LAST year’s wooden spooners will play finals and can’t wait to take on the best team of the summer.
Yesterday Bethanga turned around a bleak post-Christmas run with an emphatic win over Wodonga at Willow Park.
The victory is believed to have sealed sixth spot despite Dederang’s (7th) win over Mount Beauty.
The Saints knocked over the Bulldogs for 139 and passed the total just three wickets down.
A quick push for runs allowed a bid to lock up the best bowler title for spinner Cameron Sirl.
Sirl was on 28 wickets, one behind the Power’s Ethan Brown, and finished with five for the match.
Captain Brodie Sirl said no one could remember A grade playing finals.
“It’s been a long time and it’s a great feeling,” he said.
“We have had our ups and downs but it was a solid performance with Dylan Cordingley our best with the bat and ball.
“He got us going with three wickets early on Saturday and then got 68 yesterday.”
Sirl said the Saints were preparing to play Eskdale at Eskdale.
“We fancy our chances against them and threw away the win during the season,” he said.
“We go into the finals with nothing to lose.”
Key bowler Haydyn Roberts will face a fitness test to assess his recovery from a broken leg.
“He has been able to bat and made 120 last week and then 50-odd in B grade in the past two weeks,” Sirl said.
“We will have a look later in the week and hopefully he is right to go.”
Dederang captain Andrew Creamer was resigned to missing out.
Creamer finished with a century in his team’s 186 after the Power was bowled out for 120.
“With Bethanga winning I don’t think we have enough points to sneak ahead of them,” he said.
“We were three points behind and the scores were pretty similar.”