A look at finals for the 4ths

Andrew Groves spoke to Uni 4ths skipper Laban Ditchburn about his side's excellent performance last weekend and the semi against the Demons......

It's not just the Premier first teams who are gearing up for semi-final action this weekend.

Sides in the lower grades also have their eye on a Grand Final place if they come out with a positive result on Sunday night.

One club looking to get two teams there is Melbourne University.

The first team missed out on the top eight by a point, but the seconds and fourths are still in flag contention.

Fourth team skipper Laban Ditchburn is hoping his batting stars carry on the good work from last week.

They certainly hit a rich vein of form in the last dig.

Ahilan Sivakumaran (150no) and Will Tomkins (140) put on 263 for the second wicket against Geelong as they pulled through for a comfortable 168-run victory.carlton_action_sf

They will continue their hunt for the Premiership with a trip to Princes Park Oval to take on Melbourne this Saturday.

"I tossed the coin, they called heads and then sent us in," said Ditchburn about the start to an amazing day last Saturday.

"Being the lower ranked team they had to win the game. The weather held up and the pitch was hard and flat.

"We lost Matt Kiely early but then Ahilan came to the crease and we piled on the runs. I think he was dropped at second or third slip early on, but after that it was a chanceless innings.

"You don't often see two guys in one innings get hundreds, they were both great knocks.

"Will Tomkins is coming into the form of his life. He's got 670 runs now for the year, and the majority of those have come since Christmas.

"I've been looking at the records on the MyCricket website and I think that partnership is a record in all grades, across any club.”

Melbourne Uni seconds were successful over a strong St Kilda outfit.

Chasing 201 for victory, Dan Hutton top scored with a superb 123 not out to see them home by six wickets.

Ditchburn is hoping it’s another red letter day for the club.

“The seconds pulled off a really good win,” he continued.

“It was an amazing result for them. Dan Hutton stepped up and scored a hundred in the quarter-final, that was a great knock particularly with the rain delays.

“The ones were unlucky to miss out. One more win would have probably been enough for them. But it’s good signs for next year, the club has been going really well this season and that’s something we can build on.”

Uni seconds will welcome Prahran to University Main Oval on Saturday and Sunday. The True Blues, however, have the advantage having finished above them in the ladder.

In the other semi Camberwell Magpies welcome Melbourne.

In the thirds, Melbourne travel to Ringwood. St Kilda has a tasty contest against Carlton to get their teeth into.

The other match in the fourths will see Camberwell welcome Ringwood to Watson Park.

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