Rudall 10/76 lost to Cowell 3/288
THE Eastern Eyre Cricket Association second semi-final was played between Rudall and Cowell, with the undefeated Rudall side hosting the day.
Summer weather returned abruptly with temperatures reaching the mid 30s before the first over was bowled.
A large crowd congregated to make the most of the weather.
Cowell won the toss and elected to bat.
Without a zephyr of breeze to aid the Rudall opening bowlers, Johnny Noble and Riley Evans, Cowell’s Todd Schumann and Carl Jaeschke quickly found themselves very comfortable at the batting crease.
Runs came easily for both batters, especially Schumann, dispatching the ball at will to all parts of the Rudall sports ground, quickly bringing up his century.
With heat resembling that of February, the Rudall side were pleased to take a drinks break.
Following the break, the Rudall opening bowlers resumed in the attack, this resulted in Riley Evans taking both the Cowell opening batters wickets in his returning spell.
Firstly, Jaeschke was caught for 56 and Schumann, 117 from 75 balls, a grand opening partnership of 172 runs.
Rudall’s Johnny Noble bowled tightly throughout the onslaught finishing with nine overs for 31 runs.
Fiegert and Starr finished the first innings off with an unbeaten 105-run partnership, providing Cowell with a very impressive first innings score of 288.
Rudall began the mountainous chase however, any hope was short lived with tight bowling from Zane Wykamp and Judd Wykamp.
Although the chase was conceded, good resistance was shown from Caleb Evans making 22 and Dave Smith, with a team high score of 31.
To cap off Todd Schumann’s stunning day, he came on to bowl to dismiss the Rudall tail, finishing the day with bowling figures of 5/10.
Cowell, in scintillating form, progressed through to the A grade grand final to be played at Cowell in two weeks.
Rudall will now play Port Neill in a preliminary final on Saturday.
Cowell 9/99 lost to Cleve 8/145
Cowell and Cleve B grade were front and centre at the complex for the first week of finals.
It was a terribly uncomfortable temperature outside, which led to a lot of moaning and groaning from the Cowell side who were to field first.
Cleve got off to a formidable start with Pat Jenner (32) and Max Ramsey (25) getting runs on the board early.
Jake Klingberg rocked up and managed to take 4/25, to be the pick of the bowlers.
Other smaller contributions from the rest of the side gave Cleve a respectable score of 8/145.
Hot and bothered, Cowell were optimistic about their ability to chase down the score, especially with the likes of Nic Gale looking very healthy.
The top order batsmen got off to reasonable starts but none of them managed to make a formidable score to anchor the innings.
Tony McFarlane topped scored with 25 runs.
Unfortunately for Cowell, they fell a fair way short of the run chase.
This was not an easy pill to swallow, especially after becoming accustomed to victory during the season.
Cleve were too good on the day, with all of their bowlers taking at least one wicket.
Max Ramsey was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2/6.
In the elimination final, Lock forfeited to Rudall, putting Rudall straight into the preliminary final.
Saturday will see the Eastern Eyre Cricket Association preliminary finals played.
In the A grade, Rudall will host Port Neill for a chance to redeem themselves against Cowell in the grand final.
In the B grade, Cowell and Rudall will go head to head in Cleve in an attempt to face off against Cleve in the grand final.
In the juniors, Port Neill and Rudall will face off at Rudall, with Darke Peak already in the grand final.