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Central T20 victors

Monday, 21st December, 2015

Matt Menz breathes a sigh of relieve after taking a catch to dismiss West’s Peter Christos. Matt Menz breathes a sigh of relieve after taking a catch to dismiss West’s Peter Christos.

By Patrick Reincke

Central are the kings of T20 cricket in Broken Hill after defeating West in an entertaining grand final at the Jubilee Oval on Saturday.

Having been set 152 for victory, Central took their time to chase down the total in the sweltering heat to win with two and a bit overs to spare.

Paul Attard and Max Everuss opened the batting for West with their side having had a win against South not that before.

Adam Armstrong’s opening ball was hit away by Attard for a single to put Everuss on strike early on.

Two dot balls later, Armstrong broke through the gate to hit the wicket and send Everuss off for naught.

The shaky start was soon rectified though with Christian Minett coming to the crease.

However, at 1/21, Jarred Paull picked up the vital wicket of Attard with a beautiful clean bowled.

Soon after, Minett, who was looking promising on 22 off 14, also had his stumps cleaned up with Armstrong striking again.

Clint Pearce came to the centre but didn’t last long. He was run out for seven.

After working his way to 13, Andrew Henry took aim at young spinner James Hale, cracking back-to-back sixes before rotating the strike with a single.

Matthew Handberg then targeted Hale with back-to-back fours before closing out the over with a single of his own.

Henry was soon sent packing after he hit 28 with Luke Neal trapping him in front for an easy lbw. 

Handberg’s time in the middle was also brought to an abrupt end when he found himself caught out of his crease for a quick Paul Gauci stumping.

From there, Jelbert, Christos and Rodwell didn’t really trouble the bowlers and all fell in the single digits.

A last wicket partnership of 39 between Liam King (27) and Sean Wilson (12) saw West hit a reasonable 151 to give Central a bit of work to do.

After smashing a mesmerising 119 in Central’s win over North earlier that day, Cam Wells only managed 10 before popping one up into the hands of Liam King.

At 1/20, Matt Menz and Justin Heath took it upon themselves to score the majority of the runs in an 89-run combination.

Menz had a top knock of 62 off 39 which consisted of 11 boundaries, including five sixes.

Kyle Jelbert finally broke the damaging partnership when he dismissed Menz which brought on Jarred Paull.

Heath had 47 when Attard clipped his stumps to send him off with the game close to its end.

No more wickets fell after that. Jarred Paull finished the game at 23 not out and even brought up the win with a four.

While there were no premiership points in this final, Central’s win makes them eligible for next year’s South Australian T20 Championships.

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