Blustery conditions were in store for the players competing in the Great Flinders Southern Eyre Junior Cricket Association grand final on Sunday, March 15.
Southern Eyre South were determined to bring home the silverware this year after narrowly missing out the past two seasons and Redbacks were dreaming of going back to back.
The coin was tossed with Redbacks coming up trumps and electing to bat first.
The two openers for Redbacks in Toby Modra and Darcy Claughton started cautiously moving the score to 18 before Tom Morgan removed Claughton with a beautiful delivery.
This brought the powerful striker of the ball in Ethan Parsons to the crease and he didn't waste any time dispatching his second delivery to the boundary.
Modra had quietly been going about his business and after striking a big six it was not long before he retired on 20 runs.
Some tight bowling from Harry Shepperd and Eli Giddings brought the downfall of Parsons with Giddings removing the dangerous batter.
With the score at 2/33 Cody Modra and Jacob Parsons set about increasing the total.
They were patiently working the ball around and dispatching any bad balls to the boundary.
A change in the bowling brought immediate success with Dylan Morgan producing a wonderful spell.
He removed Jacob Parsons for 15 runs, Gale and Eli Parsons in quick succession.
Mitchell Pearce chimed in with the wicket of Joel Modra and Redbacks were in trouble at 6/70.
Cody Modra defiantly retired on 21 runs.
The young guns in Wait and Dingwall continued to tick the scoreboard over before Dylan Morgan captured his fourth wicket in Dingwall.
Redbacks innings came to a close with the score at 7/89.
Redbacks had the runs on the board and it was now up to Southern Eyre South to chase down the total.
Harry Shepperd and Eli Giddings strode to the crease determined to make a good start, however disaster struck in the first over when going for a quick single.
Kade Wait quickly threw the ball into Claughton who whipped the bails off catching Giddings short of his ground.
SES found it hard to score against the bowling of Ethan Parsons and Toby Modra.
While trying to move the score along this brought the downfall of Shepperd, caught behind off the bowling of Modra.
Modra quickly followed up with the wicket of the dangerous Archer Pertzel, who has had a wonderful season with the bat and SES were in trouble at 3/10.
This brought the Morgan brothers to the crease and they set about resurrecting the innings.
With deft placement and good running between the wickets Tom Morgan retired on 20 runs. This change in batter resulted in disaster for SES.
Cody Modra caught and bowled Mitchell Pearce and then Darcy Claughton expertly bowled Mickan, Ackland and Noah Giddings in his last over.
SES were reeling at 7/36 and leaving Dylan Morgan stranded down the other end.
With the help of Harvey Pearce, Dylan Morgan reached his 20 runs and retired. SES' innings soon came to an end when Joel Modra removed Pearce with the score on 61 and Redbacks ran out grand final victors.
It was a good performance by Dylan Morgan who was named best on ground for the grand final with bowling figures of 4/7 off his four overs and 20 not out with the bat.
The Cummins & District Community Bank Branch sponsored association trophies were presented to:
- Archer Pertzel (Batting Aggregate 216 runs)
- Cody Modra (Bowling Aggregate 13 wickets)
- Ethan Parsons, Reuben Hill and Joe Redden (Fielding Trophy 11 votes)