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ALEXANDRA AND EASTERN HILLS CRICKET
By Ben Goldfinch
Alexandra and Eastern Hills Cricket
Association A-grade heavyweights Woodside
and Nairne locked horns in Round 12 action
last Saturday at Woodside Oval.
The visiting Razorbacks entered the match a game clear
in top spot on the ladder having lost just one match for the
That solitary defeat came against Woodside earlier in the
season, and Nairne were keen to respond in style.
The Razorbacks were near full-strength for the big clash
and after winning the toss, elected to bat first.
Overs were reduced to 35-aside due to inclement weather
Valuable recruit James Smith started in fine fashion with
eight boundaries for Nairne.
Smith scored 46 of the opening 56 runs for the innings
and was dismissed by Shane Collins playing a wayward
Nairne stumbled to be 3/58, with Jarrad and Shaun Tait
along with Smith back in the pavilion.
Kym Heinrich batted beautifully once again and struck 10
boundaries and one six as he made 71 from 72 deliveries.
Whilst not overly happy with the overall batting
performance, the Razorbacks were pleased to post a
more than respectable 8/186 against a lively Woodside
Three Warriors bowlers collected multiple wickets,
namely Shane Collins (2/20), Dale Robinson (2/41) and
John Bliss (2/40).
Nairne were well aware that competition leading run
scorer Dave Wescombe was a key wicket in the run chase,
having scored three centuries and two half centuries this
“We knew we had to get him out reasonably cheaply,”
commented Jarrad Tait.
Razor sharp victory
Wescombe’s vigil crucially lasted 28 minutes, before
he was clean bowled by arguably the ‘man of the match’
Hein opened the bowling for the Razorbacks and captured
a match winning 4/22 from a probing seven-over spell
“He bowled an absolute treat and did most of the damage
up the top of the order,” Tait noted.
Luke Harrowfield also bowled well and finished with 3/15
from five overs, whilst Shaun Tait bowled a tidy spell and
finished with 1/12 from seven overs.
In the end four Woodside batsmen got starts, but none
went on to surpass 25 runs, and the Warriors were
eventually rolled for 103 in the 30th over.
Nairne now sit two games clear in top spot and appear
the current premiership favorite.
Lobethal remain in third position on the A&EH A-grade
ladder following its 96-run victory against Ashbourne last
Saturday at Lobethal Oval.
The hosting northern Tigers won the toss and elected to
bat first amid overcast conditions.
Impressively, the top four Lobethal batsmen all got starts,
namely Ben Matthews (27), Sam Graeber (26), Mitchell
Weeks (32) and Daniel Norsworthy (45).
Unfortunately for the Tigers, no-one could go on to bring
up a half century, however, a solid foundation had been
Lobethal finished the innings at 8/179, which was a more
than competitive total from a reduced 38-over match.
Tim Dellatorre (3/32) and Christopher O’Connor (2/38)
were the leading bowlers for Ashbourne.
Scott Higgins then proved his wares as a key strike bowler
Higgins has worked away on a regular basis this season,
however, he was able to don the whites last Saturday and
snared 4/25 from his eight-over spell for the Tigers.
Higgins adds extra class to the squad and he worked
well alongside right arm opening quick James Elliott who
Following a positive start from the Tigers front liners, the
first change bowlers continued on and eventually the Bulls
were dismissed for 83 inside 25 overs.
Leading scorers for Ashbourne included Andrew Stidston
(20) and Ben O’Brien (17).
Stallions build pace
Strathalbyn is starting to find its mojo in the A&EH A-grade
competition with a seven-wicket victory against Wistow last
The Stallions victory follows an impressive display against
Woodside during the previous round.
They have now chalked up six victories for the season
and sit one win outside the top four.
Wistow batted first at Strathalbyn Oval last Saturday and
made a competitive 8/158.
Five of the top six batsmen for the Echidnas got starts,
with skipper Dave Kinlough bringing up his second half
century for the season as he made 53.
Kinlough brought up eight boundaries, and was assisted
by the ever reliable Daniel Jenner (41) for a 80-run second
Unfortunately for Wistow, once the two key batsmen were
dismissed by Steve Schofield (2/21), wickets fell regularly
and the runs dried up.
