Silver City talent
Wednesday, 3rd February, 2021
By Peter Argent
For the first time in over a decade, the Barrier District Cricket League have five players selected in the Murray District Barrier (MDB) zone team.
The team is captained by Tobias Hack, with his North Broken Hill team mates, Jordan Vella and Codie Howard, the Central Broken Hill former MDB captain Jarred Paull, along with West second generation player Mackenzie Attard for the 96th edition of the South Australian Country Cricket Championships.
This year’s event is shared between venues across suburban Adelaide and the Barossa Valley, with the Grand Final being played at Tanunda Oval, in an evening fixture.
“It is certainly the biggest continent of players from Broken Hill in the last decade,” skipper Hack, who is in this role for the third year, told the Barrier Truth.
“Previously the biggest representation from our association during my time was four.
“All the boys have been in strong form in the local competition.
“Each the players bring different dimensions to the team.
“Codie is an elite bat, while he, along with Jarred, Jordan and Mackenzie can both bat and bowl.”
Hack, along with being a SA Outbacks cricketer, along with his leadership duties, is also has the role of the team’s wicketkeeper. “Have all three roles can be a little taxing at times, but I have a good deputy in Hayden Thorpe and senior players like Codie and Jarred to lean on in the field,” Hack said.
Hack has reserved his thoughts about the final round being played in the Barossa Valley and the Grand Final being played under lights on Thursday.
However Hack did say that the presentation dinner at Adelaide Oval was a big part of the tournament; giving cricketers from different parts of the state a chance to build friendships and renew old acquaintances.
The original Barrier side last won the SA Country Cricket Championships (as a single entity) back in 1990, while the Murray Districts last triumph was in 1977.
The MDB team started with a strong win in the opening game of their tournament, playing the Northern Zone at Tea Tree Gully’s Pertaringa Oval on Monday.
Northern batted first and made a competitive total of 9/191 from their 50 overs and on the back of a brilliant and undefeated better than a-run-a-ball 47 from captain Hack, which included four mammoth sixes, MDB won by five wickets with six overs remaining.
(A full report of the week’s cricket will be in a following edition).