There’s an end of the year feeling to what will be my penultimate article for this year’s Australian season - by our reckoning, the Australian season ends next week, with at least 1 player lining out in a final for his club next Saturday. Next week’s article will include a round-up of how Irish players did over the course of the season.

Ross Allen’s Centrals played their A Grade final over this weekend, in a low scoring game. In the first innings, they dismissed their opponents, Latrobe, for 69 runs, Allen taking 3-10 in his 8.3 overs. At that point, they must have fancied their chances. However, in reply, they could manage only 63 runs, Allen contributing 5 of these. Latrobe batted again, and were 47-6 after 47 overs, Allen taking 1-9 in his 12 overs, which was enough to see them prevail over Centrals, with a first innings win.

Sean Terry’s Melville have their WA 1st Grade Preliminary Final against Claremont-Nedlands this weekend. Meville were dismissed in their first innings for 190 runs in 72.2 overs, Terry making 6(26). As we go to press, their opponents have so far made 191-2 after 68.4 overs. While the scorecard says “match in progress”, if there are any further overs to play, it would seem that Claremont-Nedlands will obtain a first innings victory.

Diarmuid Burke’s Scarborough u15s faced Bayswater Morley in their preliminary u15 WA final on Saturday. In the first innings, they made 171 runs in 59 overs. IN their reply, Scarborough dismissed their opponents for 100 runs, Burke taking 1-18 in his 4 overs, for a 71 run victory.

Cork County were able to raise a glass to Munster Red Jeremy Benton & to Harvey Wootton (son of Andy) who helped Lincoln Cricket Club defeat Swannanoa in the Canterbury Country Cricket Association Senior Grade Final in NZ. Harvey finished on a very impressive 154* and will be following in the 'large' footsteps of his father Andy Wootton at the Mardyke this summer! If he brings form like that, one can see him making an impact in the Inter-pros.

And finally, the dispatch from our New Zealand correspondent Alan Waite, who is keeping us up to date on Jonathan Waite and James Metcalfe. It was a day of mixed of emotions in Tauranga, having been selected for the Premiership semi final there was the disappointment of not getting to play as the game was abandoned without a ball being bowled, due to heavy rain.

Then there was the elation when it became evident that due to the rules of the competition, the two grand final teams would be decided on the league placings, which meant that today's semi final against Roturua now becomes next week’s grand final! The final will be played next Saturday on the test match ground at Mount Maunganui. It will now be a week of anticipation for the two lads to see if either of them is selected to play in the grand final, which would really round off what has been a wonderful trip. Selection may well depend upon the availability of The Cadets two test players Trent Boult and Neil Wagner and last seasons player of the year Joe Carter.

So as we say, just one or two games next weekend to report on, so we’ll also use that opportunity to give a round up of the season. Many thanks for all the info passed on, and if there’s anyone we’ve missed, we’d be particularly grateful if you passed it onto us in advance of the final article next week.