Stallions skipper Mark Abbott led from the front with both
bat and ball.
Abbott claimed 4/19 from nine overs, and later in the
afternoon brought up his sixth half century for the season.
During the latter stages of play the Stallions run chase
was assisted by Luke Cousins (73) who carried his bat and
joined Abbott in a century partnership.
The winning runs were scored in the 39th over, as the
Stallions reeled in the required runs with seven wickets in
Langhorne Creek skipper Matt Tonkin led his side to
an emphatic 221-run victory against an undermanned
Hahndorf last Saturday.
Tonkin is in red hot form at present with six half centuries
for the season and two centuries in as many rounds.
Once again batting at position three, Tonkin top scored
with his well crafted 86 coming from the 100 balls he faced,
leading Langhorne Creek to a commanding 8/295.
He struck eight boundaries and was eventually dismissed
with the overall ledger on 251.
Tonkin was assisted with regular partnerships from his
Ben Warren opened the batting for a strengthened
Langhorne Creek line up, whilst Ben McLeod (21), Daniel
Cleggett (18) and Chad Rothe (11) also provided valuable
Later in the innings Shaun Golding turned back the clock
and brought up his first half century of the season in style.
His 80 runs came from 40 deliveries faced, including nine
boundaries and two sixes.
It was tough going for the youthful Magpies, who were
missing several key personnel and Josh Liebich was the
leading wicket taker with 3/59.
In reply the Magpies were dismissed inside 23 overs for
74, with Michael Shanahan (13), Benny Montgomerie (10)
and Liebich (27) the leading run scorers.
Golding and Bradley Clements picked up two wickets
apiece and Langhorne Creek remain in the top four – but
Round 11 (January 8) details: Nairne 8/276 (K. Heinrich
87, S. Tait 79, L. Harrowfield 46, C. Tarasenko 26, C.
Fielke 3/39, M. Trafford-Walker 3/60, M. Shanahan 2/22) d
Hahndorf 63 (M. Harden 6/20, J. Tait 2/8); Strathalbyn 142
(S. Schofield 60, M. Abbott 44, S. Druwitt 3/4) d Woodside
137 (C. Smith 47, M. Abbott 4/22); Langhorne Creek 233
(M. Tonkin 83, B. Ellis 38, L. McGregor 26, W. Fowlston
5/41, S. Kellow 2/36, A. Stidston 2/48) d Ashbourne 7/158
(S. Kellow 46, B. O’Brien 33, C. O’Connor 25, B. McLeod
2/28, A. Clements 2/31); Lobethal 8/164 (S. Graeber 62, B.
Matthews 48, C. Roach 2/23, D. Jenner 2/26, L. Elsworthy
2/26) d Wistow 9/121 (D. Kinlough 34, D. Hughes 27, M.
Weeks 4/18, D. Huxter 3/15).
Round 13 draw: Woodside v Langhorne Creek, Hahndorf
v Strathalbyn, Lobethal v Nairne, Wistow v Ashbourne.
A&EH A-grade ladder: Nairne 44, Woodside 36,
Lobethal 30, Langhorne Creek 30, Strathalbyn 24, Wistow
12, Ashbourne 10, Hahndorf 6.
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Ashbourne stalwart Andrew Stidston prepares
to bowl for the visiting Bulls during last
Saturday’s Alexandra and Eastern Hills
A-grade cricket clash against Lobethal.
Ashbourne wicket-keeper Don Sizeland gets a front row vantage point
as Lobethal batsman Mitch Weeks lofts a ball toward the outfield in last
Saturday’s Round 12 Alexandra and Eastern Hills A-grade cricket fixture.
Weeks scored a typically aggressive 32 runs from the 38 deliveries he faced.
Daniel Norsworthy offers a defensive stroke to a delivery during his
innings for Lobethal against A&EH A-grade cricket opponent Ashbourne
on Saturday. Norsworthy compiled a top scoring 45 runs as the hosting
Tigers ultimately secured victory by 96 runs over the Bulls.
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