ILLAWARRA Twenty20 champions Corrimal clinched a spot in next month’s semi-finals and remain unbeaten in all forms after beating Balgownie at Judy Masters Oval on Saturday.
The Cougars defended 8-170, though Bally (8/159) were always a threat led by skipper Jamie Fleming’s 60 which included six sixes.
Corrimal’s top order set up their third straight T20 victory, with skipper Joe McDevitt (54) top-scoring and well-supported by his brother Tom McDevitt (35) and Kurtis Trindall (28).
Cooper Tym (2-18), Michael Toussis (2-11) and Fleming (2-29) bowled well, while Brandon Brown claimed one of the best catches seen at Judy Masters with a diving grab on the boundary to dismiss Trindall.
Despite the loss Bally are second behind the unbeaten Corrimal in Pool B, with a double-header final roundon January 9 remaining.
Joe McDevitt was rapt with his side’s performance, particularly his top order.
‘‘We posted a really good score and the top order hasn’t always fired for us but did the job today,’’ McDevitt said.
‘‘We’re undefeated in all forms heading into Christmas andyou have to be happy with that.’’
Also in Pool B, Northern Districts (2/101) remain in the T20 semi-final race after an eight wicket win over Wests Illawarra (7-100).
Wests batted first with Matt Calder (23) top-scoring but Norths reached the target in the 16th over. Jake Reynolds (33no) and skipper Matt Salakas (26no) top-scored.
Meanwhile, Port Kembla (8/132) made it two wins in Pool A with a one run thriller against University (8/131).
Chris Lewis slammed 56 off 30 balls for Port, while Michael Waldren took 4-28 for Uni.
The Students needed 14 off the last over and managed two boundaries but also scored just one run off the last two balls to finish one run short.
Vijay Karthik (47) top-scored, while Jason Ralston took 2-24 for Port who with two wins from three games are in T20 semi-final contention, but winless Uni are out.
In Pool A, Keira made it two wins from three games after thrashing win-less Wollongong at Keira Oval.
The Lions bludgeoned 5/181, led by Kieren Richards’ 45, Neel Honavar (44) and Nick Theodossiadis (41).
Wollongong were bowled out for 109, with Wesley Van Kempen taking 4-12 and Matt Scavarelli 3-14.
Finally, Helensburgh remain unbeaten leaders in Pool B after a six wicket win over Dapto at Reed Park.
The home side made 7/132, led by Chris Georgiou’s unbeaten 33, while Luke Falkiner took 2-16.
Mitch McCrae anchored the Burgh to victory with a fine 75, as the visitors won with two balls to spare.
Captain’s knock: Joe McDevitt made a half century as the T20 champions beat Balgownie to book a spot in this season’s semi-finals.
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