By Julian Bayard
THE top two sides in the District division, Upper Beaconsfield and Merinda Park, are yet to play out a result this season, with both their round seven and round 14 clash interrupted by rain.
Merinda Park will take heart that on both occasions it appeared to have had the Maroons’ measure, with last weekend’s 43 overs seeing the Cobras reach 3/136 chasing 241.
Two late wickets from the Maroons may have brought the match back on to level terms, with the Cobras at one stage cruising at 1/131.
Upper Beaconsfield will take on Emerald in the first of the semi-finals after the Bombers played out a draw with Pakenham at Chandler Reserve.
Pakenham was dismissed for 115 with Ben Maroney topscoring with 46 runs, before Emerald reached 1/1 from just one over when the heavens opened.
Upper Beaconsfield has won both its encounters with Emerald so far this season, defeating the Bombers by 85 runs in round one, before winning their two-day clash in round eight by 52 runs.
The Upper Beaconsfield v Emerald clash will take place at Upper Beaconsfield Recreation Reserve.
Merinda Park will play host to Devon Meadows in the other semi-final, with the Panthers coming off a disappointing loss to Clyde in the final match of the season.
Clyde scored 7/118 in reply to the Panthers’ 99 before an improved effort with the bat in its second innings saw Devon Meadows reach 2/93 at the close of play.
Merinda Park proved too strong for Devon Meadows in their two-day round one clash, but in round eight the Panthers recorded a memorable victory over their rivals in a one-day match, dismissing the Cobras for just 118 to win by 51 runs.
Their semi-final showdown will take place at Donnelly Reserve.
In the other match played on Saturday, Nyora recorded a victory over Kilcunda/Bass after dismissing the Sharks for just 71 runs from 29 overs.
Nick Fairbank produced another outstanding spell of bowling to take 4/30 from 12 overs, while Kelvin Toogood and Adam Tagliaferro both bowled well to collect two wickets each.
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TOORADIN will take a high level of confidence into its semi-final clash against Cranbourne Meadows after easily dismissing the Rebels for just 81 runs on Saturday.
Resuming at 2/15, Cranbourne Meadows lost wickets consistently to hand the Seagulls a massive victory, before Tooradin reached 2/19 when the rain came.
Cranbourne Meadows has now been dismissed for 81 and 74 in its two clashes so far this season against Tooradin, and will need to improve its batting drastically if it is to have any chance of knocking over the Seagulls in the first semi-final at Tooradin Recreation Reserve.
Beaconsfield will play host to Lyndhurst in the other semi-final, after both sides drew their respective matches against SFX and Gembrook.
Gembrook reached 5/77 chasing the Vikings’ 9/187, while Beaconsfield was 6/112 chasing the 184 of SFX when the heavens opened.
Lyndhurst easily won the two sides’ only completed match so far this season, achieving a crushing victory in round nine when the Tigers were dismissed for just 138, before Lyndhurst blasted 7/241 in reply.
Lyndhurst will also take heart from the fact that in their round nine clash, Beaconsfield was at one stage 8/38 batting first.
In the other match played at the weekend, Nar Nar Goon/Maryknoll and Lang Lang played out a draw, despite a magnificent century from Lang Lang opening batsman Ross Douglas.
Douglas hit eight boundaries in his innings of 103, with the Swamp Tigers reaching 4/199 from 43 overs in reply to the Marygoons’ total of 296.