Merriwa and Bushrangers go through to grand final as wet weather wreaks havoc

ALMOST THERE: Rouchel will progress to the semi finals after a gutsy win over Belltrees at the weekend. FILE PHOTO
ALMOST THERE: Rouchel will progress to the semi finals after a gutsy win over Belltrees at the weekend. FILE PHOTO

THE first week of A and B grade finals saw just one match played, with Belltrees and Rouchel taking action on Sunday while the other games were washed out.

Following rain over Friday night Merriwa, Bushrangers and the Bulls all deemed their pitches too dangerous to play on and therefore gained immediate qualification to the next round, with the former two progressing straight into their respective grand finals.

This caused some controversy throughout the league, with accusations that home sides were exaggerating the damage their pitch suffered to assure there was no risk of them missing out on the ultimate decider.

However Rouchel and Belltrees were keen to make sure there could be no debate, and took to the field for the stand alone match of the weekend.

It was the former who managed to pick up the victory, putting an end to Belltrees' season which included an incredible battle to make the top four.

The home side made a solid 160 runs, with Andrew Clydsdale continuing his fantastic season with 86 from 101 deliveries, including a dozen boundaries.

Nobody on the opposition got near that score, with Trent Coe producing the best effort for the losing side with 17.

David O'Donnell delivered a stunning performance for the victors, taking 4 for 16 in a spell that secured a semi finals birth for his team.

Belltrees and Bunnan are now out of the race, leaving Rouchel to take on Murrurundi in A grade and the Bulls to face Aberdeen in the second tier next weekend.

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