Big runs hard to come by

WAYBACK: Stockham was caught plum in front for seven with the score on 99.
WAYBACK: Stockham was caught plum in front for seven with the score on 99.

Port Lincoln cricket

A grade

Wayback 10/136 def Tasman 10/86

CLOUDY conditions greeted both teams at Ravendale Complex last Saturday for the A grade clash between Tasman and Wayback.

Wayback captain Kerrie O’Leary won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first.

Wayback took to the crease through openers Jack Parsons and Billy Campbell but within nine balls Campbell was back in the pavilion without troubling the scorer when he spooned a simple catch to Matt Dyer at cover off the bowling of Nathan Bryant.

Joel Davies joined Parsons and the two settled into their work beautifully, sweating on any loose balls and pushing singles here and there to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

They put on what turned out to be a match-defining’ 73-run partnership until Parsons edged Harris to Frick at slip for a well-made 42.

This triggered a mini collapse as Wayback lost 3/8 off 28 deliveries with O’Leary gloving off spinner Ben Wilks down leg side where keeper Todd Halliday completed a smart catch and then Davies was caught and bowled by Harris on the stroke of drinks for a valuable 26 with Wayback 4/83 at the break.

Shane Stockham and colts captain Sam Clark set about consolidating after the break however with the score on 99 Frick caught Stockham plum in front for seven with a beauty that hit in line and was going on to crash into middle and leg.

Paul ‘Sammy’ Newman joined Clark and both put their heads down to try and build a score their bowlers could have some hope of defending.

With young Clark holding up an end and Newman counter-punching when opportunity presented at the other, they combined for an important 34-run stand for the sixth wicket until Newman went one too many times and was caught by veteran Ben Wilks off the bowling of McMillan for 26.

Clark was then joined by first gamer Brody Burrows but his stay was short as the re-introduced Bryant disturbed his castle for one.

Clark’s colts team-mate Hamish Newman came and went for zero and Clark’s ‘sabbatical’ finally ended after 21 overs of batting when McMillan got through his defences for what turned out to be a crucial 16 in which he held up an end for 53 runs to be scored.

Last to go was Vonderwall, bowled by McMillan, leaving Eckert not out zero as Wayback were bowled out for a disappointing 136 after being 1/75.

Tasman bowling was led by Bryant and McMillan claiming three wickets each while Harris chipped in with 2/19 off his seven overs.

Wayback were in desperate need of early wickets against a very strong Tasman line-up boasting Andrew Frick, Matt Dyer and former Tod River batsman Peter Brown amongst others so when Stockham had Brown caught at mid-off of the first ball of the innings Wayback had the dream start they needed.

With Dylan Vonderwall bowling tight at the other end, Stockham picked up a second wicket when he had Halliday caught at mid-off by Eckert for two.

Stockham bowling downwind with good pace and great rhythm was proving a hand full for all the batsman and bowled a beauty to Dyer which caught the edge through to wicketkeeper Parsons for 13 and with Tasman 3/17 with Frick coming out to bat it was game on.

Frick and colts captain George Wilks looked to consolidate but Stockham’s spell, one of the best seen by a Wayback opening bowler for many a year, had Frick edging to Campbell at second slip and then knocked Harris’ stumps flying first ball as Tasman slumped to 5/30 within 10.3 overs with Stockham taking all 5/14 of his first 5.3 overs.

However, Tasman were not done with yet as the father and son combination of Wilks set about getting their team back in the game by firstly occupying the crease, seeing off Stockham and punishing any loose ball that came their way.

With their heads down, they swung the pendulum slightly back to Tasman’s favour as they batted the next 14.3 overs to drinks without losing another wicket to see Tasman 5/63 at drinks with 74 left to get off 25 overs.

It was anyone’s game.

With Wayback still maybe slight favourites, Tasman would have have still been confident their boys could get some momentum going, which would quickly put pressure on the Wayback bowlers and would go a long way to getting their team home.

However, with the introduction of veteran Paul Newman bowling his off spinners, Ben Wilks was unlucky when he picked out Campbell at short fine leg when he looked to dispatch a loose ball to the boundary.

Wilks was out for 22 and ended a fine partnership of 40 in tough conditions with his son George.

Allrounder Carl Semmler was next to go when Newman struck again and when Bryant smashed a Newman full toss straight to Stockham at deep mid-wicket for one Tasman’s had slumped to 8/79.

