Port Lincoln cricket
Tasman 8/106 lost to Charlton 7/107
ROUND one of the 2019/20 Port Lincoln Cricket Association season hit off with Tasman hosting Charlton at Ravendale Oval in a Twenty20 match.
Tasman won the toss and elected to bat with Brown and Frick opening against Charlton's new ball bowlers Shanley and Chatfield.
Chatfield picked up both openers in the fourth over with a double wicket maiden.
Harris and Wilks pushed the score to 45 before Simpson slipped one through Harris's defence to rattle his castle.
When Wilks, who top scored for Tasman with 20, holed out to Shanley off the bowling of Frost, Tasman were in a bit of trouble at 5/60 in the 14th over.
When Murphy was gazelle-like behind the stumps to produce a spectacular direct hit run out at the bowlers end to remove Semmler for a duck, Tasman were looking unlikely to reach the century at 7/72 in the 17th over.
However, Tasman did manage to reach triple figures after batting out their 20 overs and posting 106 for the loss of eight wickets.
The pick of the bowlers for Charlton was Chatfield who bowled a quality spell, finishing with 2/9 off his four overs.
With Charlton requiring 107 runs for victory off their 20 overs, Charlton's opening batsmen Frost and Yancic were facing off against the Tasman opening bowlers Harris and Strudwick.
Charlton got off to a reasonable start putting on 37 before Yancic cut one off Dodd straight to Brown at point.
Frost and Dunn batted well and posted 27 and 24 runs respectively.
When Dunn skied one to be caught and bowled by Wilks, Charlton were 4/89 in the 17th over, still requiring 18 runs for victory with six wickets in hand.
Dodd chipped in with a couple wickets in the 18th over and the game tightened up.
Charlton required 11 runs off the remaining 12 balls with four wickets in the shed.
Shanley fell on the last ball of the 19th over to give Wilks his third wicket and Charlton required four runs off the last over.
Young Cam Madden hit the winning runs off the second ball of the last over to give Charlton a closely contested victory over Tasman.
Best with the ball for Tasman were Dodd and Wilks who chipped in with three wickets each.
Southern Eyre South 5/111 def Tod River 7/92
On a windy day out at Wangary, Southern Eyre South won the toss and elected to bat.
On the second ball of the day Tod River made an important breakthrough, with George removing the dangerous Watson caught on the boundary for a duck.
This brought O'Dea to the crease to join Smith and they set about slowly building a total.
A lush outfield and tight bowling made boundaries hard to come across, which led to a slower than usual run rate for the normally high-scoring SES team.
Just as Smith and O'Dea looked to increase the scoring after a solid partnership of 33, McShane had O'Dea caught for nine.
Green and Rowsell came and went quickly, both removed by Hope, leaving SES in a dangerous position at 4/55.
Smith was batting cautiously down one end, putting away the bad balls and rotating the strike but needed a partner to stay with him.
Casanova obliged and helped take the score to 76 before being caught off Wiseman for seven.
This brought Barnes to the crease and he allowed Smith to take most of the strike and increase the run rate, helping him take the score to 5/111 off of their 20 overs.
Smith batted faultlessly throughout, finishing on 48 not out with Barnes seven not out.
Tod River fielded well but bowled way too many wides (26) allowing the final score to be higher than it should have been.
With Tod River's three best batsmen Arthur, Keeley and Kay all absent, they needed one of their openers Earle or Calderwood to make a big score to have any chance of chasing down the total.
This was not to be, with Earle getting caught on the boundary for a duck in the second over off Barnes.
After putting one into the paddock, Calderwood had his stumps rearranged next ball, again by Barnes, leaving Tod River in a bad position at 2/11.
Wickets kept falling regularly and the required run rate kept increasing meaning Tod River were never really in the hunt.
George was riding his luck, keeping the score ticking over, until Smith came on to steady the ship and ruin any chance of a Tod River victory, removing him for 38, and leaving Tod River at 6/61.
Smith also removed Davey for one shortly after bringing Wiseman to the crease to join Coote.
The two young lads put some respectability onto the score, putting together a partnership of 29, with Coote finishing 16 not out and Wiseman 12 not out, leaving Tod River on 7/92 at the end of their 20 overs, giving SES a 19-run win.
Southern Eyre South 3/65 lost to Tod River 5/72
In their first hit out for the year, SES met Tod River at Wangary, which is in magnificent condition for the start of the cricket season.
Both teams had a mix of older more experienced players and several players playing their first game, which is exciting for both clubs.
SES won the toss and elected to bat, with Wilkins and K. Oestmann getting the home team off to a steady start despite some excellent bowling from Aldridge and Wiseman.
With both openers retiring, Will Symonds and C. Oestmann continued the steady start before some good fielding saw Symonds run out.
This wicket saw Tod River's bowlers apply good pressure with tight bowling from J. Mullins and the spin of Henderson.
Brothers Blight both entered the bowling attack for their first bowl in colts cricket and both soon took their first wickets, which saw Tod River's confidence lift.
Burgoyne and Miller battled hard with the bat in their first game, showing great determination to stay at the crease.
SES still had plenty of experience in the shed with the powerful Tom Morgan and Giddings coming in late.
Some outstanding fielding from Cooper Mullins saw Morgan run out late in the innings after beginning to display his dominance.
SES ended the innings on 65.
Like SES, Tod River's innings began with a steady opening stand from J. Mullins and Henderson.
Wilkins and Morgan bowled great line and length and Tod River's openers battled hard, playing sensibly before starting to play good cricket shots, which had Tod River in a strong position before both retired.
Mullins struck three fours in his last over, which really set the innings up for the River.
Wiseman came and went quickly before K. Mullins and Aldridge put on a a solid partnership to steady the ship.
Similar to the SES innings, Tod River then lost some quick wickets to good bowling from Giddings, but Hope stuck around with Cooper Mullins and L. Blight to steer Tod River home at the end of the 14th over.