Hagger scores a century in Bundaleer loss

Despite a 174-run opening stand and a century to keeper Paul Hagger, Bundaleer could not defend the total of 5/201 against Booleroo-Willowie in its round 13 Northern Areas cricket clash.

Bundaleer travelled north to Booleroo and batted first, with Haggar and Clarke dominating at the crease.

Hagger was finally dismissed for 107, while Daniel Clarke made an important 66 as his junior partner.

Hagger’s previous highest score in the NACA of 99 was made against the same opponent in round five of the 2017-18 season.  

As Bundaleer pushed past 200 they lost a handful of late wickets.

Damien Smith opened the bowling for Booleroo-Willowie and took 2/37 from eight overs including a pair of maidens.

Lachlan Williams bowling fifth change collected 2/31 from six overs including a maiden.

Booleroo-Willowie chased down this sizeable total in just 31 overs.

Both openers Smith and Jordan Arthur made half centuries in the impressive run chase.

Smith produced an aggressive 52 in an opening stand of 83, before being the first back to the pavilion while Arthur top score with 56 and was the fourth player dismissed.

With the score at 5/163, David Clark and Williams produced an unbroken 42-run sixth wicket stand to ensure a stunning victory.

Clark finished with an unbeaten 36 while Williams remained 18 not out.

Luke Clark claimed the best figures among the Bundaleer bowlers with 3/39 from eight overs while Ryan Clark claimed 1/33 over the bowling and Daniel Clark finished with 1/47 from eight overs.

Burra v Spalding-Booborowie

At Burra Oval, the Eagles won the toss and batted first against fellow top four side, Spalding-Booborowie.

 The visiting Bare Backers were on top early, dismissing Geoff “Digger” Thompson and Josh Cousins with the score at 26.

Jason Schuppan and Ben Hook produced a 39-run third wicket stand but wickets fell at regular intervals and they scrambled to just 9/136 from 40 overs.

Schuppan, opening the innings top scored with 38 while Hook made a handy 20. Coming off a century in the previous round Bohdan Wall also made 33.

Schael Wall made 15 in the lower order, but four starts and top score of just 38 made it hard work for the hosts.

Wickets were shared around among the Bare Backers bowling attack. The opening pair of Matt Longbottom and Lachie Wilsdon both took two wickets each.

Longbottom finished with 2/27 from eight overs, while Wilsden was even more frugal with 2/12.

Both  Spalding-Booborowie spinners, Zach Fielding and Cam Longbottom each took a wicket, finishing with 1/31 and 1/29 respectively. Ben Somerville was also impressive with 2/28.

After losing the early wicket of Mark Shane without scoring, a 50-run second wicket stand set the groundwork for Spalding-Booborowie’s victory.

Zach Fielding, fresh from a week of cricket in Adelaide, made 28, while Lachlan Wilsdon remained not out on 60, adding to his strong bowling effort.

Lachlan’s sibling Tom Wilsdon was dismissed for 14 and skipper Matt Longbottom remain undefeated on 30.

The three successful bowlers for the Eagles were Josh Cousins with 1/32 from seven overs while veteran Schuppan also finished 1/32. The pick of the bowlers was off spinner Matt Opperman with 1/21 from his seven overs.

Pekina-Carrieton v Orroroo

Winning the toss and sending in their opponents, the Pekina-Carrieton Bushrangers were forced to chase down 6/162 for victory.

But they achieved thie chase in fine style finishing with a six-wicket victory in 28 overs.  

In their match between local rivals, Orroroo batted first and were 1/70 after a 63-run second wicket partnership between John Sheehan and Austin Nutt, before Nutt was unfortunately run out for 40.

Sheehan was next to go to seven runs later for 26 and skipper Jon Richardson-Neate made an aggressive 29 not out in the lower order.

For the Bushrangers, Tommy Reid was competitive with 1/36 after eight overs while skipper Kieran Blackwell claimed 2/34 from his full allotment of overs.

Spinner Zac Hutchinson was superb, only conceding 14 runs from his eight overs and collecting the wicket of Aiden Lee for 16.

A 73-run opening stand between Kieran Blackwell, who was dismissed by Matushik for 50, and Lachlan Bowman set up the successful run chase.

Josh Lines was the backbone remaining 37 not out, while Billy Tapscott made an aggressive 32.

Keeper Tom Moten produced a handy cameo of 16 while opener Lachlan Bowman also made 22.

The four individual wicket takers for the Roos were Alex Matushik with 1/16 from seven overs.

Young spinner Austin Nutt took 1/37 from five overs while Richardson Neate added to his batting cameo with 1/17 from the three overs.

Kade Ackland claimed 1/11 from his single over as well.

Belalie-Mannanarie v Wilmington-Melrose

The clash between Belalie-Mannanarie and Wilmington/Melrose was a draw, without a ball being bowled.  With a single round to go Bel-Man should finish as minor premiers, in front of the Bushrangers.

The Bare-Backers and Burra Eagles will round out the top four.