Destiny calls as Purnim chases one-day final berth

Purnim’s destiny is in its own hands as it aims for a spot in the Grassmere Cricket Association (GCA) one-day final. 

The final one-day round of the regular season tomorrow will see Purnim travel to face Panmure.

If the Bulls can walk away with a win, they will book a spot in the one-day final against Yambuk. 

While Yambuk, on 33 points, is assured of a final berth, Purnim is one of three teams fighting for the right to play in the December 15 decider.

The Bulls are second on the ladder on 24 points, with Grassmere and Panmure close behind on 21 points each.

Grassmere must beat Hawkesdale at home to have a chance of reaching the final.

Panmure needs to not only win but have Grassmere lose, as the Bulldogs have an inferior percentage.

But the Bulls can take away the ifs and buts with a victory. 

Purnim captain Greg Bull said his team would put its best foot forward.

“We will go into the game and do what we can to play our best cricket,” he said.

“It would be a real bonus to get into the one-day final and a win would also allow us to open a bit of a gap on Panmure on the ladder.

“Our main aim is to play finals at the end of the season, but the one-day final would be nice and would give some of our young blokes some good finals experience.”

GCA was to start its season with seven one-day games, with the two top teams playing off in the one-day final.

But two rounds were washed out, prompting the association executive to replace the first fixtured two-day game with the two one-day rounds that were washed out.

The move has worked in favour of Purnim, which defeated Hawkesdale last weekend to charge up the ladder into second place, leapfrogging Panmure, which lost to Yambuk.

The last two seasons have been a battle for Purnim, as it finished last in 2011-12 and second last in 2012-13.

Six two-day games will follow the one-day final, with both the one and two-day results counting towards the overall ladder at the end of the season.

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