THE A grade battles continued last weekend as a victory put the Carpheads straight through to the grand final and the Ferrets win will send them in to face Yanco for a trip to the big game.
Narrandera v Yanco
Narrandera and the Stags battled for dominance in a match that left everyone hanging to the very end.
After a substantial first innings win by 98-runs, the Carpheads approached the second innings as though the final effort would be easy.
However Yanco had something entirely different in mind.
Matt Dedini (46) and Nathan Lanham (44*) each nearly broke a half century for the Stags.
Three other batsmen banked double digits and helped Yanco build much needed momentum.
Jonathon Doyle (5/28) did his best to carry the team, but one man was not enough to slow the Stags assault.
At the end of the innings the Stags had successfully staged a massive comeback with 168-runs that sent the Carpheads off to chase.
With the bat, Narrandera looked to shift from the back foot and back onto stable ground.
With the risk of squandering a first innings win, Narrandera desperately looked to save the match.
Fortunately Jarred Lane (33) was able to put some cash back in the bank for the Carpheads.
Lachie Jess (16) also made a much needed contribution, but Narrandera still needed to gain ground.
Yanco was determined to shut the Carpheads down and none more motivated than Rhys Wilesmith.
Wilesmith claimed 6 wickets and conceded only 19-runs.
In the end, Narrandera were able to ride the first innings win through by a single wicket.
L&D v Colts
The Ferrets established their dominance on the crease with an easy victory over the Colts to advance into the next round of the finals.
L&D chewed away at the Colts and one batsman after another, worked to build momentum.
Justin Kelly (25) led the pack, but was favoured with consistent performances throughout the line-up.
Josh Carn (3/30) did his best to slow the advance, but the Ferrets were not going to go away without a fight.
L&D finished the first innings with 105-runs and were set to defend.
The Colts struggles continued and only one batsman broke into double digits and half of their line-up were left scoreless.
Adrian Axtill crushed the hopes and dreams of seven Colts batsmen and conceded only 14 runs in a massive show of force.
At stumps the Colts best efforts yielded only 66 runs and L&D left the field victors.