KAPUNDA will charge into finals full of confidence after defeating reigning two-day premiers Angaston by 41 runs in the final round of Barossa & Light A1 cricket on Saturday.
Chasing the Bombers’ day one score of 212, Angaston had decent contributors at the top of the order, but was unsupported in the lower end and lacked a crucial big, individual knock.
Opener and skipper Greg Bain failed to fire, contributing 15 runs before Mike Goldsmith (2/33) forced the error and set up a Mark Johnson catch.
Beau Byster was the next to go, bowled by Kapunda captain Joey Brown (3/30) for 17, while Goldsmith struck again, skittling Shaun Woodards (37).
Scott Rathjen (22) was building towards a good score before Brown trapped him LBW, while Ben Burgess was close to raising the bat before also falling victim to the Bombers’ skipper just five runs short of his half-century.
At 6/132, Angaston needed a steadying knock but, instead, things continued to worsen. Brett Woodards made 21 runs as the Blues’ last form of resistance, before losing his pegs at the hands of Rob Johnson (4/62), with Lucas Bramberger’s dismissal, shortly after, ending the side’s innings on 171.
The Bombers have shown they will be a formidable opponent this finals series, while Angaston will need to lift if it wishes to claim its third consecutive two-day flag.