THE SEASON of Colac district cricket reigning premier Alvie is over after Apollo Bay made light work of the Swans in their semi-final clash.
The Sharks will take on Stoneyford in this weekend’s preliminary final following the Maroon Caps’ loss to City United.
Apollo Bay co-captain Darren Gill said his team would take confidence into the clash after rolling Alvie for 91 on Saturday, then chasing down the total in under 22 overs.
“It was a really good effort,” he said.
“They were probably the favourites but once you get to finals it doesn’t matter what’s happened in the past, you’ve just got to play the game as it is.
“Our bowlers bowled exceptionally well, and we held our catches.”
Teenager Ezrah Robertson led the coastal club’s bowling attack, snaring four wickets including openers Zac Parker and Tim McKay, while Campbell McKenzie took two.
All-rounder Dale Boyd claimed the vital wicket of Liam McGuane to finish with figures of 2-12 off his 10 overs.
Gill said the solid bowling-fielding display took pressure off his team’s batsmen, but conceded he was concerned when Boyd was almost caught on his second ball.
Boyd went on to top-score with 41, while opener Jack Pascoe scored 33.
Billey Bernet scored the winning runs when the Bay was four wickets down.
“We were confident we could chase down their total, with Matt Hanks, Jack and Boydy, we knew if they could just go in and attack, and get 50 on the board pretty quick, then the rest of us could make up 40 runs,” Gill said.
“Boydy’s 41 was off 25 balls, and he was dropped on the second or third ball, we would have been 2-5 if they had have taken that,” he said.