As if scoring a half-century wasn’t enough, Matt Pryde backed it up with a five-wicket haul to complete a memorable day, propelling Mornington into the Gunnedah District Cricket Association second grade final in the process.
Pryde strode to the crease with Mornington in deep strife at 5-41 against Court House and left with the score at 8-201 after scoring a 81-ball 61.
The all-rounder first combined with Jono Middlebrook (38) as the pair put on 49 runs together.
Andrew Cheeney (38) then partnered Pryde with the pair putting on the best partnership of the day of 91 runs.
Jasper (1-32) and Oscar (3-34) Thomas did the early damage for Court House while Angus Beasley (2-40) took the big wicket of Pryde.
Jye Hicks (3-37) cleaned up the tail for Court House.
Court House was solid in reply early on.
Hicks (23) opened the batting and combined with Nathan MacDonald (8) and Brodie Cleal (13) to have Court House at 1-46 at one point.
However, that was when Pryde started his red-ball blitz.
Pryde struck in the 14th over of the game – his third – before taking a wicket per over in his next three.
While Pryde was doing his thing up one end, Billy Leys was introduced into the attack and snared 3-9 from three overs as well.
Pryde finished with figures of 5-37 from 7.5 overs as Mornington won by 122 runs.
Mornington will take on Albion in the final.