NORTH Nowra-Cambewarra and Ulladulla United will get multiple shots at silverware next weekend, with three of each club’s junior teams qualifying for the grand final.
A false start saw half of the weekend’s semi-finals washed out on the first day, but results were eventually reached in all grades.
Norths’ under 10 Blues managed to qualify for their grand final without a ball being bowled, after they were awarded a washout win against Batemans Bay.
They will now play Ulladulla in the decider, after they won a close contest against Bomaderry/Ex-Servicemen at Burrill Lake.
The under 12s grand final will also feature Norths and Ulladulla, with both sides winning convincingly on Sunday after being washed out on Saturday.
Kyla Davidson starred for the Norths Maroons by taking 3/2 to dismiss Bomaderry/Ex-Servicemen for just 51 at Bernie Regan.
It was an easy run chase for Norths, who managed to knock off the total for the loss of just three wickets, with Harrison Graham making 21 not out.
It very nearly could have been the same two clubs battling it out in all four grades, with Norths under 14s and Ulladulla’s 16s both coming agonisingly close.
Everyone was on the edge of their seat at Ray Aboud Village Green as Norths Maroons capitulated, losing 6/1 to go down by just eight runs against Nowra.
Cameron Fernie and Ryan Henry made half-centuries on day one as Nowra posted 8/186.
Norths appeared to be cruising to victory after Kaleb Phillips (50) and a number of their top order made starts, but unfortunately they hadn’t heard the last of Ryan Henry.
Henry picked up 4/35, including a hat-trick to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
Nowra will play Ulladulla next week, who scored an easy win over Batemans Bay.
Ulladulla just missed out on making it four from four after their under 16s were narrowly defeated by Bomaderry.
A knock of 80 from their skipper Matt Gilkes was not quite enough for Ulladulla, who fell eight runs short of Bomaderry’s total of 5/199 at Ulladulla Sports Park.
It was much more one-sided in the other under 16s semi final, where Norths Maroons crushed Bay and Basin.
After losing the entire first day’s play, Norths made a competitive 7/127 from their 30 overs.
This was more than enough for Basin, who could only manage 42 in reply, with Adam Ison ripping in with figures of 4/1.