Yaralla looks set for second consecutive grand final
YARALLA'S A-grade cricket team has booked its place in a second consecutive grand final, unless a miracle occurs in the final two-day match of the season.
To miss out on a spot now it would take Brothers to beat the defending premiers outright, with not many runs scored on the Yaralla side of the wicket.
The Glen would also have to demolish BITS in the same way.
"Something massive would have to happen," Yaralla batsman Brendan Kelly said.
The Yaralla side held on to obtain a gutsy draw against The Glen on Saturday when chasing 261 to set up the all-but-certain grand final position.
For a long time, it looked like Yaralla would comfortably play out the draw, before The Glen took five wickets in quick succession out of the drinks break.
A solid innings from Kelly anchored the innings, which helped Yaralla fight through to hold on for the draw.
After holding off frontline paceman Chad Gilmour, Kelly said it was disappointing to let another bowler drag down the Yaralla batsman.
"Jason Miners picked up four or five," Kelly said.
"It was poor shot selection more than anything."
This sets up an enthralling end to this season.
- The Glen 6/261 declared (last week).
- Yaralla 9/186 at the end of the second day's play.
- Brendan Kelly - 90.
- The match ended in a draw.
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