SWAN View has won the right to take on Lesmurdie Mazenod in the Swan Helena Districts Cricket Association this weekend at Ellenbrook District Open Space.
Lesmurdie will be looking to claim their third 1st grade premiership in a row while Swan View will be playing to win their 9th 1st grade title.
Lesmurdie has been the dominant team this season only losing the one match back in January while Swan View finished the season in third place with eight wins and six losses.
Lesmurdie has a very strong deep batting line up with a good compliment of solid steady batsman combined with powerful hitters and their bowling line up is led by quick Paul Richardson and supported by tight line and length bowlers and captain Trent Pottinger’s spin.
Swan View has plenty of bowling options depending on the situation and will need to restrict the Lesmurdie batting line up while batting-wise Swan View have a number of talented players who will need to click to set a competitive total.
Last weekend, Helena Valley won the toss and sent Swan View in to bat at Boya Oval.
Tommy Cowton got the home team off to a great start claiming an early wicket to have the visitors 10-1 after four overs.
Swan View had to change the batting order after regular number 3 Chris Turkich missed the match due to injury and there was always the possibility of an early collapse.
Cowton continued to cause problems for the visitors and after 25 overs Swan View was 50-3.
Veterans Rob Leahy and David Pease then combined as they did in the semi final to revive the innings and again put on a 60 plus partnership before Cowton claimed his fourth wicket to dismiss Pease for 30.
After that dismissal Leahy (61) put the foot down to push Swan View to 150-5 with 12 overs to go.
The lower order then pushed the score to a competitive 194 at the end of day one.
On the Sunday, Helena Valley came out with a positive mind set and attacked the Swan View bowlers losing their first wicket in the 11th over for 43.
Opener Chris Bryce (37) continued his purple patch with the bat and Helena Valley looked well on top in the 30th over with 92-1.
With the game slipping away Swan View threw the ball to Joe Quinlivan who claimed the breakthrough and this wicket lead to Swan View claiming three quick wickets before the tea break to have the home side 105-4.
After tea Swan View claimed two more quick wickets and Helena Valley was on the back foot at 107-6.
Helena Valley started building a possible match winning partnership before Rhys Knowles re-entered the attack to claim 4-20 and lead Swan View to victory dismissing Helena Valley for 149.
By David Pease