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Glen Iris has final say. Secure finals spot in a hard-fought win against Heathmont

Mont Albert reclaims top spot. East Doncaster and North Balwyn will meet again in SF as Old Carey finishes season in unfamiliar territory. White-hot Bulleen fall agonisingly short.

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Glen Iris left arm medium pace bowler Matt Saunders lead his side to a hard-fought win against Heathmont in the final round of the season. Umpire is Greg McLeod. Photo Copyright 2024 Chris Mirabella
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Glen Iris happy with the first session, but there was still plenty to play out as the players headed to tea. Photo Copyright 2024 Chris Mirabella

Finals wide-open as one of the most competitive home and away seasons in recent Dunstan Shield history concludes.

The last piece of the Dunstan final-four puzzle was solved at 6:15pm on the final day of the home and away season, when Glen Iris consolidated fourth spot on the ladder with a hard-fought away win against Heathmont. The result dashed the hopes of the in-form Bulleen who won their last three matches of the season against Glen Iris, Mont Albert and Canterbury respectively.
At the HE Parker Reserve, Heathmont had 88 overs to play with to chase 214. At the tea break, the home side were 4/56 and it was hard to see where the runs were going to come from as the impressive Glen Iris attack, aided by some switched-on fielding, were miserly. With Old Carey bowled out by Mont Albert earlier in the afternoon, points and percentage came into the equation for Heathmont who were playing to avoid the bottom spot. Heathmont's Dylan Howard (75*), supported by Lachie Tie (39) put the match back on level pegging after the break. But two run-outs did the local side no favours, and they pulled up 27 runs short. Matt Saunders (3/22) was the star with the ball, supported by David Carman (2/39), Lucas Skelton (2/46) and Nick Stone who bowled 13 overs for just 11 runs. 
Meanwhile, North Balwyn will take plenty of confidence into semi-final with a big win against East Doncaster. They will be buoyed especially by the form of veteran James Binney (3/22), while East Doncaster will be looking to regroup asap as these two teams will meet again* next week at Zerbes.
After a solid start by Bulleen openers Ben Chapman-Lilley (51 from 126) and Peter Martinich (33 from 109), Canterbury were behind the eight-ball for most of the innings. Player of the match Sudesh Guruge (51 from 79 and 5/44) made sure of the win.
Despite the efforts of skipper Daniel Clarke (53) and Tom Atkins (40), Mont Albert proved too strong for Old Carey. Speedster Joshua Dracup (4/43) wrapped up the match sensationally with a hatrick, while earlier the left arm orthodox of Fateh Singh (4/50) put the brakes on the scoring at one end. It was an impressive recovery by Mont Albert who were in early trouble on day one. The win puts them back on top - and interestingly will play Glen Iris in the semi* who defeated them in Round 11. 

* Results and ladder positions are subject to confirmation at time of writing.