Waroona, Singleton to face off in Peel Cricket Association grand final

Singleton and Waroona will square off in the Peel Cricket Association’s grand final on Saturday.

The two sides finished first and second respectively on the ladder at the end of the regular season, and will now head into what looms as an epic premiership decider.

They were scheduled to play each other in the qualifying final on Saturday, but the match was called a draw following a washout.

Due to their higher standing on the ladder, Singleton progressed through to the grand final while Waroona was sent to take on Shoalwater Bay, who had beaten Mandurah on Saturday, to fight for a spot in the decider.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Shoalwater Bay opened the match with a steady 44-run partnership between Sebastian Websdale (27) and Sean Hetel (29).

They looked to be in good stead with 75 runs on the board before they lost their second wicket.

A late 34 runs to Paul Speechly and 26 to Nicholas Milligan buoyed Shoalwater’s total to 8/170 from their 50 overs.

Unlike Shoalwater’s solid start, Waroona’s run at a grand final berth was in dire straits when they lost opener Ben Wright for one run after just 10 minutes at the crease.

Sitting in a 1/4 hole, Waroona was in need of a remarkable individual performance to lift them to the grand final and it came off Jayden Derosa’s impeccable form with the bat.

Derosa carved out an unbeaten 89 runs from 123 deliveries, teaming with 45 from Daniel Dodds and contributions of 17 and 12 to Keren Ugle and Adam Clancy to see Waroona into the big dance.

They surpassed Shoalwater’s total in the 46th over finish 4/174.

Now, Waroona’s focus turns to their match against Singleton at Lark Hill on Saturday.

The game kicks off at 12.15pm with a sunny 29 degrees forecast.