The Clash of the Codes grand final was abondoned on Friday night without a ball bowled as a heavy down pour put the sword to any chance of getting a match under way. Saturday presented the players with cold and overcast conditions. With the top four just about set in stone, the match all teams were watching was the battle between second placed Cooma Cats and third placed Coffeys at Rotary. Coffeys batting first posted a very competitive score of 4/247 with S Summerville scoring 108*. The Cats fell short posting a handy 9/221. Berridale 8/176 defeated Alpine all out 134 at Snowy and in the last match Jindabyne won via forfeit against Cooma Cannons.
Berridale v Alpine
Berridale got off to a poor start against some handy bowling from James Ewart (2/26) and M Clarke (2/14).
Ewart did the damage early dismissing both openers cheaply. Redmond (44) and Freebody (25) restored the Berridale innings and both batsmen looked set to post big scores against the part time bowlers. The pair put on a 50 run partnership before Freebody was run out attempting a third run when Sutcliffe had a direct hit run out from in the deep. With the Berridale innings on a knifes edge Mitch Clarke was reintroduced into the attack and had instant rewards picking up two wickets including the valuable wicket of Redmond. With the Alpine breaking into the tail O'Keeffe (55) in his more familiar role of number six played a great knock batting with the tail seeing off Clarke and Ewart and then taking toll on anything lose from the part timers. Jake Riley (13) was sent in to lift the run rate and did so with a quick little cameo getting Berridale to a handy 8/176.
Berridale hit the field knowing 176 was a good score and would be hard to chase down on the slow outfield.
Sam Dowsett, the Pommy import for the Stallions Rugby League side, got the Alpine off to a blistering start smashing a couple of well timed strokes over the bowlers heads. Dowsett was looking dangerous and a change of length was required and Alex Bruce quickly found Dowett struggled with the short stuff and A Bruce (1/17) delivered a great throat ball and Dowett could only fend it straight to Gully and was caught for a quick fire 23. J Mugridge (3/27) at the other end was getting the ball to swing and cut and all batsman struggled with the young quicks line and he quickly made big inroads into the Alpine batting lineup. Mitch clarke (19) showed some resistance with some big hits but was dismissed just as he got going by a spectacular catch from young leggie A Bartell off the bowling of Redmond (1/22). When James Ewart was tragically run out after Askell (31) smashed a straight drive catching Riley's (1/22) hand deflecting onto the stumps with Ewart out his crease. With the score on 8/97 the game looked to be all over but as in the past Berridale let the foot of the pedal and some sloppy fielding and bowling crept in with Askell and C Allen (8) putting on a good little partnership but it was all in vain as Askell was eventually dismissed when caught in the deep with the score on 131 in the 40th over.
Cats v Coffeys
The Cats sent Coffeys Cavaliers in first to bat under overcast conditions hoping for an early breakthrough. A couple of chances went begging and some strong lbw appeals denied before Asanovski eventually brought about the wicket of Moon just after drinks. Shortly after Steve Somerville came to the wicket in a free-spirited mood and started to flay the Cats attack all over the Nijong on his way to an effortless quickfire 100* with the Cavs posting 4/246 at their compulsory close.
In reply, the Cats lost a couple of early wickets but kept the run rate up before Hynes 52 blasted them back in front with 15 overs to go and the game was going down to the wire. Somerville though was having none of that and eventually dismissed the Cats dangermen with his 3/31 to have the Cats struggle to their 9/221 (H.Allen 30*) at their close some 20 runs short of the Cavs total.
A good game though all up, with some 460 runs scored on the day showing that these two sides will be battling it out in the finals in a couple of weeks. In other results Berridale beat Alpine and Jindabyne beat Cannons.