Falls lifts the Dozen to a semifinal win

Robert DoughertyBroome Advertiser

Hopes of a Mangrove and Roebuck Bay grand final showdown have been extinguished, with Dirty Dozen Cricket Club pulling a win out of their bag of tricks.

It was not all smooth sailing for the Dozen in their semifinal victory against Mangrove Cricket Club at Male Oval last weekend.

They lost the toss and Mangrove’s best batsmen were sent in to make a statement, smashing plenty of good bowling to all areas of the ground and over it.

Matt Michael made 44 runs, Brian Hall added another 89 and Liam Bagnall contributed 15.

The day was going well for Mangrove as they reached one for 132 runs from 24 overs, however they were kept at bay after drinks and closed out the innings with six for 188. Andrew Blackley was a stand-out bowler for the Dozen, taking four wickets.

The Dozen looked dicey as they were sent in to chase down the total. Openers Harvey Poole and Ian Poulter put in some good work, chipping away 12 and 33 runs, but the team was definitely in trouble at four for 50 runs.

Defeat was avoided with the arrival of Adam Falls, who smashed five sixes and 79 runs not out to put one hand on the grand final trophy.

It spelt the end of a great season for Mangrove after losing by two wickets.

The Dozen now continue on their journey to take on Roebuck Bay this Saturday at Male Oval and will contest the junior cricket grand final on Sunday.

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