SOUTH West will play for Horsham Under 15 Country Week grand final glory today.
Team manager Ross McIlveen said South West was well prepared for its grand final showdown against Hamilton.
“We have been underrated all week, gone under the radar,” he said.
“It’s been a team effort. You can tell by the number of run outs that our fielding has been pretty good.”
South West won its preliminary final against Mount Gambier yesterday.
Mount Gambier made 5-155, with South West chasing it down in the second last over with six wickets in hand.
In-form South West batsman Henry Green made 56, backing up his 70 against Portland on day three of the carnival.
Jack Hutt (22), Tyler Fowler (27) and Jonothan Benallack 43 were other strong contributors.
“It was very sensible batting. They worked the singles and hit the occasional loose ball,” McIlveen said. “Henry was doing the calling at the non-striker’s end or the running. He is in red-hot form.”
McIlveen said South West, which made three run outs on day three, was again impressive in the field.
Hamilton earned the other grand final spot, defeating Warrnambool Blue by three wickets.
Hugh McCluggage (49) was Warrnambool Blue’s best batsman, while Brad Hunt took 4-15.
In games to determine the carnival’s final standings Warrnambool Gold’s Liam Brown (90) and Lachlan O’Neill (66 not out) steered their side to an eight-wicket win against Horsham.