L&D down Phantoms in LDCA A Grade elimination final

L&D have kept their A grade season alive thanks to a Reece Maguire masterclass against the Phantoms at Mark Taylor Oval on Saturday and Sunday.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Ferrets set their foundation with an opening stand of 21 between Steve Campbell and Maguire.

When Campbell (6) fell to the bowling of George Anthony (1/37) the Phantoms may have thought they were in with a chance, however, Maguire and Daniel Muir looked to prove them wrong.

It would be a while between drinks for the Phantoms bowlers as Muir and Maguire pilled on the runs with a 121-run partnership for the second wicket before Kal Poulsen was able to dismiss Maguire (78) while Haydn Emerson (1/50) picked up Muir (53) in quick succession.

Justin Kelly and Richard Smith put on 26 for the fourth wicket before Poulsen struck to remove Kelly (16) and Adrian Axtill (1) to see the Ferrets fall to 5/177.

Smith (45*) and captain Ben Elwin (41*) scored quickly to take the game entirely out of reach of the Phantoms before the Ferrets finally declared on 5/263 off 48.5 overs.

If the Phantoms wanted to hold any hope of chasing down the massive total their top order needed to stand tall.

Haydn Emerson and Poulsen got their side to 29, but it went downhill quickly when the first wicket fell.

When Maguire (7/10) picked up Emerson (12), he followed it up quickly with the wickets of Poulsen (15), Tye Studholme (0), Jock Yelland (3), Lachlan Hamilton (0), Brandon Emerson (0), Brent Lister (2).

Steve Campbell (2/1) took the wickets of John Gray (0) and Jordan Camm (1) while when Sam Alampi (1/0) picked up the wicket Anthony (1), the Phantoms were bowled out for 41 in 28.2 overs.

With the Phantoms trailing by 222 runs it was decided to bring the game to an end with a clear result already obtained.

With form now behind them, the Ferrets will look to continue their form into the preliminary final when they take on Narrandera at Narrandera Park next weekend for a chance to take on Yanco in the grand final.