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The Courier SPORT Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – PAGE 3
Meadows Cricket Club again affirmed its standing among the State’s
elite echelon of country teams by reaching the semifinal stage of the
2017-18 Country Living Homes State-wide T20 competition.
After progressing through initial qualifying stages late in 2017, the eight-time reigning
Hills Cricket Association premier met a hosting Encounter Bay opposition early last
Sunday morning in a quarter final.
Having previously won the competition and progressed to being crowed as State
champions, the southern Bulldogs again displayed their wares in the shortest form of
the game to post a competitive 8/142 after being sent in to bat by the hosts.
Luke Tonkin top scored for Meadows with 53, while captain Rohan Reid (37), Chad
Dawe (16) and Tom Cross (13) also providing notable contributions in the total.
It was with the ball that the Bulldogs were particularly impressive, with all five bowlers
used capturing a wicket as Encounter Bay were restricted to 7/127.
Veteran Dawe led the way with 3/19, with Brad Louch (1/17), Anthony Hughes (1/22),
Max Buckley (1/32) and Tonkin (1/33) forming the back-up brigade.
Later in the afternoon, Meadows faced Riverland affiliate Renmark North in a
semifinal for the prize of a grand final berth on the hallowed turf of Adelaide Oval.
After a powerful win over Naracoorte in its quarter final, Renmark North were again
impressive against the Bulldogs.
Meadows were bundled out for 91 runs after batting first, with the Riverlanders
managing to notch up the required runs in reply for the loss of just two wickets, with
six overs remaining.
Despite falling short, Meadows again proved its appetite for success in a quite
remarkable dynasty of local and regional cricketing dominance.
Renmark North will battle Southern Eyre in the final of this season’s Country T20
– Matt Pistola.
By Ben Goldfinch
Third placed Stirling will be aspiring to stamp
its claim as a genuine Hills Cricket Association
(HCA) A-grade premiership threat this Saturday
when it confronts Meadows.
Last Saturday the inform Eagles hosted Kangarilla in
Round 10 HCA fixtures intent on claiming four wins on the
Contrastingly, Kangarilla were keen to remain in the finals
hunt having won three matches for the 2017-18 season.
The intriguing contest was played at Stirling Oval and
provided a low-scoring affair with the hosting Eagles
winning by 31 runs.
It was wet when both sides arrived at the ground, resulting
in the match commencing an hour late.
The outfield was extremely slow, which made boundaries,
let alone run scoring hard to come by.
Stirling batted first and the visitors bowled full and straight,
making it hard going for the Eagles batsmen to press the
The Eagles commenced the innings well with Adam
Cootes (nine), Daniel Gonzales (24) and Ben Zampa (14)
providing a good foundation at the top of the order.
After the drinks break Stirling tried to raise the run scoring
tempo, however, poor shot selection combined with quality
bowling led to a steady string of wickets falling.
Youngster Myles Collins played an important late role,
lifting Stirling to a respectable total of 9/107.
“We thought it was a defendable total, however, we also
thought we might be 20 runs short,” commented Stirling
captain Jack Pick.
Kangarilla bowled well and utilised five bowlers, with Jack
Evans (3/20) the leading wicket taker.
Jono Makai (1/24), Troy Martinsen (1/17) and Che
Martinsen (1/20) also collected a wicket.
During the run chase Stirling had to bowl tight, and that’s
exactly what happened as all five bowlers conceded less
than 20 runs.
Daniel Parfitt (2/15) and Jacob Gonzales (2/14) got the
momentum rolling opening the bowling, picking up the big
wicket of Steve Featherstone, whilst Kangarilla skipper
Che Martinsen was crucially run out by Collins.
Opening batsman Makai was the leading run scorer
for Kangarilla with 30, however, just one other batsmen
surpassed 10 runs.
In the end Kangarilla were rolled for 76 in the 39th over
and Stirling now look forward to confronting Meadows this
“Our bowling is looking good at the moment, however, the
batting has some improvement,” Pick suggested.
