NORTH Nowra-Cambewarra Maroons will play Bomaderry in next week’s grand final after both teams secured their place with a win yesterday.
Bomaderry just managed to hold off Ulladulla United in a thriller, while it was a bit of an anti climax for Norths, who easily defeated Bay and Basin.
Ulladulla Sports Park was one of the few venues across the Shoalhaven where rain did not affect play on Saturday, with Ulladulla and Bomaderry managing a full day’s play.
Bomaderry’s top order was in fine form after they won the toss and batted.
Opener Dayne Johnston (20) got his side off to a strong start and the runs continued to flow in the middle order.
Callum Mackay (45) and Zac Blattner (41) both enjoyed their time in the middle, while Campbell Eldred played a nice cameo of 19.
Jake Matthews (22 not out) and Robert Mirabito (22) finished strongly with a partnership of 54, to guide Bomaderry to 5/199 from their 50 overs.
Matt Gilkes was the only Ulladulla bowler to have much success, taking 3/27 from nine overs.
Gilkes was also the star with the bat during Ulladulla’s run chase, scoring 80 from just 86 balls.
Ulladulla still looked in a good position at 3/164 when Gilkes was dismissed, but that was where it all came unstuck for the home side.
Elijah Wilson (37) did his best, but time and wickets were not on their side as they were bowled out for 193 with just one ball remaining.
Jake Matthews led the way with the ball for Bomaderry with 4/28 from nine overs.
Over at Bernie Regan, Norths and Basin were reduced to playing a one dayer after Saturday’s play was washed out.
Norths struggled early in their innings and slumped to 5/40 at one stage, before Dale Lovatt (39) and Jarvis Strand (34) helped them to a respectable 7/127.
Tom White was the best of the bowlers for Basin with 3/30.
The total proved to be more than enough for Basin, who could only manage 42 in reply.
Adam Ison was the star with the ball, with figures of 4/1, while Liam Sutton also did some damage with 3/11.