MIDLAND Guildford Cricket Club have reached the premier T20 grand final following wins on Sunday against Bayswater Morley and Claremont Nedlands in a double-header at Lilac Hill.
In the quarter-final against Bayswater Morley, Jordan Roads guided the side home in a tense chase with an unbeaten 46 runs off 25 balls. He combined with Dylan Sharman for an unbroken 62-run partnership to win with four balls to spare, finishing 4-144 to Bayswater Morley’s 8-141.
In the semi-final against Claremont Nedlands, it was once more a crucial partnership that was pivotal in the run chase.
It was James Godfrey who finished not out on 69 runs from 52 balls, who together with Jordan Roads (50 runs off just 26 balls) produced a 95-run partnership to take the score from 3-38 to 4-133, before an unbroken partnership of 37 runs between Godfrey and Liam Trevaskis eclipsed the target of 168 set by the opposition.
Post game, captain Keaton Critchell said he was proud of the way the team performed against two strong sides.
“We won the big moments and individuals stood up when required,” he said.
Looking ahead to the final, Critchell was confident Midland Guildford would walk away victorious.
“We have an exciting challenge coming up against an experienced Willetton side, but I am confident that with the mix of talent, experience and depth in our squad we can get the job done,” he said.
The grand final is set to be played against Willetton on December 3 at the WACA Ground.
Around the grounds, the female A grade produced a dominant display against Melville to win by 67 runs at Tompkins Park.
Captain Sheldyn Cooper top scored with 58 not out from 36, while Morgan Pires was the best bowler with 2-11 off her four overs.
The female B grade side were similarly dominant – Veronica Keen took 4-12 off 3.5 overs to restrict Rockingham Mandurah to a total of 83 at their home ground, which the side chased down with nine wickets remaining in 13 overs.
The male under 17s lost by one wicket to Scarborough due to a six run penalty they received for slow over rate, while in the male under 15s it was a dominant performance against the same opposition.
After restricting their opponents to a total of 147, it was an opening partnership of 142 between Flynn Howse (66 runs from 76 balls) and Alan Antony which propelled the side towards victory.
The latter finishing unbeaten on 121 from 149 balls faced in an outstanding batting display.
In the female under 17s fixture against Perth, an unbeaten score of 41 runs off 55 balls from captain Jorja Bittner helped her side to 8/128, but it was not enough as they lost by eight wickets.