The Second XI is through to the semi-final after making short work of Monash in their semi-final at Windy Hill.
The Bombers lost the toss and were sent in to bat. Although they didn’t set the world on fire in their slow and steady total of 240, their ability to bat out 100 overs surely wearied the Tigers ahead of their own innings. Bomber opener Justin Galeotti (54) top scored with his fourth half-century for the season and was ably supported by Liam Molloy’s unbeaten lower order contribution of 38.
The Bombers hit the field on the second day needing to take wickets quickly to seize the ascendancy and weaken the mental belief of the Tigers, who they had comfortably eclipsed in the home and away season. They did so immediately, with Simon Crea and Louis Cameron decapitating Monash before Nishal Perera bobbed up to take the crucial wicket of Jackson Waters. Once Waters fell, his side quickly followed him. Crea (4/38) and Cameron (3/38) delivered knock-out spells and reminded their competition of what it takes to be a top four side. Monash were bundled out for a paltry 127 off just 57 overs.
The Bombers will return to Windy Hill next weekend for a preliminary final showdown with Prahran.