Bagshot, Heathcote to meet in final

BAGSHOT and Heathcote will meet in the Northern United Cricket Association grand final after they both beat higher-placed opponents in Saturday's semi-finals.

Bagshot upstaged top side Dingee by seven wickets, while Heathcote is through to its second grand final in as many seasons since joining the NUCA after defeating Calivil by 18 runs.

At Elmore, fourth-placed Bagshot had few hassles in chasing down Dingee's 111.

Having been sent into bat, Dingee was under pressure early at 4-37, with two of its key batsman in captain Scott Lawry (22) and Kyle Patten (0) among the wickets to have fallen.

Top-scorer Darren Lawry (36) and Geoff Harker (24) worked hard to rebuild the Dingee innings with a 42-run stand for the fifth wicket.

The Dingee lower-order later capitulated as it lost its last four wickets for just six runs.

Marc Sherwell continued his good form with the ball, taking 4-19 for Bagshot, while Kym Wheelhouse (3-11) helped clean up the tail.

In reply, Bagshot cruised to 3-114, taking just 21 overs to chase down its target.

Steve King (55), Ash Jefferis (23) and Sherwell (19 n.o.) led the successful run-chase for Bagshot, which had been 1-3 early following the dismissal of opener Stefan Anderson (0).

Scott Lawry - this season's most dominant player in the NUCA - took 2-33 off five overs for Dingee, which had won four more games than Bagshot during the home and away season.

• Heathcote has the opportunity to win back-to-back flags after it proved too good for Calivil in their semi-final at Calivil.

The Heathcote victory was inspired by an outstanding bowling performance from Jake Condon.

Condon - the fifth bowler used - returned the outstanding figures of 6-27 off 7.3 overs in Calivil's score of 108 after it won the toss and batted.

Condon's six wickets included four bowled and two caught.

Opener Jarrod Smith (49) batted well for Calivil, while captain Lachie Ralphs (23) was the only other batsman to make double figures.

Calivil had been 3-70 during its innings, before its last seven wickets tumbled for just 38 runs.

As well as Condon, Luke Bell was also outstanding with the ball, taking 2-7 off eight overs for Heathcote.

Heathcote answered with 4-126 to march into the grand final.

Calivil gave itself a glimmer of hope of defending its score when it had Heathcote 3-50.

However, skipper Bell (42 retired) steered Heathcote back into control of the game as he capped a fine all-round match.

Opener Ben Harris (22) and No.3 Corey Gilmore (21 retired) also chipped in with contributions with the bat for Heathcote.

Ash Smith (2-18) was the only multiple wicket-taker for Calivil.

Saturday's grand final between Heathcote and Bagshot will be played at Elmore.

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