Barrier boys fought hard
Tuesday, 11th February, 2020
By Peter Argent
The bottom-place finish by the Murray Districts Barrier (MDB) side actually belies their performance over the first three days of the 2020 SACA Senior Country Cricket Championships in Adelaide.
“A combination of a long week, and the frustration of playing off for bottom spot meant we didn’t put our best foot forward on Thursday, especially in the afternoon,” said second year MDB captain, North Broken Hill’s Tobias Hack.
“We fielded for 187 overs across the four days, which showed in our batting on day four.
“On day one we bowled well but were just 30 to 40 runs short.
“The win on Tuesday was one of those really hard-fought efforts in a game that had significant ebbs and flows.
“Two Broken Hill boys, Jordan Vella and Sheldon Hall, were at the crease when we hit the winning runs.
“We were only a couple of wickets away from victory at Pertaringa Oval on Wednesday, and again were that 20 to 30 runs short with the bat.
“The closeness of the pool we were in meant a win on Wednesday could have pushed us into the Grand Final match.
“Jordan Vella’s bowling was a stand out from a Silver City perspective, playing strong roles in each of the first three games.”
In the day one contest against the eventual third-placed Northern side MDB made 182 from 49.5 overs and had those runs chased down in 46.2 overs for the loss of four wickets.
Round arm off spinner Jordan Vella took 1/52 from his full allotment of 10 overs in this game.
At Prospect Oval on day two the MDB side against Alice Springs Cricket Association conceded 80 runs in the last 10 overs and their opponents finished at 6/215.
Vella was again impressive with a ball with two wickets at a cost of 38 runs from 10 overs including three maidens.
In the run chase along with Hayden Thorpe being run out 76, skipper Hack made 20 in the middle order.
Sheldon Hall (7 not out) and Vella (10 not out) were at the crease when the final runs were scored off the fifth ball of the last over of the contest, sparking celebration among the MDB faithful.
In the Wednesday game, Murray Districts Barrier scrambled to just 141 from 42.1 overs and the Barossa and Light side were eight wickets down when the required runs were achieved.
Vella was outstanding in this game as well, collecting one for 18 from 9.1 overs including two maidens.
Chasing a large total at the Adelaide Oval number two ground of nine for 245 on day four, MDB fell from 0/81 to be all out for 133.
South East were undefeated at the end of the tournament, handsomely defeating Barossa and Light in the Grand Final by 104 runs to collect the title.
3 Feb 20 - Northern 4/184 ZB Fielding 82 BC O’Dea 43 S Mattey 25 def. Murray Districts 182 H Thorpe 51 E Gregoric 50 L Wilsdon 5/35 L Bury 3/25 @ Park 25 (Oval 2)
4 Feb 20 - Murray Districts 8/216 H Thorpe 76 T Fiebiger 57 S Madushan 3/42 M Klein-Boonschate 2/41 def. Alice Springs Cricket Association 6/215(cc) D Donaldson 83* N Gaynor 36 Jy Dick 29 JA Vella 2/38 @ Prospect Oval
5 Feb 20 - Murray Districts 141 SK McNally 46 B Rosenzweig 42 J Taylor 4/29 M Norton 2/24 DS Doecke 2/33 def. by Barossa and Light 8/143 B Ryan 90 R Boon 3/40 E Gregoric 2/25 @ Pertaringa Oval
6 Feb 20 - Eyre Peninsula 9/245(cc) J Walker 67* J Fitzgerald 67 L Green 44 B Rosenzweig 4/41 R Boon 2/62 def. Murray Districts 133 H Thorpe 55 B Rosenzweig 26 J Threadgold 6/9 BS Smart 3/29 @ Adelaide Oval No. 2