The final of the Standard Bank League Cup will pitch champions Cronkbourne against second-placed Peel and St John’s.
The match, the closing game of the season, goes ahead on Sunday at Mullen-e-Cloie.
Neil Jacobs hit a fighting 63 to help the Saints to victory in last weekend’s semi-final against Castletown. He came to the rescue after his side had slumped to a perilous 49 for 5.
Ewan Quayle and Town captain Garreth Roome had removed both openers for just a few runs and then Quayle quickly dismissed the next two batsmen. Dan Hawke started to fight back, but disaster struck when he was bowled by Richard Jackson for 14.
Jacobs joined Mark Walker and, despite some scares, they restored the Saints’ fortunes. Walker fell to Seb Aycock for a spirited 32, but Jacobs carried on before being run out for a priceless 63.
Alex Williamson crashed 23 before becoming Andrew Ronan’s 48th victim of the season. The side ended on 181 to set Castletown an awkward victory target.
Their top order was soon in deep trouble. The first three batsmen were quickly back in the pavilion and the prolific Wicus Wessels had to come in at six because of injury.
It was left to Mark Williams and skipper Roome to keep southern hopes alive. The pair had taken the total past the 100-mark when Dan Hawke settled the match.
First he bowled Williams for 24 and later had Roome caught by Walker for an excellent 55. The injured Wessels was severely restricted in movement and was stumped.
Meanwhile Akkie Van Den Berg had a recurrence of an ankle problem and ended up bowling off just a couple of paces. Greg Hawke then mopped up the tail and Town were beaten by 51 runs.
This Sunday’s final should be a classic as it features the top two sides in the island. Peel and St John’s have won the Standard Bank Cain League and the Tinker Cup, while Cronkbourne are the Premiership champions and also triumphed in the T20s finals on President’s Day.
In winning the Premiership, Cronkbourne lost two games – one was to the Saints. The western side also beat them in the Cain and knocked them out in the semi-finals of the Tinker Cup. Are they the Tromode club’s bogey team?
Standard Bank League Cup Semi-final
Peel and St John’s 181 (Neil Jacobs 63, Mark Walker 32 : Ewan Quayle 3-44, Garreth Roome 2-25); Castletown 130 (Garreth Roome 55, Mark Williams 24 : Akkie Van Den Berg 2-19, Dan Hawke 2 -24, Greg Hawke 2 -24). Peel and St John’s won by 51 runs.
Crosby (265) beat Finch Hill (247) by 18 runs.
Finch Hill (258) beat Cronkbourne (246)
Cronkbourne (233) lost to Finch Hill (254).
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Sunday, September 8
Standard Bank League Cup Final (11am)
Peel and St John’s v Baler Tilly IoM Cronkbourne