Central Eyre Peninsula cricketers made their way to Adelaide for South Australian Primary Schools Amateur Sports Association (SAPSASA) late last month.
Central Eyre Peninsula began the carnival well with a win against Upper South East.
Central EP batted first and made 8/189 from their 45 overs.
Jack Lienert opened the innings and top scored with 52, Kyal Chambers made 27 and Oakley Price made 23 at number four.
Central EP’s bowling and fielding kept Upper SE to 6/143 after their 45 overs.
Best bowlers were Jackson Petty with 2/13 from his three overs, and Kyle Milton with 1/15.
Game two was against Northern Yorke Peninsula and Central EP came up with the win again after batting first and notching up 151.
Conditions were very warm and sticky and the game was reduced to 40 overs each.
Best with the bat were Jed Burton, with a lovely 44, Declan Smith opened and batted very solidly and patiently for a well made 15, and Jackson Petty with 21.
Best with the ball were Oakley Price with 4/9 from five overs, Cooper Haywood with 1/12, and Will Humphries with 1/6.
Jack Lienert and Jed Burton also made a great run out each and NYP were bowled out for 133.
Game three was against Western Metro. Again Central EP batted first and were immediately in trouble with good swing bowling from the opposition.
Jake Mullan and Jack Lienert were the ones to show resistence and helped CEP get to 80 before being all out. Jack made 37 and Jake 14.
Western made the runs easily and went on to be 7/188 at the end of their 36 overs after the game was shortened from 45 overs again due to the threat of rain.
Best with the ball for CEP were Oakly Price with 2/10 from three overs, Kyal Chambers with 1/9 and Jack Lienert 1/12.
Daley Beard was excellent in the field and ran out their opener.
After three games and two wins and a loss, CEP were third on the ladder and had to play Barker (Hills) in the last game.
The weather was threatening and was shortened to 26 over each.
Barker batted first and made 153, CEP’s best bowlers were Jed Siebert 2/13 and Zac Crettenden 1/15.
With the pitch wet and the odd shower, the turf pitch was slippery and moving off the seam, and was challenging the EP batsmen with the pressure of chasing quick runs.
Jed was one of the few highlights with the bat with 16 and byes was the next highest score with eight.
Central EP finished their 26 overs on 7/57.
Congratulations to the boys who played the games in great spirit, in some pretty testing heat and then rain.
Thanks to the parents for their fantastic support and Andrew Taheny for coaching the lads.