TOP two Panmure and Killarney face constrasting run chases when the Grassmere Cricket Association A grade semi-finals resume today.
Nanjing Night Net

Minor premier Panmure dismissed Grassmere for 168 off the last ball of Saturday’s play and must now produce 169 today to move into yet another grand final.

The defending premier had the fourth-placed Grassmere 8-90 on Saturday before the Meerkats fought back late in their innings.

The Meerkats had 11th-hour call-ups Peter Sedgley (27 not out) and Matt Porra (31) to thank after they shared a 41-run partnership for the ninth wicket before Sedgley and Isaac Malone (17) added 33 for the final wicket to boost the total.

Panmure’s Nathan Shand finished with 4-39 off 21 overs, including 10 maidens.

Panmure skipper Chris Bant said he was confident his side could chase down the target today.

“We were happy enough. I would have taken 170 at the start of the day,” Bant said.

“We had them 8-90. I was a bit disappointed we didn’t get them out for less.”

Grassmere captain Chris Lenehan said he would have liked a few more runs but was pleased with his side’s application.

“I guess we have the runs on the board and we batted all day which is what I spoke to the boys about,” he said.

“If everything goes our way, we have got enough on the board. We have to take every catch that comes our way.”

He said the Meerkats lost wicketkeeper Brendan Foster to an appendectomy late in the week and his brother Michael, who had his tonsils out, was also unavailable. Their absences opened the door for Sedgley and Porra to be promoted, albeit at the expense of its B grade side, which Sedgley captains.

In the other semi-final, second-placed Killarney has a challenging run chase ahead of it today at home after Hawkesdale made 9-260 off 75 over overs.

Opener Darren Webb (49) and Josh Julius (34) laid the platform for the sizeable score, sharing a 74-run stand for the third wicket.

Killarney’s Liam Cole picked up 3-57 from 16 overs while veteran Chris Fleming was lion-hearted finishing with 3-70 from 18 overs.

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