Cats, Tigers out


Macedon’s premiership defence is over, while Lancefield’s hopes of going one further in the Gisborne and District Cricket Association women’s competition has also come to an end.

The semi finals pitted last season’s two grand finalists against Darley and Bacchus Marsh, both keen to make the final game of the season for the first time.

Darley, which has been the top side all season, proved too strong for Lancefield Yellow.

The Devils batted first and was all out for 128 from 28 overs with star bar Kim Bessell making 68 not out at the top of the order. Extras was the next highest scorer with 44, as not other batter reached double figures.

Nat Jeffery was the pick of the bowlers with 3-16 off five overs.

Lancefield lost an early wicket before getting to 1-23. The wickets then started to tumble with the Tigers bowled out for 44. The last four wickets fell for just four runs.

Jasmine Kilmartin and Kim Bessell took three wickets each.

The Cats, who had won the last two premierships, faced Bacchus Marsh in the other semi final. The two teams had finished equal on points after the regular season.

The Bulls batted first and set a good early platform in their innings, eventually finishing 6-144 from their overs.

Sam Bamford top scored with 70 before retiring.

Lola Coppin took 3-15 for her overs, while Caitlin Shaw took two wickets.

At 1-49 in the run chase, the Cats had set themselves up to have a real chase at the total. The wickets started to fall and the Cats were bowled out for 100 with one and half overs remaining.

Shaw and Emily Wilkinson top scored with 23 apiece.

Bamford completed a standout all-round game with 3-10.

Darley will now host Bacchus Marsh, its cross town rivals, in the grand final on Sunday.