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Mont Albert and North Balwyn to face off in the Dunstan Shield Grand Final

Mont Albert grinds down plucky Glen Iris, while Sam Perry makes East Doncaster pay with another batting master-class

Both sides stacked with talent - a mouth watering finale awaits

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Mont Albert fast bowler Joshua Dracup is mobbed by teammates after completing a caught and bowled to dismiss Glen Iris skipper Nathan Boucher. Photo © Chris Mirabella 2024
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Mont Albert 9/172 d Glen Iris 120.

Top side Mont Albert has progressed through to the 2023-24 Dunstan Shield Grand Final on the back of an impressive bowling performance. After scratching together 172 off their 80 overs on day one, Mont Albert needed to be on song with the ball. Whilst the score was defendable, and Mont Albert defend those scores regularly at Braemar Street, the forecast hot conditions were made for batting.
Glen Iris needed a solid start, but like he has done all season, Mont Albert's left arm orthodox spinner Fateh Singh (4/61 from 25) got into the thick of it - picking up key early wickets and held his own with his economy rate.
A consolidating partnership between skipper Nathan Boucher and Lucas Skelton kept Glen Iris in the match. Singh bowled Skelton and then Joshua Dracup (2/29), bowling with good pace, picked up the prized wicket of Nathan Boucher (40). The momentum was all Mont Albert. Matt Saunders (22*) kept everyone on their toes, but Glen Iris ultimately fell 52 runs short. Keen observers of Dunstan Shield cricket will be keeping an eye out for youngster Tom Groom in the future. He showed great poise and looked right at home in the pressure cooker of a Dunstan Shield Semi-Final.

East Doncaster 9/219 def by North Balwyn 1/220

North Balwyn has stormed into the 2023-24 Dunstan Shield Grand Final after an exceptional opening partnership between Sam Perry (113*) and Max Tomkinson (73) which effectively shut East Doncaster out of the game on Day 2.
Sam Perry's brilliant summer continued - his second Dunstan century in a forthnight; (both against East Doncaster) - and fourth for the season makes him the premier batter of the competition by a long distance. At the end of day one, East Doncaster gave themsevles every chance with 219 to defend. However with the great batting conditions, they had to to get some early wickets.
A nick by Perry early in his innings off the bowling of Mark 'Cutter' Thompson was dropped. It proved costly and East Doncaster struggled to create other opportunitues early to put genuinie scoreboard pressure on the visitors. While their work-effort never wavered, in Perry and Tomkinson, it was North Balwyn's match. They will be filled with confidence heading to Mont Albert next weekend.
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Sam Perry hit his second Dunstan Shield Century in a fortnight. Here he celebrates his ton on the way to guiding his team to a Dunstan Shield Grand Final place against Mont Albert. Photo © Chris Mirabella 2024
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