Grand final clash
BRIDGEWATER and Wedderburn will battle for season honours in Saturday’s Upper Loddon cricket grand final.
They made it through to the decider after last weekend’s semi-finals - Bridgewater beating Arnold by six wickets and Wedderburn defeating Kin-gower by four wickets.
The game at Kingower saw Wedderburn win the toss and send the home team into bat. The first five Kingower batsmen all reached double figures but none were able to build a big innings.
It was left to Tommy Kairn late in the innings to top score with twenty five. At the end of their 40 overs, Kingower’s total stood at 9/111.
The Wedderburn bowling was excellent with no bowler conceding more than 25 runs off their eight overs. Jordan Hargreaves did best taking four wickets while association’s leading wicket-taker Lachlan Peters at one stage had three for none off four overs before finishing with three for 18.
A feature of the bowling was that the seven bowlers used sent down 18 maiden overs, just under half of their allotted overs, conceding just one no ball.
In reply the Wedderburn innings was held together by opener Brad Holt who batted through to remain 73 not out.
Kingower bowlers kept chipping away but could not make inroads quickly enough and with Holt providing a brick wall up one end, Wedderburn reached their target with four overs to spare.
Nick Leach with two wickets was the only multiple wicket-taker for Kingower while Josh Essex took four catches behind the stumps, all from skied shots.
And so to this Saturday’s grand final with Bridgewater attempting to go one better than last year and Wedderburn making their first appearance since the 2015-16 season when they were beaten coincidently by Bridgewater.