Districts secure grand final spot

Wudinna 10/126 def by Western Districts 8/130

Western Districts advanced to the Le Hunte cricket A grade grand final thanks to a tense two-wicket win against Wudinna in Sunday's preliminary final.

After Wudinna was bowled out for 126, Districts had to recover following a collapse to reach 8/130 in the final over.

Wudinna had eliminated Kyancutta to reach this stage and moved along to 21 when Scott Allen was caught for 14, while opening partner Tyson Jackson followed six runs later for just two.

The wickets of Viv O'Brien, three, and Steve Westlake, 11, had Wudinna at 4/47, however Ryan Lymn and Neil Seaman kept the scoreboard ticking over with a partnership of 33.

That came to an end when Seaman's stumps were knocked over for 20.

Lymn was measured in reaching 25 runs - helping Wudinna hit triple figures - only to then depart.

At 6/100, Troy Klante pushed the visitors along with 18 runs, but he lost partners Henry Zwar for nine, Tyler Inglis for two and Jackson Petty for one run.

Klante was the last player out as Wudinna lost 4/10 to close the innings.

Josh Horgan and Cameron Tomney led the bowling with 3/22 and 3/26 respectively, while Kysen Shepperd took 2/21.

The Districts run chase started well as Trent Brace and Leigh Scholz put on a 55-run stand for the opening wicket.

Both were patient as they went along, but the opening wicket of Scholz for 24 sparked a top-order collapse.

Three runs later the trio of Julian Gosling, Wade Shepperd and Kysen Shepperd all fell, while Brace for a well-worked 28 and Shard Gosling soon followed - as Lymn tore through with four scalps.

Those wickets meant Western Districts had lost 6/5 to be teetering at 6/60.

Steven Brands and Josh Horgan saw them through the spell with a 40-run partnership that put the match back in the balance.

Horgan was caught for 16 yet Brands carried on with Damon King-O'Loughlin, 18 not out.

Brands was the next to go for 33, leaving Districts 8/117.

Still 10 runs short of the target and with balls running out, King-O'Loughlin was the hero with two fours and a six in his 10 balls faced as he hit the winning runs to see the home team advance.

Lymn finished with 4/13, while Jackson took 2/19.

The grand final will see Waddikee/Warramboo meet Western Districts this Saturday at Wudinna.

B grade: Western Districts 10/49 def by Waddikee/Warramboo 6/60

Waddikee/Warramboo will contest the grand final after a four-wicket win over Western Districts.

Districts were bowled out for a paltry 49 and while the WaddiBoos made hard work of the chase they got home with 6/60.

A disastrous innings saw Western Districts pair Wesley Daniells and Jesse Pittaway - along with the extras column - top score with only nine runs.

Brandon Waters ended a superb spell with 4/7, and he was joined by John McBeth's 4/17.

Gary Cummings hit 20 runs and fellow WaddiBoos opener Wade O'Brien added 10, but after they departed wickets continued to fall to give Western Districts a sniff.

Waters saw to that as he made 16 not out.

Fittingly, he was at the crease to end the match alongside McBeth, five not out.

Craig Johnson took 3/6 for Districts.

Saturday's grand final will see Wudinna face Waddikee/Warramboo at Wudinna.