By Jackson Russell
TALLAROOK will play Yea in this weekend’s Seymour District Cricket Association A Grade grand final after a convincing 127-run win over Broadford in the semi-final.
Playing at home, Tallarook made 9/282 from their 80 overs, with Jac Smith-Williams stepping up to make 118.
In a sign of things to come, opener Lachlan Watts (23) hooked one for four to open proceedings on Saturday before he fell at 2/47.
Smith-Williams and captain Leigh Irving (59) put together a 109-run fourth-wicket partnership before Irving was caught and bowled by Cameron Berry. Smith-Williams fell shortly afterwards at 5/221.
By then, the damage was done and a solid contribution from the tailenders padded the scoreboard before stumps was called at 9/282.
Broadford came into Sunday with a big task on their hands, which was only made bigger after losing early wickets.
Opener Ashley Wood was bowled out for 5 by William Dundon at 1/16.
Opening partner Blair Hobba made 28 before he fell at 3/73 while Evan Mills led the side with 37 before he was caught at 6/117.
It was all but over by that point, as Broadford was bowled out for 155 after 53.2 overs to end their season and send Tallarook to the big dance.
Tallarook 9/282(cc) (J Smith-Williams 118, L Irving 59, S Herring 29; N Woods 5/59) def Broadford 155 (EW Mills 37, BG Hobba 28; W Dundon 5/47, L Watts 2/18)
Avenel 88 (H Jones 40; A Chisholm 3/13, M Steiner 3/22, C Armstrong 2/5) def by Yea Tigers 3/109 (C Armstrong 63, D Pell 30)