Cobras and Hawks set for showdown

Corey Walter bowled well to end with 3 for 20 off 10.1 overs. (Ivan Kemp) 394825_07

Collendina and Drysdale will fight it out this weekend for promotion to next season’s Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association A1 Grade after both sides won their way through to the A2 Grade grand final.

Collendina thrashed St Leonards at Collendina on March 16 and 17 with a complete team performance.

The Saints won the toss and batted first, but were all out for 117 in the 51st over.

Brian White top scored with 30, but it was star all-rounder Corey Walter who again took the bowling honours with 3/20 while seamer Ted Farrell took 2/30 with Angus Peters, Stan Garzotis and Dean Britt all chipping in with one each.

Nathan Frye (33) and Aidan Foard (39) saw the Cobras safely to stumps and at 1/89 the match was effectively over.

Ben Ricardo (27 not out) and Grazotis (19 not out from 11 balls) got the winning runs with Dina losing just three wickets.

The other semi-final was a high-scoring affair with Drysdale posting 242 on day one against old foes Portarlington.

Nobody made it to 50, but the Hawks had many contributors.

Jason Malcolm (49), Ben Spencer (37), Robbie Cutajar (35) and Charlie Clode (31) all had a say in the final total.

Solomon Harvey was Port’s most successful bowler with 4/37 from 15.4 overs and Stephen Illingworth played his part with 4/75 from 21 overs.

After losing two early wickets on day two, Portarlington tackled the run chase beautifully with Cameron Gourley (46 from 110 deliveries) playing well.

Illingworth (74 from 135) and David Hambrook (36 from 77) then combined for a hefty partnership and Henry Hatswell chipped in for a run-a-ball 21.

With one wicket in hand and 36 runs needed, Mitch Grinter and Tom Stewart took the score to 228 before Grinter was run out.

For the Hawks, young gun Hayden Eddy took his second consecutive five-wicket haul with an outstanding 5/36 from 16 overs while evergreen David Sykes took 2/64 from 20.

The grand final between Collendina and Drysdale is at Len Trewin Reserve, St Leonards on March 23 and 24.