Maryborough’s hopes of back- to-back grand final success have been dampened by rain, leaving its semi-final match with Clunes drawn and ladder rankings the deciding factor.
After a season which included six wins, one draw and three losses, Maryborough’s third-place ranking on the A grade ladder has ultimately knocked it out of the two-day grand final.
Inclement weather on day two of the weekend’s semi-final left Clunes unable to complete a reply innings, drawing the match.
Clunes sits in second place on the ladder above Maryborough, which has enabled the Pies to automatically advance through to the grand final.
This is shattering for the Owls who have lucked out because of their season history rather than their current game performance.
Maryborough elected to bat first at the weekend and managed to put up a total of 155 before it was bowled all out by the Pies.
Captain Ben Hoban and Sam Bartlett were Maryborough’s openers and came to a partnership of 48 runs before Hoban (20) was claimed by Magpie stalwart Mark Allen.
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