MORTLAKE’S unbeaten run in South West Cricket extended to the shorter form of the game after triumphing in the association’s Twenty20 competition on the weekend.
The Cats smashed 4-159 from their 20 overs, led by teenager Lachie Wareham who scored an unbeaten 79, while captain Todd Lamont posted 30.
Mortlake then skittled division two side Simpson for 98 off 19.3 overs, with Jay Bowman top scoring with 43.
Todd Robertson took 3-1 and Kyle McDonald 2-17 to be among the top bowlers for the Cats as they ended Simpson’s giant-killing run to the final.
Simpson had seen off Noorat in the semi-final earlier in the day, scoring 6-164 before bowling Noorat out for 102 on the final ball.
Darcy Leishman hit an unbeaten half century, while Wayne Drayton scored 47.
Nick Kenna took 2-18 for Noorat; while in reply, Gus Bourke (27) and Bernie Harris (22) were the top scorers while David Weel finished with 3-22.
In the other semi-final, Mortlake defeated Pomborneit in an exhilarating contest by just three runs.
Jamie Barr scored an unbeaten 58 for the Cats on the way to a team score of 6-11, with Stephen Walters snaring 2-18.
In reply, Pomborneit came agonisingly close to making the final, finishing on 8-108 with Matthew Bignell scoring 29 while Clinton Baker (2-25) and Todd Lamont (2-12) were the top Mortlake bowlers.
The quarter finals provided a number of close matches with Simpson shocking division one reigning premiers Heytesbury after winning in a Super Over.
Heytesbury Rebels scored 7-129 courtesy of 35 from captain Jeff Rosolin, while Simpson could not score the winning runs in the final over to level the Rebels at 9-129 thanks to 58 from Nick Harding.
A Super Over played out with Heytesbury scoring 1-10 before Simpson scored the winning run off the fifth ball, with a score of 1-11.
In the other results, Noorat defeated Boorcan despite the best efforts of Damian Jones (54), Mortlake defeated Terang by eight wickets as Kyle McDonald snared 4-16, and Pomborneit defeated Cobden by four wickets.
Earlier in the day, Simpson’s victory over Princetown was the highlight as the eventual finalists won off the last ball with Brad Salmon scoring a half century.
In other results, Noorat defeated Bookaar, Terang defeated Ecklin and Pomborneit defeated Camperdown.