Tumby Bay 10/157 defeated by Eastern Eyre 6/158
TUMBY Bay hosted Eastern Eyre on Saturday in the annual Henderson Shield competition.
The hosts, last season’s finalists, were looking to get a win after a first up loss to Kimba, while Eastern Eyre were looking to start their campaign with a victory after a disappointing winless effort the previous season.
Tumby won the toss and with rain about had no hesitation in batting first.
It began disastrously for Tumby, losing opener Butler with the third ball of the day to Kwaterski.
Keeper-batsman Telfer was joined by his skipper Walker and the pair looked to consolidate their innings after the early setback.
Walker fell to a sharp catch at first slip to Eastern Eyre skipper Mick Noble off debutant Rissman.
Telfer then began to open the shoulders, dispatching the bowling to all corners.
He raced along to 32 before being bowled by Shannon, and following his departure Tumby Bay’s innings lost all momentum, losing wickets at regular intervals, thanks in part to some excellent fielding from the visitors, with Todd Schumann and Ethan Kwaterski in particular taking exceptional catches running back with the flight - the latter to remove the dangerous Nigel James.
They were dismissed in the 46th over for a competitive 157, no easy task with the slow outfield.
Aside from Telfer the pick of the batsmen was Stratford, who remained unbeaten on 28 while for Eastern Eyre, Ben Shannon claimed three wickets.
Eastern Eyre’s run chase began in circumspect fashion and after losing Schumann early, Noble and Shannon looked to make inroads into the target.
Both gave chances which were not held and the pair put on 60 before Shannon fell for 34.
Noble was playing well, finding the boundary to have command of the chase, to take his team to three figures, before he and Jaeschke fell in quick succession.
This brought together Kwaterski and Davey, who batted with resolve and maturity, to take their team to within seven of the target before they both fell just as the job was nearly done.
Eastern Eyre passed their target in the 45th over for the loss of six wickets.
It was a case of what could have been for Tumby, who grassed several chances.
Eastern Eyre now host Kimba on the January 20 at Cleve, to attempt to get to their first final for several seasons.
The A grade will be played at the Cleve oval, while B grade will be played at Rudall.
The junior Horgan Shield will be played at Cleve Area School.
The Henderson Shield and Horgan Shield final will be played on February 4.