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Rain has wreaked havoc on the Preliminary Final between Lisarow Ourimbah and Narara Wyoming in First Grade with a result unable to be reached.

After Saturdays play was called off due to consistent rain, both sides turned up on Sunday ready to get a game underway. Unfortunately, mother nature had other ideas and right before start time, rain started to fall delaying the game. After a half hour delay the match started with the Magpies batting four overs and being 0-12 before the next lot of rain came around. The rain continued to fall and despite the efforts to get the game restarted, the game was abandoned.

As a result, Lisarow Ourimbah will advance to next week’s Grand Final setting up a semi-final replay against Kincumber Avoca. For Narara Wyoming, it’s a tough way to finish their season.

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Kincumber Avoca are the first team through to the grand final after an impressive victory against Lisarow Ourimbah, while Narara Wyoming have kept their season alive defeating Northern Power.

At Sohier Park, Kincumber Avoca and Lisarow Ourimbah did battle to see who would book their place in the grand final in two weeks’ time. After a bit of rain during the week, the Griffins won the toss and elected to have a bowl first and the Magpies would’ve been happy how they started moving the score to 0-32 at the first drinks break. But the introduction of spinner Dylan Robertson changed the game with the Magpies losing three quick wickets to change the momentum. Despite some resilience from Blair Lindsay with a polished 30 and Matthew Sunshine with a quick fire 20, the Magpies never recovered being dismissed for 115. Robertson was the star taking remarkable figures of 6-16 from 22.3 overs while Jack Heuston also chipped in with two.

The Griffins started their run chase well needing to get through a tough 14 over period before stumps. And they nearly did that before the final ball of the day when Blair Lindsay removed Harry Woodhead caught behind to leave the game evenly balanced heading into day 2.

Rain was around again resulting in a delayed start. The teams eventually came out and it was another Griffin player who took the game away from Lisarow Ourimbah this time with Steve McCabe playing an aggressive knock scoring 56. The score moved onto 1-85 with the game thought to be over but enter Matthew Sunshine who took 3 quick wickets just before drinks to give the Magpies some hope. However, skipper Dan Heuston came out and played a settled knock of 17* to get his side over the line. The Griffins will get a week off now while the Magpies enter a do or die final.

And they will be playing Narara Wyoming who defeated Northern Power by 7 wickets at Gavenlock Oval. Winning the toss, the Lions elected to have a bowl and would’ve been happy with their start taking 4 wickets early to leave the Power sitting at 4-35. But the Power bounced back with a 58-run partnership between Zac Abel and skipper Chris Archer moving the score to 93 and setting up their innings perfectly. But from that moment it was all the Lions, taking the last 6 wickets for 5 runs and bowling the Power out for 98. Coming off a five wicket haul last week, Keiran Lawson was the star again taking 4-13 from 20.1 overs while strike bowler Kyle Jordan also took two wickets.

With the bat, the Lions experience rose through with Mark McLachlan getting the side off to a great start with 30 with Peter Cross showing his class hitting 62 not out from only 72 balls to guide the Lions into a preliminary final. For the Power, Archer was the pick for them taking 2-19 from 10 overs. This result sets up a local derby final with Lisarow Ourimbah and Narara Wyoming with the winner going through to the grand final to play Kincumber Avoca.

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