Quorn into Port Augusta A grade cricket grand final

RUN MACHINE: Quorn opener Alex Hosking on his way to helping Quorn put on 194 and earning them a spot in the Port Augusta A grade cricket grand final on Saturday March 18. PHOTO: Marco Balsamo.

RUN MACHINE: Quorn opener Alex Hosking on his way to helping Quorn put on 194 and earning them a spot in the Port Augusta A grade cricket grand final on Saturday March 18. PHOTO: Marco Balsamo.

Quorn have progressed to the Port Augusta A grade premiership grand final and will play either South Augusta or West Augusta on March 18.

They earned their spot by defeating South Augusta in the Qualifying Final by 32 runs at Quorn Oval on Saturday, March 4.

Quorn stuck to their guns when batting first and held off a dogged South attack, constantly spreading the field and rotating the strike to be all out for 194.

Nathan Nistico had a relatively quiet outing after last week’s heroics, taking 1/30 off his eight overs. David Robinson was South’s best bowler with 3/33.

In reply, South’s talisman Todd Kernahan was at his regular best, making a top score of 54. However it proved academic as South were bowled out for 162, their lowest score in four weeks. 

CENTRAL STIRLING VS WEST AUGUSTA

West Augusta are one win away from a grand final berth after defeating Central Stirling by 28 runs thanks to some superb batting from Shane Cox and brilliant bowling from Dwayne Kemp.

Batting first, West were bowled out for 203 before they dismissed Central Stirling for 175.

Cox opened the batting for West and showed a ruthless edge to his batting, hitting six fours and three sixes as he made 50.

Nathan Bailey wasn’t in that rich for however as he was dismissed for a duck, thankfully for West they had a reasonable position of 2/71. 

Tom McInerney looked sharp early on during his innings but fell away after Toby Baxter delivered a stinging delivery to send him packing for 16. 

West Captain Jason McInerney proved to be a handful as he hit seven fours and one six on his way to 45 before Drew McDonald sent him back to the stands.

Cox proved to be West’s best batter while Toby Baxter was Central Stirling’s best bowler, taking 4/21.

Central Stirling enjoyed a relatively strong start with openers Drew McDonald and Sean Kuerschner making 20 and 31 respectively.

Toby Baxter had a promising start, finding plenty of gaps. But West Augusta’s Dwayne Kemp found a bigger gap between Baxter’s stumps and bat to dismiss him for 23.

Jake McDonald proved to be Central Stirling’s beacon of hope as he played a near perfect game- continuing to rotate the strike and find boundaries.

However Kemp struck again, forcing McDonald to hit straight to Mark Benbow.

West eventually silenced a wagging tail as Kemp was West’s best bowler, taking 4/22. West Augusta will play South Augusta in a preliminary final at ETSA Oval on March 11 at 12.30pm.

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