“I’m confident we have the batsmen to do it and it will be
about putting it all together.
“We have won four in a row which is really good and guys
are pushing for spots.
“This Saturday will be a good test for us against Meadows
and we are really looking forward to it.”
Top ranked Meadows had few problems accounting for
Scott Creek Ironbank in last Saturday’s A-grade contest at
The top ranked southern Bulldogs have suffered one
defeat for the campaign.
It’s a superb effort considering the continuous changes
which have taken place at the kennel during the opening
part of the season.
Whilst some reliable contributors were missing once
again from the visiting line up last Saturday, SCIB were
eager to chalk up a second victory for the season.
SCIB won the toss and elected to bat first and the
Meadows bowling attack delivered the goods once again
with all five bowlers taking a wicket.
The leading wicket takers for Meadows included all
Eagles dare to aspire
Dogs reach semi
rounder Luke Tonkin (4/16 from eight overs), who bowled
an extremely tidy spell.
Anthony Hughes collected 3/18 from his impressive eight-
over spell, whilst Max Buckley, Brad Louch and Chad Dawe
jagged one wicket apiece.
It was tough going for SCIB following a reasonable start
after the top order batsmen worked the total along to 2/70.
Leading run scorers included opening batsman Josh
Rosman (20) and number three batsman Andy Adams (24).
Two other SCIB batsmen reached double figures, but
Meadows were on song in the field and SCIB were
eventually rolled for 113 in the 40th over.
“It was probably the best we have played all season,”
assessed Meadows skipper Rohan Reid.
“We executed plans with the bat and ball and backed it up
in the field.
“It was another game without some familiar names in the
side and was another new challenge.”
Meadows reconfigured its batting line up and delivered the
goods in the run chase.
The top three batsmen held their own, with Tonkin backing
up his bowling performance with another top knock of 47.
Tonkin and captain Reid joined forces at the top of the
order and combined for a 107-run opening stand.
It set the foundation for a dominant display as wicket-
keeper Toby Viney (47), Oscar Tydeman (14) and Joe
Schwab (16 not out) were other batsmen to enjoy some
time in the middle for Meadows.
SCIB’s improving bowling line up utilised nine bowlers,
however, it was slim pickings with three individual wicket
Meadows confront Stirling in the top-of-the-table clash this
Saturday and Reid suggested his chargers are raring to go
“The team is excited about the match, we haven’t been at
full strength all season and won’t be this Saturday,” he said.
“It’s another opportunity and challenge for everyone to
step up again.”
Aldgate and Flagstaff Hill’s Round 10 contest at Aldgate
Oval was reduced to a 30-over per side contest due to
Saturday’s inclement weather.
It favored the second ranked Falcons, who brought up their
sixth victory for the season in commanding fashion.
Aldgate remain in the top four, but only just, with Mt Lofty
and Kangarilla one win behind.
The hosting Gaters won the toss and struggled significantly
to tick the runs along.
Only Jake Turnbull (20) provided any resistance and
Flagstaff Hill were too strong with the ball.
Aldgate were all out for just 63 and leading wicket takers
for the Falcons included Jacob Lemon (3/22), Will Goulding
(2/9) and Nathan Manly (2/6).
During the run chase the Falcons lost both openers
cheaply and were 2/29.
Skipper Kyle Petty and Thomas Murphy then steadied the
ship with an unbroken 101-run partnership.
Turnbull and Ollie Rushforth were the best bowlers for
Aldgate with a wicket apiece.
“It was an extremely disappointing effort with the bat,”
lamented Aldgate coach Anthony Tucker.
“Full credit to Flagstaff Hill for their bowling performance.
“After getting on a roll leading into Christmas with four
straight wins, we’ve let ourselves down in the last two
“We need to bounce back with a strong performance
against Uraidla this Saturday before the Meyer Shield
Mt Lofty remain in the HCA A-grade finals hunt following a
53-run victory against Uraidla last Saturday at Heathfield.
