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The Deepdene Uniting slips cordon celebrate an edge to their keeper. Photo © Michael Mirabella
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Deepdene Uniting win Semi Final rapidly, will meet Eagles CC in McCarthy Shield Grand Final

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Deepdene Uniting crush Northcote United in quick McCarthy Shield Semi Final

Northcote United batter hits a beautiful straight drive. Photo © Michael Mirabella

the heat proved to be difficult for batters down at Hays Paddock in one of the quickest Semi Finals of the season.
Electing to bat first, Northcote got off to a seemingly normal start with Daniel Nolan (17) and Nicholas Ring (11) playing good patient cricket. But it all fell apart once Agrani Bhosale (5/22 from 8 overs) was brought into the bowling attack, claiming a Semi Final five-fa and proving tough to hit. Northcote were dismisssed for 75 in just 29 overs.
Deepdene Uniting clearly didn't want to spend anymore time in the sun as they attacked from the word go. Nitin Madan (24 from 25 balls) and Nakul Rao (20*) did the majority of the damage in their second wicket partnership, as Deepdene cruised to a six wicket victory within 15 overs. Ring's 2/32 was the highlight from Northcote's bowling innings.

Deepdene Uniting 4/78 def. Northcote United 10/75
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Melbourne Sixers 10/185 def by. Eagles Cricket Club 9/216

The Semi Final between these two sides was a classic that could have gone either way.
In a rare move from the Semi Final weekend, Melbourne Sixers won the toss and elected to bowl first. This appeared to be a stroke of genius as Yadeesha Deerasooriya (3/34 from 8 overs) caught fire early, removing three of the top 5 batters. At 5/31 Eagles CC looked done, but Sundar Moorthi (63) and Koneshvaran Gnanasagam (61) completely changed the momentum of the game with a 121 run partnership full of highlights. Jackey Patel (3/39) was able to interrupt the partnership, dismissing both batters, but it wasn't enough to swing the game back, as Tharinduprasanna Rajendran (25 off 16 balls with three 6s) and Nirojan Nimalsteepan (24 off 15 balls with two 4s and a six) made the most of the little overs left and brought the score to 9/216 from their 40 overs.
Melbourne Sixers also got off to a rough batting start as Nimalsteepan (3/35) removed both openers early. Jackey Patel backed up his 3 wickets in the first innings with the top score of the match, hitting 79 from 74 balls, that included eight 4s and two 6s. Unfortunately Patel couldn't find the support required to chase down 200+ and once captain Senadhi Miyanawala was dismissed for 22, the innings petered out and the Sixers fell short at 10/185, 31 runs shy of the required target.