Peel Cricket Association: Final round called off as washouts lock in top four

The weather gods cheated the Pinjarra Cricket Club out of a possible spot in Peel Cricket Association finals series with washouts causing the last round of the regular season to be called off on Saturday.

All five PCA games were abandoned due to incessant rain, with Pinjarra the significant casualty as they miss their chance to play finals cricket.

The Tigers entered the round sitting in fifth behind Mandurah and needing to make up six points on the table to climb into the top four.

It's a feat they would have fancied their chances for going up against the last-placed Hillman Hornets, who end the season having registered just one win, while Mandurah would have had to face off against Singleton, who will ironically be their opponent when the finals kick off next weekend.

While nothing is certain, a dominant performance from the Tigers and a collapse from a Mandurah team who had lost their last two games, the most recent one coming at the hands of Pinjarra themselves, could have been enough to secure the side a finals berth.

But mother nature had other intentions, which resulted in Pinjarra narrowly missing out.

The Tigers will miss finals with rainy skies sealing their fate on Saturday. Photo: Justin Rake.

The Tigers will miss finals with rainy skies sealing their fate on Saturday. Photo: Justin Rake.

It's the fourth straight year the Tigers have missed the finals, and the second consecutive year they've finished on the cusp in fifth spot.

Peel Cricket Association operations manager Rob Wallace said it was unfortunate for the club to miss a shot at finals due to weather conditions, conceding it was simply "bad luck."

"It's always tough to see a side play quite well all year and then miss out on the finals with some wet weather," he said.

"But that's just the bad luck that can come with playing cricket. Sometimes the weather gods intervene and there's nothing you can do about it.

"Credit to Mandurah, they won a lot of games early on in the season and that helped them be in a top-four position all year.

"Hopefully that's the last bit of rain we see moving forward with finals starting this week."

Mandurah will play finals this season, opening their campaign against Singleton. Photo: Justin Rake.

Mandurah will play finals this season, opening their campaign against Singleton. Photo: Justin Rake.

Pinjarra's Jamie Lee could be a chance to take out the PCA's champion player award after a stunning season with the bat averaging 47.71 runs off his 15 matches.

He notched three of the competition's four best knocks, going off for 179 (round 10 v South Mandurah), 118 (round 12 v Singleton) and 117 (round 15 v Baldivis).

He also finished the season with 17 wickets.

The first round of finals will kick off this coming weekend with the top-spot White Knights Baldivis taking on Waroona (who finished second) at Arpenteur Park, while Singleton and Mandurah square off at Stan Twight Reserve.