Preston Baseballers had broken their hoodoo and progressed to the Quick Shield Grand Final. The challengers from Heidelberg West won the toss and batted. The ground at J.C. Donath Reserve #6 was very deceptive with a general lack of pace across the field. Baseballer's bowlers were on top from the first over and had two wickets very quickly. At 2/24 Brandon Brown and James McLean steadied the innings but at 60 Baseballers picked up three wickets. Brown, McLean and the dangerous Young were all back in the sheds. Terry West and Joel Kanagiesser stood tall for West and together pushed the score to 157 before Joel was out for 67. From 6/167 the Baseballers didn't take all that long to clean up the tail. Heidelberg West all out 182 off 64.2 overs. The best of the Preston Baseballers bowlers were Andy Boughton 3/38, Paul Bamford 2/28, John Boughton 2/28 and Karl Heckmann 2/27.
Preston Baseballers had a nervous 15 overs to face at the end of day one. Day two arrived and the Baseballers needed to bat for as long as possible and the runs would look after themselves. A solid start was soon turned into a very nervous position as Baseballers fell to 4/40. John Boughton batted like a true anchor role but didn't receive the support from the other end. Wickets fell a far too regular intervals without any real inroads to the score required. John put up a solid 29, Paul Bamford 20 and Daniel Castrucci 41, but unfortunately that was the best resistance shown. All out for 158 off 92.1 overs. Best bowling from the Heidelberg West team came from Aiden Young 6/33, Mocca McDonald 2/45 and Jay Pfeiffer 2/45.
Heidelberg West now earn the right to promotion to Jika Shield. The Club has had an exceptional year winning, the Quick Shield, Quick Reserve, "E" Grade and the Division 2 Women's Premierships.
A big thank you to the Donath Cricket Club for hosting the Quick Grand Final. Especially as they had their first Eleven team playing in the Kelly shield final at Moore Park. The Donath Ladies excelled with all the work needed to carry off the event. The ground was in great condition after the general works that had the CLub off the ground for the previous season.