Strong wins to start

SEVENHILL V LONGPLAINS

Sevenhill started their 2017/18 cricket season at Richardson Park with emphatic nine-wicket victory after winning the toss and sending Long Plains in.

Sevenhill bowled their opponents out for 139 in 36.1 overs.

This was after an opening run partnership of 50 between Robert Bushell, who made a competent 38, and Ryan Litzow with 11.

Longies Skipper Sam McArdle made 51 but only Michael Warnes in the lower order gave him any support with 15.

Left arm orthodox spinner Ben Whalan was the best of the Sevenhill Seahorses’ bowlers with the excellent figures of four wickets for 20 from his eight overs.

Opener Roger Cole took two scalps as a cost of 32 from his seven overs at the bowling crease.

Matt Wells collected two victims for 23 runs from his four overs late in the innings.

Lachie Hollitt finished with the frugal figures of 1/10 from five overs.

Sevenhill made short work of the run chase, getting the required total in 16 overs and finishing on 1/143.

An opening partnership between big left-hander Hayden Daley and centurion Morne Scheepers set up the victory.

This pair put together 108 for the opening weekend with Daley dismissed on 26.

Scheepers remained not out on 106 and Hollitt remained unbeaten on two when the winning runs were scored.

Scheepers’ quick-fire hundred can of 64 balls faced, included 13 fours and a full handful (five) sixes.

His first half-century came in 39 deliveries.

The only successful Long Plains bowler was George Bryce-Marwood, who finished with 1/27 from a two over spell. If round one is any indication, it looks like it may be a long season for the Long Plains Tigers.

BRINKWORTH-KOOLUNGA V BLYTH-KYBUNGA

Stanley Cricket Association reigning premiers Brinkworth-Koolunga started their season with a robust eight wicket victory against Blyth-Kybunga at Brinkworth Oval last Saturday.

Blyth-Kybunga captain Tyson Eime won the toss and elected to bat.

This decision proved fruitless with three players - Michael Hardwig, Bradley Harris and Shay Clifford - all back in the pavilion without a run on the scoreboard.

The visitors were in significant trouble early on.

A 54-run fourth wicket partnership between Dan Richards and Eime gave Blyth-Kybunga a bit of a platform.

Richards top scored with 33 from 52 deliveries faced including three boundaries in a six. Eime made 24 from 45 balls and also hit a trio of fours.

Matt Stewart displayed character and composure, batting with the tail and remained not out on 30.

Stewart faced 72 deliveries and sent the ball to the fence three times.

Both Wayne Jamieson (13) and Justin Zweck (17) gave Stewart some support in the lower order.

Blyth-Kybunga was finally dismissed for 135 from the first ball of the 42nd over.

Isaac Moller at the top of the innings took 2/20 from his nine overs, which included three maidens.

Skipper Zac Fielding finished with 2/34 from his full allotment.

Spinner Paul Meyer cleaned up the tail, taking four wickets for just 10 runs from 5.1 overs.

Kym Steele with 1/26 from six overs and Ben Gill finished with 1/20 from eight overs were also among the wickets.

The Stickman only lost two wickets in their run chase and achieve the total in 24 overs

Isaac Moller added to his performance with the ball by making a better than a-run-a-ball 75 not out, which included 11 fours and a pair of sixes, facing just 65 balls.

Moller’s all-rounder performance effort had him a Monty for the man of the match honours.

Steele was dismissed for 19 off 38 balls with one four, while Harry Mills remained undefeated on 29.

Opener Hartwig and Harris both collected a wicket each for the visitors.

CLARE COMBINED V REBELS

In a strong all-round team effort, Clare Combined started this season with a comfortable 40 run win over the new Rebels side.

Winning the toss and batting first Ben Seymon and Dylan Stutley got the Cougars off to a rattling start.

Seymon was the first dismissed for a boundary-laden 42, which included eight fours, eight singles and a two.

Stutley was equally as aggressive as he dispatched a trio of sixes and six boundaries in his 55.

Captain Matt Bennie made an important 47 while Hayden Calaby (19), Lou Zanette (24) and Alex Falconer (14) all produced handy cameos.

Simon Helbig was the most successful of the Rebels bowlers in the new entities first game collecting 3/43 from his full allotment of nine overs.

While the expensive Kim Allen took two wickets for 31 from his five overs, Tyson Webb finished with 2/21 from three overs.

The other Rebels wicket takers in their first game included Travis Cooper 1/37 from nine overs and Darcy Nixon 1/46 from eight overs at the bowling crease.  

The Rebels run chase started poorly with both Shannon Parker and Tyson Webb back in the sheds with the score at two.

After some middle water resistance and an important 36 from Jono Edwards the Rebels were 6/113 after their skipper was dismissed.

At number four Toby Milburn made 37.

In the lower order Luke McDermott (12), Helbig (29, which included four big sixes) and the big hitter Cooper 33 all displayed some real fights.

The Rebels were eventually dismissed for 189 from the penultimate ball of the 38th over.

Former Glenelg and SA Outbacks cricketer Ben Seymon finished with the best figures, securing 3/18 from 6.5 overs with a pair of maidens

Both openers Alex Falconer with 2/31 from nine overs and Ben Dinning with 2/21 also from nine took early wickets.

Dylan Jarvis (1/29) and skipper Bennie (1/34) also secured a victim each.