Eels on track for back-to-back glory

WOODFORD’S quest for back-to-back Sungold Cup titles remains on track.

The Eels will play Irrewarra in a semi-final at Allansford today for a spot in this afternoon’s coveted Twenty20 inter-association grand final.

Woodford made it to the final four following a dominant 86-run win against Portland Tigers in its quarter-final showdown yesterday.

Colac and District Cricket Association side Irrewarra notched a five-wicket win against Panmure to book its semi-final spot.

Noorat and Grampians will face off in the other semi-final, having ended West Gambier’s and Tatyoon’s campaigns in their respective quarter-final clashes.

Woodford coach John Houston said the fight for the $15,000 winner’s cheque would be intense.

“I think the way it’s going there are four good teams left,” he said. 

“You can’t worry too much about opponents.

“You have to play your game and play on your terms, basically stick to that and your processes and nine times out of 10 you’re going to win.”

Houston said the Eels produced a solid all-round performance in their quarter-final at Davidson Oval. Woodford posted 8-149.

Sam Batten top-scored with 33 and Kory Howlett chimed in with 24.

Portland was skittled for 63 in reply.

Connor Richardson did the damage with the ball, snaring 3-5 off two overs.

“When you get a good score you put pressure on your opponents and they have to go from the start,” Houston said. 

“It is always good to get more but 150 was going to be pretty tough to chase.”

Noorat snared a six-wicket win against West Gambier at Dennington Recreation Reserve.

Mark Clissold, Michael Sargeant and Warren Attrill took two wickets each, helping restrict West Gambier to 7-111. Noorat, on the back of Steve O’Connor’s unbeaten 50 and Wil Pomorin’s 33, secured the win in the 17th over.

Attrill said West Gambier’s batting played into Noorat’s hands.

“They were playing across the line on a pitch that was keeping low,” Attrill said. 

“And they didn’t take quick singles.”

Attrill said O’Connor played a smart innings.

Irrewarra notched a five-wicket win against Panmure and Grampians recorded a two-wicket triumph against Tatyoon. 

The semi-finals and grand final are at Uebergang Oval, Allansford today. 

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