Bulldogs dominate Tigers and Quorn defeat West

A GRADE: Marcus Kerin opened the batting with parter Craig Shirley.
A GRADE: Marcus Kerin opened the batting with parter Craig Shirley.

South finished the minor round with a confidence-building win over Central/Stirling heading into their Qualifying Final.

Craig Shirley set the standard for the team and was clearly the best player with 48 and 6/13.

He was the shining light in South's top six before some very handy late runs helped the Bulldogs to 7/139 before bowling the tigers out for 95.

Shirley and Marcus Kerin opened the batting and were met with some tight bowling from the Central openers.

Cameron Edson got the wicket taking underway when he had the left-handed Kerin caught in the gully for 10.

Brendon Davis took over from Edson and produced two wickets of his own, in Waterworth and Kernahan.

South stumbled to 3/51 but Shirley had scored 39 of those runs and was still not out.

He was dropped twice and made Central pay for bowling anything short and wide.

Marcus Gill and Rowan Irvine looked to lend a hand but neither of them lasted too long and when Ryan Kuerschner latched on to the terrific catch that dismissed Shirley, South were in trouble at 5/65.

However, the game took a massive turn when Aaron Vater and Chris Robinson came together in the middle.

They began their partnership with stubbornness and were cautious not to give their wickets away cheaply.

The 58-run stand that they built was the best of the game and helped South get to a score that would prove too large for the fourth-placed side.

Robinson eventually fell in the 49th over and thanks to his 22 and Vater's 41 not out, South finished 7/139.

Davis was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with 3/21 off his ten overs.

Driscoll and Parkinson set out to put some pressure on the Central batters with some early wickets.

Connor Harrison was the first to fall when Parkinson found his outside edge for two, but Jeremy Edson took his place and looked confident against the new ball.

He capitalised on anything hittable and quickly got to 17 before he mistimed a lofted glance and was caught.

The competition's leading run scorer, Nathan Khan, was next to the crease and saw Central into the driver's seat, just 62 runs away from victory.

However, this is where Craig Shirley took the ball and completely obliterated the rest of Central's line-up.

He had Khan caught behind for 24 before claiming their captain, Toby Baxter for a duck.

Then, Sam Carter was run out before facing a ball, Ryan Kuerschner was hit on the pads in front of the stumps and Cameron Edson was bowled, handing Shirley a fourth wicket.

He and Aaron Vater took the final three wickets with little resistance and Central had lost 8/17 inside 10 overs.

The 44-run win gets South back to their winning ways heading into finals while Central will have to be at their best for the next three weeks to keep their title hopes alive.

West vs. Quorn

On the west side, Quorn were also looking to head into the Qualifying Final with a win and got the job done against West.

They had multiple contributors who helped them to 201 before bowling the Hawks out for 133.

Liam Bury and Kade Baker opened the batting, but West's recruit Lachlan Hollitt struck an early blow with the wicket of Baker.

Hosking and Bury combined for a solid stand to get Quorn going again, with Hosking quickly getting to 25 before Hollitt broke through again to send some jitters through the opposition's camp.

After seeing his captain sent back to the sheds, Liam Bury took the responsibility on his shoulders and started to get going.

He and Tom Finlay put on 58 runs for the third wicket, with Bury making 41 of them.

Finlay was run out for 14 and Kale Irvine bowled Griffiths to bring West right back into the game before the Hawks got the big wicket of Bury for 55, leaving Quorn 5/118.

However, Quorn had their full-strength line-up and the batsmen kept coming.

After Eric Brereton made a handy 12 and Scott Williams confidently struck his way to 29, Corey Finlay came to the crease.

He faced out the last ten overs but ran out of partners, ending on 33 not out and helped Quorn get to 201 all out.

Hollitt finished with 3/24 and Darcy Irvine chimed in with 2/38.

With a solid total to chase, Ashley Stroyan and Kale Irvine set about making some early inroads, but Cameron Finlay got the early wicket of Irvine in the fourth over.

Stroyan's attacking batting style was paying off when he and Hollitt put on a quick 27 for the second wicket but Tom Finlay snuck one past the bat and bowled him for 26.

Darcy Irvine didn't have an answer for Finlay wither and he was caught behind without scoring before Scott Williams got the wicket of Russell Coulthard, leaving West 4/53.

Hollitt then realised he had to start scoring a bit faster to keep his side in the game and Joe Nistico partnered him well before the latter was out LBW to Williams.

Hollitt was doing all he could with the bat but was struggling for partners.

He contributed 24 in his 25-run stand with Steven Hutchins that took the Hawks into triple figures, but no matter what he did, West were always behind the eight ball.

He eventually fell for a well-made 59 while Hutchins finished 19 not out and West were bowled out for 133.

Corey Finlay matched Wiliams' three wickets when he cleaned up the tail and Quorn will take some momentum into their first final next week.