Knights, Bluedogs advance to grand final

Run scorer: Heavy hitter Dylan Jordan will lead the Merimbula Knights with the bat in the A grade grand final this Saturday.

Run scorer: Heavy hitter Dylan Jordan will lead the Merimbula Knights with the bat in the A grade grand final this Saturday.

It was an unfortunate end to the cricket season for Bermagui and Eden on Saturday. 

Two games across two respective grounds both had to be culled as rains settled on the Far South Coast over the weekend. 

Four lower ranked teams from both the A and B grade finals series were cut short of a chance at an upset with play moving forward on points.

Players from Bermagui made the trip down to take on the Merimbula Knights in their knockout semi-final, only to be met with a water-logged field and no play. 

“We got told it wasn’t too bad in the morning so we agreed to make the trip down,” a spokesman for the team said. 

However, downpours hit Merimbula and Tathra by about noon and stayed steady to make play almost impossible. 

Conditions were similar at Tathra where the Sea Eagles were to host Eden, but play was also scrapped. 

The B grade final was also scrapped with the Pambula Bluedogs advancing over Tuross Head and the South Eurobodalla Pirates going through over Mallacoota. 

The first division grand final will pit the Tathra Sea Eagles against the Merimbula Knights this weekend at Lawrence Park, Tathra. 

Association registrar Charles Aggenbach said the Knights will look to their key batsmen and a strong bowling attack. 

“Merimbula will look to Dylan Jordan and English import Matthew Heafield with the bat,” Aggenbach said.  

“Meanwhile, Matt Preim with the ball goes in as the leading wicket taker for the competition this year.”

In the B grade draw, the Pambula Bluedogs will host South Eurobodalla at the Pambula Sporting Complex. 

Both matches will run on Saturday from 1pm. 

Juniors also took part in an inter-district contest against Monaro on Sunday morning at Cooma. 

Unfortunately Monaro forfeited the under 16s, but the under 12s and under 14s played.

The under 12s were soundly beaten by nine wickets despite great batting from Pambula's rising star, Bobby McAlpin.

The FSC side also boasted good bowling by captain Xavier Bowes of Eden.

The under 14s win was an all-round team effort.

Team captain, Merimbula's Jem Ryan won the toss and elected to bat.

Jem then opened with Bega's Liam Kelly, providing a good start.

Then it was a 22-over, 89 run partnership from Bega's Nick Fanthom (86) and Eden's Noah Martin (27) to set the team up. 

Bermagui's Jade Allen (29) led the tail to post a total of 7/237 off 45 overs.

In reply Monaro had trouble from the start with the opening bowlers Bega's Amy Wells (6 overs 3/23) and Pambula's Zak Keogh (6 overs 2 maidens 3/5) keeping the runs scarce.

Monaro were bowled out for 121, so the Griffin-Treloar Cup stays with the FSCCA for another year.