Cricket semi-finals culled by rain

Tathra Sea Eagles captain Adam Blacka will lead the side in the grand final against the Merimbula Knights on Saturday after helping to defeat Eden in the competition on the weekend.

Tathra Sea Eagles captain Adam Blacka will lead the side in the grand final against the Merimbula Knights on Saturday after helping to defeat Eden in the competition on the weekend.

It was an unfortunate end to the cricket season for Bermagui and Eden on Saturday.  Two games across two respective grounds both had to be culled as rains settled on the Far South Coast over the weekend.  Four lower ranked teams from both the A and B grade finals series were cut short of a chance at an upset with play moving forward on points.

Players from Bermagui made the trip down to take on the Merimbula Knights in their knockout semi-final, only to be met with a water-logged field and no play.  “We got told it wasn’t too bad in the morning so we agreed to make the trip down,” a spokesman for the team said. 

However, downpours hit Merimbula and Tathra by about noon and stayed steady to make play almost impossible. Conditions were similar at Tathra where the Sea Eagles were ready to host Eden in the semi-final, where play also had to be scrapped due to the conditions. Officials said it was a disappointing finish to the year for the two clubs, who had battled well to earn finals spots in the A grade series. 

The B grade final was also scrapped with the Pambula Bluedogs advancing over Tuross Head and the South Eurobodalla Pirates going through over Mallacoota. The first division grand final will pit the Tathra Sea Eagles against the Merimbula Knights this weekend at Lawrence Park, Tathra.  In the B grade draw, the Pambula Bluedogs will host South Eurobodalla at the Pambula Sporting Complex.  Both matches will run on Saturday from 1pm. 

Here’s the pre-match rundown written before the weekend’s semi-finals from the Far South Coast Cricket Association’s Charles Aggenbach.  

1st division B grade semi final 

Pambula vs Tuross 

Pambulas jake Taylor and Tom Hammond if they fire with the bat it could be over very quick for the Tuross Boys however they never give up so anything is possible.

Sth Euro vs Mallacoota 

Long way for vic boys to travel but with inspirational lead Paul Preston if he fires it will the south of the border Boys a chance. But Sth Euro with seasoned veterans captain Dean Friskin and Matt Corbett and Nick Mason should get them over the line. 

1st division a grade semi finals 

Merimbula vs Bermagui 

Merimbula will go into this game as heavy favourites and will look to Dylan Jordan with bat and ball and to English import Matthew Heafield with the bat and Matt Preim with the ball goes in as the leading wicket taker for the competition this year. While with Bermagui if Liam Cooper and Ben Tett fire with the bat and Jarrod Moore and Nathan Monck fire with the ball, anything is possible.

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