Knights and Saints to face off in grand final ( admin posted on June 13th, 2018 )

Mowbray’s Hamish Jones bowls to George Town’s Marshall Pooley.SOUTH Launceston will play George Town in the Greater Northern Cricket Cup grand final after both teams had upset victories in yesterday’s semi-finals.

The Knights inflicted Westbury’s first one-day defeat of the season with a three-wicket victory at Shaws Oval, while the Saints were too good for Mowbray winning by 87 runs in their match at Invermay Park.

Westbury captain Dane Anderson hit another century, making 108, after being dropped early, as the Shamrocks made 204, after winning the toss and batting.

But South was up to the run chase, scoring 7-205, with Mark Nutting continuing his good form to top score with 63.

Warwick Johnson and Nathan Philip chipped in with 34 each, as South chased down the total with three wickets in hand and four balls to spare.

Jeremy Jackson took three wickets for South, while Nick Spencer and Matthew Battle picked up three apiece for Westbury.

South Launceston coach Ben Austen was rapt with his side’s victory.

“Dane punished us after being dropped on about four and you can’t give good players like that a chance,” Austen said.

“Mark Nutting batted well for us but it was a good steady chase with good solid partnerships in a well- balanced run chase.

“There were a lot of positives to come out of it, but a lot of things we still need to work on. We probably took a couple of steps forward today.”

Austen said his bowlers did not bowl to plans set for the majority of the Westbury innings, but tightened up in the last 15 overs in a good fightback to restrict it from a bigger score.

“Jeremy Jackson bowled well and Kyle Bowie had a good opening spell with a couple of catches dropped off him – but apart from that it was one of those good team efforts.” GEORGE TOWN coach Rohan Pooley was equally impressed with his team’s performance in beating Mowbray.

Scott Driessen top scored with 59 not out as the Saints made 8-178, after losing the toss and being sent in to bat “on a wicket that was doing a bit”.

“Scotty batted well and we were pretty happy with 178 on a wicket that was a bit slow and they bowled pretty good areas and it was tough going for a while,” Pooley said.

“We got off to a perfect start with a bad ball getting a wicket in the first over to Gabe Bell and we were able to continually create chances.

“Gabe and Gavin Nutting had a phenomenal opening partnership and set the tempo for our bowlers and in a fantastic all-round bowling performance we bowled them out for 91.”

Jake Laskey was the best of the Mowbray batsmen making 27.

Liam Reynolds took 3-29 for the Eagles while Liam Johnson finished with 3-9 for George Town.The GNC grand final is scheduled to be played on January 20.

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