The Plan B Regional Bash may have four teams which qualify to play off on finals day for the first time after the Central West Wranglers won through to the last four on Sunday.
The Wranglers finished on top of the Bathurst Pool, joining Central Coast Rush from the Newcastle Pool and Coffs Coast Chargers from the Port Macquarie Pool in the play-offs.
If the ACT Aces or Murrumbidgee Rangers claim the Wagga Wagga Pool this coming weekend it will mean four new teams on finals day, which is scheduled to be held in December.
The Rush and the Chargers will play off for the Sixers Conference title while the Wranglers will play the winner of the Wagga Wagga Pool for the Thunder Conference title. The two Conference winners will then meet to decide the Plan B Regional Bash Champions.
Allrounder Nic Broes produced an outstanding allround performance for the Wranglers in an upset victory over the Orana Outlaws on the third weekend of the Plan B Regional Bash at George Park in Bathurst.
Broes smashed 85 not out at the top of the order and claimed best figures for the tournament so far, 5-29, in the first of two wins for the Wranglers on the weekend that progressed Central West to the Plan B Regional Bash finals for the first time.
After it defeated Orana by 35 runs on Saturday, Central West followed that win with its second consecutive victory of the weekend against Illawarra Flames.
The Wranglers prevailed by 73 runs over the Flames on Sunday. NSW Metro Under 17 allrounder Ben Mitchell was the star for Central West in that match. He made a blistering 81 from 46 balls and claimed 3-24 with the ball.
The Outlaws failed to post a win in the Bathurst Pool. Illawarra defeated Orana by 23 runs on Sunday at George Park despite a resilient 62 from 45 balls by Greg Buckley to try and get his team the win.
Xavier McDevitt claimed a crucial four wickets in the victory for the Flames. He finished with 4-10 from his four overs.
The Newcastle Blasters did the Rush the ultimate favour with a narrow eight-run victory over Lake Mac Attack at Waratah Oval on Sunday. The win ensured Central Coast could not be caught at the top of the Newcastle Pool.
Bradley Aldous was the key for the Blasters. He claimed 4-8 from four overs to help his side dismiss the Attack for 104 in the 20th over in defence of 8/112.
Nick Watkins did his best to get the Attack over the line. He made 69 from 55 balls at the top of the order. His innings took him to second on the list of leading run-scorers for the Plan B Regional Bash. He scored 115 runs at an average of 57.5 from his two matches for the Lake Macquarie side.
Watkins trails leading run-scorer Caleb Ziebell by 36 runs. The big-hitting batsman from the Northern Rivers Rock has posted 151 runs at 50.3.
Central West Wranglers 5/176 (B Mitchell 81, M Corben 45 not out, A Ryan 20, R Voysey 3/35) def Illawarra Flames 103 (L Jurancic 20, B Mitchell 3/24, M Stephen 2/19, D Kennewell 2/27)
Central West Wranglers 2/166 (N Broes 85 not out, B Sheehan 58) def Orana Outlaws 131 (J Peacock 38, M Skinner 27, N Broes 5/29, M Stephen 2/10)
Illawarra Flames 8/139 (B Owen 32, D Wood 30, J Bunyan 27 not out, M Jeffrey 3/23) def Orana Outlaws 116 (G Buckley 62, X McDevitt 4/10, R Voysey 3/20, M Pike 2/28)
Final Table: Central West Wranglers 4, Illawarra Flames 2, Orana Outlaws 0.