West Tamworth opener Daniel Collinson remained unbeaten on 98, in the side’s six-wicket loss to North Tamworth at No.1 Oval.
The Wests opener, who made 81 last round in a loss to South Tamworth, was left stranded agonisingly close to a century when Redbacks quick Adam Greentree removed No.11 Eddie Davis for a duck – ending Wests innings at 178 in the 39th over.
Jaiden Tasker took 4-17 off eight overs, while Greentree and Pete Watson both took two wickets.
Along with Collinson, only two other Wests batsmen made double figures – Harrison Kelly (39) and Jake Whyler (14).
North Tamworth passed Wests’ total in 38 overs, with Tasker (47 not out), Lachlan Fauchon (42), Henry Smith (39) and Daniel Redshaw (25 not out) the top-scorers.
Greentree said chasing 178 without their leading batsmen, captain Brendan Rixon and his brother Michael, who were away representing Central North at the Country Championship, was “very pleasing”.
He was delighted with how the younger batsmen “stood up” in the absence of the Rixons. “And our attitude while bowling and fielding [was also good],” he added.
South Tamworth and City United will play in the one-day final at No.1 Oval on Friday.