Red Star made sure of a clash with Lansdowne in tomorrow’s final of the Umpires Cup with a convincing 9 wicket win over Wairarapa College.

Early action as Red Star begin their run chase

Early action as Red Star begin their run chase

The College team were saved from embarrassment by a fighting stand between Jake Ross and Andy Williams. Red Star put a few catches down as well which promised to make the target of 122 challenging in the circumstances.

Early in the run chase, promising Waicol speedster, Stefan Hook, threatened to make it an exciting match by claiming an early wicket and troubling Central Districts rep Greg Todd. Nerves began to fray in the Red Star ranks when a suicidal call had Todd well stranded in the run out stakes – he was only saved by a wayward throw.

Part of the enthusiatic crowd enjoying the semifinal of the Umpires Cup

Part of the enthusiatic crowd enjoying the semifinal of the Umpires Cup

In the end the victory was comfortable with 110 runs coming off 10 overs.

Chris Wenden, survived an early (difficult) chance to push his claim as an opening batsmen with a heady 59 not out.

In the Waicol innings Sean Jarvis bowled very well. Jared Watt was his usual consistent self ensuring that the batting side was always under pressure.

The final promises to be a keenly fought affair between two sides with a proud history.

Wairarapa College 121 (44 overs)

Andy Williams 38, Jake Ross 28

Jared Watt 2 – 11, Sean Jarvis 3 – 22 (plus a brilliant runout)

Red Star 122 – 1

Chris Wenden 59 not out, Greg Todd 52 not out

A win to Red Star by 9 wickets.