Wallabadah chase total and a grand-final spot

WALLABADAH will play The Royal in the Quirindi grand final after chasing runs to beat Imperial at No.1 Oval on Saturday.

Set 179 by Imperials, Wallaby reached the target with a little more than an over to spare.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Imperial made a cautious start with openers Lindsay Bowne and Ken Cudmore taking them to 0-60 off the first 20 overs.

Jason Lobsey and Matt Parsons bowled tightly but without luck – with Lobsey finishing with 1-22 off his eight and Parsons 0-24 from his eight.

After the drinks break, Imperial upped the ante and pushed on to get to a very competitive 179 from its 40 overs.

Bowne top-scored with 39, closely followed by Cudmore with 38.

Chris Saunders also chipped in with 26 and Trent Owen 24.

The wily old silver fox Jim Stewart was the main destroyer taking 4-38 from his eight while Adam Davis snared 2-46.

Wallaby had an early hiccup in its run chase but Davis (20) and Charlie Simpkins combined to take the score from 1-18 to 2-65 and then 2-85 at the half-way point.

Simpkins (47) continued to build after the drinks break, he and Lobsey guiding them to 5-110 with 15 overs to go.

Imperial tightened the game up with a couple of quick wickets but Lobsey kept things steady.

He eventually fell for a game-top 52 with three overs 

remaining.

Stewart (16no) and Ben Douglas (7no) then got them over the line with eight balls in hand.

Zac Radcliffe was the pick of the Imperial bowlers and nabbed 3-19 off his six.

George Cudmore also bowled well and picked up 1-31.

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