Forestry cruise into grand final after destroying Manjimup in semifinal clash

Braden GibelliniManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Dan Ward scored a century on Saturday to see Forestry into the grand final.
Camera IconDan Ward scored a century on Saturday to see Forestry into the grand final. Credit: Ben Loughran

Forestry have advanced to the Warren-Blackwood Cricket Association grand final after defeating Manjimup in the second semifinal on Saturday.

After Forestry won the toss they electing to bat on a wet and sticky wicket which was a big call, but a finals runs on the board move.

Dan Ward (100) was the massive shining light with a string of loyal partners holding the batting together with one of the innings of the season.

Ward and Duncan Wells (14) provided a big partnership with a massive 85 run stand, taking the home team to 3-142.

Manjimup had a great bowling partnership between Luke Murphy (8-5-26) and his spin twin Anthony Femia (7-1-48).

However, some massive late over hitting from the big hitting Connor Ipsen (26) saw the Forestry total climb to 184 which was a big total on a damp track.

Manjimup looked for a big start but was stopped fast by a big second over with Ward (4-1-17) removing the dangerous Cameron Harris (0) and a sharp run out from Wells of young gun Jack Muir also for a duck.

Manjimup failed to work through it with the fast and consistent bowling of Ipsen (9-3-14) Josiah Smith (5-1-7) and Jared Johnson (7-0-6) doing a lot of damage to their battling line up.

Forestry came out on top, sending them through to the big dance on Saturday against Bridgetown.

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