Semi Final vs Kingsville Baptists
Winning the toss and batting first in a cut throat semi-final is always a positive step. Losing the captain 2nd ball, however is not. Oldham (27) and Webb (5) set about repairing the early damage. The pair got the score to 22 before Webb fell LBW. Stevens (13) joined Oldham and they took the score to 50 before Stevens was sharply caught by the bowler. Weerasinghe (5) and Oldham followed soon after and Seddon were in trouble at 5/55. Ferry (28) and Kriebardis (7) got the scoreboard ticking again before the latter fell in the shadows of tea leaving Seddon having their cup of tea at 6/82. With Ferry departing soon after tea, Seddon had to make a stand to avoid handing an easy win to the Baptists. P Grant (25) and Van Kruining (19) formed a steady partnership and got the score to 127 before P Grant was bowled. Markovski didn’t add to the total and when Van Kruining holed out at mid wicket, the innings was closed on 136.
With 16 overs to play, the match was potentially going to be decided by who performed best during this period. What ensued could only be described as carnage – Matkovic clean bowled the opener with the 1st ball of the innings and Markovski, still smarting over his dubious leg before decision responded in the best possible fashion – 8 overs, 5/7 which included 2 wonderful leg side stumpings by Webb. The day closed with Kingsville teetering on the brink of collapse at 6/26.
The first hour of day 2 was going to tell the story. P Grant removed the captain and competition leading run scorer in the 6th over of the day to leave the hosts at 7/37. With the pitch flattening out and batting conditions becoming easier, the tail wagged to a certain degree until Matkovic found the edge for Webb to collect delivering Seddon a 35 run 1st innings victory.
With 47 overs still to play, Kingsville opted to try their luck. T Grant, on the dreaded king pair, avoided being thrown into the fruit bowl and together with Oldham put on 41 for the first wicket to effectively take the chance away from Kingsville and when both departed, Webb and Stevens put the issue to bed with a solid 60 run stand. At this point Kingsville waved the white flag and sent Seddon through to the big one.
So off to the GF where Altona Roosters await. The batsmen need to reflect and play with a bit more caution, whilst the bowlers can go in brimming with confidence. 320 overs stand between Seddon and some long awaited silverware making its way back to Hanmer St.