Brad Smith talks about City United like a proud father. And like all proud fathers, seeing his “child” do well provides him with a great sense of joy.
It’s a joy made even richer by the side’s protracted travail, which they emerged from last season upon making the finals for the first time in eons.
On Saturday at Riverside 1, the Smith-led City beat Old Boys for the first time in eons, their skipper said, to book at spot against South Tamworth in the one-day final at No.1 Oval on November 30.
City United will go into the final with back-to-back wins and no shortage of confidence.
“It’s a huge bit of confidence there for the boys, especially where we were coming from two years ago,” Smith said, adding that it is “really pleasing” to see the club being rewarded for effort.
City won the toss and batted, finishing on 8-154, with Tait Jordan (45) top-scoring.
They then dismissed Old Boys for 121 in 31 overs, with Cooper Barnes (4-15 off five overs) and Jordan (3-38 off seven overs) the chief destroyers.
Old Boys skipper Ben Middlebrook continued his good form with 38 not out, as last season’s one-day championships exited the competition.