The Hardball Premiership Finalists were decided on Saturday morning. Lansdowne Gold continue to be unbeaten this season and defeated East Coast, whilst the Red Star Aces caused a minor upset defeating second seed Martinborough Falcons.
The Hardball Championship Final was a fantastic game played between Greytown who had been unbeaten thus far and The Red Star Wizards.
The game was played at QE Park oval in great conditions. A slow run rate and good tight bowling by Red Star restricted Greytown to 108 for 6 after their 25 overs. Josh Matthews was top run scorer making 36 runs and Nathan Shepherd and Willie Matthews put on a valuable last partnership. CD Stags and Senior Greytown player, Seth Rance, came along to support the Greytown team.
A superb inningsby Charlie Nathan of Red Star, retiring on 53 and then returning as the last Red Star wicket fell had the game tensley poised. Charlie gets his name on the Honours Board.
Greytown were on the back foot defending 6 runs with 4 overs to go, but a run-out of the last batter saw the game finish in a tie! Great cricket all round.
The result of a tie stands but JCB rules dictate that 50 retired is out, so for purposes of the Championship Greytown were declared the winners.
The semi-final in the Incrediball Super 8 Premiership played in Greytown between The Carterton Demons and Greytown was a great game worthy of a semi-final. Some excellent fielding from both teams resulted in four catches, four run-outs and a stumping for the match. Greytown batted first and made 80 runs and it was their superior batting with ultimately gave them the win. Carterton in reply made 68 runs and so fell short by only 12 runs. There was some outstanding bowling from both sides. For Greytown, Tamaike took 3 wickets for only 2 runs and for the Carterton Demons Jamie Frew took four wickets and gets his name on the Honours Board for getting a very rare hat trick.
In the other semi-final The Martinborough Hawks defeated the Red Star Strikers.
In the Incrediball Championship Grade Hadlow beat The Carterton Angels and The Martinborough Tuis beat The Red Star Scorchers.