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Barrier batsmen short on patience

Friday, 12th December, 2014

Mackenzie Attard in action for Barrier during the Country Cup competition. Mackenzie Attard in action for Barrier during the Country Cup competition.

By Jingo

Final Round, Under 16 Country Cup

Barrier vs Barossa and Light 

Barrier were sent in to bat by Barossa and Light on a synthetic pitch, and openers Dexter Reardon and  Jake Trengove gave Barrier their best start of the carnival with 26 runs off the first eight overs. Reardon smacked two fours but in going for another over-the-top stroke hit the ball straight to midwicket to be dismissed for 13.

Trengove hit four twos in a disciplined start, however he could not keep the spinning ball down as he was caught in close for nine. Mackenzie Attard was then bowled for two, and Barrier had slipped from 1/33 to 3/33. 

Liam McKee had the same problem in trying to keep the ball on the ground when hitting the spinner. He pulled a shortish delivery straight to the fieldsmen to be caught for nought. Lachlan Harvey (4) slashed at a short delivery which he edged to the keeper. Barrier’s impatience was proving costly at 5/38 in the 14th over. 

Michael Maaslte punished the shorter delivery to reach nine. He was then bowled, but earned a reprieve with the bowler overstepping. Paddric Attard tried to play himself in but again could not keep the ball on the ground to the spinner, getting a leading edge which flew into the air to be claimed. He was dismissed without scoring. 

Bryce Cieslik tried to attack but hit in the ball in the air to be caught second ball. Barrier were slipping into the mire at 7/52. After getting a second reprieve for Barossa and Light overstepping, Michael Maaslte had two of his stumps knocked over to be bowled for 12.

Angus Collins (1) then drifted out of his ground to be stumped for one. 

Zac Cieslik placed the ball neatly between the fieldsmen to move to eight while Hamish Robertson (4) gave support until he wandered too far down the wicket to be also stumped. Barrier were all out for 69 off 25 overs. Only half of Barrier’s allocated batting time had been used. 

Barrier’s opening bowlers Michael Maalste and Lachlan Harvey gave Barrier two early wickets, both LBW. Barossa and Light were 2/3 in their second over. However, a couple of missing catches saw the B and L third wicket partnership thrive to the extent of 161 runs off 33 overs before Hamish Robertson took a well judged catch in the deep. 

Michael Maalste claimed his third wicket two overs later to have Barossa and Light 4/176. 

The Barrier bowling tightened up in the later stages with only 18 runs being scored off seven overs. A quick twenty off the last nine balls saw B and L reach 4/237 at the end of their 50 overs. 

Michael Maalste was the best Barrier bowler with three wickets. The complete Barrier bowling figures were: Michael Maalste 8/0/39/3, Lachlan Harvey 10/1/29/1, Paddric Attard 7/0/43/0, Mackenzie Attard 3/0/12/0, Bryce Cieslik 5/0/25/0, Zac Cieslik 2/0/10/0, Angus Collins 5/0/20/0, Liam McKee 6/0/27/0, Dexter Rerdon 3/0/16/0, Jake Trengove 1/0/11/0.

Barrier finished tenth in the Under 16 Country Carnival. Special thanks to Barrier coach Paul Attard and manager Mick McKee for their dedicated efforts to develop their players’ cricket potential.

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