Pekina is back on top

We have an intriguing premiership ladder after seven rounds of Northern Areas cricket, with only one game separating second from sixth place on the ladder.

At Victoria Park, Jamestown, the hosts Bel-Man batted first and could only manage 8/124 in their full allotment of 40 overs on a ground which had a very slow outfield.

Belalie-Mannanarie lost wickets at consistent intervals and had only 19 runs on the scoreboard after the first 10 overs and was 2/49 at the halfway point of the innings.

Both opener Shannon Jaeschke (17) and Will Seddon (11) got to double figures, but of the backbone the innings was David Williams batting in the number four position, who made a team high 40 runs.

Williams’ innings included three boundaries while Mathew Zanker remained unbeaten on 17 and sundries was second highest score with 22.

For the Roos, opener Chris Finlay was frugal taking 2/17 from nine overs including a trio of maidens while, young Austin Nutt finished with 2/23 from his full allotment.

John Richardson-Neate claimed 1/35 from nines overs. There were three other wicket takers,

John Sheehan secured 1/11 from four overs, Jason Wood took 1/9 from two overs and Pope sent down an over which cost seven runs and yielded a wicket.

The backbone of Orroroo successful run chase was Sheehan as well.

Steadfast and solid he remained unbeaten on 65 opening the innings and was at the creaser when the runs was scored in the 35th over.

His innings included three boundaries and a six.

He produced a 41-run third wicket partnership with Aiden Lee, who made an important 27 and was dismissed with the score of 3/75.

This was at a pivotal point of the game.

The pick of the Bel-Man bowlers was first change trundler Harry Watson finished with 3/31 from his full overs while veteran Ryan Simpson collected the other two Orroroo scalps, having the analysis of 2/30 as well.

Pekina/Carrieton v Burra

A Burra batting collapse made it early trip home for the Eagles as they travelled to Pekina Oval to play reigning premiers, the Bushrangers, in round seven.

The Eagles lost the key wicket of Boh Walls for one in the opening over and never recovered.

After fellow opener Jason Schuppan was dismissed for 29 with the score at 4/48, Burra lost their last six wickets for 12 runs and were bundled out for 60 in just the 26th over. Of the Eagles total, 11 runs came in sundries.

Pekina’s skipper Karen Blackwell was the most successful of the bowling attack securing 3/9 from eight overs including three maidens.

Darcy Shute sent down five overs and collected 2/7 and produced two maidens.

Youngest of four brothers, Will Bowman had the figures of two wickets at the cost of one run (a wide) from 1.5 overs. Luke Bowman claimed 1/26 from his five and there were two run outs.

Brody O’Dea made quick work of the run chase as the Bushrangers achieved the victory with a boundary from the final ball of the 10th over. O’Dea remain undefeated on 36 having dispatched three boundaries and a six while Josh Lines remain nine not out.

Jeff ‘Digger’ Thompson was the only successful Eagles bowler who took 1/14, the wicket of Declan Duffy caught behind for six.

Spalding/Booborowie v Booleroo/Willowie

It was another one-sided affair at Spalding Oval with the hosts, led by captain Alex Morgan, winning the contest with Booleroo-Willowie by a seven wicket margin with 19 overs to spare.

Booleroo-Willowie batted first hand and were all out for 79 in the 37th over having lost wickets at regular intervals.

The visitors went from 3/32 to 7/54 in the 27th over.

Opener Jordan Arthur top scored with 17, while David Clarke, 12, and Lachlan Williams 14 along with extras (10) were the only others to get into double figures.

For the fourth time this summer the left arm spin of Cameron Longbottom played a vital role.

He ripped through the top and middle order he finished with the analysis of 4/24 from nine overs and a maiden. He easily leads the NACA bowling aggregate currently with 19 victims at an outstanding average of 8.26 runs a wicket and an average of a scalp every 15 and half deliveries.

Ben Somerville was a valuable ally with 3/7 from five overs and two maidens, while all-rounder Mark Shane in a cameo at the bowling crease took 1/11 from four overs.

Skipper Alex Morgan started his day with 2/13 from nine tight overs, including four maidens.

There was only two boundaries struck in the Booleroo-Willowie innings, with Jordan Arthur dispatching the first and Clarke hitting the second one.

In a strong all round games Alex Morgan top-scored with 48 in Spalding Booborowie’s run chase.

Morgan dispatched four boundaries and the six and was the senior partner in a 45-run second wicket stand with Lachie Wilsden (15).

Clark took 1/21 from seven overs for the vanquished while at the end young Kodi Carey took 1/19 from two overs and Lochie McCallum finished with 1/1.

Wilmington/Melrose v Bundaleer

At Wilmington Oval it was the Ryan Slee show.

In the host’s innings, where Wilmington-Melrose batted first, they produced a big score of 5/230 from 40 overs. Slee batted for the majority of the innings and was finally dismissed for a commanding 146. Skipper Slee and keeper Michael Skull - who made an enterprising 33 - produced a third wicket stand of 118 while Cody Scutcheon made seven.

With Shannon Jones who remain not out on nine, Slee produced a 49-run fifth wicket stand than before Slee was finally dismissed.

Bundaleer all-rounder Clayton Pycroft finished with to 2/35 while opener Jack Coleman secured 2/45 from his full allotments.

Ben Lehmann sent down two overs and finished with 1/14 including the wicket of the centurion. Bundaleer’s run chase was modest at best, being bundled out than 98 in the 32nd over.

Ryan Clarke batting in number six top scored with 30, while Giles Kearsley made 11 and Will Baynes compiled 13. Sundries also accounted for 14 of the 98.

Cody Scutcheon took the impressive figures of 3/14 including three maidens while Jones helped out with 3/31.

There were four other individual wicket takers for the victors. Exciting young sporting talent Declan McCallum finished with 1/17 from six overs opening the bowling.

Jake Scutcheon took 1/7 from his two over spell while Tate Lambert finished with 1/11and J. Crooke snaffled 1/2 from his single over.