The Panthers progressed into next week’s A grade grand final with a 67 run victory over the Cats.
The win in the end was convincing but the game hung in the balance for the majority of the match.
The Panthers won the toss but were in early trouble as they lost Randall Wyatt (4) to Scott McIntyre with the score on 15.
Matters became worse for the Panthers when they lost 3/0 with the score on 26 when Nick Hill removed Peter Bessen (18), Mitch Young (0) and Reece Fowler (0).
Tate Bradley and Terrence Pellegrini combined for 32 runs before Bradley was dismissed by Kane Wallace for 15. Two runs later Pellegrini was dismissed by Ben Brown for 21 and the Cats could sniff an upset.
When Cory Stephenson was out for 5 with the Panthers on 81 the Cats would have backed themselves to dismiss the Panthers for under 100.
Fraser Wyatt and Tyler Thorpe had other ideas and put on 55 runs before Wyatt was dismissed for 54 with the Panthers on 136.
The Panthers were eventually bowled out for 147. Tyler Thorpe batted very well making 21.
Nick Hill bowled ten overs taking 3/32. Dylan Johnson came on late to claim 2/18. Before taking the gloves Scott McIntyre bowled nine overs taking 1/19. Ben Brown and Kane Wallace both bowled ten overs taking 1/27.
The Cats made a bright start with the bat before Ash Johnson (2) and Lee Nash (7) were dismissed by Cam Pine.
Scott McIntyre joined Ben Brown at 2/29 in what needed to be a key partnership for the Cats.
Cam Pine produced a very good ball to bowl McIntyre for one and the Cats were 3/35.
When Tyler Thorpe bowled Olly Cosmai for a duck with the score on 38 the Panthers were up and about.
Usual opener Mick Tresize joined Brown and they set about a rescue mission.
They did a good job until Tate Bradley caught Brown’s outside edge and Plugger Bessen took a great one handed catch to turn the match on it’s head.
With Brown out for 31 and the Cats still needing 77 to win it all became too much for the Cats as Bradley ripped through the lowed order after Fraser Wyatt dismissed Tresize for 18.
The Cats were eventually bowled out for 80 losing their last six wickets for nine runs.
Tate Bradley spun up a web taking 4/6 from seven overs including three maidens.
Cam Pine again performed well taking 3/15 from eight overs including three maidens.
Tyler Thorpe, Fraser Wyatt and Westley Wyatt all claimed one wicket each.
A convincing win in the end for the Panthers as they held their nerve when the going got tough.
The Cats were never really able to get going this season with player availability being an issue.