AFTER going down to Bagdad in the Southern Cricket Association qualifying final a fortnight ago, Bothwell I turned the tables and claimed a 74-run win against the same team in last weekend's preliminary final. As a result the Bucks have advanced to the Fourth Grade grand final.
After a heavy dew and a shower of rain at Richmond last Saturday, a start to the match looked somewhat doubtful, but the match eventually got under way with the overs reduced from 50 to 35.
The Bucks won the toss and elected to bat, hitting up the good score off 8/175 off their 35 overs. Opener Nathan White top-scored with a well-made 65 while the ever-reliable Matthew Eyles also shined with the willow, making 47. Trent Rogers added a handy 18 and Nathan Eyles remained 11 not out.
In reply Bagdad couldn't withstand the Bothwell bowlers, losing wickets at regular intervals and finishing 9/101 off 26.1 overs. Trent Rogers bowled just three overs but claimed 3-22 in a good short spell. Matthew Eyles bowled tightly taking 2-7 off 4.1 overs. Brock Nichols got back amongst the wickets claiming two of the top five batsmen and finishing with 2-24 off 6 overs. Nathan Eyles and Nathan White also conceded very few runs from their overs, finishing with 1-18 (7) and 1-21 (6) respectively. Eight of the eleven Bothwell players took a catch.
Bothwell I will now play the Marquis Tigers at Cadbury's No.1 ground in this Saturday's grand final. The Bucks will go into the big one as underdogs. The two teams have played off against each other twice this season with the Tigers being victors on both occasions. In Round 6 it was by one wicket and in Round 17 it was by five wickets.