Coffeys and Alpine advance to grand final

A big weekend of finals cricket on the Monaro saw the Cooma based sides impose heavy defeats on the Snowy river sides with Coffeys all out 249 (D. Hayden 65, J. Nichols 30, Z. Smith 30- L Redmond 5/59) defeated Berridale 54 (L. Schofield 4/12, J. Burns 3/8 and 64. Alpine, all out 270 (M. Moxon 186) defeated Jindabnye all out 173 (C. Stevens 56- M. Clarke 4/55) and 62 (M. Clarke 4/33, J. Moon 3/29).

Coffeys v Berridale

Berridale won the toss and elected to bat getting off to a solid start racing to 27 before L. Schofield (4/12) struck. Schofield found a dead spot on the Rotary wicket just short of a length and with the ball struggling to get much over knee high batting could be best described as difficult.

Schofield hit the spot with ease and with the Berridale batsmen having limited time on turf this year the low bounce had them in all sorts. Schofield bowled a great stump to stump line to do the damage and Berridale slumped to 6/49.

The Berridale tail showed little sign of resistance with J. Burns (3/8) wrapping up the tail for a disappointing 54.

With Berridale having beaten Coffeys in both one day and two day matches this season in low scoring affairs, the match was far from from over and Berridale took to the field with the confidence that they had the bowlers to roll teams for a low score.

L. Redmond (5/59) and J. Parkyn (2/56) bowled with good pace and swing but just couldn't get the wicket as several half chances were put down and countless balls inexplicably missing the stumps after beating the batsman all ends up.

J. Nichols (30) and R. Morgan (28) chased the Berridale total down without loss.

The Berridale bowlers toiled away and finally got the breakthrough with Redmond bowling both batsman.

Z. Smith (30) was looking very comfortable before Redmond delivered a vicious short ball directed at the throat Z. Smith managed to fend it away but shaken up he struggled to gain traction after the short ball and Redmond eventually dismissed him.

A middle order collapse followed with Coffeys sitting at 5/119 Berridale were still in the match but a handy knock from D. Hayden (65) who made the most of a life early went on to play a memorable knock taking the game right away from Berridale. Coffeys were eventually out for 249.

With Berridale requiring 196 runs to make Coffeys bat again and with a minimum of 65 overs left in the day, Berridale would require something very special to win from this far out.

Coffeys once again was led by L. Schofield (3/15) bowling stump to stump removed the dangerous Redmond and O'Keeffe in consecutive balls and before you could blink Berridale were once again in a state of free fall J. Riley (22) and P. Callam (16) showing a bit of resistance but both fell to the wiley old off spin off M. Williams (3/10). Z. Smith (3/3) quickly wrapped up the Berridale tail.

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