Eastern Eyre cricket
Cleve def Cowell
CLEVE skipper B. Shannon won the toss and chose to bat, which was an easy decision after his team’s performance in the first game.
Things began brightly for the Bombers, with N.Byrnes finding the boundary regularly, to give Cleve a 111-run opening stand.
This brought the in-form E.Kwaterski out to join his captain. The pair put on a brisk 62-run stand before Shannon departed for 78.
This proved an irrelevant setback to Kwaterski, who pinned the ears back and proceeded to dispatch the Cats’ bowling to all parts of the ground, posting his first century.
He finished unbeaten on 142 in a brilliant display, with Cleve making 7/280 from their 45 overs.
Pick of the bowlers for Cowell was G. Starr, who claimed one wicket but could have easily had more.
Things began badly for the visitors, losing captain Z. Crabb in the second over.
His opening partner, J. Wykamp, was not bothered by the huge task, with some clean hitting giving him a well deserved half-century.
Cleve were able to play the game on their terms however, claiming key wickets at regular intervals, to keep the result firmly in their grasp.
The visitors were eventually dismissed in the 33rd over for 137, with B. Fiegert also batting well with 38.
Most impressive with the ball for Cleve was undoubtedly young leg spinner R.Taheny, who bowled with guile and maturity, claiming 4/19.
Rudall def Port Neill
Rudall won the toss and batted, much to the dismay of the Port Neill boys who were affected by the Ports’ victory dinner.
A 97-run opening partnership between Noble and Hampel came to an end when Hampel was caught for 50.
Smith came and smoked a few for a quick 35, as did J. Noble (30) and M. Noble was dismissed on 71.
The tail wagged by Roberts (34 not out) and B.Crosby, with Rudall reaching 252 at the end of the 45 overs.
T. McDonough and T. Davey opened up but McDonough did not last long, out on the second ball.
Davey went about making 93 from 53, smashing the Rudall attack to all parts, including a blinding catch by Crosby, who carried the ball over the rope for six.
Davey was caught on the boundary off Smith with the score on 116. D. Hannemann showed resistance with a well made 35, as did M. Fauser (20) but this was not enough with Port Neill all out for 172.
Lock def by Darke Peak
A fine knock of 95 by Darke Peak’s J. Stutley laid the foundation for his side’s 33-run victory against Lock.
The visitors won the toss and batted. R. Haines and Z. Meyer put on 20 before T. Boehm broke through to have Meyer caught by J.Beard for 23. Haines also fell to Boehm for 10.
Stutley was supported by B. Pearson (2), Jez Schubert caught by X. Watson off C. Reynolds and J. Pearson (21), as F. Slape picked up the first of his three scalps. E. Tomney soon followed, caught by S. Kay and D. Harris bowled for one.
When A. Butterfield was run out by J.Gray, Darke Peak were 8/220, as Stutley headed toward his ton but five runs short, his valuable innings came to a close, when he was bowled by Reynolds.
At the end of their 45 overs, Darke Peak had hit a match-winning total of 9/230. Jay Schubert (5) and T. Harris (1) were the not out batsmen.
Slape finished with the best figures of 3/ 44 off nine overs, with Reynolds claiming 2/34 from six, Boehm 2/36 off and Beard 1/29.
Lock started their run chase with Watson and Reynolds but B. Pearson soon claimed the first of his three-wicket haul to bowl Reynolds for five.
Kay and Watson put on a partnership of 69.
Stutley sent Watson on his way for 40 caught by J. Schubert and Kay departed soon after bowled by Butterfield for 26.
D.Harris had been brought into the attack and had Gray caught Schubert and next over by Butterfield, Boot was trapped in front.
Beard and Boehm showed some resistance.
Beard made 24 before also falling to Harris, stumped by Pearson.
F. Slape and Boehm took the total to 154 before Slape was caught by Butterfield off E. Tomney for 13.
T. Bammann and Fletcher came and went as Harris and B. Pearson each picked another wicket.
Lock’s innings closed with the total on 197.
The last man out was Boehm, who top scored for his side, B.Pearson and Tomney combining to dismiss him for a well made 46.
N. Pearce was the not out batsman.
Opening bowler B. Pearson did the most damage with the ball capturing three for 24 off his seven overs, backed up by Harris with three for for 69, Butterfield who took two for 20 from five and Stutley and Tomney, one each.
Buckleboo def Kimba
J. Zibell claimed the first wicket of C. Haywood with I. Morris taking the catch.
C. Morris bowled his first maiden on his third over. S. Gregory and B. Cant put on a partnership of 100 before both retiring.
Gregory finished on an unbeaten 40 and Cant retired on 39. M. Seal and J. Chinnery also retired, on nine and 11 respectively.
Action started with a missed catch, which could have resulted in a run out, but unfortunately for Buckleboo the opportunity was missed.
B. Zibell was caught and bowled J.Venning on four.
D. Woolford got his first wicket for the day claiming D. Haywood and Kimba finished on 5/149.
Buckleboo lost their first wicket early with Cant bowling Morris but Buckleboo were patient and batted steadily before J. Lienert, bowled by Seal.
Venning was caught and bowled Zibell for four, which saw Buckleboo struggling at 4/60.
After this Buckleboo's wickets fell quickly to finish on 9/85, with Kimba winning convincingly.