The Lower Eyre Peninsula (LEP) SAPSASA cricket side played out a successful week of cricket winning all three of the games they were able to play in wet and windy conditions.
Monday saw the mercury hit 35 degrees as the LEP took on Tee Tree Gully (TTG) at St Ignatius College.
LEP won the toss and elected to bat with captain Bodhi Fauser and vice captain Connor Madden opening the batting against a solid bowling attack.
The batters were patient early but rotated the strike well with some of the best running between the wickets seen at a SAPSASA carnival.
Both boys would find their rhythm and began scoring with ease. Madden retired on 40 not out and Fauser soon after on 38 not out.
The rest of the team looked to capitalise on the solid start and sought quick runs. At the end of the 45-over innings LEP were 5/150 with Ethan Pugsley being the next top scorer with 14 not out.
In reply LEP struck early when Archie Aldridge found an edge in the first over and Archer Pertzel took a sharp catch at gully.
A small partnership formed before Oz Richardson took a screamer at mid wicket off Pertzel’s bowling to shift momentum back LEP’s way.
From there wickets fell steadily and the run rate kept the pressure on the batsmen to take risks.
Eventually TTG were bowled out in the 39th over for 133. Tyrese Sincock finished with four overs 1/4 and Bodhi Fauser three overs 1/2.
Tuesday’s game against Southern Valley was a wash out so a game of indoor cricket between Hudson’s Heroes and Seb’s Superstars saw the Superstars get over the line in a tight one.
Wednesday saw similar conditions when LEP took on Barker at Marion Primary School.
Keen to get some cricket in the boys’ patience paid off with the storm blowing over at 10.52am and a reduced overs game of 38 overs a side took place.
Barker elected to bat first and found it hard to score off Madden and Hudson Franks who bowled good lengths and were backed up in the field by an energetic LEP side.
A run out care of Pertzel broke the opening partnership and the game wide open as wickets began to fall.
Kade Mullins and Seb Henderson both took two each whilst Fauser and Sincock took outstanding catches in wet conditions. Barker were all out for 89.
In reply Tyson Higgins (20no) and Hudson Franks (18no) got the run chase off to a solid start showing patience and class as they manipulated the ball to all parts of the ground.
Henderson (15no) and Pugsley (16no) continued the domination as did Fauser (19no) batting at 12. LEP passed the score in the 24th over without the loss of a wicket and finished with 6/145 off 38 overs.
Thursday saw a showdown between the Lower Eyre Peninsula and Central Eyre Peninsula (CEP) at Park 17 in the city parklands.
CEP batted first and started strongly before Pertzel stuck twice to have CEP in trouble at 2/34. Brody Stratford then chipped in with a run out and an lbw to continue the momentum.
Sincock then continued his good week with the ball to pick up another two wickets and bowl CEP out for 87.
In reply LEP’s opening pair of Richardson (8) and Pertzel (13) steered the team to 34 before Richardson edged on to the keeper and then Pertzel was trapped in front.
Contributions from Fauser (11no), Mullins (17no) and Henderson (14no) ensured LEP passed the score comfortably and completed a clean sweep of matches.
Due to not enough games being completed throughout the week a final was not organised and divisional standings will remain the same for next year.
A massive thank you to all the parents that travelled over with the team and supported me and the team right throughout the week.
The boys all represented their families, schools and LEP district with pride and respect and should be commended on their attitudes towards their cricket in extremely difficult conditions.