Waroona will enter the Peel Cricket Association finals in fine form after dispatching of Mandurah thanks mainly to a 128-run partnership between star batsmen Jayden Derosa and Ben Wright on Saturday.
The Warriors have led the league sitting in top spot for the majority of the season and looked the part in the final round, sending Mandurah to fourth on the ladder as Derosa and Wright piled up the runs.
Opening the batting, Brandon Burt found the boundary a couple of times before being caught at slips on 14 runs.
But Wright arrived at the crease and teamed up with Derosa to give Waroona the advantage.
Derosa tallied an impressive 71, with Wright not far behind finishing on 67.
The duo saw Waroona to 156 runs before the second wicket fell, putting them in a strong position to motor their way to 5/232 with contributions from Matt Thomas (32) and Nic Rep (35 not out).
Mandurah’s chase of the large-looming total was off to an abysmal start when they lost the first six batsmen in their order without any breaching into double figures.
They were in dire straits slumping in a 6/37 hole before Sach In arrived at the crease and gave them something to smile about.
His half century ended at 59 runs, and was the only score above 20 from a Mandurah batsman.
Waroona’s Ganesh Chaudhari was on fire with the ball in hand, picking up 3/18 from nine overs.
The win comes as the Warriors’ 15th on the year, and will see them head into the finals on the back of consecutive wins over top four opposition after dismantling Singleton in round 17.
The loss sees Mandurah slump to fourth, with their final against South Mandurah now set to be played at Peelwood Turf.
South Mandurah defeat Shoalwater Bay
An absolutely stunning knock from Rod Tregenza led South Mandurah to a win over Shoalwater Bay in their final game of the regular season.
Tregenza blasted his way to 134 runs, almost chasing down Shoalwater’s total of 158 on his own while Brad Holmes carved out 58 runs in support.
Nick Scholl’s 4/24 led the way with the ball for the Falcons, as they marched into the finals with their eighth straight victory.
Halls Head defeat Hillman
Scott Martin put in a stellar bowling spell to lead Halls Head past Hillman on Saturday, taking 4/15 as he and Lewis Starbuck (4/30) ensured the Hornets’ chase of their total fell short.
Chris Phelps put in 61 runs, supported by Andrew Tatterson (44), to see Halls Head to 8/219 from their overs.
Hillman got 37 runs from Craig Galvin but it wasn’t enough to withstand the bowling of Martin and Starbuck, who restricted the Hornets to just 146.
Halls Head finishes their season with seven wins.
Warnbro defeat Baldivis
Warnbro finished their season on a high when Dane Ugle led them to victory over Baldivis.
The recently crowned Martin Baird medallist returned to the Swans for the final game of the year, smashing his way to an outstanding 141 runs as Warnbro tallied 4/226.
Ugle also showed his class with the ball, collecting 4/23 in a man-of-the-match performance as he helped restrict the White Knights to just 144 runs.
It’s the second PCA game Ugle has played this year, both of which have seen him tally centuries.
Singleton defeat Pinjarra
Mitchell Shellam’s unbeaten half century proved to be the difference in Singleton’s victory over Pinjarra.
The fifth-in-line batsman tallied 56 not out as his side chased down Pinjarra’s 134 runs, finishing with 195 of their own to see them head into the finals on a win.
Jay Boyd was productive with the ball for the Irwinians, taking 2/9 from four overs, while Jake Foley’s 33 runs from just 17 deliveries was a highlight for the Pinjarra outfit.
Singleton will take on Waroona in a qualifying final next week.