Darke Peak 10/138 lost to Port Neill 1/144
THE elimination final between Darke Peak and Port Neill was played in hot and still conditions at the Peak.
The game looked like it could get ugly based on previous results with Darke Peak crushing Port Neill by eight wickets only a week prior.
Darke Peak won the toss and elected to bat.
The in-form Meyer and Haines opened the batting with a positive mindset from the beginning.
But tight bowling from Port Neill’s openers T. Masters and Fauser had Meyer (4) caught brilliantly at fine leg by T. Masters off the bowling of Fauser.
Stutley (0) followed shortly after bowled T. Masters.
J. Schubert (5) was the next to go chopping on to be bowled by T.Masters.
Jamie ‘Yappa’ Pearson got a taste of his own medicine when he arrived at the crease, copping it from all angles.
This rattled him as he hit one straight to Davey, bowled by Fauser for one.
Ramsey joined Haines who was holding up his end nicely.
At 4/27, this partnership was crucial.
It was a good one for the Peak with the experienced Ramsey and level headed Haines taking the total to 93 when Haines (39) was caught B. Lienert, bowled Llewellyn.
The damaging B. Pearson wandered to the crease showing his respect for the heat of the day with his bright yellow legionnaire’s hat.
He shared a partnership of nine with Ramsey before Ramsey chopped on, bowled Llewellyn for a well-made 33.
B. Pearson followed next over with a sharp catch in gully by B. Lienert.
K. Schubert not out (27) added valuable runs with Butterfield (0), McCallum (0) and Harris (5) to see the innings close at 10/138
‘Duck’ Davey and S. Masters opened the batting for the Magpies and B. Pearson opened the bowling, in an interesting tactic, bowling around the wicket.
It paid instant dividends having Davey (0) out leg before wicket.
The finals specialist Solly joined Masters at the crease and together they put on an unbeaten partnership of 144 in which S. Masters hit his maiden century in Eastern Eyre Cricket Association with an unbeaten knock of 109 off 75 balls.
Solly (23) played an important role for the Magpies holding up one end.
B. Pearson was the best of the bowlers for the Peak with figures of 1/22 off his eight overs.
Port Neill will now face off against Rudall, who are recovering from their first loss of the season in the semi-final, in the preliminary final on Saturday.
The successful team will then face Cowell in the grand final at Cowell on Saturday, March 24.