TNF WEEKLY WRAP Semi Finals
Weekly wrap semi finals
By Steven Lustig
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The weekend saw mixed results for the Monash Tigers, as the 4th XI booked their spot in the grand final with a comprehensive victory over Frankston Peninsula, while the 1st XI had their season ended at the hands of Fitzroy Doncaster.
The 1st XI’s chances of victory faced an early hurdle, after Fitzroy Doncaster won the toss and elected to bat in near perfect conditions.
After the home side saw off the new ball unscathed, Marcus Berryman (5-42) was brought into the attack and continued his rich vein of form, picking up both openers to reduce Fitzroy Doncaster to 2-44.
The Tigers endured a challenging period after Berryman’s double-breakthrough, as last year’s premiers gave few chances for the remainder of the opening session.
Sam Taylor (1-27) eventually broke the 73-run partnership, but Fitzroy Doncaster once again put a high price on their wickets, heading into tea at 3-170 after 64 overs.
With a change needed, Allan Wise turned to Andrew Chalkley (1-10), whose wicket triggered a collapse of 5-23, with Berryman and Matt Shimell (2-51) also sharing in the wickets.
The home side battled through the rest of the day unscathed to finish at 8-259.
In addition to facing a daunting total on Sunday, the Tigers were further challenged due to a number of players picking up illness.
Berryman claimed his maiden 5 wicket haul for the side, before Mitch Perry (1-69) wrapped the innings up on 275, leaving the side 86 overs to secure the victory.
Keeper Scott Edwards had a busy innings behind the stumps, collecting 6 catches.
The Tigers made a disastrous start to their innings, falling to 4-28 after Daniel Sartori (11) had made a promising start.
Andrew Chalkley (72) attempted to bring his side back into the match, and received strong support from Scott Edwards (23) and Sam Kerber (24) as the Tigers moved to 5-145.
3 wickets without a run being scored ended any chance of a miraculous victory for the visitors, and despite a brave performance by Sean Terry (27), who had been hospitalised the day before, the Tigers had their season ended on 180.
The 4th XI chose to bat first at Central Reserve, but looked in some trouble early at 3-26.
From there, Corey Williams (107 not out) took complete control of the innings, striking 11 boundaries on his way to a magnificent first century from the club.
Williams received solid support from Aaron Cross (17), Alex Pellin (42) and Saad Khattak throughout the innings, at the Tigers went into stumps at 7-252.
Williams continued to add to his overnight total of 101, as did captain Paul Gilchrist (35 not out) before the Tigers declared on 7-265 after 90 overs, leaving Frankston Peninsula 75 overs to claim an unlikely victory.
As has been the case for much of this season, the side relied on a spread of bowlers to claim with the victory, with 6 different bowlers sharing the wickets.
Aaron Fernando (2-21), Ben Slack (2-23), Connor Andrews (2-24) and Josh Carroll (2-27) all claimed a pair of wickets as the Tigers bowled Frankston Peninsula out for 130 in the 50th over.
The 135-run win sees the side progress to the grand final, where they look to add their 2nd grand final victory of the season after winning the White Ball final in January.
This weekend, the 4th XI play their grand final against Carlton, with match details to be confirmed.
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