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Finals spots up for grabs

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Finals spots up for grabs
Published 7 March 2017
The race to the finals is going to go down to the final week of the minor round in Para Districts grade one cricket.

The race to the finals is going to go down to the final week of the minor round in Para Districts grade one cricket.

Fifth-placed Parafield Gardens finds itself in a precarious position against bottom-placed ATCO, while Craigmore has given itself every chance of staying in the top four with a strong opening day performance against ladder leader Salisbury West.Meanwhile, Virginia has signalled dangerous intent with a massive 8/304 against Central United.Johnny Natsias (110) and Nick O’Reilly (107*) led the way for the Rams.Parafield Gardens needs a win and a side already in the four, probably Craigmore, to lose but it has made its task tougher than it should against ATCO.The bottom side made 147 but has the Gardens in disarray at 4/23 – giving itself the chance of a rare win and to end the visitors’ finals hopes.Third-placed Craigmore could be replaced in the four if it loses, but has given itself every chance of victory against top side Salisbury West which was dismissed for 124 (J. Davies 37, S.Sewell 35).The Blues are 2/24 in reply, leaving the match interestingly poised.Finally, fourth-placed One Tree Hill has gone a long way to securing its finals position and ending Angle Vale’s slim hopes.The Billiegoats compiled 8/255, with Phil Neill (70) and Ryan Cosgrove (50) leading the way. Other highlights:

Central United’s James Bain took 6/19 in grade two.

In grade five, Smithfield rolled Virginia for just 82 to record an easy win.

S. Dowden took 5/15 for Central United in a loss to Craigmore in grade seven.