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Around The Grounds - Semi Finals

 A1 PREMIER GRADE

 

Para Hills v Walkerville (semi-final)

Walkerville’s patience on day two of its semi-final against minor premier Para Hills paid off with victory late on Sunday. The Hornets batted first and made 170 from 77 overs on Saturday, while the Cats replied with 3/171 from 64.5 overs. Para Hills opener Harvey Box top scored with 73, while Dylan Hiscock (23), Craig Calliess (21) and Travis Wordsworth (20) all had good moments. Box and Wordsworth produced the only partnership of note when they put on 53 runs for the second wicket. Patrick Meaney put the clamps on with the ball for the Cats with 4/33 with 10 maidens off 17 overs, while Andrew Westphal took 3/51. A damp pitch on the Sunday delayed the start of the game with Para Hills asked to face a maximum 72 overs. Scoring was slow in the early stages with 1/55 on the board after 38 overs and 2/90 off 50 overs. But the Cats upped the pace with Matthew Perilli leading the charge with 66no, Gareth Cox made 40, while captain Brett Knowles was there after 64.5 overs when the winning runs were hit to finish on 51no to help steer the Cats to a grand final berth.

 

Pooraka v Prince Alfred OC (semi-final)

Pooraka advanced to the grand final without a ball being bowled when its match against Prince Alfred Old Collegians was abandoned because of a wet pitch and surrounds at Lindblom Park. Pooraka, second, advanced to play Walkerville in the decider on Saturday/Sunday because of its higher position on the ladder.

 

 A2 GRADE

 

Old Scotch v Unley (semi-final)

A dominant 151no from Max Marslen was a big factor in Old Scotch posting 274 to beat Unley’s 146 in their semi-final at Scotch College. The home side batted first on Saturday and with David Scholz adding 38 and captain John Clifford (20) saw Old Scotch turn up the pressure after sitting at 4/99 at tea. Ali Fraser (3/38), Oliver Smith (3/44) and Ross Nicholson (3/87) led the bowlers for the Gunners after 78.5 overs. Unley was in big trouble in its run chase and at 7/41 off 21 overs looked set for an early finish. But James Mignorance (54no) and Daniel Ainscough (34) set about resurrecting the innings with a stand of 87 runs for the eighth wicket before Ainscough was dismissed. Earlier, opener Chris Geddie made 23. The Gunners worked hard to stay alive but were dismissed in 44.2 overs. Tom Bourne led the way for Old Scotch with the ball with 5/54, while Nathan Fox took 3/33.

 

Ingle Farm v Woodville Rechabite (semi-final)

A gripping, revamped 30-overs-a game on Sunday saw Woodville Rechabite win on the last ball against minor premier Ingle Farm at Rowe Park. Day one play was wiped out because of a wet pitch with action on the Sunday beginning about 2pm. Needing two runs to tie on the last ball Wreckers’ captain Paul Duffett bowled Cameron Hill after Hill had hit a six the ball before. Batting first the Wreckers made 132 from 29.5 overs with Ashley Brown top scoring with 50, while Josh Rosenthal made 31 - the pair combining for 48 runs for the fourth wicket. Maurie Sandery took 3/21 off six overs for the Bulldogs. In reply Ingle Farm’s James Carson led the way with 61 but the loss of wickets and needing 12 runs from the last over proved too much for the home side. Rosenthal took 3/35 off six overs for the Wreckers.

Old Scotch will host Woodville Rechabite in a Saturday/Sunday final.