Bragging rights are on the line this Saturday when the SCA T20 Finals series are played across all seven grades in Hobart this weekend.
The SCA T20 competition has been restructured and expanded this season, with an additional round of matches which has been followed by both Semi and Grand Finals played on the same day to maximise the exposure and interest in the T20 format.
In SCA 1st Grade, defending T20 premiers St Aidans tackle St Anne’s in the first semi-final at Cambridge Oval while Wellington and Claremont follow suit in the second semi-final for a place in the Grand Final and a spot in the Hurricanes Community T20 Regional Cup Finals Day to be played in February.
St Aidans fate lies heavily with its star opening bat Glendon Bentley (101 runs @ 194.2 strike rate) who has been a dominant force in the T20 format for many years, while St Anne’s boast the best top order in the competition, including Trent Rollins (109 @ 131.3) and Nathan Mallinson (103 @ 214.6).
Despite falling at the last hurdle last season, Wellington will be vying for their sixth consecutive Grand Final appearance this weekend when they tackle Claremont in the second semi-final.
Boasting an incredible finals record, the Warriors will be looking for club stalwart and current leading T20 run-scorer Wayne Quarrell (185 @ 188.8), Tom Pybus (6 wickets at 5.17 economy) and Phil Curran (6 @ 8.55) to lead the charge while Claremont will be turning to their spearheads with the ball in Brad Guidotti (4 @ 6.22) and Ricky Martin (3 @ 3.50) to lead the club to their first T20 Grand Final appearance since 2009/10.
Follow the live stream via Duff TV here
Follow live scores for all SCA T20 Grade Finals throughout the day here
Past Five SCA 1st Grade T20 Grand Final Results:
2017/18 – St Aidans 137 (G Bentley 52, A Grace 5/11) def Wellington 120 (S Piuselli 43, AJ Smith 3/27)
2016/17 – Wellington 4/214(cc) (W Quarrell 90, B Beams 50, def Old Beach 89 (P Curran 3/15, A Downton 3/20)
2015/16 – Wellington 1/163 (B Beams 94no, def St Aidans 5/159(cc) (T Graham 40, B Beams 2/36)
2014/15 – St Annes 8/101 (L Jones 30, P Curran 2/10) def Wellington 100 (L Jones 3/24)
2013/14 – Wellington 6/87 (N Muir 33no, T Hawkes 3/9, G Rowlands 2/11) def Sorell 83 (C Hobson 4/4)
SCA T20 Grade Finals Fixture
SCA 1st Grade @ Cambridge
9:30am – 12:10pm
St Aidans vSt Annes
12:45pm – 3:25pm
Wellington v Claremont
4:00pm – 6:40pm
Winner SF1 v Winner SF2
SCA 2nd Grade @ Sorell No. 1
Sorell v St Annes
Richmond/Cambridge v Knights
SCA 3rd Grade @ Bagdad
Bagdad v New Norfolk
Mackillop Belta’s v Old Beach
SCA 4th Grade @ Risdon Vale
Weily Park v Bothwell
Hobart v Wellington
SCA 5th Grade @ St Virgils
St Virgil's v Knights
Bushy Park v Lindisfarne
SCA 6th Grade @ Sorell No. 2
Sorell v Derwent
Rokeby v Marquis Tigers
SCA 7th Grade @ Collinsvale
Sorell v St Virgil’s
Knights v Bothwell