Superb Ballina storms into Country Shield final

DELIGHTED Ballina captain Steve Robb hailed a great team effort after seeing his side take a step closer to prestigious state silverware.

Sam Adams took four wickets and Lee Pittavino chipped in with three to help the seasiders seal a thrilling 22-run victory over Robertson Burrawang in yesterday's Country Shield semi-final.

The hard-earned victory over the Illawarra side set up a final against hosts Cowra in today's final of the competition, which is the second-tier knockout tournament in New South Wales.

"I'm really happy with everyone's efforts," Robb said.

"Everyone chipped and it was a great team display."

Earlier, Tobyn Burvill hit 66 and Ben Carruthers made 42 to help Ballina compile a competitive total from their 50 overs.

Nathanael Scott struck 39 and Robb chipped in with an unbeaten 29 to help his side finish on 7-225.

Adams then took 4-43 and Pottavino finished with 3-36 to help knock over their opponents for 203 in the 45th over.

"I thought our total would be good enough to win," Robb said.

"One of their guys came in and made a quick 70, which made it a bit nervy for us.

"It was a small oval and hard to stop the fours, but we stuck to it.

"Everyone chipped in and we got the job done."

The hosts wrapped up a comfortable 66-run win over Brisbane Water in the other semi-final.

Today's final in the tournament, which has featured teams from across New South Wales, was due to start at 10am.



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