Wednesday, 11th February, 2015
By Peter Argent
Murray District/Barrier’s co-captain Jarred Paull completed the 2015 SA Country Cricket Championships in style last week with a pair of half centuries in the final two games, despite his team finishing without a victory over the four-day tournament.
“I consider that Jarred (Paull) was very unlucky to miss out on the team of the year,” Murray District/Barrier (MDB) coach Greg Graetz confirmed.
“He batted with polish on Wednesday and Thursday.
“At his second carnival Max (Everuss) showed plenty of promise and potential.
“He now needs to convert his starts into decent and big scores.
“Adam Armstrong’s bowling improved as the carnival got longer and he’s an excellent fieldsman.
“He was involved in a good partnership on Monday, which helped us post a competitive total.
“Callum Rosewarn’s shoulder complaint didn’t help his cause.
“This championship we blooded five youngsters - including Adam and Callum - and they were in matches in three of the four days.
“There is a fine line between winning and losing at this level, with as little as five per cent improvement being all that’s required.”
On Wednesday, February 4, in round three at the Park 25 Number one ground, playing Eyre Peninsula, chasing down 206 for victory, they fell 44 runs short.
While the pugnacious left-hander Paull was at the batting crease, the MDB boys were still in the contest.
He was the seventh batsman dismissed after producing a classy 60.
His innings included six boundaries and a six, where he faced 94 deliveries in a two hour, three minute occupation of the crease.
Max Everuss made his third of four scores above 15 for the week, being dismissed for 23, when he looked in control of the bowling.
He dispatched a six and a pair of fours in a 43-ball, 52 minute stay.
Earlier in the EP innings of 9/206, tweaker Adam Armstrong sent down eight overs, finishing with the analysis of 0/34.
In the final game Silverstream Oval, Para Hills against Upper North, it was another solid batting effort, although the MDB side went down by 58 runs. Armstrong bowled another eight over spell in this game and took 1/44, while Callum Rosewarn sent down three at the cost of 17 runs.
Upper North’s Greg Fiebig (64) and Brodie O’Dea (118) with an opening partnership of 176 ensured they achieved a competitive total of 8/243 from their 50-over allotment.
Again Paull was the back bone of the Barrier run chase with a well-compiled 64.
He received good support from Everuss who made his top score of 27 for the tournament and this pair was involved in a 59-run fourth wicket partnership, the best of the MDB innings.
Paul finished the tournament seventh on the batting averages, despite failing to get to double figures in the opening two contests.
He made 133 run at an average of 33.50 and along with Liam O’Dea (Upper North) were the only two to raise the bat for a pair of half centuries during the carnival.
Everuss, despite a top score of 27, still averaged 22.50 over the event.