BIG HITTER: Tigers opening batsman Gavin Ladmore gets one out of the middle on Saturday.THE Bay Tigers secured the minor premiership and a spot in the Eurobodalla Cricket A grade grand final on Saturday with a massive 145-run victory against Tuross Head.
With just three points separating the Tigers and Dalmeny heading into the weekend, Gavin Smart’s team needed a win at Kyla Oval to secure top spot and an automatic grand final berth.
And the Tigers duly obliged with a patient batting performance that took them to 9/202 at the end of their 40 overs.
However, that total was somewhat bloated due to the sundries column of 35 being the highest scorer. Runs were evenly shared throughout the visitors’ batting line-up and seven Tigers’ batsmen reached double figures.
“I really just wanted the boys to get behind the ball, play with a straight bat and see out the 40 overs today,” Smart said. “So I’m really pleased with the way we did that.”
The curse of unlucky 13 struck both openers – Gavin Ladmore and Paul Gallen – as they each fell on the dreaded number to leave the Tigers on 2/51 in the 12th over.
Smart then came to the crease and looked composed on his way to 21 before he was removed by a spectacular caught and bowled effort from Owen McTavish.
Les Roberts-Thomp-son continued Tuross’s brilliant string of catches with an acrobatic one-handed effort to remove Matt Hancock at short mid-wicket.
Youngsters Lachie Brennan and Theodore Turner, both backing up after their game in the under 12s, put in impressive shifts in the field for Tuross – the hosts were again under strength without the likes of Nick Mason and Rhys Voysey.
Andrew Malcolm (33) and Mick Smart (24) were the pick of the Bay’s batsmen, while Mitch Grant smashed his way to 22 in an impressive late cameo.
McTavish continued his brilliant bowling form with three wickets, but it was Tim Gilbo who supplied the best figures with 3/19.
An inspired opening spell of bowling from Brad Hancock, which produced two wickets, restricted Tuross in its response and the home side was 2/10 in the fifth over.
The writing was on the wall for Tuross soon after when key man McTavish skied one to Daniel Walsh and so the Kyla Oval side failed to back up its first win a week earlier after it was all out for 57.
“We’re delighted to have finished first and have a spot in the grand final, but we’re well aware the job is only half done,” Smart said.
Meanwhile at Captain Oldrey Park, a five-wicket haul from Dalmeny’s Josh Schaeffer helped restrict Broulee to 107.
That total was never going to be enough against an in-form Dalmeny side, who chased down the runs in just the 17th over thanks to Rob Brown’s 33 and Dean Frisken’s 18 not out.
Dalmeny will take on the Cavaliers at home next week in the semi-final.
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