Christie (four wickets) and John Matchett (two) the chief destroyers.

The Wanderers will be forced to wait a fortnight before their next game due to a bye in round nine of the regular season before facing up to Rovers United Bruck at home in round 10.

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