By Jackson Russell
ROMSEY Cricket Club’s season has ended in disappointing fashion after a nine-wicket loss to Gisborne in their McIntyre Cup semi-final on Saturday.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Romsey was bowled out for 102 after 36.2 overs.
Romsey was in trouble early and never seemed to recover.
Openers Damien Devlin (6) and Matthew Milne (9) fell cheaply, followed soon after by Sean Day (2) to have the visitors 3/33.
Just nine runs were scored before Chris Burkett and Matthew Hoyt also fell.
Taylor Stevenson did his best to try to right the ship, making a team-high 25 runs from 40 deliveries while Adam Frost chipped in with a run-a-ball 21.
The pair put on a 31-run partnership before Stevenson became one of Jay King’s four scalps for the day. King finished with figures of 4/23 from 12 overs with four maidens.
Jakson Knight was efficient for Gisborne, taking 3/16 from six overs with three maidens.
Gisborne made quick work of the run chase, sealing its place in the grand final in just 32 overs, giving themselves an extra day’s rest heading into next week’s decider.
Jakson Knight followed up on his performance with the ball with a rapid-fire 92 from 93 deliveries with 16 boundaries.
Romsey captain Ben Way said his side just wasn’t good enough on the day.
“It’s good to get to the semi-final for the second year in a row but we weren’t up to it this year,” he said.
“We didn’t get off to a bad start and didn’t lose too many wickets early but we lost too many consecutively after that and then you’re in a bit of strife from there on.
“I think Gisborne bowled okay and held their chances. We hit too many catches into the infield and they held their catches and it was the difference on the day. Cricket’s one of those games, next week they might go through the gap but they were just too good for us on the weekend.”
Way said he’s looking forward to next season and making another run at a flag.
“We’re getting better and better as a team, we’re not far away, we have somethings to improve on and hopefully we can make a better run at it come next year,” he said.
Gisborne will take on undefeated Bacchus Marsh in next week’s grand final after their seven-wicket win over Diggers Rest Bulla.
Gisborne 1/130(cc) (J Knight 92) def Romsey 102 (T Stevenson 25; J King 4/23, J Knight 3/16, JM Wilson 2/19)
Bacchus Marsh 3/184 (J Lidgett 118) def Diggers Rest Bulla 183 (U Fernando 55, R Yasas 27, K Barker 26; M Ekanayaka 4/38, J Bailey 4/50)