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SA Carnival underway

Tuesday, 7th December, 2010

The Barrier Under 16 cricket side is in Adelaide this week to compete in the SA Country Carnival.

The side is determined to be competitive against the cream of the crop in SA and hopes to pick up a win or two over the four matches.

In the past Barrier sides have contained some brilliant individual performers and this year the team contains a mix of experience and combinations of batsman and bowlers who can hopefully work well together.

If all 12 players do their best, competitive scores are expected. Barrier coach Peter Rosewarn is expecting a committed effort and, more importantly, an enjoyable contest and a challenge that will show players how they are tracking with their individual games.

Four team members, Liam King, David O'Malley, Cohen Pettitt and Callum Rosewarn have tasted senior local cricket and whilst they are relatively young, the experience earned at this level will certainly hold them in pretty good stead.

"The challenge for these players is to lead from the front and take the game on, with either bat or ball and push themselves," said Rosewarn.

"This will allow the other team members to follow and will hopefully grow their confidence levels." 

The side offers balance and different options. Batsman such as MacQuillian, Everuss, Carroll and Jelbert have been selected to do a job for 25 overs. 

This will then allow the all rounders, including Pettitt, to really drive the run rate over the last 20 to 25 overs and build a score of 150-plus.

The bowlers then have a chance to defend this tally and the mix of swing (King, Foster- Ali and O'Malley), spin (Pettitt and Bright), left arm swing of Hunt

with aggression of Rosewarn will hopefully pay dividends. 

AJ Files is another player with a great outlook on cricket and is committed to what the team needs with either ball or bat.

"Our strength this season is in the players who missed selection. Cowan Smith and Louis Gilby were two in particular who were unlucky to miss out.

"Smith has grown an extra leg over winter and will be clicking up to 130 klms with the ball, and once established on the turf wickets, Gliby is capable of anything with either bat or ball.

"The 12 guys selected really owe it to Cowan and Louis to perform at a high level. "If we all do our best over the four days we will be competitive.

"You never know, we could well find ourselves with a couple selected for the team of the carnival, which would be a terrific effort for the Barrier Boys.

"One thing is for sure, it will be a great trip and one that without the help of so many sponsors and supporters would not come off."

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