Rivalry set for next chapter

VIRGINIA and Salisbury West will contest the Para Districts grade one grand final for the third year in a row after both sides won their respective semi-finals over the weekend.
Virginia put in a confident performance, led by skipper Shaun Lay, to defeat Craigmore by 52 runs.
Lay was the main contributor for the victors, with his captain’s knock of 108 guiding his team to a commanding 8/209 at the end of its innings.
Despite a solid batting effort from its top order, Craigmore was bowled out for 157.
Dylan McIver top scored with 51, while Virginia’s Anthony Seccafien, Anthony Bascombe and Nathan Warren took three wickets each.
Meanwhile, Salisbury West secured a four-wicket victory over Angle Vale.
Justin Davies took six wickets, his best haul for the season, as Westies bowled out their opponents for just 166.
Willi Sewell also contributed with the ball, taking two wickets.
In reply, D.J. McIntyre (32) and Sewell (53) helped carry their side to 7/167 and book it a shot at redemption for last season’s grand final loss.
In grade two, Central United locked in a grand final berth after it thrashed Craigmore by 134 runs.
Brad Woodward (95), Miles Picton (46) and Rhys Kosonen (40 unbeaten) batted well as Units collected 235 runs.
In reply, Craigmore was decimated by Dave Ritzema (five wickets) and was bowled out for just 101.
In the other semi-final, Eastern Park continued its run of form to beat North Eastern Knights by 45 runs.
In grade three, North Pines will face Enfield United in the decider after the former toppled Eyre Royals by 24 runs.
The Pines were poor with the bat and only made 112, but they were dynamite with the ball.
Shaun Herraman took six wickets as his side bowled out the Royals for 88.
Meanwhile, Eyre Royals will compete in the grade four grand final after beating ATCO by 78 runs.
The Royals, led by Chris McQueen (55), made 153.
McQueen was also a star with the ball, taking three wickets as ATCO managed just 75 in reply.
Eyre Royals will now face Salisbury West in the decider.
In grade five, Angle Vale advanced to the big dance after overcoming Enfield United by 43 runs.
The Vale will face a tough opponent in North Pines, which defeated ATCO by nine wickets.

Jack Hudson

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Growing up in Gawler, Jack has taken on a variety of journalistic roles while still studying for his Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing degree. He began his career at The Bunyip as a weekend football writer, before taking on roles with The Footy Budget and The Cricket Chronicle and then earning his first part-time gig at the Barossa Herald. Now returning to The Bunyip, Jack also has a keen interest in footy and soccer, as well as a passion for gaming and reading.

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