Second, women's grades head into semi-finals
Date of Event : Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:22PM

Two Eastlake teams will be playing semi finals this weekend.


The 2s are playing Ginninderra at Kingston in a two day game over Saturday and Sunday, with play starting at 11am each day.


The women's team are playing on Sunday against Wests at Jamison in a T20 starting at 10am.


Here's a look at the path of each to the finals with the captains' match reports:


Second Grade - Captain Michael Daffy


18th February v Wests


It was a big game for 2s, with a win moving us close to securing a home semi final. Wests won the toss and elected to bowl on a cool, damp morning. The rain hit after 26.1 overs with Eastlake in a commanding position at 3/153, which included a quickfire 52 from Chris Piechocki and 33 from Ash Meek.


After a 3 hour delay, the match was reduced to 34 overs, so we had just 7.5 overs left to bat. We did not really get going in these last overs but ran well between the wickets with the odd boundary, we finished at 7/204, the skipper not out on 55.


After a botched Duckworth Lewis calculation, a target score of 214 was set for Wests, well short of what it should have been, which really fired up James Doolan with his degree in maths. He went on to take 3 of the first 4 wickets and we never looked back from there.


All bowlers bowled well, Chris Piechocki and Prateek Singh both also picking up 2 wickets, with Wests all out for 127 in just the 30th over. It was a great all round performance from 2s with bat, ball and in the field, definitely one of the best wins I have been part of.



25th Feb/4 March v ANU


In the last round of the regular season, 2s were sent in to bat on a soft wicket. We started poorly, 4/42 at one point.


Ash Meek then proceeded to smash 158, the highest score for the club so far this season, bringing up his century with a 6 to long on.


This involved a 117 run partnership with Sam Gunning and 97 run partnership with Tim Catlin, who both did well to spend a lot of time at the crease, allowing Ash to dominate the bowling. Tom Willie also chipped in with a well-compiled 46 runs.


We were eventually dismissed for another huge total of 341. We had ANU 1/4 at stumps, Luke Behrendorff sending their captain's middle stump cartwheeling in the first over.


Unfortunately rain struck on week 2, our second 300+ total that has ended in a washout draw. 2s have finished second on the ladder and go into the semi final against Ginninderra at Kingston with a huge amount of confidence after 6 excellent performances in a row.



Women's Grade - Captain Petra Bright


12th February vs Norths


In the last game of the one day competition, with finals out of reach, our sole goal at Kingston was to finish with a win against Norths, and it went down to the wire.


Norths won the toss and sent us in to bat. Opening pair Liz Edwards and Erin Pierlot were both out cheaply for 1 and 3 respectively. Fleta Page (12) and Cameron Butler (12) tried to steady the innings, but after their dismissals a collapse was spurred and suddenly we were 6/45 off 16 overs. But fortunately young gun Janet King (46) and skipper Petra Bright (38) came together for a 92 run partnership to build a far more defendable total of 9/147.


After Norths came in to bat, within what felt like a matter of minutes, we had them on the ropes at 9/54. Butler (4/24) and Bright (3/10) did most of the damage, with King taking the catch of the season in close at mid wicket to dismiss the Norths skipper.


But momentum changed as Norths batsmen Jess Phillips (66*) and Emma Waters (19) dug in for over after over, run after run. All of a sudden we were well and truly on the back foot and under pressure.


Finally, 6 runs shy of the target, Phillips skied the ball to the safe hands of Page at mid-on... who spilled it! But always calm under pressure, and knowing not to let one mistake turn into two, Page saw the run out opportunity was on, pinged the ball into the keeper's end, where Waters was running, and got a direct hit from 40 metres out to seal the deal.



26th February vs Weston Creek


The return of the a Glenda Hall T20 competition saw us face old foes Weston Creek at Kingston. We were hoping to continue their form from the previous week, but couldn't overcome the dominance of Creek's batsmen, going down by 34 in what felt like a much closer margin.


Captain Petra Bright won the toss for a change and sent Creek into bat. Creek quickly shot off the mark thanks to openers Jo McIntyre (30) and Nicole Stevenson (29). Shelley Chattin provided an additional 17 and, while Fleta Page (3/22) managed to bowl each of them, by that stage Creek were already 4/92 off 12.


Their wickets did stem the flow of runs though, and we managed to keep Creek to a more achievable 129 from their 20.


After the break, Eastlake had the bat and fought back hard, with strong performances from Liz Edwards (29), Page (23) and Janet King (22*). However Weston Creek's effective bowling meant Eastlake could never quite get their run rate above Creek's and finished with 95.



5th March vs Wests


In the final round of the season, we were not just fighting for a win against the one-day champions, but to retain fourth place and a place in the T20 final. Although unsuccessful in the first task, falling just 12 runs shy of a win, we did successfully keep our net run rate high enough to earn a spot in the semi final.


We won the toss and sent Wests in to bat. A strong start from formidable opener Zoe Cooke (34), assisted by first drop Amy Hart (37) set Wests off to a strong start, before spinners Petra Bright and Fleta Page bowled both batsmen respectively. With the threat reduced, Eastlake's strong fielding performance continued and restricted Wests to 110 from their overs.


Eastlake' young openers Liz Edwards (17) and Erin Pierlot (26*) got the team off to a good start, followed by Page (21) and Janet King (17). However, in the final overs, Wests' target was out of reach, so we reassessed our target to score as many runs as possible to limit any negative impact on our season's net run rate.


In the end, while we only managed 98, this was indeed enough to hold onto fourth place in the ladder, and set up a rematch in the semi-final.

Last updated: Wednesday March 29, 2017 9:48PM