Mounties, Brown Hill in BCA club firsts grand final

LASTEST: It will be a Mt Clear and Brown Hill grand final in Ballarat Cricket Association club firsts.

This marks a changing of the guard in Ballarat's top division - Wendouree, which has won the past five titles, and Napoleons-Sebastopol, which has been the Red Caps' runner-up the past three seasons, were both ripped apart in semi-final action yesterday.

Undefeated Mt Clear chalked up a 165-run win against Naps-Sebas at Eastern Oval.

Nap-Sebas, ousted just after tea on Sunday, could only manage 97 runs in reply to the Mounties' dominant 257 runs on day one.

Steve Nicholson took four wickets and Nathan Yates three, leading the destruction.

Brown Hill has claimed an eight-wicket semi-final win against reigning premier Wendouree to advance to the Ballarat Cricket Association firsts grand final.

The Bulls, bowled Wendouree all out for 78 runs on Saturday and had hunted down the Red Caps' tally by 2.15pm at City Oval on Sunday.

Mt Clear is still in action against Napoleons-Sebastopol at Eastern Oval.

The Mounties put on  257 runs in a rain-shortened day one.

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BROWN Hill was all smiles after bundling reigning premier Wendouree all out for 77 runs (later this was modified to 78) at City Oval.

Only for the Red Caps to bite back.

They stung the Bulls 2-6.

Bulls star quick Shane Harwood destroyed the Red Caps, taking 5-22, inflicting a run out and taking one catch in the Ballarat Cricket Association club firsts semi-final.

Red Cap Scott Carey was the only batsman to make a slight stand against the raging Bulls - Carey made 20 runs in the middle order.

The Bulls made a start until  umpires sent players from the oval about 5pm due to poor light.

Showers returned, forcing the covers on, with the Bulls sitting 2-27 from an eight-over start to their innings.

Play was abandoned soon after, despite the Red Caps' keeness to try and get back on the field to try and nab a couple of late scalps.

MEANWHILE, Mount Clear's Matt Goonan chalked up a century to help the Mounties put on 7-257 against Napoleons-Sebastopol at Eastern Oval.

Rain interruptions have shortened the match to 70 overs-a-side.

The Mounties made a steady start but it was Goonan and captain Nathan Yates that started to fire.

Goonan brought up his half-century amid a partnership with Yates that exceeded 50 runs.

He reached 104 runs before he was caught out by Naps-Sebas' Luke Corden with a strong, confident catch near the boundary with two balls to play.

Brendan Thomson was the top wicket-taker for Naps-Sebas. Thomson claimed 4-85.

Naps-Sebas can take some relief tonight, having narrowly avoided a conversion to ordinary conditions in today's showery play.

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