Eastern Eyre wins Quality Wool Cup in Port Lincoln

CUP WINNERS: The 2018 Quality Wool Cup winners, Eastern Eyre. Names listed in story.
CUP WINNERS: The 2018 Quality Wool Cup winners, Eastern Eyre. Names listed in story.

Quality Wool Cup

EASTERN Eyre have won the 2018 Quality Wool Cup after finishing unbeaten in its four matches on Thursday and Friday.

In its seventh year the Quality Wool Cup featured the best under 14 players from across Eyre Peninsula representing their respective associations in twenty20 competition.

Eight teams representing the seven Eyre Peninsula associations played matches at Ravendale Complex, Poole Oval and Centenary Oval.

With a perfect record of four wins from four matches Eastern Eyre finished on eight points ahead of Tumby Bay Dolphins and reigning champions Great Flinders Lions, each with six points.

Following the first day’s action the three teams were unbeaten, as was Far West who scored wins against the two Port Lincoln teams.

The cup reached a grandstand finish on the final afternoon as Eastern Eyre faced Great Flinders at Poole Oval to potentially decide this year’s winner.

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In a thrilling contest Eastern Eyre (4/109) narrowly defeated Great Flinders (7/100) by nine runs to take this year’s cup.

Tumby Bay was not able to end their day on a high note as Lincoln Great Whites handed them their only loss for the competition.

The evenness of this year’s Quality Wool Cup was demonstrated by the fact that most of the teams were able to score at least one win from their four matches.

A number of outstanding individual performances were also seen, with the leading batsmen, bowler and fielder each awarded a commemorative bat signed by SA Redbacks captain and Australian player Travis Head.

Tumby Bay’s Brodie Higgins took out the batting trophy scoring 108 runs from his four innings.

Lincoln Great Whites’ Cameron Izzo was leading bowler, taking six wickets at an average of seven apiece.

Finally Kimba’s Jack Lienert made repeated his performance from last year, once again winning the leading fielder trophy.

Quality Wool’s national wool manager Glen Forbes said this year’s tournament was “one of the best ever”.

“It was great to see all the people around town in their Quality Wool gear and all the kids and families enjoying their time in Port Lincoln,” he said.

EP Junior Cricket president Tom Kenny and SACA country cricket officer Seb Goldsmith also applauded the talent on display and said the competition provided a perfect preparation for players going to represent Eyre Peninsula in the state under 14 Country Cup in the Barossa Valley this week.

Pictured are (back): Oakley Price, Dusty Wheare, Declan Smith, Lachie Jones, Lachie Turner, Lenny McDonough, Trevor McDonough (coach); front: Tom Laas, Max Ramsey (captain), Regan Taheny (captain), Jed Burton and Fletcher Kammermann. Absent: Will Humphries.