Forestry put on a fantastic run-chase last Saturday in the final round of the Warren Blackwood Cricket Association home and away fixture, defeating Boyup Brook on home soil by two wickets. Boyup Brook were sent in to bat, and made strong use of the hard new ball as it regularly travelled to the boundary. Skipper Braydon Ridley gave a few chances early but made the most of the poor fielding to manage a solid 58. David Cowan was hitting the ball hard, smashing a powerful 32. Forestry’s Josiah Smith was brought into the attack and completely changed the momentum of the innings. Smith took the huge wicket of Tristan Mead (24), which lifted the home side’s spirits. The Forestry bowling attack then ripped through Boyup Brook’s middle and lower order, taking 8-25 in the process. Smith ended up with 2-6 from six overs, while Brock Tempra snared two wickets in his second spell to close out the innings. Boyup Brook were bowled out for 150 in the 40th over. With the wicket deteriorating quickly, this was going to be a very tough chase for the Forestry batsmen. A fast start from opener Kallan Fall (20) took Forestry to 1-41 after seven overs. Evergreen Mead wound back the clock to bowl a brilliant spell and, combining with Jacob Maw, the pair took 3-0 across four balls to have Forestry struggling on 4-41. Forestry’s Braden Gibellini dug deep, consolidating some brilliant bowling on a dying wicket, being Forestry’s top scorer with 29, however the Boyup Brook attack was still taking wickets at regular intervals. Mead’s figures of 9-4-4-15 in combination with Maws’ two wickets had their side right on top with the scoreboard reading 6-84, and soon after 8-110. But with Mead’s overs finished and Smith at the crease, Forestry still had plenty of belief. Smith cruised his way to 27 not out in a ‘man of the match’ performance, with Mat Johnston joining him (17 not out), getting Forestry over the line with a mere three overs to spare. The cracking game of cricket set a good standard for the finals series ahead with Forestry taking on second-place Bridgetown at 12:30pm this Saturday, while Boyup Brook face Manjimup at 11am on Sunday — both at Collier Street Sporting Complex (Turf).