Depleted Dogs bow out
Tuesday, 29th November, 2011
It was a case of what might have been for an undermanned North Broken Hill side which was put out of the SA State Country Twenty20 Championship on Sunday.
On a high after winning their regional final against Berri three weeks ago, the Bulldogs were brought back to earth with a thud in their quarter final game against Lincoln South at Port Pirie.
The locals, who won the toss and elected to bat, began well thanks to Mick Moritz (19) and Scott Rogers (10) who put on a 32-run opening stand.
But two quick wickets saw the Bulldogs slip to 3/39 before Tobias Hack (35) came to the crease and steadied the ship.
The loss of 4/9 had Broken Hill in trouble again and they were eventually bowled out for 83 after 16.4 overs.
In reply Lincoln South reached the total in 11 overs with the loss of one wicket which was taken by Tom Davey.
The Bulldogs would have good reason to feel unfortunate, however, with a host of senior players missing from the team including captain Cody Howard, Shayne Staker, Nick Pearce and Mat Garrick, due to work commitments.
Team member Ben Victory said while the players who stepped in as replacements represented the club and the city well, the loss of so much experience proved too much.
“We probably only had three or four A-grade players (in the side),” Victory said.
“I made a massive difference ... it was a grossly undermanned team.”
Victory said the club had tried to have the game date changed to the following weekend.
“If we had have been at full strength we would have given it a real shake.”
Lincoln South, which won the semi final game against Proprietary later on Sunday, will play defending champions Meadows in the grand final on March 12 at Adelaide Oval.
North qualified for the country championship after winning the local Twenty20 competition last season.
Victory said there were a couple of shining lights for the locals including 18-year-old fast bowler Tom Davey who finished with the impressive figures of 1/12 off 2 overs.
“Tobias (Hack) was our other shining light.”