Cricket semi-finals coming up

The final round of the Monaro District Cricket Association two day cricket competition was completed on Saturday under stormy skies.

Minor premiers Jindabyne faced a massive challenge of chasing down 403 and were no match for Coffeys who quickly wrapped the match up with Jindabyne being rolled for a disappointing 117.

The win gives Coffeys plenty of confidence going into this weekends semi-final match up with Berridale while Jindabyne will need to bounce back in a hurry after being handed one of the biggest defeats of the year.

The cricketing pundits on the Monaro are putting a big question mark on Jindabyne's chances of going the "threepeat" this year. Berridale, all out 144 and 2/69, had a real battle on their hands against the Cats all out 137, D. Asanovski 49, with A. Bartell destroying the Cats tail bagging 5/14.

In the final match Dalgety showed what could of been with an outstanding batting display in the second innings scoring 3/229. E. Hogan finished the season with another ton.

The finals this year will return to a two day final with matches to be played on Saturday and Sunday. Jindabyne will host the Alpine at Berridale and Coffeys will host Berridale at Rotary Oval.

Cooma Cats V Berridale

Day 2 got under way with the Cats sitting pretty at 3/90 chasing 145 at the end of the first days play. A big effort from the Berridale bowlers would be required to grab an unlikely victory. Some tight bowling and desperate fielding from Berridale restricted the Cats batsmen early. A J. Riley short ball brought an end to M. Hynes (28) who skied his attempted hook shot and only managed to find a leaping Jack Parkyn who took a great catch. The Cats' run chase stalled as Berridale put the brakes on with D. Asanovski (49) playing a lone hand as the Cats frail tail-end struggled against Parkyn's (0/22 from 16) line and pace. A. Bartell's (5/14) leggies did the damage. With wickets falling at an alarming rate Damian Asanovski lifted the run rate and with the total just two good hits away Asanovski was out with A. Bartell grabed his fifth wicket for the match and first innings points with the Cats all out for 137. Berridale took the second innings and gave the lower order batsmen some much needed batting practice before the storm which had been threatening all afternoon finally arrived with Berridale on 2/69.

Dalgety v Alpine

With Dalgety being dismissed on the first weekend for 130, Alpine resumed at 9 -141 at the start of play. James Ewart scored some quick runs before being stranded at one end for 17 not out. Dalgety trailed by 30 runs going in to the second innings.

Getting off to a shaky start, B. Smith was caught for two off some good bowling from M. Clarke. Les Taylor and Eddie Hogan joined in a 70 run partnership which saw the score move along quickly, before Taylor was caught off Thomas for 29. The score was 2-80 with the weather closing in, Simon Freebody (55*) and Eddie Hogan (117) moved the score along to 3-210 before Hogan was bowled by a good ball from J. Ewart. Dalgety declared soon after for 229 with a lead of 198.

Alpine batted for 15 overs and with the rain coming in finished the day at 3-63. M. Moxon had 35 and Eddie Hogan took 2-1 with the ball. Alpine won on first innings. Dalgety would like to thank all their sponsors and players for the season.

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