THE Denman third grade side is the hope of the region heading into the Singleton District Cricket Association (SDCA) play-offs.
The squad, blended with experience and young talent, remains the only team from the Muswellbrook Shire still in contention for a title in 2017-18.
And, the outfit has form on the board after recently clinching the SDCA T20 crown.
Denman progressed to the grand final on the back of a 55-run victory over JPC at the weekend.
The visitors posted 155 at Singleton’s Civic Park, courtesy of Steve Andrews (39), Peter Ball (28) and Craig Heuston (20).
Harry Moore (2-17) and Craig Knox (2-25) shared the bowling honours.
In reply, JPC’s campaign grinded to a halt on 100, as Steve Andrews and Jed Collins caused a number of headaches with the ball.
Andrews finished with 2-7 while Collins claimed 2-13.
The side now faces either Creeks or Valley in the decider on Saturday, March 24.
Muswellbrook’s first grade season ended dismally with the boys dismissed for 56 at Victoria Park.
Only Hayden Fox (9) and Dominic Cooper (7) offered any resistance as PCH Glendon stormed to a seven-wicket victory.
In the other fixture, Creeks chased down Valley’s total of 187, with a number of batsmen still in the sheds.
Jacob Hill (65 not out) and Bayden Mulholland (44 not out) led the way.
Valley progresses to the grand final (on March 24), with PCH/Glendon and Creeks locking horns in the preliminary showdown this weekend.
Denman was also put to the sword in second grade, thanks to JPC.
Karl Bowd (15) and John Apps (14) enabled the team to make 71.
But, it wasn’t enough as the JPC father-son combination of Gregg (32 not out) and Kye Dann (38 not out) did the damage with the bat.
Creeks tackles JPC on Saturday, with the winner meeting Valley.