Eyre Peninsula team named for Country Cup carnival

SELECTED: Port Lincoln veteran Ben Smith is among the lineup selected to represent Eyre Peninsula at the Country Championships. Photo: Jack Davies
SELECTED: Port Lincoln veteran Ben Smith is among the lineup selected to represent Eyre Peninsula at the Country Championships. Photo: Jack Davies

Eyre Peninsula has selected the team that will represent the region at the SACA Country Cup in Adelaide between January 30 to February 3, COVID pending.

Eyre Peninsula Cricket president Jamie Bennett announced the team on Facebook on Monday, which features some stalwarts and some young guns.

Port Lincoln's Liam O'Dea will once again captain the side, despite dealing with injury at the start of the season he is currently the equal top wicket taker in Port Lincoln with 15 and is a dangerous bowler.

O'Dea will be joined by SES teammate Ben Smith who shines with bat and ball, averaging more than 50 runs a game he will also provide leadership to the younger players.

Andrew Frick has also taken 15 wickets so far in Port Lincoln on top of hitting 201 runs, has great experience in district cricket and will lead the spin attack.

Tumby Bay is also well represented, wicket keeper Harry Degner has been gaining carnival experience and is emerging as one of the EP's best young players.

Marley Butler played in his first carnival last year and has so far this season impressed with the bat, hitting 200 runs for Colts in Tumby Bay.

Jackson Murphy has not played much this season but is a quality player with plenty of carnival experience and will be a key member of EP's bowling lineup.

Fresh off their Henderson Shield win Eastern Eyre will see three players in the team this year, starting with Tom Davey who has also played limited cricket this season but averages nearly 50 with the bat, scoring a half century in the win against Far West.

Jack Lienert will make his EP debut after having an impressive season so far and is currently top wicket taker in Eastern Eyre cricket with 17,

Jordan Stutley has impressed as an allrounder, having hit 100 and 50 in the Henderson Shield wins and at club level has taken 12 wickets, sitting behind Lienert in the standings.

Great Flinders will be represented first by Brad Hazelgrove who is a highly skilled batsman, having hit 403 runs so far at club level this season and averaging nearly 60 per game, he also has plenty of carnival experience.

Joining him is Louis Green who has been playing district cricket and will look to bring that experience into the EP team at the carnival.

Rounding out the team is Far West's Charlie Williams, after missing out on last year's carnival side the talented bowler has worked hard to earn a selection for 2022.

While COVID has created uncertainty across the state with events and sport the EP team will be ready to try and earn a finals spot in this year's carnival.

Their first game will be against Murray Districts/Barrier on January 31 at Port Adelaide Reserve before facing South East at ACH Group Stadium the following day and then Yorke Peninsula at Henley Grange Memorial Oval on February 2, with finals to take place the next day.