Cleve 184 lost to Port Neill 7/194
CLEVE hosted Port Neill on Saturday in the second to last round of the Eastern Eyre Cricket Association A grade competition.
Home skipper Ben Shannon won the toss and chose to bat, hoping to post a competitive total despite missing several regular players.
The Bombers lost an early wicket but this brought Ethan Kwaterski in to join Shannon and the two kept the scoreboard ticking over until drinks before Kwaterski fell for 32, with the partnership yielding 86 runs.
Shannon was undeterred, and had three figures in his sights before holing out in the deep off Tom Masters for 91.
Some lusty late order hitting saw the hosts post a competitive 184.
Pick of the bowlers for Port Neill was Max Fauser who claimed three wickets.
The removal of dangerman Davey did little to dampen the run chase; the Bombers managed a few quick wickets to have the game in the balance however at 4/89.
The visitors chase began at a brisk pace, with Tom Davey and Sid Masters batting aggressively.
The removal of danger man Davey did little to dampen the run chase.
The Bombers managed a few quick wickets to have the game in the balance however at 4/89.
Cooper Llewellyn and Damien Hannemann steadied things for Port Neill, putting on 65 for the fifth wicket to have victory in sight.
Port Neill made hard work of it at times but eventually passed the target in the last over of the day, with Cleve left to rue what might have been after dropping several catches to go with some poor ground fielding.
Geoff Rissman and Shannon were the pick of the bowlers with two wickets each.
Rudall is sitting on top of the Eastern Eyre Cricket Association A grade ladder clear by five matches from Port Neill.
This week’s final minor round matches will decide which two other teams will make finals, with Cowell, Cleve and Darke Peak all sitting equal third on 30 points.
Cleve will have to overcome Rudall at home on Saturday, while Darke Peak and Cowell will face off with Port Neill and Lock respectively.
Port Neill will need to win at Darke Peak to ensure it retains its spot in the finals.
The grand final will be played at Cowell on March 24.