Reigning Stanley Cricket Association premiers Brinkworth-Koolunga had a massive victory over the expected cellar dwellers this summer, Long Plains at Brinkworth Oval on Saturday.
The star of the show was Kane Steele who came in with the score at 1/24 in the fifth over and remained undefeated on 176 when his team’s 45 overs were completed and “the Stickmen” had registered an impressive total of four for 316.
Steele produced a 167-run partnership for the fourth wicket with veteran Paul Meyer, who produced his total in better than a run-a-ball time.
Myer was dismissed for 67 from 49 deliveries faced with 10 boundaries and a pair of sixes.
Steele’s brilliant 176 came from 135 balls and included 23 fours and another five maximums.
This meant no less than 122 of his runs came and boundaries.
Despite the onslaught the Stickmen’s bats, Brad Jones was the pick of the Tigers bowlers with a highly respectable 2/31 from eight overs.
Both David Laminski (1/64) and Ryan Litzow (1/39) both took a wicket as well.
Long Plains run chase was always in early trouble they lurched from 3 /20 to 5/40 and then 6/76 when keeper Jacob Curnow was dismissed for a hardworking 26 which included four boundaries.
Skipper Sam McArdle finished the innings unbeaten on 53, his second 50 of the summer. For that total he faced 73 deliveries and dispatch eight boundaries.
Teenage quick Isaac Moller took 3/30 and Ben Gil finishing with 2/20.
Long Plains were dismissed for 150 from the third ball of the 42nd over going down by a massive 168 run margin.
“Kane Steele took his team from 1/24 to a total of 4/316, collecting 176no”
Stickmen’s skipper this year Zac Fielding finished with 2/39 from nine overs while Paul Meyer added to his batting with 1/15 from six overs with the ball.
Young Jackson Moller (1/0) and Ben Pilkington (1/20) also took a wicket each.
Clare Combined v Sevenhill
A huge opening partnership of 174 by Sevenhill Seahorses skipper Michael Dopson and keeper Morne Scheepers set up an impressive total of 6/261 in their clash with the Clare Combined Cougars on the Clare Townships Main Oval.
On a day where well in excess of 500 runs were scored in less than 90 overs this wouldn’t prove to be enough.
Scheepers was the first dismissed for his second century of the summer, on 108, while Dopson, the junior partner in the opening stand was the second to go at 209, making a well compiled 72.
Hayden Daly added a handy 37 in the total while Matt Bennie was the best of the Clare bowls with 3/43 from his full allotment.
Veteran and former Glenelg SACA first grade cricketer Ben Seymon sent down eight overs and took 2/39 while Angus McDonald claimed 1/31 from four overs
Chasing down this huge total Clare looked in trouble at five for 93 before a match winning 135-run partnership between another South African export Scott Stedall and the consistent Lou Zanette was the match winners with a brilliant 126, while opener Ben Seymon made 39 Zanetti finished with 34 and Alex Falconer remained unbeaten on 17.
Left arm spinner Ben Whalan was the most successful of the Seahorses bowlers with three wickets for cost of 40 from his full allotment.
Angus Edmondson was expensive but finished with 2/45 from 6.2 overs Roger Cole had the analysis of 1/62 from seven hours while San Kuerschner collected 1/ 31 from his nine overs.
Rebels v Lower North
At Watervale Oval, the Rebels, after winning the toss could only produce 124 and 38.1 overs against one of the competition yardsticks over the last decade, Lower North and would eventually go down by seven wickets.
Four Rebels bats got starts - Tyson Webb opening the innings made 27 including four boundaries from 62 balls faced - while his partner Kim Allen made 22 from 43 balls faced including a couple of boundaries.
Toby Milburn in the middle order made a quick-fire 33 from 37 deliveries faced including four boundaries and the only six of the innings. Luke McDermid made a patient 18 as well.
Lower North spinner Jordan Taylor again ripped through the bottom order after getting good support from his quick’s earlier.
Taylor finished with the excellent figures of 4/ 23 from nine overs including a maiden.
Chris Marshall the top of the innings collected 1/10 from 6.1 overs while his new ball partner Aaron Cross claim 1/26 from six overs as well.
Harrison Veitch finished with 2/31 from his full allotment while Ryan McPharlin took 1/16 from four overs and Zeke Scott collected 1/17 from four overs also among the wicket takers.
Before being the second Lower North player dismissed with the score at 67 Tom Chapman made a run-a-ball 45 including four boundaries and a six.
Isaac Hamann chipped in with 20 while Simon Albury and Cross with 26 (three fours and one six) and 25 (one four completed the task with Lower North winning from the first ball of the 31st over.
Darcy Nixon picked up the best figures for the Rebels collecting 2/19 from 4.5 overs while Simon Helbig finished with 1/29th off eight overs including three maidens.
Blyth/Kybunga had the bye in round four.