Lions sur­vive semi-fi­nal scare

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Sport - Dustin Ed­wards

SUBIACO Floreat will play Melville in the T20 Grand Fi­nal on Fe­bru­ary 3 af­ter scrap­ing home against Mid­land-guild­ford by two wick­ets at Ab­bett Park at the week­end.

Af­ter win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bat, Mid­land-guild­ford strug­gled to find a part­ner­ship early on, crum­bling to 5-36.

Michael Hart was on fire with the ball for the Lions in the first half of the in­nings, tak­ing 3-27 from his four overs.

Corry Verco (30 not out from 31) and Scott Borth­wick (26 from 24) were the only two bats­men to dig their heels in at the crease, com­bin­ing to score more than half of Mid­land- Guild­ford’s to­tal.

Lu­cas Martin, Hamish Mcken­zie and Tim Mon­teleone chipped in with the ball for the Lions, com­bin­ing for six wick­ets as the Black Swans were bowled out for 110.

With a small tar­get to chase down, Geremy Fa­touros and Calum How got the Lions off to a flyer, open­ing the run chase with a quick-fire 40-run part­ner­ship.

How­ever, still full of adrenalin from his late in­nings cameo with the bat, Verco be­gan to as­sert his dom­i­nance on the match once again, this time with the ball.

The ver­sa­tile all­rounder claimed the first three wick­ets of the in­nings, putting the Lions on the back foot as they fell to 5-86.

A match-sav­ing 22-run part­ner­ship to Mcken­zie and Aaron Lilly pushed the to­tal to 108 be­fore the Lions lost three wick­ets for one run to put a scare through the Lions’ coach­ing staff.

Fi­nally, Conor Moldrich came to the res­cue for the Lions, crunch­ing a four to se­cure the nail-bit­ing vic­tory and send­ing the home team into the grand fi­nal.

Melville stormed into the T20 Grand Fi­nal, dis­man­tling Clare­mont-nedlands by 62 af­ter post­ing 3229 on Sun­day at Tomp­kins Park.

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