The Eastern Eyre twenty:20 cricket carnival was scheduled to be played Saturday, January 6, however with a weather forecast of temperature greater then 40 degrees, it was decided to reschedule to the following day when conditions would be much more enjoyable for all.
Unfortunately last years Twenty:20 champions, Darke Peak were unable to fill a side for the carnival therefore had to forfeit the day.
In the first round of games; Lock were bowled out for 31 giving Cowell an easy target which they ran down in three overs.
In the other game, Rudall were into bat first but were dismissed for a score of 64 after 14 overs Cleve reached their target two down in the 12th over.
The second round began with Zachlan Transports beers safely still sitting at home with no sixes been hit for the day so far and Lock heading for the bar as they were scheduled to play Darke Peak.
Cowell and Rudall faced off on oval two, Rudall started with the bat setting a target for Cowell of 80 runs, Cowell thinking they should be able to get the runs with overs to spare was not the case and were all out for 60.
Darke Peak’s forfeit gave Port Neill two points and a later start to start the day before they took on Cleve for Cleve’s second game.
Cleve set a decent target of 141 for Port Neill to chase down, which they were able to do in the 20th over.
Port Neill’s win put them through to the final on four points.
The second position in the final was very close with Cowell just scrapping in by 0.074.
The final was a close game played between Port Neill and Cowell, Cowell batted first, putting 123 runs on the board for Port Neill to chase down.
Port Neill certainly had Cowell worried towards the end of the game however Port Neill were still 15 runs short at the end of the final over.
Cowell were congratulated for their win with a $500 cash cheque donated by the Commercial Hotel Cowell, Port Neill also didn’t go home empty handed with $200 cheque donated by the Cleve Hotel Motel.
The Cowell Home Timber and Hardware batting prize went to Ryan Selkirk of Port Neill with 72 runs.
The bowling prize also donated by Cowell Home Timber and Hardware was awarded to Carl Jaeschke of Cowell with five wickets.
The Cowell IGA award of the day went to Milly Morton from Lock for making two of the 31 runs in their first game and Tarkyn Selkirk for being so young and making up the team.
Zachlan Transport sixes prizes were Cowell with five, Port Neill 12, Cleve five, Rudall one and Lock nil.
The Eastern Eyre Cricket Association would like to thank all the sponsors for their support and Cowell for hosting the day.