c. J.Engellenner b. A.Mitchell
C & B J.Engellenner
c. J.Engellenner b. J.Barnes
c. A.Mitchell b. J.Barnes
FOW: 29 (S.Batson), 74 (T.McDonald), 87 (K.Burns), 121 (C.Minichiello), 123 (A.Geals), 127 (J.Bush), 128 (J.Burke), 134 (L.Walker), 149 (J.Bloink), 153 (R.Gould)
FOW: 39 (J.Engellenner), 72 (J.Barnes), 80 (A.Mitchell), 80 (N.Macfarlane), 85 (C.Davies), 98 (J.Irving), 103 (T.Park), 112 (M.Park), 116 (N.Mulqueen), 116 (J.McIlvena)
Western Park 153 def. Warragul 116: Warragul rose to the challenge against Bunyip last week through some aggressive intent from their top order batsmen, but now they are faced with the challenge of the year – defeating a white hot Western Park outfit. The Parkers are fresh from a stress free victory over Drouin but both teams know they need to bring their A game on the weekend to bring home a final victory and also the flag, a prize both teams have had their eyes on since the start of the year. The game began with Western Park batting first and thanks to Kade Burns yet again, posted 153 from 33 overs. Kade led the team from the top with a well composed 45 which featured some sweet stroke play and some exquisite timing yet again. Kade was dismissed on 45 however and Cooper Minichiello seized the initiative and blasted a quick 20, including two massive sixes. From there Josh Winfield provided a supporting role with a handy 16* as the rest of the batsmen fell around him, but Western Park would have liked more runs on the board. Angus Mitchell, Jack Barnes, Jay Engellenner and Nick Macfarlane all took two wickets to keep the Parkers under pressure. Warragul used their 4 overs to get a start and Tom Papley looked in ominous touch. Continuing to the Sunday, Papley cruised to a 50 thanks to some leg-sided bowling from the Parkers, with the highlight of his innings being a flick off his pads over deep backward square leg for a massive six. From there Warragul seemed to have Western Park’s number, but then the Parkers broke loose and put Warragul in a chokehold, taking four quick wickets to leave them gasping. The Gulls could never regain that lost momentum thanks to some penetration from Angus Geals who took 3/21 and Cooper Minichiello who grabbed an impressive 4/24 on his way to the Man of the Match award. In the end, Western Park were just the better team on the day in what was a nail-biting contest that in the end had everyone tearing their hair out and on the edge of their seats.