Sharks finish season atop ladder

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

A week that began with various scenarios ended with all four teams qualifying for finals anyway with an English import showing his value.

South Port defeated Props comfortably at Memorial Oval. South Port batted first and it was an English top order that resulted in Farnworth falling victim to the Aussie heat. Adam Garrod was able to battle through and score his maiden ton and carry his bat to make 119*. Garrod’s innings saw South Port post a competitive 208 on a flat deck with Pellegrini, or Bradley at one stage, take 2/39. Props got off to a horrible start, falling 2/6 until Fuchs (50) and Wyatt (29) steadied the total to 72. After Wyatt was dismissed, Props lost wickets regularly with Wyatt and Grieg showing fight as Props fell for 130. O’Brien was chief destroyer cleaning up the middle order taking 5/12. South Port finish top of the tree after a successful season with Props in third and a date with Risdon to progress.

Wandearah won a tight contest against Risdon who were fighting for their season at Port Oval. Wandearah batted first and piled on runs scoring 214 . In a positive sign for Wandearah, Carmody returned to form scoring 62 and putting on 117 for the opening stand with Bessen who continued scoring big runs making 60. Ganley and Gray kept the runs ticking in the middle stages allowing Rams to post a big total. Hutchinson led his team from the front taking 3/33. Risdon battled hard through their innings and were always in the game. Hutchinson top scored with 56 with Dan Pine (43) making victory look a real chance. In the end Risdon fell seven runs short after 50 overs but with final reverting to top four they’ll be buoyed by a return to form. Gillett and Clark both picked up three wickets for Rams and are looking strong coming into finals.

Risdon have emerged as favourites for the B grade premiership after hammering Port Germein on complex two. Sharks batted first and were dismally bowled for 87. Phillips top scored with 30 and would make Fluff concerned going to finals. Hajisavva was spinning the batters out taking 4/22 off five overs. Risdon approached the chase cautiously and eased to a seven wicket victory in under 25 overs. Anderson continued his season long form making 54*. Hennessy picked up two wickets for Sharks in a fine effort. Risdon will be confident heading to the return fixture.

Props smashed South Port at complex one by eight wickets. South Port batted first and made a competitive 136 after good bowling from Props. Massner top scored for Pirates making 34 with Pole making 19. Fowler was top bowler for Props taking key wickets to reduce the total. Props came out hard as they capitalised on poor fielding and bowling by South Port. Bessen finished up 87* and didn’t have to play many extreme shots as he comfortably dealt with the bowling. Massner and Fetherstonhaugh picked up a wicket each but South Port need to train hard to make an impact in the finals.

The ‘Bats cruised into finals defeating the Rams by 79 runs. Holman (59) and Hucks (43) found form for Warnertown to challenge and should hit the finals confidently. Cox finished his first season at Wandearah with 3/13 off his seven overs in the Wombats total of 161. Rams mixed things up in the batting line up but all bar Nottage (29) struggled to impact the score as Rams were bowled out for 82. Mudge will have found confidence heading into finals taking a brilliant 5/25.

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