Kingower, Arnold win way through to Upper Loddon cricket grand final

WELL BOWLED: Nick Leach was one of the match-winners for Kingower against Bridgewater in their Upper Loddon semi-final, taking 4-17 off 16 overs at the weekend.

WELL BOWLED: Nick Leach was one of the match-winners for Kingower against Bridgewater in their Upper Loddon semi-final, taking 4-17 off 16 overs at the weekend.

KINGOWER has the opportunity to go one better than last year after winning its way through to another Upper Loddon Cricket Association grand final at the weekend.

And in doing so Kingower has denied its grand final conqueror of 12 months ago, Bridgewater, a shot at winning four flags in a row after defeating the Bulls by 124 runs in their semi-final.

The Bulls were beaten despite a valiant effort with the ball on Saturday from the hard-working Ben Hann, who took seven wickets.

Hann bagged 7-59 off 31.2 overs in Kingower’s tally of 207, which looked like it could have plenty more when the home side had been an ominous 5-194.

Hann’s seven-for included the last five scalps of the Kingower innings, which featured a 99-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Jayden Leach (82) and patient Ben Rose (37).

WATCHFUL: Bridgewater's Josh Hann top scored for Bridgewater with 15 in the Bulls' Upper Loddon semi-final loss to Kingower at the weekend. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

WATCHFUL: Bridgewater's Josh Hann top scored for Bridgewater with 15 in the Bulls' Upper Loddon semi-final loss to Kingower at the weekend. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Bridgewater struggled with the bat in reply to be all out for 83, with opener Josh Hann’s 15 the top score.

Kingower’s Nick Leach led the strong bowling performance with 4-17 off 16 overs.

• Kingower’s grand final opponent will be Arnold, which clung on to defeat Inglewood by seven runs.

Arnold posted 200 batting in an innings with plenty of starts, with seven players making double figures, but no player made more than 40, with Cameron Dale’s 38 leading the way.

Aiming to climb from wooden-spooners to grand finalists in the space of 12 months, Inglewood fell just short in its bid on Sunday when it was bowled out in the 100th over for 193.

Inglewood’s Tim Birthisel (52) made the game’s highest score, while the match-winning wicket was the run out of Corie Birthisel (13) by Michael Dale.