A strong all-round performance by Dean Crane has helped Wyangle through to the 2020 Elders Cup grand final after his side accounted for Coolac by two wickets at Stan Crowe Oval on Saturday.
Coolac won the toss and elected to bat but were restricted to just 6/127 runs from their 40 overs; which was in part due to the work of Crane.
The opening paceman bowled out his 10 overs with the tidy figures of 3/20, which included three maidens.
In return, Wyangle chased down the figure in 36 overs, scoring 8/131 and again it was Crane causing Coolac headaches, with the all-rounder scoring an electric 62, which including 12 boundaries.
Crane, who hasn’t really been needed with the bat in 2019/20, was pleased with the result, despite his lack of time out in the centre.
“It was good to get the win and also contribute,” he said.
“I haven’t had much opportunity with the bat this year, it was only the third time I’ve batted all year, which from a team perspective is good.”
In terms of his bowling contribution, Crane believes it was a team effort.
“Bowling wise I think we bowled really well as a collective unit,” he said.
Despite the winning result, Crane was keeping a level head and outlined how Wyangle would approach next Saturday week’s fixture against either Coolac or Tumut Plains.
“The real test is in two weeks, and this coming week and weekend we are hoping to have a few extra training sessions and a centre wicket on Saturday,” he said.
“We want to make sure we are ready to go and make sure we have a fair bit of cricket under our belt before the grand final.”
Crane didn’t want to give too much away in regards to his thought’s on Wyangle’s potential opposition, suggesting it would be a tough prospect either way.
“Yeah, I’m not too sure,” he said.
“Obviously Coolac have some players to come back in but Tumut Plains have put in some really good performances this year.
“It’ll be a close game and either way, we will just concentrate on our game.”
Coolac on the other hand will need to improve before Saturday and will be hoping to see Tim Graham back playing.
The competition’s leading run scorer and team’s captain was a notable absentee in Saturday’s loss and the strong all-rounder will be welcomed back with open-arms ahead of Saturday’s match against Tumut Plains.
To highlight the concerns surrounding the premiers batting on Saturday, Coolac were in trouble early with Andrew Keatinge dismissed on only the fourth ball of the match when caught by Brenton Hotham off Crane’s bowling.
Andrew and James Scott did contribute another 28 runs until Crane again broke through; this time bowling James Scott for just four runs and Coolac were now 2/29.
Andrew Scott and Luke Graham then combined for 32 runs before Scott had his castle rocked by Hotham in the over before drinks.
Scott was sent packing on 45 runs and Coolac were now 3/61 at drinks.
After the break, Luke and Adam Graham put on an inning’s-high partnership of 37 runs, taking Coolac to 98 in the 35th over before Adam Graham was caught and bowled by Crane on 15 runs.
As the innings closed out, Coolac became desperate for runs and Joe Scott was run out on six by Travis Curnow before Rob Barron was run out on three by Crane.
Luke Graham and Mark Sharman would eventually finish not out, ending the inning on 47 and three respectively; leaving Coolac at 6/127.
Coolac had Wyangle in a very tough spot after 14 overs with the Tumut side precariously placed at 3/28.
Rob Barron removed opener Mark Bradshaw for just four runs when Duane Shawcross caught him.
Matt Stubbs was out next on 15 after Shawcross bowled him before Tom Shedden was out on six when caught by Keatinge off Barron’s bowling.
Crane would come in to steady the ship but slowly lost partners with Dave Shedden out for one run after he was trapped in front leg before wicket by Brad Gorman.
Gorman then had Hotham out on four after Andrew Scott caught him and Wyangle were in trouble at 5/61 at the end of the 23 over.
Crane then combined with Matt Webb for a match winning 49-run partnership, taking Wyangle to 6/110 before Crane was out on 61; caught off the bowling of Barron.
Matt Webb was the next to go though when caught by Mark Sharman off the bowling of Shawcross.
Travis Curnow then chipped in for 10 valuable runs before Shawcross bowled him, leaving Wyangle at 8/127.
Damien Breed and Richard Davis would come in and score two and four respectively, helping Wyangle to a historic semi final win over their archrivals.
A. Scott, b B. Hotham 45
A. Keatinge, c B. Hotham, b D. Crane 0
James Scott, b D. Crane 4
L. Graham, not out 47
A. Graham, c&b, D. Crane 15
Joe scott, run out T. Curnow 6
R. Barron, run out D. Crane 3
M. Sharman, not out 3
A. Nichols, not out 0
Bowling: D. Crane 10-3-3-20, J. Breed 4-1-0-21, B. Hotham 10-0-1-47, M. Stubbs 10-2-0-18, Tom Shedden 6-1-0-19.
M. Stubbs, b R. Barron 15
M. Bradshaw, c Shawcross, b R. Barron 4
T. Shedden, c Keatinge, b D. Shawcross 6
D. Crane, c J. Scott, b R. Barron 61
D. Shedden, lbw B. Gorman 1
B. Hotham, c A. Scott, b B. Gorman 4
M. Webb, c Sharman, b D. Shawcross 17
T. Curnow, b D. Shawcross 10
D. Breed, not out 2
R. Davis, not out 4
Bowling: R. Barron 9-2-3-23, D. Shawcross 8.3-2-3-29, B. Gorman 9-4-2-32, James Scott 5-0-0-25, M. Sharman 4-1-0-19.
Wyangle won by two wickets