Northern Areas batsmen hitting high

Despite a 103-run opening partnership by Clayton Pycroft and Matt Hagger, Bundaleer still went down to last year's grand finalists Spalding-Booborowie by three wickets, with five overs still remaining in their Northern Areas cricket match.

The star of this game was Spalding-Booborowie 19-year-old skipper Alex Morgan who produced a brilliant undefeated 108, to lead his side’s run chase at the Bundaleer Oval.

This was Morgan’s initial century and it included nine boundaries and a quartet of sixes. 

The hosts batted first with Hagger delivering a classy 67, including seven boundaries and a six, while Pycroft was the junior partner with four fours and a couple of sixes in his 48.

The only other Bundaleer batsman to get to double figures was Charles Kearsley, who made 28 including a quartet of boundaries.

Drinks break at Bundaleer. Photos: Carly Grant

Drinks break at Bundaleer. Photos: Carly Grant

Morgan, who opened the bowling as well as well the batting innings, collected for 4/45 from his nine overs while his opening partner at the bowling crease, Matt Longbottom, made an impact taking 2/33 from his full allotment.

Ryan Fitzgerald claimed two wickets at the cost of three runs from his over at the end of the innings, while Daniel Hayes and Pat Connell each took a wicket as well.

For Bundaleer, Ryan Clark opened the bowling and took 2/36 from seven overs, but their most successful bowler was Brodie Pearson with 3/43 off nine overs.

Daniel Clark and Pycroft also took a wicket for the vanquished.

Wilmington Melrose v Belalie-Mannanarie

At  the picturesque Melrose Oval, Belalie-Mannanarie batted first and compiled a testing total 9/170 from their 40 overs but this wouldn't prove to be enough as Wilmington Melrose got the runs and 28 overs with four wickets to spare.

 Bel-Man openers Shannon Jaeschke and Lachlan Zanker put on 106 for the first wicket, with Jaeschke the first dismissed three shy of his half century.

Zanker was sent back to the pavilion on 52, after raising his bat for his half century.

Cameron Clark, in the number three spot, made an aggressive 30 but received little support in the lower order.

Dual sporting talent Declan McCallum was the chief destroyer with 4/27 from six overs while fellow teenager Cooper Woolford claim 3/32 from six overs.

Miles McCallum 1/32 and Lambert 1/10 also claimed a wicket

In Wilmington-Melrose’s run chase Ryan Slee got his team off to a flyer where he smashed 48. 

Cooper Woolford made a solid 28 in the middle order and Tom Baker with support from Cam McCallum (12) and Lambert (14), remained undefeated on 43 to take the host to a handsome triumph.

William Seddon was the pick of the Bel-Man bowlers collecting 3/39 from eight overs while Casey French, Cameron Clark and Dylan Redden each claimed a scalp.

Booleroo-Willowie v Burra

A mammoth 279-run opening partnership between Jason Schuppan  and Boh Wall was the highlight of Burra Eagles Clash at Booleroo Oval.

Schuppan was the star with 189 where he dominated until he was dismissed in the 39th over.

His innings included 21 boundaries and another four sixes, with 108 of his runs coming in boundaries.

Opening partner Boh Wall was out at the end of the same over for 93. 

Wall hit five boundaries and a pair of sixes as Burra finished on 2/291 with David Clarke being the only successful bowler finishing with 2/63 off nine overs.

Dion Foulis was the tightest of the Booleroo-Willowie bowlers finishing 0/34 from nine overs.

In their run chase Booleroo-Willowie got off to a strong start and produced another century opening stand, with Matt Hamish and Gullame Kruger producing 119 for the first wicket. 

Hannish was dismissed for 64 while Kruger made a classy and composed 57, with Damien Smith making 23, including a pair of fours.

The most successful of the Burra Eagles bowlers was Connor Lamond with 2/19  while quicks Tom Weich and Geoff “Digger Thompson both took a wicket each.

Wall surrendered his gloves and bowled three overs taking a pair of victims at the cost of five runs.

Pekina-Carrieton v Orroroo

A brilliant undefeated 103 by Brodie O’Dea wasn't enough to get reigning premiers’ Pekina-Carrieton over the line against down road rivals Orroroo.

Pekina batted first and were in early trouble at three for 46 when Declan Duffy was dismissed by John Nicholas but a 67-run fourth wicket partnership between Kieran Blackwell and O'Dea steadied the ship.

This, along with an 84-run fifth wicket partnership between O'Dea and Steve Athanasios set up a competitive total of 5/199. 

Off the Pekina top order Zach Hutchinson (11), Luke Bowman (18) and Blackwell (13ro) all got to double figures, but didn’t go on.

Anthonasos made an important 30 including a trio of balls that made the boundary.

O’Dea’s first century of the summer included 10 boundaries, which bodes well for his first SA Outbacks selection.

Raed Hannun prove to be the backbone of the Orroroo run chase with a cavalier 96.

He produced a critical third wicket stand of 112 with young talent Austin Nutt, which helped set up the victory. Hannum was finally caught by Brodie O’Dea off the bowling of Zac Hutchinson, four short of what would have been a well-deserved century.

He dispatched seven boundaries and a pair of sixes in his score while Nutt went boundary-less but played an important role, remaining 38 not out. 

Opening bowler Luke Bowman was the best of the Pekina trundlers with 3/33 from  nine overs while Hutchinson finished with 2/46 also from his full allotment.

Orroroo had team-lifting win with seven balls remaining and five wickets in hand. 

103-run opening partnership by Clayton Pycroft and Matt Hagger.

103-run opening partnership by Clayton Pycroft and Matt Hagger.

Clayton Pycroft is out for 48.

Clayton Pycroft is out for 48.