South Coast: top four clubs in final round


Kookas opener Scott Peachman on the attack earlier this season.

Kookas opener Scott Peachman on the attack earlier this season.

The weather gods have struck down Oak Flats in successive rounds, leaving the Rats needing to beat Kookas in the final round at Oakleigh Park to clinch a finals spot in South Coast cricket.

The top four clubs meet in a dream final round, with the minor premiership up for grabs and only leaders Lake Illawarra assured of a semi-final spot.

Albion's Park rain dance ahead of needing 413 for victory against Oak Flats last Saturday worked, with all games washed out.

The Park earned seven points for a draw, which should be enough to seal at least a semi-final spot. The Park's clash with Lake Illawarra should decide the minor premiership.

Fourth-placed Oak Flats and Kookas (third) meet in virtual semi-final eliminator, given fifth-placed Shellharbour take on struggling Gerringong-Jamberoo at Gerry Emery Oval.

Oak Flats have lost just once all season in the one- and two-day competition. Lake Illawarra have been beaten twice, and the Park and Kookas have both lost three games.

"The weather hasn't been kind to us but there's nothing we can do. It all comes down to the final game now," Oak Flats skipper Ryan Chatterton said.

Shellharbour head into the last round 12 points behind Oak Flats. If they beat Gerringong-Jamberoo and Kookas beat Oak Flats, then Shellharbour and Oak Flats would be tied on 140 points, setting up a scramble for second-innings bonus points or an outright result.

In today's other final round clash The Rail host Kiama.

Meanwhile, four clubs are chasing the Sommers Twenty20 crown with the semi-finals and final tomorrow.

The T20 comp was washed out the past two Sundays.


ROUND 14 (Day 1)

Gerringong-Jamberoo vs Shellharbour at Gerry Emery Oval 

Albion Park   vs   Lake Illawarra at Keith Grey Oval 

The Rail   vs   Kiama at Croome Cricket Oval

Kookas   vs   Oak Flats at Oakleigh Park 


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