Lakers make final with win over Kookas

TRADITIONAL South Coast Cricket Association rivals Oak Flats and Lake Illawarra will face off for the first trophy of the season next Saturday when they play in the one-day final at Geoff Shaw Oval.

With only two of the four round nine games played due to wet weather, the Lakers scored a four-wicket win over Warilla to end the Kookas' chances of making the final.

Meanwhile, Shellharbour City managed to end a three-match losing streak to down The Rail in a relatively low-scoring contest.

The Lake/Warilla game was virtually a one-day semi-final encounter, an opening partnership of 119 between Darren Zampa and Scott Peachman setting up the Kookas' total of 6/196 from their available 41 overs.

Zampa finished with 77 (including 10 fours) and Peachman scored 45, while Mick Perry also chipped in with a handy 32 before the rush for late runs cost them wickets. Lake's "Mr Consistency" Jamie Crowhurst took four of the five wickets to fall to the bowlers, finishing with 4/27.

Lake seemed to be struggling at 3/58, but a valuable unbeaten 65 by Nathan Tyrell and steady support from Shane Cody (30) and Brendan White (25), saw them home with four wickets and more than two overs to spare.

Gerard Healey and Scott Cox snared two wickets each for the Kookas.

In the only other game played, Shellharbour got back into the overall competition's top four via a comfortable win over The Rail.

The Kiama vs Oak Flats and Gerringong-Jamberoo/Albion Park games were washed out without a ball being bowled.

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