Georgie Wilks, much in the same mould as Sam Clark earlier in the day, had occupied the crease for 26 overs holding up an end with a patient 23 before Billy Campbell had him plum leg before wicket with the score on 86.

When youngster Jackson Smith clipped his first ball to square leg where Hamish Newman held a good catch, Tasman were all out for 86, with Wayback winning a tight game by 50 runs.

With Newman picking up 3/18 and Campbell 2/15, the definite stand out for Wayback was obviously Stockham.

It was a disappointing day for Tasman on their new shed unveiling day at Ravendale while for Wayback it was an important win and they picked up 10 much-needed points.

Next week Tasman travel to Wangary to take on Southern Eyre South while Wayback have their first game on the turf this year when they take on Charlton who are flying at the moment at Centenary.

Southern Eyre South 1/69 def Tod River 10/68

Southern Eyre won the toss and elected to field first.

Tod River’s opening batsmen in Tyson Arthur and Tynan Keeley strode to the crease to take on the new ball bowling pair of Ryan Siebert and Kane Grocke.

Siebert struck gold for the Southerners in the very first over of the day bowling Tyson Arthur for four and trapping Adam Hage with his next delivery leaving Toddies at 2/4 after the first over.

Things turned from bad to worse for Toddies as Grocke had Tynan Keeley caught at second slip to have them struggling at 3/4 after the first two overs.

Blaze Kay and Robin Earle went about trying to build a much-needed partnership to get Toddies back on track putting on a valuable 52 runs before Earle (14) was caught in the outfield of the bowling of Craig Nielson, his first of four wickets of the day, to leave Toddies at 4/56 in the 13th over.

Blaze Kay was the only batsmen for Tod River to take it up to the Southern Eyre bowling attack but once he was dismissed for a well made 43 they lost the next five wickets with the score stuck on 61.

The innings came to a close with Toddies all out for 68 in the 23rd over with Craig Nielson best with the ball claiming 4/17.

Southern Eyre had no troubles chasing the small target passing the score one wicket down in the 13th over with Jacob Watson continuing his run of form finishing on 39 not out and Liam O’Dea not out on 12.

B grade

Wayback 7/205 def Tasman 9/201

Tasman won the toss against a competitive Wayback team and took the bat.

Unfortunately for Tasman they lost early wickets and Webb did not perform as per usual.

He did however make one more than the captain Jack Bunder.

Harrison and Vincent took up the stand and started to pile on the runs, Harrison making a well deserved 74 and Vincent 34.

A few more quick wickets lead to another middle order collapse for the Red Caps, however Amos decided differently and made a lovely 45 in quick fashion.

The red caps ended up with 203 after 45 overs and the game was evenly matched at the innings break with an experienced Wayback line-up preparing to bat. 

Early wickets to L. Webb had the Red Caps up and about and with tight fielding Wayback were in slight trouble early.

B. Hammond piled on runs quickly and put on partnerships with whoever joined him at the crease.

Amos bowled nine straight to slow the run rate and going into the last stretch of the game the run rate was out to five an over.

B. Parsons joined Hammond and quickly the run rate dropped with parsons second ball going across the boundary.

The Red Caps fought to the end however going down by two wickets with two overs to spare. 

SES 3/93 def Tod River 10/90

On a beautiful day for cricket Tod River travelled out to Wangary to take on SES and winning the toss Tod River chose to bat first.

After a disastrous start and losing some early wickets it was up to the youngster Tom Rushmore and veteran Rhys Miller to build the score but with Rushmore going for 11 and an exhausted Miller out on the last ball before drinks for 25 the score was teetering at 5/54.

After drinks Mark Davey took advantage of the conditions to bludgeon his way to 25, well supported by junior players Seb Henderson (2 not out) and Archie aldridge (3).

The innings came to a close with Dominic ‘Dominator’ Henderson the last man out for a duck and the total on 90 runs.

Best with the ball was Kieren Siebert with 4/17, Troy Dunn 2/8 and Ethan Richardson with 2/19.

The SES opening batsmen looked intent on reeling in the run chase quickly but a couple of early wickets gave the Toddy boys a glimmer of hope.

When Dwayne Murphy went for 19 it brought Dylan Doudle and Will Charlton together at the crease and they cruised SES to victory in the 16th over with Doudle on 13 and Charlton on a well-struck 32.

Wicket takers were R. Miller with 2/22 and Ethan Foster with 1/39.

A big thank you to the colts players on both sides who have stepped up to play seniors and also to the father/son combinations that always make for a good day out.