Meraloma won the playoffs of the British Columbia Mainland Cricket League, beating Richmond by 163 runs on Saturday (Sept 15). Meraloma scored 245 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in its 50 overs. Jason Sandher made 61 runs and Andrew Downs was on 58 runs when he was forced to retire hurt due to a broken hand. These two added most of the 138 runs added for the third wicket. Steve Welsh made 34 runs not out.
Opening bowler Iain Dixon then took 4 wickets for 19 runs in his ten overs and Kevin Sandher took 3 wickets for 10 runs in six overs, as Richmond was bowled out for just 82 runs (32.3 overs). Dixon and Welsh, who bowled 6 overs for just 6 runs, conbined to put the pressure on the early batting. Dion Herft, batting at number nine for Richmond, top-scored with 25 runs.
On September 22 at Beacon Hill, Victoria, BC, Meraloma will play the Victoria and District Cricket Association (VDCA) champions for the Tomalin Cup. This is British Columbia's overall cricket championship. Albion and Cowichan were the VDCA playoff finalists this weekend (result not at hand). The Tomalin Cup is scheduled for 50-overs per side with an 11.30 am start.