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Kookaburra T20 Grand Final Between Glen Iris and Mont Albert, Tonight Feb 20

The Kookaburra T20 Grand final is upon us, and it's only right we look at each side's journey to the final.

Glen Iris
Glen Iris have a good record in this competition, making the Grand Final in both of the previous 2 seasons. In 2021/22 they came up against North Balwyn and knocked off the home side behind 42 runs from Tom McDermott and 3/17 from Shaun Morris in a tight 4 run victory. The following year was a rematch between the two clubs, but this time Glen Iris were had their total of 8/129 chased down on the second last ball of the match to complete another thriller.
In this season's tournament, in their first game they took on Eagles Senior Men, and 151 (Krishan Paulpillai 46) was more than enough to defend, as Adam Rixon (4/26) tore through the top order.
Game 2 against Mazenod OC was a tougher contest, with Mazenod setting 124 as the target to chase, but captain Lachy Holmes' 57 set up a relatively comfortable victory, Glen Iris winning by 6 wickets.
The final group stage match against Surrey Hills, proved to be a good warm up for finals for the top order, as Lachy Holmes again hit a comfortable 41*, but Nathan Boucher was the stand out this time with his 76 opening the batting. The opening bowling partnership off Matt Saunders (3/13) and Lucas Skelton (3/6) ensured that no batter after Surrey Hills' opener Alex Cree (63) was able to reach double figures, as Surrey Hills were dismissed for just 86.
Despite going into finals undefeated, they had a tough oponet in the Fitzroy Doncaster U23 Side. Batting first, wickets were tumbling, but an early effort 44 from Boucher was backed up by an unbeaten 38* from McDermott to set up a defendable 8/138. The bowling attack held firm behind Mitchell Horn's 3/24, and survived a late scare from opposition captain Ikroop Dhanoa who hit an unbeaten 42*, for Glen Iris to hold on by 15 runs.
In their Semi Final against an in form Burwood Uniting Canterbury, Glen Iris were sent in to bat, which in hindsight may not have been a great call, as Lachy Holmes (104*) and Krishan Paulpillai (35) had a strong opening partnership, before bringing Nathan Boucher (55*) to the crease to complete a demolition job of 1/200 from their 20 overs. 2 wickets each to Skelton and Saunders lead to an easy 72 run win.

Mont Albert
Mont Albert have had an overall strong season with their Dunstan side leading the competition until a slight falter with the weekend just gone, and they will be looking to remain a dominant force in the competition across all formats with this T20 Grand Final opportunity.
In round 1 they travelled to Glen Waverley to take on one of the stronger synthetic T20 sides in the competition. Batting first, the middle order put on a masterclass of hitting as Charlie Waite (78), captain James Guley (62), and to cap it off James Blair-Holt (46* from just 15 balls) to hit a tough score of 5/214. A shared bowling effort restricted Glen Waverley to 7/128 to win by 86 runs.
The second round was again away against Balwyn Saints, and behind more runs from Charlie Waite (71) were able to put on a comfortable 5/153. But the tight bowling of Fateh Singh (2/24) and Joshua Dracup (3/9) meant a comfortable win of 43 runs.
In their final group stage match, they took on second placed Wright Shield side Ashburton Willows in their first home game of the tournament. For the third time straight batting first, put up a defendable total of 3/149, this time off the bat of Jackson Freeman (64*). Fateh Singh (3/11) again gave nothing away, and lead Mont Albert to a tighter 20 run victory.
In their first final against Edinburgh, Mont Albert showed they could chase down sides just as easily, keeping Edinburgh to just 8/119 with another strong performance from Joshua Dracup (4/23) and an opening partnership from Singh (65*) and Jack Woods (38), Mont Albert were able to chase the total down in just 11.2 overs - 1 wicket down.
In their Semi Final, unlike Glen Iris' match, choosing to bowl first against East Malvern Tooronga was a great call for their strong performer Fateh Singh who took 3/6 to help restrict EMT to just 7/102. A 63 run partnership from Waite (31) and Guley (33*) was enough to win by 6 wickets.
Both sides go into the Grand Final undefeated, but based off percentage Glen Iris (2.237) will be hosting Mont Albert (2.271) at Eric Raven Reserve in Glen Iris from 5:30pm.
We encourage all clubs to come down and watch some sensational hitting.
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Glen Iris struck early in the second innings of their 2021/22 Kookaburra T20 Cup Win over North Balwyn. Photo © Michael Mirabella

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Mont Albert's Fateh Singh opening the bowling in last week's T20 Challenge for the Dunstan Shield side. Photo © Michael Mirabella