There were two thriller 50 overs cricket matches played on Saturday at Ward Oval with Nymagee trouncing Western while Golf Club had a narrow win over Colts.
Batting for Nymagee in the match on the No 2 synthetic oval, Michael Furner scored his first 100 in Cobar 50 overs cricket while Wyatt Proudlove grabbed his first ‘five for’ bowling for the Western Warriors.
Nymagee batted first and set Western a big target of 253 runs to chase.
Furner top scored with his tonne, with Phil Harley adding 39, Mathew Nicholson 32 and Jade Buckman 24.
Proudlove was the best of the Western Warriors bowlers with his five wicket haul for 21.
Vikram Purohit took 2/16 and Slade Neale finished with figures of 1/26.
In reply Robbie Mitchell remained at the crease with 61 not out, Wade Potter contributed 28 before he was caught and Chris Gilbert was bowled for a total of 11.
In the other match on the turf wicket, which was the annual Pink Stumps charity match between Colts and Golf Club, Golf Club scored their first Pink Stumps game win.
Colts won the toss and elected to bat first.
Their innings however didn’t go to plan with openers Heath Budd (a duck) and Craig Tanke (9) and No 3 Bryan Manns (also a duck) failing to get the side off to a good start.
It was left to the Colts middle order batsmen Stephen Nicholson (18), Dean Botten (17) and Daniel Howard (14) to lay the ground work.
A late hit out by Damien Pumpa (34) and Shane Martin (29) got them to a respectable score of 137.
Craig Youd spearheaded the Golf Club run chase finishing not out on 72.
He was assisted by Rob Childs (21) and Joel Mawhinney (15) and helped Golf Club finish with a winning total of 141.
Botten was the best of the Colts bowlers with 2/11 and Tanke took 1/23.
Golf Club’s win on Saturday also elevated them to be eligible to play in this season’s semi final this week against Western. (Golf Club has not played in a semi final since the 2007/08 season.)
Nymagee finished the season with a total of 67 points and earned themselves a grand final berth.
Western was second on 41 with Golf Club finishing the season with 35 points.
Colts (27 points) finished at the bottom of the table and have bowed out of the competition.