Great Flinders wins Horgan Shield

SHIELD: Great Flinders had to work hard to claim victory and walk away with the Horgan Shield. Pictured are (back): Corey Turnbull (coach), Henry Turnbull, Eli Giddings, Billy Mahoney, Cody Modra, Rohan Treloar, Darcy Claughton, Ethan Parsons, Tom Morgan, Jack Turnbull, Levi Chandler. Front: Isaiah Wilksch and Toby Modra.
SHIELD: Great Flinders had to work hard to claim victory and walk away with the Horgan Shield. Pictured are (back): Corey Turnbull (coach), Henry Turnbull, Eli Giddings, Billy Mahoney, Cody Modra, Rohan Treloar, Darcy Claughton, Ethan Parsons, Tom Morgan, Jack Turnbull, Levi Chandler. Front: Isaiah Wilksch and Toby Modra.

A beautiful sunny day greeted Great Flinders and Port Lincoln players competing in the Horgan Shield Grand Final at Cummins on Sunday.

Port Lincoln won the toss and elected to bat.

The two openers for Port Lincoln in Fauser and Wilkins started cautiously moving the score to 17 before Modra trapped Wilkins LBW.

This brought Jude to the crease who confidently and strongly struck the ball and along with Fauser, who rotated the strike expertly, produced an important 38 run partnership.

Claughton ended Fauser's run on 21 with Henry Turnbull taking the catch.

Isaiah Wilksch followed up quickly with the wicket of Madden and Port Lincoln were 3/58 after 20 overs.

Jude was striking the ball beautifully around the oval making the Great Flinders players work hard in the field and along with Jay Mullins moved the score to 91.

Tom Morgan was brought into bowl and produced an amazing 6 over spell taking 3/4.

He removed Jay Mullins for 6 runs, the dangerous Jude who just fell short of his half century and Kade Mullins in quick succession.

AWARDS: Isaiah Wilksch (leading run scorer), Billy Lienert, Tom Morgan (player of the match). Absent: Max Ramsey (leading wicket taker)

AWARDS: Isaiah Wilksch (leading run scorer), Billy Lienert, Tom Morgan (player of the match). Absent: Max Ramsey (leading wicket taker)

Aldridge came to the crease facing the hat trick ball and, with fielders all around the bat, confidently played the ball back down the pitch. After another 2 wickets to Parsons and Modra, Port Lincoln were finding it difficult to score.

Cody Siebert provided resistance and compiled 22 runs before being bowled by Claughton.

Tom Morgan re-entered the attacked and claimed his fourth wicket ending Port Lincoln's innings on 127.

Port Lincoln had the runs on the board and it was now up to Great Flinders to chase down the total.

Modra and Mahoney strode to the crease determined to make a good start, however in the third over of the innings Madden removed Mahoney and the score was 1/7.

The Great Flinders batsmen were finding it difficult to score after some tight bowling from Siebert and Madden.

Changes to the bowling attack resulted in immediate success with Fauser trapping Modra on the crease for 12.

Morgan and Wilksch proceeded to steady the innings and constructed a 57 run partnership with great stroke play and rotation of strike.

In the 29th over the Mullins brothers combined to remove Morgan for 36 and Great Flinders were 3/87.

Wilksch and Giddings were slowly but surely guiding Great Flinders to victory but on 116 runs Tyrese Sincock had other ideas producing a wonderful spell of bowling.

In quick succession he removed Wilksch, Giddings, Turnbull and Parsons and, with the figures of 4/3, sent some nervous moments through the Great Flinders camp.

However his efforts were to no avail with Claughton and Treloar reaching the required runs in the 46 over.

The match was a tight tussle and wonderful spectacle of junior cricket with Great Flinders having to work hard to come away with the win.

Tom Morgan was named man of the match with his 4 wickets and 36 runs.

EP Junior Cricket President, Billy Lienert, presented the shield and medallions to the Great Flinders players as well as announcing Isaiah Wilksch as the leading run scorer for the tournament and Max Ramsey as the leading wicket taker.