Big semifinal victories for Wagin and Dumbleyung in UGSCA B-grade

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David Head is a key player for Dumbleyung in the grand final.
Camera IconDavid Head is a key player for Dumbleyung in the grand final. Credit: Justin Fris/South Western Times

Wagin and Dumbleyung will face off in the Upper Great Southern Cricket Association B-grade grand final on Saturday after they won last Saturday’s semifinals.

The B-grade decider was set down for this Saturday after the four teams competing in the finals could not agree to play the grand final on Sunday, the same day as the A-grade.

In the semifinals, Wagin scored a 35-run win over Wickepin and Dumbleyung prevailed by eight wickets over Boddington.

A superb knock from Dwight Kellow guided Wagin into the decider, as they made 6-163 batting first on their home deck.

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Kellow made 80 from 112 balls, hitting nine fours and two sixes, to go with contributions from Terry Anthony (39) and Brenden Hall (23).

Wickepin made a solid start in the chase but were bowled out for 128 in 36 overs to be knocked out.

Brock Pockran top-scored with 38 from 27 balls for the visitors. David Wilson (20) and Craig Jespersen (18) also chipped in but their side was undone by a five-wicket haul from Ben Ball.

Ball finished with 5-14 from six overs to rip through the Wickepin batting line-up.

Boddington were skittled for only 63 in their semifinal, batting first at Dumbleyung.

Christopher Reid (22) and Ryan Smith (12) were the only batters to reach double figures as David Head (3-6) and Scott Gray (3-7) did the damage for the home side.

Chris Sjoberg took two early wickets for Boddington but Ryan Taylor made 25 to lead Dumbleyung to a comprehensive eight-wicket win, passing the victory target in the 19th over.

Wagin will host Dumbleyung in the B-grade grand final that starts at 12pm on Saturday.

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