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WANGARATTA and Benalla will play off in the Keith Sherwill Shield final after scoring comfortable wins on day two of the North East Junior Cricket Carnival yesterday.
The associations romp-ed home against CAW and CAW Country respectively and will be chasing a psychological advantage in their dead-rubber final round match at Mansfield today before locking horns in Friday’s decider.
CAW could only scrape together 55 against Wangaratta’s attack, with spinner Vitaly Leschen, skipper Dylan Landgren and Nic Cox picking up seven wickets between them.
Alex Packer (33) played a lone hand for the visitors at Norm Minns Oval.
Wangaratta then reeled in the target through Rhett Mitchell and Seamus Phillips, finishing the chase soon after lunch at 0-62.
Coach John Dodd said it was a strong team performance.
“The boys played very well again,” Dodd said.
“The bowlers set it up and then Rhett and Seamus batted well.
“We will probably mix it up a bit against Benalla tomorrow and see how we go.”
CAW coach Chris Cunningham said Wangaratta deserved the win.
“They were excellent,” Cunningham said.
“Their opening bowlers did the damage and we never really got back into the game.”
Benalla romped to a comfortable home victory over CAW Country at Benalla.
The Border team struggled with the bat for the second successive day and were never in contention after being dismissed for a disappointing 56.
Nathan Purcell and Finton Brazil were the destroyers with three wickets each.
Benalla chased down the target with ease and pulled up stumps at 2-73 after 14 overs.
Coach Gary Abley was happy with another even spread of contributors.
“It was good to get through to the final,” Abley said.
“It’s going to get tougher from here.”
Today’s winner will host Friday’s final.
CAW plays CAW Country today at Tallangatta.