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Tobias to captain again

Wednesday, 23rd December, 2020

North star Tobias Hack in action last year for the Murray Districts Barrier side. PICTURE: Peter Argent North star Tobias Hack in action last year for the Murray Districts Barrier side. PICTURE: Peter Argent

By Peter Argent

An SA Outbacks player in 2020, North Broken Hill’s Tobias Hack will lead Murray Districts Barrier (MDB) side at the 2021 South Australian Senior Country Cricket Championships, which will be held jointly in Adelaide and the Barossa Valley over the week, starting Sunday January 31. 

Hack has been the skipper of the MDB side for the past two campaigns, with the robust left hander been in solid form in Broken Hill cricket this season.  

His performances has included a big 144 not out against South in early November, where he pounding 14 boundaries and five sixes from just 104 deliveries faced, and 53 last week against Central out of a team total of just 117.  

“Greg Graetz will again coach the side and we have a few local players that are putting their hands up, but the final team hasn’t been selected yet,” Hack explained. 

In a change to the structure of the event, this championship will be held jointly in Adelaide and the Barossa Valley. 

The Pool A sides, which include Murray District Barrier, have their opening three games across suburban Adelaide.  

MDB starts with an opening clash against Northern at Pertaringa Oval on Monday, February 1. 

Their second match of their tournament, all one-day 50-over fixtures, is also at the same venue against Eyre Peninsula on Tuesday, February 2, and then they face off against Yorke Peninsula at Henley Grange Memorial Oval on the third day. 

Then all teams from their pool travel up to the Barossa Valley and play in the final round matches.  Depending on the win-loss ratio over the first three days will dictate which venue a team will play at - either Sandy Creek, South Gawler, Angaston or Tanunda Ovals.  

With the Tanunda Oval extensive recently upgrading of its lighting to “300 lux”, which making it suitable for night cricket, the 2021 Grand Final of the country championships will start at 3pm and conclude under lights. 

Also the opening game of the tournament on Sunday afternoon between Barossa and Light and Fleurieu and Districts will be a day-night fixture on January 31. 

Hack confirmed that Broken Hill’s Jubilee Oval is now upgraded and has 200/250 lux lightning, which lends itself to night cricket.  

“We are looking to play a couple of Twenty20 games under lights at Jubilee oval during January,” Hack explained. 

“If we’re lucky enough to play in the Grand Final, we would have had some practice.” 

Last summer, MDB had a strong win over Alice Springs at Prospect Oval on day two, but lost the other three games.

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