Saturday, 10th February, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
Murray Districts-Barrier (MDB) finished their SACA Senior Country Cup carnival with a nail-biting win over Eyre Peninsula (EP) on Thursday.
EP were bowled out for 213 in the 43rd over with Central’s Tristen Smith picking up one wicket but also copping some punishment.
Smith went for 49 runs off his five overs, including a wicket-maiden, with one over costing him 24 and included two no balls as well as six wides. Central teammate and MDB skipper Jarred Paull finished with 0-6 off two overs.
West’s Max Everuss again opened the batting in MDB’s chase and made a solid 33 in a 69-run stand with fellow opener Brad Walter (37) before being bowled, which brought the in-form Tobias Hack to the crease.
Hack, who had already scored 57, 90 and 40 in the past three games, capped off his carnival with 48 off 58 balls but his dismissal signaled a collapse with Smith making just one and Brad Rosenzweig falling for 55.
Hayden Thorpe (2) was next to go with Liam Jackson (3) and Paull (2) leaving MDB in a heap of trouble at 8-186, still needing 28 runs to win.
Thankfully Craig Altus (18 not out) and Jayden Barrett (10 not out) saw the team home with seven balls to spare.
The win gave MDB their second victory of the carnival after defeating Upper North on Wednesday. They lost their opening two games to Mid North and Alice Springs.
At Thursday night’s presentation, Hack was named in the team of the carnival for his 235 runs at 58, the second most runs for the 2018 Senior Country Cup.
While he went into the cup with good form in local cricket, Hack said that he was pleased with his performance.
“It’s always good to see where you’re at with your game against different opposition,” he said.
“I was excited leading into the carnival, it’s always good to catch up with the lads from the Riverland.
As part of his selection, Hack also took part in a T20 game yesterday between the Country team and a Don Wood IX. Hack made 15 as the Don Wood IX beat the Country side by six wickets.