Premiers keep delivering

Ball dominated against bat at Watervale Oval when reigning premiers Brinkworth-Koolunga came down to play the newest team in the Stanley cricket competition in round six.

The game resulted in two batting collapses.

Rebels captain John Edwards won the toss and decided to bat.

With the score at 2/60 in the 23rd over the game was up for grabs.

The game then changed dramatically, as from this point the Rebels lost five wickets for 11 runs.

Stickmen’s captain Zak Fielding changed the course of the game with three of those wickets.

“Brinkworth Koolunga’s run chase started disastrously and they were in real trouble with six wickets down for just 36 runs in the 15th over.”

                                                                                                                              For the Rebels, Edwards was gallant in the lower middle order clubbing an aggressive 32 which included six fours but he didn’t get any support, with the side being bundled out for 106.

At the top of the Rebels order Andrew Mitchell (15) Tyson Webb (19) and Shannon Parker (18 – including four boundaries) all got starts but couldn’t convert these efforts into decent scores.

With the cherry Fielding was outstanding finishing with four wickets for 15 from eight overs including five maidens.

Brinkworth-Koolunga opening bowler Kane Steele took 1/25 from his full allotment of nine overs including four maidens.

Generating plenty of bounce Simon Goss secured 1/18 from five overs.

Ben Pilkington chimed in with the wicked of Webb and finished with 1/16 from three overs and Ben Gill took two consecutive wickets at the end at a cost of five runs bowling just four deliveries.

Brinkworth Koolunga’s run chase started disastrously and they were in real trouble with six quick wickets down for just 36 runs in the 15th over.

With all the top of Stickemen’s batting order back in the shed it was left to the veteran Peter Meyer, lanky all-rounder Simon Goss and Brad Stringer to get the job done.

Myer finished with a patient 26 although his last two scoring shots were a pair of maximums.

Goss blasted a quick-fire 19 (two fours and a six) before he was run out and Stringer was unbeaten on 27, with the Stickmen having five overs to spare in their run chase.

Rebels quick Billy Sandow was the pick of the bowlers with three top order wickets at a cost of 21 runs from nine overs.

Andrew Mitchell was also shrewd, effective and frugal taking 2/13 from nine overs including a trio of maidens for the Rebels, despite the defeat.

Blyth/Kybunga v Lower North

On the expanses of Blyth Oval, Lower North collected a comfortable eight-wicket victory against their host with eight overs to spare.

Batting first Blyth-Kybunga lost wickets at regular intervals and could only scramble to 111 from 43.3 overs.

Both openers Dan Richards (16) and Shay Clifford (12) got to double figures.

Bulldogs number three Ben Hahn made a patient 29 in an 83-ball occupation of the crease, which included four boundaries, while captain Tyson Eime made 11.

Matt Stewart delivered a handy cameo of 18 run in 22 balls faced, including two boundaries and a towering six off the bat.

Harrison Veitch and Jason McPharlin were the most successful of the Lower North bowlers both collecting three wickets each.

“Blyth-Kybunga would only extract one more wicket as Lower North comfortably collected the two premiership points”

                                                                                                                          Veitch claimed 3/22 from 5.3 overs while McPharlin finished with 3/14 from seven overs including a couple of maidens.

Productive spinner Jordan Taylor was again successful collecting 2/32 while Lachlan Michael sent down seven tight overs and collected 1/14.

Caleb McPharlin chimed in with 1/13 from five overs as well.

Lower North openers flayed the Bulldogs attack and they got to 98 before Sam Rowland was the first wicket of to fall for 43.

This innings by the Woodville West Torrens Eagles SANFL league footballer included just three boundaries.

Blyth-Kybunga would only extract one more wicket as Lower North comfortably collected the two premiership points

Skipper Todd McPharlin made his second half Century of the season remaining 58 not out from 93 deliveries faced and dispatching seven boundaries.

The two Bulldogs wicket takers were Wayne Jamieson (1/16 from three overs) and skipper Eime with 1/6 from two overs.

Clare Combined v Long Plains

In the third match Clare Combined Cricket Club won on forfeit against Long Plains.