Only Harlequins a certainty to take to finals crease
HARLEQUINS have cemented their place in the Sunshine Coast Mitre 10 A-league one-day final after a convincing win over Wests.
Harlequins were able to overtake Wests' 143 with five wickets to spare.
It's no surprise considering Harlequins' season-long win tally and the fight is not over for Wests either.
Wests will have their last chance to earn a place in the final when they face Colts on Saturday.
They will be chasing a strong total to get them across the line for a chance at the one-day title.
If their batting replicates anything shown by Neil McKean against Harlequins on Saturday, Wests could be in with a chance.
McKean made 51 for Wests' opening performance, as part of a 66-run partnership with Graeme Bembrick before Craig Sorrell sent him out.
However the quick runs were short-lived for Wests, with Jarred Darrach (2-13) and Joe Laffey (2-26) damaging the batting line up.
With a tally of 145, Harlequins still had work to do but a big 74 from opener M Walsh all but put the nail in Wests' coffin.
Harlequins president Peter Kross said they were still on the improve, with bowlers bettering their performance weekly and the batting regiment stepping up to the mark.
"Everyone's starting to get into a bit of form," Kross said.
This weekend's fixtures will determine the shape of Harlequins' opposition for the one-day final with Wests and Colts still in the running.
The teams play each other this weekend however if Wests win, the second finalist will be determined on run rates.
Harlequins v Wests
N McKean c S Ringuet b C Sorrell - 51
G Bembrick b P Kross - 17
R Bartley b J Laffey - 13
C Morrison stumped b J Laffey - 8
BJ Sauer b J Darrach - 8
T Doyle c b J Darrach - 0
G Weller not out - 17
J Mills not out - 9
W Sleeman c T Kross - 4
FOW: 1-66; 2-74; 3-91; 4-103; 5-111; 6-111; 7-128
Bowling: T Kross 1-37; M Smith 0-3; P Kross 1-26; C Sorrell 1-35; J Laffey 2-26; J Darrach 2-13.
S Zahner c G Bembrick b G Weller - 24
M Walsh c G Weller b W Sleeman - 74
S Ringuet LBW B Long - 6
P Kross b G Weller - 7
J Laffey not out - 11
C Sorrell c B Sauer b B Weller - 6
J Symons not out - 2
FOW: 1-54; 2-114; 3-114; 4-128; 5-136.
Bowling: R Cartwright 0-16; R Bartley 0-24; B Long 1-20; G Weller 3-16; N McKean 0-31; W Sleeman 1-33.