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BH lads’ finals chance

Wednesday, 6th February, 2019

Team Manager Dennis Watts (from left), Michael Maalste, Mackenzie Attard, Tobias Hack (Captain), Jordan Vella and Nash Mitchell. PICTURE: Peter Argent Team Manager Dennis Watts (from left), Michael Maalste, Mackenzie Attard, Tobias Hack (Captain), Jordan Vella and Nash Mitchell. PICTURE: Peter Argent

By Peter Argent

Despite a loss to Yorke Peninsula yesterday, the Murray Districts Barrier  (MDB)  side are able to make the finals tomorrow, as long as the South East side beats the boys from the Yorke Peninsula today.

They also have to win over Alice Springs, who are competing in this competition for the second time.  

In Monday’s day one fixture, silver MDB defeated one of the competition yardsticks for the past five years South East by 5 runs in a thrilling affair. 

Team captain Toby Hack won the toss and elected to bat and played a key role in a strong partnership with Brad Rosenzweig (77 run out), which set up the impressive total of 9/207 off 50 overs. 

In reply, the South East boys went down by less than one big hit. 

Jordan Vella bowled well and collected 1/25 from his full ten over allotment, while opening bowler Michael Maalste collected two critical wickets, and finished with the figures of 2/41 from 7.3 overs. Mac Attard sent down a couple over at a cost of nine runs

“It was a strong all round team effort,” MDB coach Greg Graetz said. 

“Toby showed real leadership both with a bat and behind the stumps. 

“He was in a strong partnership, which was important to the win.”

At Henley Oval in perfect conditions on day two, MDB again batted first but this time was restricted to 9/134 from 50 overs. 

Five of the six batsmen in the top order got to double figures, but the highest score was number nine Maalste on 19 not out, which included a couple of boundaries. 

Hack on the back of his 41 on day one, got a handy start before being dismissed for 13, being unable to produce  a big score from this start, while extras was top score with 21

Yorke Peninsula achieved the run chase in the 23rd over, finishing on 3/138. 

The pick of the bowlers was Jordan Vella with his off spinners. He secured 2/35 from seven overs. 

“We’ve made things a little harder for ourselves and need to rely on South East helping us out, but we’re still in the mix,” Graetz confirmed. 

“We will need some luck but you’d rather be in the fight than having no chance at all after day two.” 

The Murray Districts-Barrier opponents for round three today are Alice Springs back at Pertaringa Oval. 

The top two teams in pool one and two will play for the championship at Karen Rolton Oval tomorrow.

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