Finals on horizon

March 07, 2018

Number two batsman Kasey Duncan made 27 runs for Avenel against Tallarook.

Tallarook’s Kalon Winnell had a dangerous spell with the ball, taking two wickets in a row from two Jac Smith-Williams’ catches.

Big-hitting Will Wheeler got Avenel on a roll with 49 runs in his side’s semi-final win over Tallarook on the weekend.


Avenel v Tallarook

Avenel wiped out reigning premiers Tallarook on the weekend to book a spot in the Seymour District Cricket Association grand final.

The home side looked shaky early with a string of wickets leaving them at 4/34 before Kasey Duncan, Will Wheeler and Steve Donovan steadied the ship, allowing them to ultimately secure a 96-run victory.

Starting at number two Duncan made 27 runs, with Wheeler taken out by Andrew Dundon for 49 and Donovan posting an unbeaten 54 runs.

Will Dundon took three wickets for Tallarook, while Kalon Winnell enjoyed a hat-trick opportunity after dismissing Tom Burke and Nick Abley with two catches taken by Jac Smith-Williams.

Avenel were eventually bowled out for 176 runs.

Max Lawrence then took it upon himself to finish the job, taking an extraordinary 7/15 off 17 overs. With a season tally of 17 wickets for 24 runs, Lawrence now has a bowling average of 9.72.

Tom Burke nabbed two wickets with Cody Hogan also claiming a scalp as Avenel bowled Tallarook out for 80 runs.

Avenel will play Broadford in the Grand Final at Harley Hammond Reserve next weekend.

Broadford v Yea Tigers

Yea Tigers have gone down in the semi finals two years in a row after a strong display from Broadford.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first, but their luck would end here. Opening batsman Michael Waghorn was bowled by a fired up Cam Berry, who took 4/26 off 14 overs, with Corey Malcolm soon to go for just three runs.

Yea found some rhythm through captain Ben Tarran (18 runs) and Matt Lockhart (34 runs) to hit 2/66. But when Lockhart was taken out by Jack Connell, Yea’s middle collapsed, with the visitors losing six wickets for just three runs.

Ryan Akers was Yea’s second highest scorer with 25 runs, while Nathan Woods matched Cam Berry’s efforts with the ball, taking 4/17 off 13 overs.

Broadford was then dominant in reply with Mitch Collier making 60 and Ash Wood making 43 to claim victory without losing a wicket.

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