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Barrier face strong outfit

Thursday, 9th December, 2010

Barrier’s Jarred Bright decided that a wide array of variety might work, and it did Barrier’s Jarred Bright decided that a wide array of variety might work, and it did

On Tuesday the Barrier Under 16 cricket side moved into day two of the SA Carnival against the strong Fleurieu North Side who had 11 Grade cricketers in their team.

Under threatening skies and on a green top, Barrier Captain Pettitt lost the toss and McQuillan and Everuss trotted to the centre intent on keeping the bowling at bay for at least 20 overs.

The openers looked at ease with some extremely pleasant shots being played but McQuillan was judged LBW to a ball that swung almost a foot and for the second day was out by LBW.

Carroll was into gear almost immediately and he and Everuss looked strong in front and behind the wicket and took the score to 24 when Everuss was bowled. 

Almost immediately, Carroll was looking to pick up a quick single when the fieldsman collected the ball on the dive and then hit the stumps from side on.

The wheels started to come off the Barrier bus when Pettitt, King, Jelbert and Foster-Ali all fell in quick time. The score board was 7 for 28.

O'Mally and Rosewarn encountered some good bowling and looked good until Rosewarn fell with the score on 33. Files, fresh from a pep talk with the coaching panel, took to the field and decided to dine out on the spin bowler clouting a massive six and then a sensational boundary. O'Mally was intent on turning over the strike.

These two batted with great composure and took the score to 58 until Files fell for a very entertaining 15. Bright was under strict instructions to wait for the bad ball and support O'Mally who was playing a strong innings. 

With the score on 66 O'Mally's innings came to a close on 15 and Barrier had managed to bat through to the 37th over against a very strong outfit.

Files and O'Mally were great with the bat with 15 a piece whilst Everuss piled on 11 runs and looked destined for a big knock, but one mistake is all it takes.

After a brilliant bowling display on day one, the Barrier boys knew that they would have to bowl and field well to restrict the strong batting line up.

As Rosewarn and O'Mally soon discovered, anything on middle and off stump went over mid wicket and square leg and it was going to take a concerted effort to tie the batsman down and take wickets.

O'Mally carried on his consistent line and length from the previous day and drew the false shot from the opening batsman to collect his first wicket for the match. 

This then brought the much feared Kelvin Smith to the crease and he began to take to all the bowling but did respect good line and length outside the stumps.

With the score on 100, Hunt deflected a drive back onto the stumps to have Smith on his way. Whilst the fielding looked to be dropping off in the hot and humid conditions, Foster-Ali pulled off a great diving save and fired the ball to Pettitt who knocked off the bails to complete a fantastic run out.

Almost immediately after this, Tyson moved over a fair distance to take a good catch and Barrier had managed to remove four of the opposition. 

Files was the bowler and just rewards for good line and length. Skipper Pettitt decided that a bit of spin may do the trick and Bright appeared from behind the umpire and decided that a wide array of variety might work, and it did.

At 5 for 207, rain and lightning struck, stumps were drawn and players and spectators took off to the bus. The bus was full of drenched folks and it was off to headquarters for an early afternoon. 

Barrier was well beaten but to the boys' credit, they never gave in and took almost all chances presented to them. In the end, the opposition team proved they are title contenders with a strong display with both bat and ball.

Their fielding was nothing short of amazing at times. With the bat, AJ Files, David O'Mally and Max Everuss looked the goods and with the ball, Bright picked up 1-41 off 9, Files 1-15 off 3 and O-Mally 1-31 off 5. Rosewarn (0/41), King (0/39) and Hunt (0/34) didn't bowl badly but against these men, a few inches off a good ball will be a boundary every time.

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