Rep team struggles
Tuesday, 12th February, 2019
By Tyler Hannigan
Murray Districts-Barrier couldn’t keep their early form going in last week’s SACA Senior Country Cup, losing their final three games to finish with one win and three losses.
After defeating South East in game one by five runs, Murray Districts-Barrier’s batting let them down against Yorke Peninsula on day two as they could only manage 9-134 from their 50 overs. Yorke required just 23 overs to chase it down.
Murray Districts-Barrier produced a much better effort the following day against the always formidable Alice Springs but fell 20 runs short of victory after Alice Springs posted 225.
On the final day Murray Districts-Barrier took on Fleurieu and Districts and it was another tough day in the field as Fleurieu piled on the runs, finishing at 4-241 from their 50 overs. It was the third 200-plus score that Murray Districts-Barrier had conceded in four games.
In reply, Murray Districts-Barrier could manage just 156 before being bowled out in the 45th over.
Broken Hill’s representatives in the side - skipper Tobias Hack, pace bowler Michael Maalste, off spinner Jordan Vella and keeper/batsman Mackenzie Attard - all made contributions without starring.
Hack dominated this carnival last season and while he couldn’t quite reach those heights last week, he was still the team’s second highest scorer with 98 runs at 24.5 from his four innings including a top score of 41 in game one.
Attard struggled in his first two innings but managed a pair of starts, 13 and 19, in the final two games to show that he’ll be better for the experience.
While Vella is dominating local cricket, he found the going a bit tougher in Adelaide last week. He picked up three wickets from the first two games but went wicket-less in the final two although he did find some form with the bat late, scoring 20 against Fleurieu.
Maalste was fairly impressive in taking 5 wickets from 29.3 overs during the week. His best return came on day three as he took 2-33 from nine overs with two maidens while he also managed 19 with the bat on day two.
For Attard, Vella and Maalste this was their first senior carnival and they’ll all be better for the run if they get another chance next season as will Hack given this was his first year as captain.
In the cup final, Yorke Peninsula held on for a thrilling win against Northern. Yorke’s first innings total of 166 proved just enough as they bowled Northern out for 163 to win by just three runs and claim the title.