Eastlake Women, Second Grade through to GFs
Date of Event : Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:51PM
The Eastlake women went into their semi-final as underdogs

Eastlake had just two teams playing semi-finals on the weekend, both coming away with confidence-boosting wins as they head into grand finals this weekend.


Second grade will play its first grand final since 2011/12, taking on Tuggeranong at Stirling on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


The women will also take on Tuggeranong in their Twenty20 grand final, having last won the Glenda Hall shield in 2014-15. They play on Sunday, 10am at Chisholm 2.


Here's how their semi-finals played out:


Women's Grade - Captain Petra Bright


In their first semi-final in two seasons, the Eastlake women's team were rank underdogs up against reigning premiers and minor premiers Western Districts UC at Jamison. Having just scraped into the finals, could they dream a dream and change the course of their season in the pivotal moment?


Reverting to usual form, captain Petra Bright lost the toss, but got her preferred option of fielding first. The first few overs were tense, with the ever-present risk of Wests' star batsman Zoe Cooke hitting out, but Eastlake kept the pressure on with tight bowling and fielding to heavily limit the flow of runs.


Cameron Butler (2/7 off 3) was the first to strike, bowling opener April Wells for just 5, and following up her spell with the high value wicket of Amy Hart for 1, assisted by Janet King's incredible catching skills at cover.


King (1/10 off 3) then followed up, bowling straight through Cooke's defences on 26. With the departure of Wests' strongest batsmen, Eastlake kept their foot on the throat of the opposition, with more wickets falling to Fleta Page (2/11 off 3) and Bright (1/9 off 4), not to mention top class fielding, limiting Wests to a mere 6/82 off 20.


Setting themselves targets for the first 5 and 10 overs to not fall behind in the chase as they did the week before, Eastlake's young opening pair of Liz Edwards (16) and Erin Pierlot (19*) squeezed the ball through every gap in Wests' field. Page (5) played a brief cameo, but graciously made way for King (32* off 26 balls) to strike once again with the bat, sealing the deal for Eastlake in the 15th over.


2nd Grade - Captain Michael Daffy


Finishing second on the two-day ladder, 2s had a home final against Ginninderra. We lost the toss and were in the field. We started well, James Doolan picking up the first wicket with a skied catch to Omer Farooq, and Luke Behrendorff the second wicket LBW, Ginners now 2/4. Their number 3 and 4 batted well, playing our quicks in particular quite well. Ash Meek made the breakthrough with a caught & bowled, 3/82.


Luke Behrendorff (4/27 off 13) bowled a lightning over just before lunch, picking up their number 4 with a plumb LBW, 4/90, the Demons on top at lunch and with a lot of momentum. Ginners again looked comfortable after lunch until a risky run saw Chris Piechocki throw the stumps down, 5/135.


With their two biggest hitters at the crease Prateek Singh (3/28 off 17.5) and James Doolan did well to keep things reasonably tight throughout the sixth wicket partnership, Prateek really deserving his wicket at 6/196 with an excellent low down catch at mid off from Luke Behrendorff. We fired through the rest of the batsman with ease, Ginninderra all out for 199 in the 64th over.


The run chase was never really in doubt, although there were times when a couple of steadying partnerships were required.


Michael Daffey (29) and Omer Farooq (26) got things off to a solid start, until a mini-collapse saw us lose 3 wicket for 8 runs, to be 3/63. Mitch Taylor-Brisoe (57) and Ash Meek (59) got us back on track with a 110 run partnership, never troubled by any bowling.


We were 3/109 at stumps and then 4/173 when Mitch was dismissed and 5/177 with the fall of Meek. Sam Gunning (43) and Tim Catlin (39*) assured there was no close finish, again never looking in trouble. Ginners eventually conceded the game when we were 6/276, with no reverse outright seemingly possible.


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