Lions survive semi-final scare
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.