ELIMINATION FINAL: Injune's Bidgood lines up a fast ball against Leprechauns.
ELIMINATION FINAL: Injune's Bidgood lines up a fast ball against Leprechauns. Molly Hancock

Leprechauns strike gold

CRICKET: The luck of the Irish was on the Leprechauns side on Sunday as they faced Injune in the elimination final.

Taking the win by 40 runs, the Leprechauns now go up against five-time reigning premiers, Roma Souths.

Leprechauns captain Locky Hoey said the team put forward a solid performance on the weekend to secure the win.

"We finished with about 217 runs with Thomas Packer making about 90 off and AJ Riley with 80 not out,” he said.

"We won the toss and chose to bat first and at the drink break we were two wickets for 60, which wasn't ideal.

"But we were able to recover when fielding and had six wickets for 107 when Injune were batting by the drink break.”

Hoey said the season for Leprechauns had been much of a roller-coaster with a lot of players away and losing about four games for this season.

However, he said if they want to beat Souths they would have to perform how they did on Sunday to beat them.

"Souths have a pretty solid batting line and this year we have proved to be more of a bowling and fielding team,” he said.

"We need to have a repeat performance to play against Souths.

"This weekend's grand final will be a repeat of last year's.”

Souths captain Scott Hilton said the team was confident going into the weekend's big dance.

"We are very confident after our game against Injune in the semi final,” he said.

"But that wasn't the grand final so we will have to come in fresh and ultimately the best team on the day will win.

"We have to make sure we are hungry on the field.”


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