The boys earn another Crack at Ray
Chelsea Heights were restricted on a slow preliminary final day on Saturday. Opponent East Sandringham put in a very disciplined and spirited performance to keep the Heighters bats in check all day to keep them to only 156 when their last wicket fell in the 69th over.
In delightful early conditions on a picturesque Hurlingham Park the day began sedately enough and East would have been happy to remove semi final hero Luke Shelton for 10 in the 11th over via Brendan Bennett’s first delivery of the contest. From that point forward it became a war of attrition with Pat Singh (1/31) off 20 overs tying up one end whilst picking up the wicket of Matthew Wilson (4) and Luke Dallas (3/36 off 20 overs) holding things in check at the other whilst removing Tom Cleaver for 28 and despite a brief flurry just prior to the tea break the score stood at 3/79 at the interval but had taken a whopping 45 overs to compile. Upon the resumption Brad Lockhart tried to up the tempo but was superbly caught by Daniel Corp at cover for 31. This left the score 4/92 after Lockhart and Adam Hume had added 43 valuable runs. Hume (15) fell a short time later and despite a brief flurry from Anthony Reid (21) and Keiran Harper (20) Chelsea Heights only got their run rate above 2 runs per over very late in proceedings.
Sunday by contrast saw East start with positive aggression despite the early loss of Luke Dallas (1). Skipper Mark “Cracker” Devereaux and a rejuvenated Anton Duddy were quickly into stride and had the scoreboard ticking along nicely. The duo eventually added 92 before Duddy was out but Brett Hampton (22*) picked up from where he left off and Devereaux steered his team all the way home with a superb undefeated 84 as East hauled in the target for the loss of three wickets.
The 4ths are also into a Grand Final against Elwood, the team they easily beat in the semi final.
It’s great to have 2 senior teams in the biggest weekend of the season, so can all supporters please get down to both games (details below) to cheer them to victory.