CRICKET Albury-Wodonga is on track to secure an unlikely berth in the Konica-Minolta Cup grand final after winning yesterday’s double header in Canberra.
The Border’s representative team is just two wins from securing a spot in next year’s decider after yesterday’s triumphs against Weston Creek and Leeton secured it a home quarter-final at Lavington Oval on December 2.
Coach Trent Ball said new-found depth was the key to the side’s unbeaten start to the representative season.
“We bowled and fielded well today,” he said.
“It depends on results who we play but if we can win that home final and get through to the semis that would be massive.”
CAW was guaranteed a spot in the knockout phase of the Twenty20 tournament but needed one win from the two games to get a home final.
While the first-up win against Weston Creek was the key, the 10-wicket triumph against Leeton was the icing on the cake.
Tallangatta recruit James Weighell, skipper James Tonkin and Albury’s Brad Smith all took multiple scalps to help bowl out Leeton for just 52 in 4.1 overs, with Ball (27) and Nathan Thompson (22) leading CAW past the total without the loss of a wicket.
Ball (38) and New City’s Ben Kohler-Cadmore (38 not out) helped the side record a four-wicket win against Weston Creek in the first game.
“The win this morning was massive,” Ball said.
“We had to make sure we played well this morning and we did.”