The Border Watch : January 2nd 2018
18 SPORT VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Pedlar puts wheels in motion South East captain sets standard in undefeated Country Cup run JAMES MURPHY email@example.com THE South East has reaped success at the South Australian Cricket Association’s Under 16 Country Cup recently, where it took home the honours with an undefeated run. Coached by North Sportsman’s Matthew McInerney, the South East faced Mid North in the title decider, where it claimed the win by 51 runs. With the tournament consisting of three minor rounds, followed by the finals, captain Luke Pedlar was a standout for the South East over the four days of competition. His best performance was in the Round 3 triumph over the Upper North team, which was reduced to the Twenty20 format due to the heat. This match saw the young Kingston player finish on 100-notout, with Pedlar making his century on the final ball of the inning. Other solid efforts saw Kingston’s Campbell Watts with 37 runs in Round 1 against Fleurieu and Districts, a game which also saw Pedlar with an impressive 74, while West Gambier’s Connor Prior made a credible 18. Adam Kuhl and Emerson Marks were the top performers with the ball in this game with two wickets each. In the second round against Eyre Peninsula, Thomas MoyleRead led the way with the bat, finishing his day with 60-not-out. COUNTRY CUP CHAMPS: The South East Under 16 Country Cup team of manager Craig Tapfield (back left), Campbell Watts, Josh Cornolo, Adam Kuhl, Will Walker, Luke Pedlar, coach Matt McInerney, Thomas MoyleRead (front left), Jack Tapfield, Jaden Grosser, Ben Thiel, Emerson Marks, Connor Prior and Tom Ferguson went through the recent competition undefeated to claim the 2017 title. He was joined by Prior (26), Watts (22), Josh Cornolo (19-notout) and Pedlar (17) as the South East’s double-figure scorers of the game. This round also saw Ben Thiel excel with the ball, as he claimed a five-wicket haul against the Eyre Peninsula batsmen. Marks did well to finish with three scalps, while Prior rounded out the wickets for the day with one to his name. The final minor round saw a meeting with the Upper North side. Pedlar’s century made up the bulk of the South East’s 115-run victory, while Jaden Grosser and Kuhl contributed 22 and 11 runs respectively. William Walker just missed out on double figures, as he finished on nine-not-out. Prior, Kuhl and Marks took two wickets each in this game and were joined by Jack Tapfield and Walker who both claimed one. Going into the final undefeated, the South East secured itself a meeting with the Mid North side, which was also yet to drop a game. With South East going in to bat first, it was Watts who led the way at the crease, followed by Pedlar. The two opened together and amounted 82 runs before Pedlar was caught out with 38. With Grosser taking his place, Watts was finally bowled by Will Bowman for a score of 61. Grosser went on to finish with 29 runs, a tally which was matched by Prior, who replaced Watts at the crease. Thiel rounded out the double- figure scores with 20 runs to his name. With a total of 9/215, Mid North needed to hit hard to match the pace of the South East batsmen. Charlie Dinning was the top scorer for the side, finishing with 49 runs, while Ryan Clarke (24 not out) and Angus Leese (21) also contributed well. However, it was not enough to secure the win, with the South East bowlers seeing them all out for 164. Marks claimed four scalps for the day off his 10 overs and Tom Ferguson did well to bag three, while Kuhl finished with two and Thiel bagged one for the match. As coach, McInerney was proud of the youngsters’ achievement and said every player did their part towards the overall victory. “It was a great group of kids and everyone played their roles,” he said. “It was a good spread from both the Upper and Lower. “Usually the team is pretty dominated by the Lower South East.” In terms of standout moments, McInerney gave credit to both the batsmen and bowlers in the squad. “Luke Pedlar’s 100 in game three which cemented us in the finals was unbelievable,” he said. “He was a standout with the bat all week. “Also, Emerson Marks - a left-arm off-spinner from East Gambier - he bowled amazingly. “Then to cap off the whole tournament with a win, it was the cherry on top.” Egel soars as Madsen backs up Borderline win with another podium finish JAMES MURPHY MATT Egel has claimed his first $10,000 cheque of the World Series Sprintcars Title race after a Round 4 victory at Avalon Raceway on Saturday night. Egel earned pole position in the A-Main after an impressive shootout performance, which saw him progress through the ranks to eventually earn pole position in the feature race. He then maintained his place at the front of the pack throughout the A-Main, crossing the line in first position. Egel was closely followed by Kerry Madsen who was vying for his third win from four rounds, along with the in form James McFadden. Steven Lines finished up in fourth - after starting fifth on the grid - while Jamie Veal came from seventh to cross the line in fifth. Despite qualifying fourth, Brad Keller was unable to hold his ground, finishing his night in sixth place. In the heat races, Egel slowly but surely moved his way through the pack, with Heat 4 seeing him in fifth after starting in eighth on the grid. In Heat 8 he moved his way up from seventh to another fifth-place finish. However, it was in the shootout where the South Australian driver proved himself worthy of pole position, as he won the bronze, silver and then gold pole shootouts. Mount Gambier’s Glen Sutherland did not have the night he would have hoped for, after his night was cut short with a 15th place finish in the B-Main. Starting in fourth for Heat 1, Sutherland dropped to seventh by the end of the race. 18 - The Border Watch, Tuesday, January 2, 2018 Victoria’s Brayden Parr drove well to finish second after qualifying fifth on the grid. In the C-Main it was third-place starter Brett Milburn who took the win from Jack Lee and James Inglis who began their races in second and first respectively. Consistent performances from McFadden saw him lead the World Series Sprintcars Title before last night’s round at Warrnambool’s Sungold Stadium. Both Madsen and Egel are well in contention for the title as well, with their recent results showing they have what it takes to go all the way. Ryan Jones held onto fourth before last night’s racing, while Lines was fifth in the standings. However, with only a couple of hundred points separating the top drivers, it would only take one good or bad race meeting to turn the season on its head. RESULTS WELL DRIVEN: Mount Gambier driver Steven Lines finished in fourth position in the A-Main at Avalon Raceway on Saturday night, backing up his fourth from Borderline Speedway on Thursday. Heat 5 also saw him lose ground, as he fell from third to fourth, before qualifying 12th on the grid in the B-Main event. The chequered flag saw Sutherland drop three positions throughout the race, with the number 20 crossing the line in 15th. Mount Gambier driver Jake Tranter also Picture: STEVE RICE had a night to forget, as he failed to finish either of his heat races, after starting in third and fourth on the grid in Heat 3 and 8 respectively. The winner for the B-Main event was Brock Hallett, who held onto his pole position to take home the honours, while A-Main: Matt Egel S97; Kerry Madsen A1; James McFadden W17; Steven Lines NQ3; Jamie Veal W2; Brad Keller S19; Carson Macedo N99; Corey McCullagh V90; Luke Dillon S81; Daniel Pestka S27; Dominic Scelzi USA97; David Murcott V88; Ryan Jones S63; Brayden Parr V77; Peter Doukas V98; Jordyn Charge V60; Keke Falland S78; Taylor Milling W25. World Series Sprintcars Title top 10 (after Round 4): James McFadden 1172 points; Kerry Madsen 1129; Matt Egel 1038; Ryan Jones 944; Steven Lines 881; Jason Johnson 878; Luke Dillon 868; Carson Macedo 861; Brad Keller 832; Jamie Veal 805.
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