Douglas fires Swifts into T20 final against defending champs

DEFENDING champions Central Districts are through to their third successive Baxter Big Bash T20 final.

Centrals beat Brothers on Monday night and will meet Swifts in the final on February 23, after the Bluebirds beat Eastern Taipans in the other semi-final on Monday.

Brothers hit 95 from their 20 overs and Centrals lost just two wickets on their way to victory.

In the other semi, Swifts amassed 7-174 batting first, despite a scorecard featuring three ducks and three other single figure contributions.

At one point, they were 3-10, thanks to the accurate swing bowling of Taipans quick Chris Smith.

In captain Tom Douglas (108 not out) and all-rounder Dylan Hickson (54), however, they had a pair that contributed 162 between them.

In response, Taipans were all out for 94, with Hickson claiming 3-17.

For Swifts all-rounder Nathan Hooper it was a pleasure to watch the man who has replaced him as his team's T20 skipper score his maiden first grade century.

"He just played himself in and picked the right ball to hit," Hooper said. "He takes it on himself to lead from the front."

Central Districts will likely prove a more difficult prospect, with Hopper identifying Sam Truloff's wicket as the key for his team.

"He's a class cricketer," Hooper said. "That's one of the main challenges."



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