Colts, Valleys ready for final
COLTS will play Valleys in this weekend's grand final of the A Grade Twenty20 Competition after the third and final round at the weekend cemented positions on the ladder.
While Colts had stitched up a finals' appearance a fortnight ago, Valleys staged a remarkable victory over Harlequins to clinch the remaining finals' ticket.
Valleys appeared in danger of missing out on reaching the final early in its game against Harlequins, making a mere 87 with the loss of all its wickets from 19 overs.
Harlequins had every reason to feel confident a win was within their grasp, but it wasn't to be.
The side's top order faltered in spectacular fashion and the middle order wasn't able to salvage the situation.
Harlequins batsman Peter Kross said the result was “one that got away”.
Ultimately, Harlequins fell short by 12 runs of an outright victory, utilising its full 20 overs.
“We were in a position to win but we let it get away on us,” Kross said.
Meanwhile, Colts may have already been assured a place in the final but the team's preparations took a major hit with a shock loss to Wests.
Wests had struggled in the first two rounds of the competition but found plenty of form at the weekend to give Colts the worst preparation possible heading into a final.
Wests batted first and made a solid 143 off 20 overs, dropping four wickets, before restricting Colts to 139.
Colts, from its 20 overs, fell five runs shy of victory.