ALLANSFORD and Woodford will square off in the final of the Warrnambool and District Cricket Association Twenty20 tournament.
The Gators and Eels qualified for the January 8 decider after being undefeated on the final day of the round-robin stage on Saturday.
They were among five teams to finish with 5-1 records after three weeks of Twenty20 cricket.
But superior net run rates meant they finished ahead of Brierly-Christ Church, Russells Creek Blue and Nestles.
Allansford defeated Russells Creek White by 35 runs and Dennington Red by eight wickets in its two matches at Allansford.
Rowan Ault (36 not out) and Brad Sheen (23) were the heroes in the first match, guiding the Gators to 7-134 from their 20 overs.
Sheen took 3-18 to be the pick of the bowlers as Creek finished its allotment on 8-99.
Skipper Kyall Timms led the way against Dennington, taking 4-17 as the Dogs made 8-65 from a rain-shortened 16 overs.
Tim McDonald (20) and recruit Nick Maddison (35) then made light work of the run chase before both fell with the target in sight.
Timms said he was pleased with the way the Gators had performed so early in the season.
“One thing we have done well throughout the Twenty20 tournament is we’ve bowled and fielded really well,” he said.
“We would’ve had close to 10 run outs and three or four of them would’ve been direct hits.
“We’re taking our catches as well — we might’ve dropped one catch for the tournament.
“Our intensity level is really good in the field and we’re enjoying ourselves.”
Timms said the Gators’ commitment would hold them in good stead in the final against the Eels.
“Everyone is there for a reason, to have success. One thing we do try and emphasis is the team comes first,” he said.
Woodford skipper John Houston was likewise impressed with the way his side had excelled in the tournament.
The Eels defeated Port Fairy by 88 runs and Wesley-CBC by three wickets at Bushfield.
Kory Howlett was the pick of the batters against the Pirates while Hank Schlaghecke took 3-11 against the Pirates.
Seven bowlers picked up wickets against the Beavers before Howlett (23) and Hamish Withers (20) did what they had to with the bat.
“I think we’ve got a really good side and we’ve played a lot of Twenty20 cricket now,” Houston said yesterday.
“We’re backing a lot of our structures in.
‘‘You’ve got to go with what you’ve got, you’ve got to have a plan.
‘‘You hope your plan is good enough on the day.”
The biggest drama on day three of the Twenty20 tournament arrived in the first match at Mack Oval.
Brierly-Christ Church defeated the previously unbeaten West Warrnambool in a super over after the sides had each scored 5-103.
The Panthers made nine off their over with Karl Turner and Josh Campbell at the crease against Jason Greer.
But Mark Murphy hit a six off the first ball of the Bulls’ over, bowled by Turner, to help them over the line with two balls to spare.
The loss was the first of two for the day for West Warrnambool, which started the day favourite to finish top.
The Bulls also lost to East Warrnambool-YCW by 39 runs to stunningly drop out of contention.
Nestles was the other unbeaten side heading into day three but also finished outside of the top two.
The Factory lost to Nirranda by three wickets before beating Merrivale by 43 runs at Nirranda.