BAY Tigers Black will have the chance to claim back-to-back Eurobodalla Twenty20 titles this weekend after qualifying for the A grade grand final with a five-wicket victory over Bay Tigers Gold.
Batting first on the Hanging Rock turf wicket, Tigers Black got off to a relatively slow start when it lost opener Gavin Ladmore for just eight.
Skipper Gavin Smart then came to the crease and belted a quick-fire 18, which increased the run rate significantly, before he was clean bowled by youngster Jake Cooper.
Cooper then caught Paul Gallen off Matt Ryan’s bowling a short while later to leave the defending champions on 3/42 in the sixth over.
That brought Mick Smart to the middle and the all-rounder, alongside Dan Smith, steadied the ship somewhat to frustrate the Tigers Gold bowling attack.
Smith was eventually caught by Mitch Grant off Chad Pickett’s bowling for 16, but it mattered little as Mick Smart belted his way to 63 not out to guide Tigers Black to 5/147.
In response, Tigers Gold never really got going as Brad Hancock and Dan Walsh tore through the top order.
Dave O’Toole (4/32) then took care of the lower order as Tigers Gold was bowled out for 91.
Lindsey Worne (22) top scored for Gold, while Aaron Brierley (13) provided good support with the bat.
In Saturday’s second match at Hanging Rock, Broulee put on a brilliant batting display (5/168) to hammer Moruya by five wickets.