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Silver City lads have a crack

Tuesday, 19th December, 2017

Nick Schofield, Lachlan Kaye and Austin Wilson at the tournament last week. Nick Schofield, Lachlan Kaye and Austin Wilson at the tournament last week.

By Peter Argent

Three Broken Hill lads padded up for a representative side at the 2017 Country Cup tournament in the Barossa Valley last week.

Austin Wilson was on his first trip to this state-wide cricket event, Lachlan Kaye was a second-time participant with Murray Districts, and late call up Nick Schofield lined up for his third tournament 

Murray Districts performed above expectations and finished with a pair of wins in fifth place.

They defeated the Yorke Peninsula side on day two at Freeling Oval and on the back of a brilliant Evan Gregoric century, won against Fleurieu and Districts in the fifth verses sixth play-off match at the picturesque Nuriootpa Oval in pleasant spring-like conditions on Thursday. 

“Considering our performances over recent years it was quite satisfying to collect two wins from the four games,” Murray Districts coach Dave Gregoric said.

“f we could have pinched the Twenty/20 clash and had three wins it would have made it even better. 

“The three Broken Hill lads all showed some talent and aptitude for the game. 

“Austin Wilson batted in the top order and has plenty of upside. 

“He is learning about how to play on turf wickets and will have grown with the experience with Murray Districts. 

“Lachie Kaye was unlucky a couple of times and did open the innings in two games.

“His personal results didn’t reflect the talent he has.

“Nick Schofield is still an Under 14 cricketer and is a true all rounder.

“He’s a swing bowler who opened the bowling as a 14-year-old in Under 16s cricket, which was impressive.

“Nick’s a very capable batter batsman and a good striker of the ball. 

“Unfortunately Logan Berryman was a late withdrawal from the team send; he would have added to the team being a natural athlete.”

On day one Murray Districts went down to Grand Finalists Mid North at Eudunda Oval, by seven wickets after making a respectable total of 156.

Schofield took one of the three wickets to fall and finished with 1/7 from two overs.

The victory over Yorke Peninsula was a big 95 run triumph, at Murray Districts batted first and made 195 and kept their opponents to 99. Schofield claimed 1/18 from six overs in this contest.

In the T20 contest in oppressive head on Wednesday, Murray Districts made a respectable 6/136, but on a good Kapunda Oval deck, the Barossa and Light team got the runs two wickets down with 18 balls still remaining.

In the play-off game Murray Districts made 226 and kept Fleurieu and Districts to a modest 92, having one of its biggest wins in recent memory.

Wilson plays his local cricket with North, while Kaye and Schofield are from the West Broken Hill CC.

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