Rudall 4/196 def Cleve 10/138
RUDALL hosted Cleve in the only A grade cricket game in the Eastern Eyre Cricket Association to be played on Saturday as Lock and Port Neill were unable to field teams.
Rudall openers Mick Noble and Hank Burton had a solid 46-run opening partnership before Burton was bowled by Ben Shannon.
Caleb Evans came and went in the same way bowled by Shannon for two.
Jack Weiss and Noble then combined for a 128-run, third wicket partnership but this was broken in the 44th over when Noble top edged one and was caught and bowled by Pat Jenner for 89.
Jonny Noble came and went for three and Weiss remained not out 66 and Rudall ended with a total of 4/196.
Cleve’s run chase did not get off to the best start with Ben Shannon caught at mid-wicket off the bowling of Riley Evans on the first ball of the innings.
Nathen Byrnes and Ethan Kwaterski set about resurrecting the innings until Thomas Weiss took a good catch at cover to remove Kwaterski.
Shambrook came and went bowled by Riley Evans for 0, and when Byrnes was out for a sketchy leg before wicket (LBW) on 31, Cleve were looking shaky.
A well-made 21 by Pat Jenner steadied the ship but constant wickets of Rhett Schumann (10), Angus Turner (0) and Regan Taheny (3) left Cleve running out of batsmen and time.
However the last man in Dylan Jaggy decided to have a crack at the total smashing 22 from an over of Hank Burton, but it was short lived Jaggy was bowled by Jack Weiss.
Cleve were dismissed for 138; best of the bowlers for Rudall was Riley Evans 3/36.
There is now a break from cricket with the annual Cowell twenty/20 carnival to be held on January 6 and Henderson Shield games to be played on January 13 at Tumby Bay and January 20 against Kimba, with the A grade and juniors playing in Cleve, while the B grade play at Rudall.
This will be followed by a weekend off for Australia Day with regular games restarting on February 3.
Rudall is sitting top of the A grade ladder, with Cleve second over Darke Peak by percentage.