Old Boys battle-hardened, big-match experience bubbled to the surface as they extended their winning streak to five games, in a seven-wicket Twenty20 win over City United at No.1 Oval.
Despite several dropped catches and a strong start by City openers Troy Hearfield (39-ball 55) and Dan Whale (29-ball 29), Old Boys had way too much firepower for a team with serious premiership aspirations.
After stopping the bleeding with a slew of quick wickets, to restrict City to 8-133, Old Boys passed the total in the 15th over.
Simon Norvill (36-ball 45) and Aaron Hazlewood (24-ball 32) had a 91-run opening stand for Old Boys, with No.3 Mitchell Swain (17-ball 34) helping maintain the side’s irresistible momentum.
Hazlewood was Old Boys’ most effective bowler, taking 3-28 off four overs.
Old Boys, undefeated through five rounds of the T20 competition, were already assured of a T20 final sport ahead of Saturday’s clash, as they look to defend the one piece of silverware they have left.
In the T20 final at No.1 Oval on February 1, they will play Bective East, who leapfrogged three teams in the final round to finish second on the ladder.
After an indifferent start to the season, Old Boys moved past City United on Saturday to lead the overall competition.
Old Boys captain Ben Middlebrook said: “The boys played well. We still dropped a few catches but overall we bowled well and hit the ball clean.”