Barrier not up to mark
Thursday, 9th December, 2010
Barrier not up to mark Barrier moved into day three yesterday, eager to recapture the form of the first day of the under SA Country Cricket Cup in Adelaide.
However, a reasonably solid downpour meant the boys had to travel to the pretty little hard wicket of University Oval in North Adelaide.
After a delay and some hard work by the teams drying the wickets, play began against Yorke Peninsula with Rosewarn and O'Mally sharing the new ball.
Someone forgot to tell the opening batsman that this was a 50 over game as he went about smacking the ball through and often over the boundary on his way to 86 out of a tally of 116.
King and Hunt joined Rosewarn as the main target for the batsman, all of whom were copping a real pasting.
Throughout the carnage, O'Mally was bowling his usual line and length and just doing enough.
He was rewarded with sensational figures of 10 overs, 1 maiden 4 wickets for just 24 runs.
Birthday boy Mason Hunt had a day to remember, capturing 3 wickets off his 9 overs and whilst the Yorke boys got a big jump on Barrier, the BH boys fought back in the middle session having reduced the scoring rate and picking up vital wickets.
At 8 for 177, the Barrier team looked like they may just close their innings, however the tailenders batted strongly, taking the total to 261 for 9 off their 50 overs.
O'Mally was the star of the show, whilst Hunt also collected 3 and King and Foster-Ali took one each. Great effort in the field with only one hard chance going down.
After some of Daryl's finest rolls and fruit, Everuss and McQuillan strolled out to the centre trying to build on their opening stands.
With the score on 3, Everuss copped a ripper and was on his way. Almost immediately after, McQuillan fell victim to another LBW and Barrier lurched to 2 for 10.
Kyle "Lightning McQueen" Jelbert unfortunately took on the arm of the YP fielders and was just short of his ground, 3 for 11.
Pettitt and Carroll took control of the innings, batting patiently and with great control before Pettitt was out, edging the ball to the 2nd slip fielder on the bounce with the umpire deciding that the ball struck his pad - another LBW victim.
Carroll's innings came to an end on 19 when he was cleaned up by another ripsnorter and O'Mally couldn't cap off a great day, again falling victim to a great bit of bowling.
Rosewarn and King enjoy batting together and whilst some of it was real heart in the mouth stuff, it didn't quite last long enough with Rosewarn skying a chance, and these boys don't drop many.
King had decided that after a late night coaching and development clinic, blocks are for Lego sets and he went bang, bang and bang again to havef ielders and bowlers jumping for cover.
A J Files was out in bizarre circumstances, being given out, run out incorrectly after walking off after a 50/50 caught decision.
SACA umpires, when asked after the match, clearly didn't have the correct understanding of the rule, but that's life in the big smoke.
Mason Hunt decided to stand tall and play some shots and by jingoes, didn't he play some. Unfortunately, one of the them in air and on his bike back to the shade for a well made 7.
Jarrad Bright joined King trying to get the score to the 100 mark. Unfortunately, he was cleaned up and the tally had reached 98.
King was devastating at times, plus comical as normal and he lacked the support of the tail end, ending 38 not out.
Pettitt and Carroll again solid but not going on with the job. Last game today and off to Glenelg Oval to take on the might of the South East side.
The boys are no doubt sore and stiff but having a ball and really enjoying each others company, which is one of the main reasons of trips like this.
An account of Barrier's day two performance can be found on page 18.