Well-led on the field by Luke Pedlar and strongly coached by Matt McInerney, a dominant performance in the final at Angaston on Thursday ensured the South East were victors in the 2017 statewide SACA Country Cup under 16s competition.
Batting first in the final, the South East side made a highly competitive total of 9/215 and would bowl Mid North out for 164, winning the final by a comfortable 51-run margin.
Bottom aged batsman Campbell Watts made a hard hitting 61 of the top of the order while Luke Pedlar (38) Jaden Grosser (29) Connor Prior (29) and Ben Thiel (20) all had a impact.
Leg spinner Will Bowman from Pekina-Carrieton Cricket Club was the pick of the Mid North bowlers, taking 3/30 from his seven overs, while Charlie Dinning finished with to 2/39 and Jamieson Murphy collected 2/33.
In reply, only Dinning in the top order with 49 produced any real resistance as Mid North fell to 7/96 before some enterprising later order batting from Angus Leese (21) Number 11 Ryan Clark (24 not out) and Leo Coates (11) helped the score to 164, although they were never a realistic chance of victory after the top order collapse.
Crafty left arm spinner Emerson Marks took four wickets for the South East while quick Tom Ferguson finished with three and Adam Kuhl claimed two.
“We had a strong balance group; our batting went all the way down the list and all our bowling options were plentiful,” title winning coach Matt McInerney said.
“Luke Pedlar’s hundred in the 20 over game was impressive as was Emerson Marks’ bowling in the final especially,
“We have a cohesive unit with talent and depth in all areas
“Campbell Watts also batted well with a half-century in the final.
“Tommy Moyle-Read from Willalooka made an important 60 not out on day two.
“We had contributors everywhere.”
In the other games on Thursday Eyre Peninsula had a strong win over Barossa and Light in the third verses fourth clash, with Evan Gregoric making a century for Murray Districts in their strong win over Fleurieu and Districts to finish fifth. In the match between seventh and eighth, Yorke Peninsula defeated Upper North.