TUROSS Head progressed to its first grand final since 2008 on Saturday with back-to-back Twenty20 wins over Bodalla and Dalmeny-Narooma.
After a tight and, at times, tense battle with Bodalla in the first game, all-rounder Les Roberts-Thompson took the second game against last season’s grand finalist Dalmeny-Narooma by the scruff of the neck.
The paceman, who has been the model of consistency for Tuross Head this season, crushed Dalmeny-Narooma’s top order, leaving the visitors stranded on 4/8 after six overs.
Dalmeny-Narooma never recovered from its horror start with the bat as it struggled along to a 20-over innings total of 9/53.
Roberts-Thompson was the star of the show with game-best figures of 3/7 off his four-over spell, while the returning Rhys Voysey was near impossible to play as he finished with figures of 1/3.
Elijah Blair was also a handy contributor with the ball, taking two wickets in the overcast conditions.
However, the Tuross Head top order was not without woes of its own after Dalmeny-Narooma bowler Kyle Field reduced the hosts to 4/14 at one stage in their run chase.
That was until brothers Tim and Anthony Hartshorn belted their way out of trouble to see Tuross Head home safely in just the eighth over.
Tim Hartshorn finished with 19 not out, while his brother Anthony remained unbeaten on 17 as Boyd Brennan’s Tuross side booked a grand final date with defending T20 champion Bay Tigers Black.
“The guys are really looking forward to the final with confidence,” Brennan said.
“It has been a number of years since the club has played in a grand final, not since beating the Bay Tigers in the 2007/08 premiership decider.”
Matt Moore and Andy Brains top-scored for Dalmeny-Narooma with scores of 15 and 14 respectively, while pace bowler Field finished with impressive figures of 3/18.
Dean Friskin (1/2) was Dalmeny-Narooma’s other wicket taker as Tuross Head’s 4/54 was enough to win the vital match.
Meanwhile in the earlier match against Bodalla, Anthony Hartshorn again led the way for Tuross Head with the bat, posting 18 runs as the hosts were all out for 83.
Lewis McMahon (17) and Tim Hartshorn (13) were the home side’s other top scorers in what was an up-and-down innings.
Stu Piper, as has been the case many times this season, was the pick of the Bodalla bowlers with 3/7, while Ty Hitchens and Elijah Blair pitched in with two wickets each.
Jaiya Preston and Blake Stevens (both 13) did their best during the run chase but it was to no avail as Bodalla was all out for 65.