The fifth ranked Redcaps won the toss and elected to bat
first and appeared in strife at 4/46.
A settling partnership was required and it came from
experienced campaigner Leith Dawes (64 not out) and
HCA Meyer Shield team selection Adam Carthew (60 not
out). The pair found their groove and delivered a telling
assault, lifting the Redcaps from a perilous position to a
strong closing spot at 4/178.
Uraidla were up and about early with the ball and the
opening four wicket takers including Thomas Bassett,
Simon Parker, Renzo Gaetan and Aaron Dalitz.
Turning towards the visitors run chase, the Redcaps were
buoyed by a strong finish to the batting innings and carried
the momentum onto the field with the bowling.
Uraidla had a solid opening batting partnership between
skipper Alex Heptinstall (16) and Aaron Dalitz (15).
However, with Uraidla pressing past 20 runs the key wicket
to fall was Heptinstall, followed quickly by influential Aaron
Ryan Hunter dug deep for his 34, however, wickets fell
around him with the other leading run scorer being Bassett
Uraidla were on the back foot at 6/63 and ultimately never
recovered, eventually dismissed for 125 in the 35th over.
Mt Lofty quick Dave Bennett took the important wicket of
Heptinstall, whilst Kittel-Neill (2/31) ended Hunter’s innings.
Adam Carthew (2/16) bowled a tidy six-over spell, claiming
the key wicket of Carter cheaply. Recruit Anthony Jennings
also made the most of his four-over spell with 2/10.
During the Christmas period there were two scheduled
HCA A-grade matches on Saturday, January 6 and Sunday,
Whilst Saturday’s Round 8 fixtures were heated out, Round
9 on the Sunday provided some interesting results.
Meadows 4/192 (R. Reid 70, M. Buckley 46no, T. Viney
39) d Kangarilla 6/159 (S. Featherstone 68, J. Norrish 34,
D. Cross 2/34).
Flagstaff Hill 8/132 (R. R. Mummery 28, K. Petty 15, A.
Jennings 3/30) d Mt Lofty 103 (J. Healey 27, A. Carthew
22no, L. Dawes 19, M. Pistola 13, J. Goss 2/10).
Stirling 134 (P. Fryer 40, D. Dunbar 37, A. Durbidge 23,
J. Turnbull 4/17 C. Milde 2/26 W. Quigley-Smith 2/34) d
Aldgate 111 (J. Turnbull 45, M. Bawden 23, D. Parfitt 3/22,
D. Moss 3/32, P. Fryer 2/9).
SCIB 9/161 (J. Rosman 48, B. Thomas 42, A. Shearwood
21, T. Bassett 4/17) d Uraidla 156 (R. Hunter 66, A. Dalitz
33, A. Carter 24, R. Gaetan 14, B. Thomas 5/35, D. Desengo
2/20, B. Thomas 2/25).
Round 11 draw: SCIB v Mt Lofty, Kangarilla v Flagstaff
Hill, Stirling v Meadows, Aldgate v Uraidla.
HCA A-grade ladder: Meadows 74.91, Flagstaff Hill 69.08,
Stirling 68.98, Aldgate 53.44, Mt Lofty 51.39, Kangarilla
46.39, Uraidla 40.75, SCIB 35.20.
‘cricketer of the
down a delivery
for Uraidla in
hosting Mt Lofftyty..
Mt Lofty batsman Leith Dawes and Uraidla wicket-keeper Michael Parker
intently follow the progress of a drive by Dawes during his pivotal innings
of 64 not out in last Saturday’s Hills Cricket Association Round 10 clash at
Heathfield. The Lofty Redcaps maintained their finals hopes with a 53-run
win over the Demons.
Neill spars at a
his trip to the
for Mt Lofty in
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