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Magpies advance to grand final

Wednesday, 3rd March, 2021

Central celebrate another wicket. PICTURES: Emily McInerney Central celebrate another wicket. PICTURES: Emily McInerney

By Square Leg

In what was perhaps a slight upset result, Central defeated their more fancied opponent West.

The two teams faced off in the Barrier District Cricket League’s Semi Final at the Alma on Saturday. 

West were the pacesetters for the majority of this season, but their bowlers failed to bowl with the same direction and good length that was a feature of their season’s previous performances.

The class and aggression shown by Justin Heath and Jarred Paull’s batting for Central probably had a fair bit to do with West losing their way with their bowling.

Only Austin Ferguson was able to maintain the high standard set by the West bowlers this season.

Central won the toss and elected to bat on what looked to be a reasonable deck. 

The Magpies were in early trouble losing Maalste, Pettitt and Smith for the addition of only 28 runs. 

Heath and Paull came together and progressed the score to 54 before Heath chipped a ball to point. 

Heath’s classy innings of 31 was a good follow-up to his unbeaten half century last week. 

Pat Jenkinson was pushed up the order for Central after some promising innings in recent weeks and he proceeded to play a great supporting role to Jarred Paull who set about plundering the West attack.

The Paull and Jenkinson partnership netted 105 runs before Paull fell for 57 trying to push for quick runs in the latter overs. 

Jenkinson departed for a well made 46 runs while a little cameo innings of 22 runs off 11 balls by Adam Rhodes lifted the Magpies to a very good total of 7 for 202 off their 40 allotted overs. 

As mentioned Austin Ferguson bowled exceptionally well for West with the figures of 2/22 and received good support from Laurence Hebbard who took 3/37 from his eight overs.

The West batting effort never really gained any real momentum. 

A consistent stream of wickets saw the Robins slip to 5 for 69 after 21 overs. 

Max Everuss showed some good fighting spirit with the bat completing a well compiled 48 and he received good support from Jordan Meehan who made 26. 

A blistering 40 runs off 26 balls by Laurence Hebbard at the end restored some respectability to the West scoreline but West fell short by 30 runs in what was a disappointing end to what was otherwise a good season for them. 

David O’Mally  took three wickets for the Magpies while Heath and Neal chipped in with two apiece. 

All three bowlers were a little more expensive than normal.

Central  7 for 202 off 40 overs

Central Batting: J. Paull 57, P. Jenkinson 46, J. Heath 31, A. Rhodes 22NO

West Bowling: L. Hebbard 3/37, A. Ferguson 2/22

West 172 off 40 overs  

West Batting: M. Everuss 48, L. Hebbard 40NO, J. Meehan 26.

Central Bowling: D. O’Mally 3/46, L. Neal 2/36, J. Heath 2/19

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