Run shortage hurts Barrier in Country Cup
Thursday, 11th December, 2014
Round 2, Barrier vs Yorke Peninsula
By Peter Argent
Playing one of the competition’s heavyweights, Yorke Peninsula, the Barrier side ran into a batting blitzkrieg from batsmen Blake Gutschke and all rounder Joel Tilbrook on Tuesday in round two.
The Barrier side batted first and scrambled to 101, only facing 26.2 of its 50 overs.
Skipper Mackenzie Attard top scored with 33 including four boundaries.
In the middle order Liam McKee (17) and Jake Trengove (10, 2 x 4s) got to double figures and, courtesy of 15 extras, the side got to three figures.
In reply Yorke Peninsula piled on a record total of 3/549, including a 336-run stand for the third wicket, showing little mercy on the Barrier bowling attack.
Gutsche made a double century and finished on a brilliant and unbeaten 220.
Tilbrook made an impressive 147 while opener Jordan Ward looked compact making 30.
Bowling second change vice-captain Jordan Harvey was the pick of the bowlers, claiming a pair of top order wickets and finishing with 2/48 from his 10 over allotment.
Trengove’s three overs were expensive but he did claim the scalp of Tilbrook to break the massive third wicket association.
“It was an impressive pair of batting performances,” said Barrier coach Paul Attard. “A special feature was their running between wickets.
“Gutschke built his innings and accelerated towards the end. It was an outstanding performance.
“I spoke to our group after the day’s play about what they could learn from it.
“Give our boys credit - they didn’t stop trying in the field throughout the entire innings.”
(Note: Gutschke has an Australian schoolboy cap and plays B grade district cricket at Woodville. Tilbrook made his A grade debut for West Torrens in round one this year as a 15-year-old).
Round 3, Barrier vs Fleurieu North
Barrier were sent into bat by Fleurieu North in round three on a good batting wicket, spoiled by a slow outfield. Michael Maalste went on the attack straight away with three runs off the opening over followed by an early boundary two balls later. However, Maalste nicked the next delivery to the keeper to be dismissed for seven.
Jake Trengove defended for thirteen balls before playing across the line to be bowled for nought. Lachlan Harvey (1) sliced a low catch to gully, leaving Barrier 3/10 in the sixth over.
The consistent Mackenzie Attard again settled proceedings with stout defence combined with strong straight driving. Dexter Reardon lost patience with a wild shot to be bowled for two. Paddric Attard played patiently for fourteen deliveries before attempting a loft which was neatly caught in the deep at fine leg without scoring. Mackenzie Attard had scored twenty as Barrier were 5/35 in the 15th over.
Liam McKee cover drove well for three runs but he advanced down the pitch to the FN spinner to be stumped. Hamish Robertson took off for a single when it was not his call, leaving Mackenzie Attard run out for 24 runs. The main Barrier batting was dismissed at 7/45.
Bryce Cieslik played some enterprising strokes off both FN spinners with three twos. Hamish Robertson was quick between the wickets but on three runs, he tried to take on the main FN spinner who bowled him. Bryce Cieslik had reached eight before he did not come forward as in previous deliveries to be trapped LBW.
Zane Cieslik offered a sharp catch which was neatly taken by the best FN fieldsman. Barrier was now suddenly all out in the 27th over for 62.
This allowed Fleurieu North to face seventeen overs before lunch. After a tidy start, the Barrier bowling became ragged with sundries again began to soar. The umpires’ interpretation of the wide rule seemed to become more severe after being rather lax in the opening overs.
Lachlan Harvey took the leg stump out of the ground in his opening over to have Fleurieu North 1/21 in the seventh over. A couple of half chances were not grabbed and several confident appeals were turned down.
The two high order FN batsmen played themselves in, beginning to find gaps between Barrier fieldsmen. They passed the Barrier total in the 17th over. At lunch FN were 1/64 after 17 overs.
Intermittent rain made the ball harder to grip properly as Barrier could not break through for many overs. The FN second wicket amassed 167 runs before Mackenzie Attard drew opener Tom Worthly (62) forward before bowling him. One run later Lachlan Harvey claimed his second wicket when a soft catch was spooned to Mackenzie Attard at mid-off. FN were 3/188 in the 39th over.
A quick throw by keeper Dexter Reardon secured a run out, quickly followed by Mackenzie Attard penetrating their defences of John Bliss (81). Barrier had grabbed four wickets for eight runs.
The rain had now set in so the umpires stopped play after 42.2. overs with Fleurieu North 5/214. Lachlan Harvey and Mackenzie Attard were the most successful Barrier bowlers with two wickets each. Sundries were again high with 44 (25 wides and 13 byes).
The total Barrier bowling figures were: Michael Maalste 9/0/33/0, Paddric Attard 6/0/25/0, Lachlan Harvey 9.2/1/49/2, Dexter Reardon 2/0/11/0, Liam McKee 3/0/10/0, Angus Collins 3/0/15/0, Mackenzie Attard 6/0/32/2, Jake Trengove 2/0/10/0, Zac Cieslik 2/10/0.
Barrier play the formidable Barossa and Light combination in the final round today.