United push on to third placing in cricket
UNITED whiz kid David Coulthard showed his class on Saturday with bat and ball as his side strolled to a six-wicket win against Southern Cyclones at Griffiths Park 2.
The teenager took 2-18 from his six overs before guiding United home with a patient 65 from first drop.
The win wasn't enough to put United in the final, however, finishing equal on points with Atherton but third overall having lost to them earlier this season.
The Cyclones made a positive 204 from their 40 overs, but Coulthard and Cam Davis (77) made light of the run chase as they got there with 3.1 overs to spare.
Cyclones captain Brenton Edwards, who hit some huge sixes on his way to 66, said Coulthard was full of class.
"He's quality, he was patient early on and once his eye was in he put the bad ball away," he said.
"He bowled well too, he's got a bright future."
Meanwhile, Mulgrave have not put a foot wrong in the Cricket Far North 40-over series and will take the bragging rights into the decider against Atherton after a convincing win on Saturday.
The Canetoads were too good for the Tablelanders at Fretwell Park, showing their depth in a 53-run victory to make it four from four in the short form this season.
The win put the T20 champions on top of the one-day ladder, setting up an immediate rematch in the decider against Atherton, who pipped United for second spot.
United did what they could to force themselves into the top two, cantering to the win against Southern Cyclones to finish equal on points with Atherton.
But Atherton had earlier won a final-ball thriller against the T20 finalists to give them the superior ranking.
Mulgrave were sent in but produced a rock-solid start as Jacob Stanton (60) and Justin Reid (46) continued their good form.
But it was Barry Weare who pushed their total beyond Atherton's comfort zone, smoking five sixes in a 24-ball 54.
They finished 7-218 and despite a good start, Atherton mustered 8-165 in reply.
Despite not having lost a one-dayer this season, Mulgrave would have missed the final if they did not win.
But Stanton said he tried not to let the pressure of the finals situation hamper with their performance.
"I said to the boys we had done everything in our power so far and all we could do was keep playing the way we have," he said.
"And the boys, despite being all pretty laid-back guys, have been really determined to do well this season."With the top order firing, Weare has enjoyed his free-wheeling role in the middle.
"It's a different role and I guess I've been able to wield the willow a bit," he said.
"When the guys up the top are going it makes it easier. The depth is there too; even Roachey (Jake Roach, who was 5 not out) hasn't had a chance to show his class lately."
Mulgrave shared the wickets between their seven bowlers, while Fred Pittorino took three for Atherton despite being taken for 50 from his five overs.The final will be played at Griffiths Park 1 on Saturday.
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Skipper slashes: Southern Cyclones' Brenton Edwards making 66 in the loss to United. Picture: STEWART McLEAN