Union Stars, who are still unbeaten this season, will take on Mossel Bay in the SWD Sedgars Premier League final on Saturday. Union Stars defeated Harlequins Forces by 2 wickets at the Bridgton Sport Grounds and Mossel Bay knocked-out the defending champions, NMMU George, as they recorded a five wicket victory.
A fine bowling display at the Bridgton Sport Grounds by Marcello Piedt (3/22), Glenton Stuurman (2/25), Justin Jordaan (3/27) and André Olivier (2/1) restricted Harlequins to only 115 (43 overs). Union Stars, who lost wickets with regular intervals, however held their nerves as they reached the target – 118/8 – thanks to two successive boundaries by Marcello Piedt (12*; 7 balls) after 23.2 overs.
NMMU (115 all out – 37.3 overs) were also dismissed cheaply against Mossel Bay (116/5 – 34.1 overs). Erinn Ewerts (59*; 71 balls; 10×4) played a vital innings together with Sammy-Joe Avontuur (27) to clinch a place a place in the final with a five wicket victory.
PREMIER LEAGUE SEMI-FINALS
HARLEQUINS FORCE 115 (Siyabonga Booi 23, Marcello Piedt 3/22, Glenton Stuurman 2/25, Justin Jordaan 3/27, André Olivier 2/1)
UNION STARS 118/8 (Geoffrey Pêrel 25, Lonwabo Rodolo 2/22, Ronald Dirks 3/33
Rhupino Plaatjies 2/13) Union Stars won by 2 wickets
NMMU 115 (Ross McMillan 34, Lyndon Volkwyn 21, Stefan Terblanche 2/42, Riekie Lessing 4/14, Christo van Schalkwyk 3/26) MOSSEL BAY 116/5 Erinn Ewerts 59*, Sammy-Joe Avontuur 27, Neil Hornbuckle 2/33) Mossel bay won by 5 wickets