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Battle for Swan Helena grand final spot

AT Boya Oval this weekend Helena Valley will host Swan View in a bid to take on Lesmurdie Mazenod in the Swan Helena Districts Cricket Association grand final.

Lesmurdie is the clear favourite to take out the title after winning the last two premierships but both Helena Valley and Swan View will be pushing hard this weekend to get the opportunity to cause an upset the following weekend.

Last week Lesmurdie hosted Helena Valley and won the toss and elected to bat.

After a tight start the home side lost their first wicket at 33 in the 19th over.

Trent McQuoid joined Josh Harris (who made his debut) and combined for a hundred-run partnership with McQuoid finishing on 64 and Harris 53 with Lesmurdie 150-3 with 30 overs to go.

Dave Kelly (37) continued his great form and then Riley Thompson came and put the icing on the cake with a quick fire 54.

Lesmurdie finished the day with the imposing total of 329-9.

Matt Gray was the pick of the bowlers for Helena Valley claiming 4-38.

Missing skipper Jimmy Scroop this was always going to be a hard task for the visitors and they would need everything to go right to chase down this total.

Jimmy Outten got the home side off to a great start claiming two early wickets to have the visitors 15-2 after 6 overs.

With a number of batsman getting starts but no one going on with it Helena Valley ended up 190 runs short being dismissed for 139. Outten claimed 4-34 and Trent Pottinger taking 3-29.

In the other semi final Swan View hosted Roleystone Karragullen. Swan View won the toss and were in early trouble losing their first wicket in the 3rd over.

Michael Prasad (41) held the innings together combining for a 61-run partnership before Swan View lost two more quick wickets to be 72-3 after 32 overs.

Veteran David Pease (46) then came to the wicket and provided the stability that the home side was looking for.

Swan View had moved to 127-3 before a collapse saw the home team pass the momentum back to the visitors being dismissed for 170. Swan View grabbed some momentum back claiming an early wicket to have the visitors 5-1 at stumps.

With the match in the balance the first session was going to be crucial and Swan View seemed to be able to apply the pressure to have Roleystone on the back foot.

Swan View had the upper hand at tea with the visitors 71-5 before Sam Ierino put some life back into the Roleystone innings hitting a nice 48 bringing his team to within 35 runs with four wickets remaining. The match was getting tight and both teams were feeling the pressure before Ierino hit a ball straight to mid wicket where the catch was dropped but in the confusion the batsman took off for a run and a direct hit resulted in a run out.

Captain Leon Ottobrino then finished the tail to claim 3-18 and dismiss the visitors for 139.

By David Pease

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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