Prince Alfred Old Collegians v Para Hills
Prince Alfred Old Collegians continued its outstanding run in the competition when it easily accounted for Para Hills at Park 9 in their knock out semi-final. Batting first after winning the toss Para Hills was dismissed for 92 in 36.4 overs with the Reds replying with 3/134 to win on the first day. Keagan English topscored for the Reds with 64, while Jack Dent (4/30) and Nicholas Clayfield (4/20) starred with the ball for PAOC. Dylan Hiscock played a lone hand for the Hornets with 33, while Grant Carey took 2/25.
Pooraka v Ingle Farm
Pooraka’s tight bowling proved too much for Ingle Farm in their semi-final at Lindblom Park as the Bulls advanced to another grand final. Batting first the Farmers made 164 but the Bulls were never threatened to make 2/165 after resuming on 0/87. Captain Jye Bailey led the way with 77no, while Steven Marks made 54. Mark Hanson had a solid game with 18 and 4/48, while Shane Virgens grabbed 3/30. Chris McLean starred with the bat for the Farmers with 69, while James Carson made 39.
Prince Alfred Old Collegians takes on Pooraka in this Saturday/Sunday’s grand final.
Trinity College Old Scholars v Flinders Park
Trinity College Old Scholars continued its meteoric rise through the ranks with a thrilling win against Flinders Park in their semi final at Trinity College, late on the second day. Set 172 for victory, Trinity edged to victory with 9/173 after needing 25 runs to win with the last pair at the wicket. A rearguard action, mainly led by Bradley Schaper with 20no, saw Trinity home, into the grand final and into A1 for the 2020 season after climbing from A3 in 2018. Schaper took 3/32 in the first innings, while Stefan Lainas also was strong with 3/21. Flinders Park was led on day one with John Stevens with 55 and Liam Bernhardt with 38. Luke Crichton battled hard for Flinders Park with 3/52 with Tom Cousins, Sam Hynes and Jarrad Taylor taking two wickets each.
Marion v Fulham
Marion’s day-one score of 269 on the back of Steve McAllister’s 159 proved too tough for Fulham to chase in their semi-final at Marion Oval. McAllister carved up 22 fours and four sixes with strong support from captain Warrick Stanborough who was unbeaten on 35 and Chris Geddie who made 27. Fulham was dismissed for 144 after resuming on 3/14 with Kyle Adcock (48), Luke Adcock (38) and Reece Oliver (31) the only scores of note. Warrick Stanborough (4/41) and Chirag Shah (3/19) kept the pressure on the Fulham batsmen, while Kyle Adcock battled strongly with the ball for Fulham with 3/60.
Marion takes on Trinity College Old Scholars in the grand final on Saturday/Sunday.