IN the Southern Cricket Association first grade preliminary final between New Norfolk I and Wellington on Saturday, it was Wellington that went through to the grand final by the very big margin of 211 runs.
Wellington had first knock, making the massive total of 7/322 off its 50 overs. In reply, New Norfolk was never in the hunt and finished 9/111 off 26.3 overs. Josh Dykes didn't bat, sidelined due to a finger injury.
Nathan Eiszele and Jason Rigby took two wickets each while Stewart Rice and Joe McCulloch got one each. I hear Nathan Eiszele was the main run score, but with no stats available this is all that I can report on at the time of writing.
Bad luck to New Norfolk I. It was a great effort to make the preliminary final after having had only a couple wins before the half-way mark this season.
For the record, this will be Wellington's ninth first grade grand final appearance in a row since 2008/09- and that's what I know from the MyCricket website, it could well be even more. It's an excellent achievement and they have only lost one of those finals, which was in 2011/12. If Wellington wins this year, it's five flags in a row for them.
Well that's it for our local clubs this season. It's been a good one and each team and its players can hold their heads very high for what has been yet another great season of cricket.