Leprechauns to face Souths in a blockbuster final

5th March 2018 10:33 AM
NO RUN: The Leprechauns' AJ Riley defends towards the off-side. NO RUN: The Leprechauns' AJ Riley defends towards the off-side. Joshua Macree

THE stage is set for an epic grand final showdown between Souths and the Leprechauns, after the latter narrowly defeated Injune in the preliminary final on Sunday.

In a tense match that had plenty of ebbs and flows, the Leprechauns proved why they'll be the best chance of causing an upset against the heavyweights of the competition.

Having won the toss and elected to bat, the Leps got off to a steady start with Boney and Martin scoring a few early runs before each succumbed at eight and 14 runs respectively.

Riley was the next man in and raced to 19 runs before being dismissed by a jaffa of a ball from Bidgood.

The Leprechauns' middle and lower order continued to post handy runs without any batsman going on to make a big score.

In a first innings littered with stop-starts, the Leprechauns laboured to an innings total of 106, leaving the door wide open to a huge upset if Injune could make some early runs.

Wilson was the pick of the Injune bowlers, claiming three scalps while the rest of the spoils were shared between Bidgood, Harland and Murray.

The visitors got off to a shaky start with only 12 runs scored between the first three batsmen, before Harland came to crease and raced to 25 runs, setting the game up for a tight finish.

Low scores from middle to lower order batsmen prevented Injune from mounting a late charge that would have realised a successful run-chase with the visitors falling short by 27 runs.

For the Leprechauns, Jackson was the best of the bowlers, knocking over three batsmen.

Next week's grand final between two teams from Roma is a fitting result given the way both teams have performed across the entirety of the season.

Souths have defeated the Leprechauns on three separate occasions so far this season.