5 March, 2024

BrimKSH grand final bound

BrimKSH is through to this Saturday's Wimmera-Mallee Cricket Association A Grade Grand Final following a comfortable six-wicket win over Marnoo at Brim Recreation Reserve on Saturday.

By Chris Graetz

Isaac McPherson getting one away to the boundary. He hit five fours before he was trapped for LBW by Cooper Reading.
Isaac McPherson getting one away to the boundary. He hit five fours before he was trapped for LBW by Cooper Reading.

They will face Donald Jeffcott who defeated Birchip by three wickets at Donald Recreation Reserve.

BrimKSH won the toss and elected to bowl and bowled Marnoo out in the 31st over for 87. Charlie Dean, 3/10 and Jeremy Preston, 3/14 were the pick of the bowlers for BrimKSH.

In reply, BrimKSH lost their first wicket at 1/20 when Leigh Dovaston fell and then when Tim Bell was run out, they were 2/24, but Mark McPherson, 20, Isaac McPherson, 25 and an unbeaten 17 and 6 to Matthew Crisp and Chris McPherson guided them home in the 21st over, finishing 4/89.

Matthew Crisp said it was a great bowling effort.

"Lachlan McGinniss and Mark McPherson opened the bowling and set the tone by bowling tight," he said.

"We then put the pressure on them all day and kept taking wickets. Everyone was bowling tight. It was really good to see and was the best bowling performance for a while."

When they lost two quick wickets Crisp said it was a nervous chase but was happy with the composure and was happy he contributed after a lean season.

"It was one of those nervous chases and we were sitting pretty happy and then those two wickets fell which made things nervous for a bit," he said.

"We then got on top and managed to chase it down. I am happy I was able to contribute and look forward to next weekend."

Donald Jeffcott was sent into bowl in their match and bowled Birchip out for 98 in the 35th over.

Daniel Atkins, 3/22 was the pick of the bowlers whilst Ty Colbert scored 43 for Birchip.
Lachy Randall, 2/17, Connor Lee, 2/19 and Ty Colbert, 2/22 troubled the excellent batting lineup of Donald Jeffcott, but the home team was able to chase it down in the 31st over, finishing 7/100. Noah Berry top scored with 33.

In B Grade, Charlton and Donald Jeffcott will face each other in the grand final following victories over Southern Mallee Giants and Birchip respectively.

Charlton won the toss and batted and the Giants bowled them out for 85 with a well-rounded bowling performance. Jaiden Cook, 3/32, Jackson Moore, 2/20, Jack Flavel, 2/11 and Luke Mitchell, 2/16 all contributed and the Giants could sniff an upset. Dan Whykes top-scored for Charlton with 29.

The Giants were going along well in the chase, losing their first wicket at 34 and were sitting at 5/69 and were on track for victory with 16 runs required, but when Zachary Robins fell for nine, trapped in front by Patrick Soulsby, it started a chain reaction of wickets.

Hugh Sait picked up three of the next four as they lost five wickets for just 3 runs. He finished with figures of 3/2 off 1.3 overs whilst Dan Whykes was the pick of the bowlers with 4/16.

Donald Jeffcott, meanwhile, had a comfortable 128-run win over Birchip at Donald Recreation Reserve.

After winning the toss and batting they finished 9/172 off their 40 overs with Will Noble, 47 and Colby Anderson unbeaten on 29* their top scorers. Cameron Bennett was the pick of the bowlers for Birchip with 4/16.

In reply, Birchip was bowled out for 44 with Thomas Reekie the destroyer, with 3/6.


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