Spin twins’ big win

Travelling to Spalding Oval, Booleroo-Willowie batted first and was bundled out for just 73 runs in 34.2 overs against title contenders Spalding-Booborowie in the last minor round game of the Northern Areas A grade cricket season.

Opener Damien Smith top-scored for the visitors, making 29, while number three batsman Matt Hanish was next best with 15.  

Jordan Arthur was the only other Booleroo-Willowie player to reach double figures, being dismissed for 10.

Bare-Backers spinner twins Cameron Longbottom and Zach Fielding both finished with four wickets each in this clash.

Longbottom, who has taken 13 more wickets than he has made runs over the season, finished with the outstanding figures of for 4/15 from eight overs.

He was comfortably the competition’s leading wicket taker in 2018-19.

Right hand leg-spinner Zach Fielding finished with 4/22 from his full allotment of eight overs as well.

Younger Longbottom brother, Matt finished with 1/15 from his eight overs while Tom Wilsdon bowled 1.2 overs and finished with the analysis of 1/1.

The Bare-Backers made short work of run chase although they lost two wickets with a score of 45, including Lachlan Wilsdon for a duck.

Fielding made 41of the first 45 runs before he was dismissed.

Dion Foulis was certainly the best of the Booleroo-Willowie bowlers collecting 3/13 from his eight overs, but he didn’t receive much support.

Wimington-Melrose v Bundaleer

In a match that had no effect on the finals placings, Bundaleer hosted Wilmington Melrose and batted first.

The side made a testing total of 182 from 36.3 overs on the back of a half century by captain Matt Haggar and 47 by Giles Kearsley.

In the later order Ryan Clark helped out with 26 and keeper-batsman Sam McCarthy produced a handy cameo of 21, while there were also 16 extras in the total.

The best performer from the Wilmington-Melrose bowlers was Andrew Milne with 3/45 from eight overs.

Both Jamie Robinson and Shannon Jones also picked up two wickets each.

Robinson figures were to 2/29 from six overs including a maiden, while Jones bowled his full allotment of eight overs and collected 2/29.

Declan McCallum chimed in with a wicket at the end, finishing with one wicket at a cost of 18 runs from 4.3 overs while there was also a run out.

Chasing the solid total, Wilmington Melrose won by 10 wickets on the back of a brilliant and unbroken 189-run opening stand by Ryan Slee and Cooper Woolford.

Slee, who was the senior partner, made his century and finished on 101 not out, while Woolford was a great ally, finishing undefeated on 62.

Pekina/Carrieton v Belalie Mannanarie

Pekina/Carrieton hosted minor premiers Belalie Mannanarie at Pekina Oval to complete the minor round.

Winning the toss and batting first, the Bushrangers were in early trouble at 3/20, before a 64-run fourth wicket stand between Billy Tapscott and Zac Hutchinson dragged the hosts back into the match.

Tapscott was the next dismissed for 29 while Hutchinson the backbone of the innings with a well compiled 71 not out.

Pekina/Carrieton finished on 7/154 from their 40 overs.

For Bel-Man, left arm quick Ash Parsons was excellent with 2/24 from eight overs while Casey French finished with even better figures of three wickets for 27 from seven overs.

Ryan Simpson, with 1/35 from eight overs, and captain Shannon Jaeschke, with 1/21 from eight, were also important components.

The Belalie Mannanarie top order chased down the score for the loss of four wickets in 31 overs on the back of 64 runs by number three William Seddon, and a handy 36 by Ryan Simpson and 27 from all-rounder David Williams.

Bushrangers skipper Blackwell took 1/27 from his eight overs while spinner Hutchinson finished with 1/25 from six overs to add to his stellar batting effort.

Danny Ostermann sent down one over at the end collecting 1/6.

Burra v Orroroo

Burra started their finals preparation with an emphatic 132-run victory over Orroroo at the Roos home ground.

The Eagles captain Will Brooks won the toss and decided to bat. Burra’s openers got them off to a quick start at 0/55 after 10 overs befor the first wicket fell at 97, when Geoff Thompson was caught for 46.

Josh Cousins made 31 in a 65-run second wicket stand with Jason Schuppan, while Ben Hook and Boh Wall both remained not out at the end, in an unbroken 79-run association.

After evergreen veteran Schuppan top-scored with 78, which included five boundaries, while Hook remained unbeaten on 36 and Wall not out 42 respectively

The three successful Roos bowlers were Aiden Lee with 1/41 from eight overs, skipper John Richardson-Neate with 1/43 from his full allotment and young Austin Nutt with 1/39 from five overs.

In their run chase Orroroo were bowled out for just 114 and 33 overs.

They lost wickets in clumps, going from 0/21 to 3/29. After a small partnership, they fell of 8/77 before scrambling past the century mark nine wickets down.

The top scorer for the Roos was opener John Sheehan with 31 and the second highest scorer was Corey Finlay with 19, batting at number 10.

Wickets were evenly shared within the Burra team, who used 10 bowlers in thie contest.

Sean Millward collected the best figures claiming 3/10 from three overs, while ‘Digger’ Thompson finished with 2/20 from five overs.   

The other wicket takers included Josh Cousins (1/22 from five overs), Nick Haddow (1/11 from five overs), skipper Will Brooks (1/6 from three overs) and Daniel Armstrong with 1/3 from 1.4 overs.