Lock catches Cleve to win

B GRADE

Lock 8/173 def Cleve 6/171

LOCK B grade has earned the right to play in the Eastern Eyre cricket grand final, defeating Cleve in a tightly contested second semi final, claiming victory in the final over, with two wickets in hand.

Cleve opened the batting with Hayden Donahue and Braden Schubert who faced Siebert and Wes Wiseman.

Schubert’s stay was short, bowled in Siebert’s second over. Pat Jenner joined Donahue and they set out to rescue the innings but only took the score to 42, when Siebert claimed his second scalp, Donahue for 14.

The run rate started to improve as Jenner and Graeme Byrnes hit out but with 58 runs on the board, Lachlan Heath was brought into the attack and bowled Jenner for 32.

Fourteen runs later he had his second wicket, Matt Crettenden caught by Wes Wiseman for 12.

Byrnes and  Quinn carried on with hard hitting, as the Lock bowlers toiled.They added a 76 useful runs, before Byrnes fell to Matt Mellor’s bowling caught by Harri Wright for 26.

Nathan Haines-Darby came into bat with Quinn with four overs left to bowl, both keeping up the run rate and taking the total to 171. In the final over Haines-Darby was caught on the boundary by Siebert off Wiseman leaving Quinn not out on a 48, the top score for his side.

Heath bowled 2/18 with Siebert taking two for 23 and Wiseman and Mellor each finished with one wicket.

Lock started the run chase with Andrew Hetzel and Wiseman facing Pat Jenner and Quinn, who removed both openers.

Wicketkeeper Donahue took the catches to remove Wiseman for 12 and Hetzel for 8.

A fine innings of 85 by Kerrin Siebert paved the way for Lock’s victory. 

It looked like Jenner had saved the day for Cleve.

Pat Jenner was the stand out bowler for Cleve capturing 4/13 from eight overs.

With the fall of the third wicket, 171 was looking a long way off but Siebert and Dylon Kay batted for 15 overs, to add 59 runs.

Grant Fennell was on the attack and had Kay stumped by Donahue for 19.

Siebert continued to dominate, as the total gradually climbed. With  the total at 147 and four overs left to be bowled two quick wickets fell, both to Jenner and it looked like he had saved the day for Cleve.

Siebert was doing his best to get his side over the line with solid batting but he was trapped in front by Jenner with 14 still needed and three overs left.

It was then left to two of the younger players, Lachan Heath and Harri Wright to score the runs needed for victory and this they did with some smart running, young leg speed showing up.

They needed four off the final over, which they achieved to put Lock through to the grand final in two week’s time.

Cleve will meet Cowell in the preliminary final next week.

Jenner did the most damage with ball, sending down eight economical overs and snaring a bag of 4/13,with Quinn taking 2/34 and one each to Crettenden and Fennell.

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