RDCA: South Croydon into grand final

Bowling over: Warranwood’s Andy Wu sends down a delivery against Mooroolbark on Saturday. Picture: Wayne HawkinsSOUTH Croydon has booked the first spot in the Ringwood District Cricket Association’s Lindsay Trollope Shield final after beating Wantirna South on Sunday.
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Wantirna South’s pursuit of South Croydon’s 213 started brightly with Mathew King (39) and Andrew Jorgensen (30) sharing and opening stand of 67.

With the departure of the openers the Bulldogs tightened the screws and, with Travis Degenhardt (3-23), Daniel Barsenbach (3-27) and Glynn James (3-44) among the wickets, the Devils were never in the hunt losing 9-89 to be all out for 156.

Mooroolbark’s prospect of a three-peat of premierships ended when outplayed by Warranwood in the knock-out semi-final.

Chasing the Barkers 122, Warranwood were put under pressure early by Matt Whittaker (4-41), who reduced them to 6-89 with Evan Johnson (24) top scoring. Luke Scott (23 not out) and Tim Hall (nine not out) then shared a 34-run seventh wicket partnership to see the Sharks finish on 6-123.

Warranwood will now play Wantirna South in the preliminary final this Saturday and Sunday.

In Wilkins Cup finals action, Montrose finished Warrandyte’s season by defeating them by 14 runs.

In reply to Montrose’s 135, Warrandyte resumed at 8-110 and with Jacob Crowe (4-42) and Chad Rogers (4-42) taking a wicket each curtailed Warrandyte’s innings for 121.

Batting a second time Montrose compiled 7-147 with Nick Brisbane (47) top scoring.

Montrose will play Templeton in the preliminary final this Saturday and Sunday.

Templeton resumed in trouble at 4-35 chasing Ainslie Park’s 109 and things never got better.

Mark Arnot (6-24) and Scott Panozza (3-21) cut a swathe through the remaining Taipan’s batsmen dismissing them for 58.

Batting a second time the Parkers compiled 6-74, they will play the winner of the preliminary final in the following week’s grand final.

In Newey Plate finals action Norwood took 26 overs to reach 2-66 against Wonga Park’s 64.

Norwood will play Eastfield in the preliminary final this Saturday and Sunday.

Eastfield seemed to have the measure of Scoresby-Ferndale’s 148 when they were 1-74 with Darren Van Koll (36) and S. Gruchy (28) well set.

They say “Cricket is a funny game” with Eastfield then losing 9-46 to be defeated by 28 runs.

Evan Brookes (3-27), John Cunningham (2-18), Henry Cunningham (2-23) and Adrian Binns (2-14) were the destroyers for Scoresby-Ferndale.