Tod River 10/223 def SES 10/165
Both teams went into this match needing the win; Southern Eyre to consolidate a top two spot and Tod River to keep their top four chance alive.
Tynan Keeley won the toss and elected to bat on what looked to be a fast running Dorwood Oval.
As usual Arthur looked to take the attack against the Southerners’ bowling line up from the start and offered some early chances.
He soon found his groove though and proceeded to punish anything short of a length and wide to the boundary.
Arthur raced to 50 in the 11th over of the match before skying one to O’Dea off the bowling of Masterson for 56.
Arthur’s dismissal saw the runs dry up momentarily with B. Smith and C. Nielson bowling consistent lines and lengths.
However wickets and chances were not being taken so Calderwood (56) and Hope (42) made the league leaders pay with an 86-run partnership through the middle overs, which proved to be the difference.
With wickets in hand, Tod River had the advantage of throwing the bat around in the final 10 overs and proceeded to take their total to 223 before being bowled out in the final over.
Southern Eyre entered the chase confident in the depth of their batting line up to get the job done however tight bowling for Keeley made boundaries hard to come by and the required run rate slowly climbed.
The introduction of Arthur into the attack once again proved the demise of the Southern Eyre top order.
Arthur made the initial breakthrough, bowling Parker for 18, then proceeded to take the next four wickets destroying SES’s top order.
Rowsell and Nielson tried to consolidate through the middle overs putting on 40 runs but the introduction of off spinner Gent into the attack put a stop to that.
Gent removed Nielson (24) in his first over and Grocke in his third to all but end Southern Eyre’s run chase.
In the end SES were bowled out for 165 in the 43rd over with Arthur taking 5/24 off his 10 and Gent 3/19 off five overs.
Rowsell finished unbeaten on 44 while B. Smith continued his form at the top of the order with 30.
Lincoln South 10/87 lost to Charlton 10/218
Charlton won the toss and elected to bat getting off to a good start with 0/66 off the first 18 overs.
They batted patiently while still ticking the scoreboard over, taking a special liking to Dunning.
Aaron Sincock brought himself on and in his second over Gray was caught for 30 trying to go over mid on.
It was not long before he had Cottrell caught and Gooder LBW with the latter making 38.
Matheson and Yancic got going together and lifted the run rate. Yancic took Sincock’s 10th over for 16 but was caught on the final ball for a destructive 44. Matheson could not find another partner with Goddard and Stephens leaving quickly.
Dunning really turned things around in his second spell picking up Matheson and Shanley then bowling a maiden and picking up the two Humphries boys at the end of the innings.
Strudwick showed some fight, finishing with 19 not out to push Charlton’s total to 10/218.
South’s run chase got off to a shaky start losing Nathan Sincock nicking to the slips early off Cottrell.
Reidy could not find a partner with Lloyd and Whitty not hanging around.
The introduction of Strudwick brought about the wicket of Reidy, 32, caught by Cottrell after dropping him two balls earlier.
Yancic then ran through South’s middle to lower order picking up handy figures of 4/12 with four maidens to go with his 7.4 overs.
Sincock put away some loose balls to make 20 but Charlton were too good, bowling Souths out for 87.