The Border Watch : January 20th 2015
42 TWENTY/20 CRICKET VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au South and North through to final Set down for Thursday night, weather permitting REVOR A JACKSON KET VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au South and North through to final Set down for Thursday night, weather permitting REVOR A JACKSON firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com MOTHER Nature has again played her hand, disrupting the Mount Gambier and District Cricket Association’s XXXX Gold Twenty/20 finals series. But it has not deterred the two best teams in the competition from rising to the occasion, with South Gambier and North Sportsmen’s set to face off in the grand final, which was to be played Sunday following the Division 1 grand final, but has now been set down for Thursday night, weather permitting. South easily accounted for Kongorong last Thursday night, to advance to the grand final while Friday’s match between North and West was rescheduled to Sunday due to the weather, with North winning in a tight tussle. South 139 d Kongorong 133 TOUGH DAY: West’s Jason McCrae attempts to push the scoring along in the T20 semi-final at Frew Park on Sunday. WITH the weather holding off on Thursday, Kongorong won the toss and elected to bat at Frew Park. The decision immediately paid dividends, with openers Mark Smith and Jack Mullan off to a solid start, sharing in a 60-run partnership before Mullan fell to the bowling of Robert Drenthen with 21 to his name. However, from there the runs became harder to find, with Alex Hentschke only able to offer five to the total before Nick Cruise disrupted his stumps with an accurate delivery. Ricky Killey joined Smith at the crease and set about stabilising the innings. The pair added a further 22 runs before Smith fell to Patrick Glynn, but not before reaching a half-century (59) and putting his side in a solid position. Dave Somerfield then stepped up for South, dismissing incoming bastman Kane Forbes for just five runs, before he combined with Drenthen, taking a catch off the speedster, to send Killey back to the sidelines. At 5/110 Kongorong was looking like posting a decent target, but then Josh Smith came and went for just two runs. Josh Wright managed a start, but was soon found short of his crease for 11, attempting to push the run rate along and when Ben Hentschke went for just a solitary run with the total at 124, it was all but over for Kongorong. Having to defend 133 runs, Kongorong needed early wickets, but it was not to be. IN-FORM: Robert Drenthen has continued his dominating form for South, claiming four wickets and reaching 80 runs in his side’s comfortable win over Kongorong in Thursday’s T20 semi-final. 42 - The Border Watch, Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Somerfield and Drenthen simply took matters into their own hands, with Somerfield falling for 51 with the total at 127. Drenthen managed 80 not out, with the incoming Jack Capewell not required to bother the scorers before the game was won in the 16th over. SOLID OPENING: Damian Kenny helped North with solid bowling figures of 5/28 against West on Sunday at Frew Park. Drenthen showed his skill with both bat and ball, managing four wickets to complement his halfcentury. North 103 d West 102 NORTH was off to an ideal start in its win over West on Sunday, having the latter on the ropes early in the innings. Having been sent into bat, West would have been feeling confident, after two big scores were reached in the previous Division 2 match, but North had other ideas, ripping through the top order to the tune of 5/28 in the first seven overs. Opener Niall Easterbrook had managed a quick-fire 13, but as the wickets began to tumble, he was found short of his crease with the score at just 16. Youngster Justin De Jong was left to fly the flag for West, with Paul Harding (3), Trent Badman (0), Ryan Hosking (3) and Jason McCrae (6) all joining Easterbrook back on the sidelines early. Nick Martin then joined De Jong at the crease and the pair set about creating something from the chaos, managing to take the score along to 56 before Martin went for 26. From there it was simply a matter of holding on and salvaging whatever was available, but there was little else on offer. Jake Blackwell came and went for just six, Derek Sargeant followed soon after for 10 and eventually De Jong succumbed to the pressure for 17. Shane Dycer and Kayne Badman were left unbeaten, but the meagre 102 total was always going to be hard to defend. Despite facing an uphill battle, West went about its work, creating an early breakthrough in the fourth over. With star North batsman Matt McInerney back on the sidelines for two runs, West had completed one part of its puzzle and managed to apply enough pressure to keep the run chase at a slow pace. In the seventh over Damian Kenny went for 40 and West had stifled North to just 46 runs, but it needed more. With Michael Silvy and Matt Walmsley-Pace at the crease, North was in good hands, but Walmsley-Pace departed for just six with the score at 3/65. No further runs were added when incoming batsmen Jake Schutz departed, deemed to be plumb in front from a Trent Badman delivery and there was a light at the end of a very dark tunnel for West. Silvy pushed on to reach 28 runs but there were few others on offer and North would have been thankful for the relatively meagre run chase. Mitch Lewis, Dylan Silvy, Justin McConnell and Nick McInerney all offered just single-figure scores, but it was enough to get North across the line in the final over. Michael Silvy did the damage with the ball for North, claiming three wickets while Kenny chipped in with two. For West, Badman somewhat atoned for his duck with the bat, claiming three wickets, including the prized scalp of in-form opener Matt McInerney.
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