Straight sets exit for Mt Barker B-grade after preliminary defeat at the hands of Narrikup

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Narrikup are through to the B-grade grand final.
Camera IconNarrikup are through to the B-grade grand final. Credit: Laurie Benson

After finishing on top of the Albany and Districts Cricket Association B-grade ladder, Mt Barker were eliminated in straight sets in the finals at the weekend.

The Bulls were thrashed on Saturday by Manypeaks, while an in-form Narrikup knocked them out on Sunday.

In the preliminary final, the Bulls batted first and were dismissed for 162 after contributions from Luke Hammond (30) and key figure Craig Pieper (27). Robert Stan-Bishop finished with 4-30 as Narrikup were set 163 to win.

Opener John Miell continued his sparkling form with 72 and James Morris chipped in with 34 and despite losing seven wickets, Narrikup won with seven balls to spare.

Peaks progressed straight through to the decider after demolishing the Bulls in their second semifinal clash.

A brilliant innings at the top of the order by Bryce Durack set up the win as he top scored with 89 while Tom Lahey blasted an unbeaten 30 as they made 8-195 batting first.

The Bulls crumbled in reply with only Pieper (39) providing any resistance as Wade Anning (3-17) and Tom Sutherland (3-23) helped Peaks roll them for 92.

Two brilliant centuries from Miell and Morris helped Narrikup post an emphatic win in their elimination final against Denmark.

Miell smashed 135 while Morris was just as impressive with 104 as they made a huge total of 3-227 batting first before restricting their opponents to 9-146 as Ashley Hornsby returned 5-29.

Peaks also progressed through to the C-grade decider to face Collingwood Park after comfortably downing the Bulls in their preliminary final on Saturday.

Batting first Peaks made 8-143 as senior players Peter Owen (39), Gary McGlade (26) and Keith Kinnear (24) made strong contributions.

The Bulls were bowled out for 68 in reply as Kinnear claimed 4-19.

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