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Barrier lose a close contest

Sunday, 10th February, 2008

The U/14 Barrier Cricket side suffered another narrow defeat in the Country Carnival yesterday. Barrier played Murray Districts at the Adelaide High School. They won the toss again on the third day of the competition and chose to bowl at the groundskeeper's recommendation. The game was shortened to 35 overs due to the heat. 

The gamble didn't pay off and the Murray Districts openers capitalised on a few wide and short balls by Derham and Wauchope. They looked on top early until one of the openers snicked a ball from Cohen Turner to Hobba and was caught behind. The score stood at 1/64 after the 10th over. Wicket-taking machine Adam Armstrong was brought on to bowl and in his second over collected another stumping with help from Tom Derham. Murray Districts then suffered a mini collapse, losing 2 for 11 thanks to two run outs, one by Martin and the other by Vella.

Edward McInnes took his first wicket for the carnival after slowing down the rate for the second game straight due to a good catch by Hobba. The spinners helped contain the run rate to a respectable total after a bad start. Jordan Vella then started his five wicket haul with a brilliant caught and bowled, followed by a catch to Armstrong and another to Damien Baxter in slips. He then clean bowled another batsmen and, to finish off, took another caught and bowled. The figures for the bowlers were: Derham 0/16 off 3, Wauchope 0/12 off 1, Turner 0/21 off 4, Martin, 0/15 off 2, Armstrong 1/26 off 7, McInnes 1/22 off 7, Vella 5/22 off 4.5 and Hobba 0/19 off 3. Murray Districts were all out for 146 off 32 overs. This would require some steady batting and a few big shots. Coach McInnes decided to mix up the batting order to provide some extra fire power up the order.

Clayton Chapman and Ryan Lehmann were sent in to score some runs quickly but Lehmann was bowled in the thirrd over for one with the score at 1/8. Chapman was caught going for the big one for seven.

This triggered a mini middle order collapse with Turner (0) and Vella (3) falling in the space of two overs with the score 4/17 in the 8th over. Derham and McInnes put on 15 runs before McInnes was bowled for 0. Armstrong joined Derham in the centre and the pair put on 35 before Armstrong was caught trying to push the run rate on 11. Derham fell next for 39 but the Barrier boys were fighting it right out. The score stood at 7/77 off 26 overs.

With less than 10 overs left, the order was sent out to attack the bowlers. Brendon Martin was caught for 4. Needing 60 runs off 8 overs, Zac Wauchope and Damien Baxter put on a 44 run partnership to put the game within reach. Needing 16 off the last over, Baxter was bowled for 15 and Lachlan Hobba was also bowled next ball to give Murray districts a win by 16 runs. Yet another close game of cricket for Barrier which has now won one game and lost two. Hopefully today they can get another win.

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