The weekend marked the first round of the Henderson Shield inter-association cricket competition, with Eastern Eyre taking on Great Flinders and Kimba hosting Port Lincoln.
Both A and B grade sides for Eastern Eyre went down in Rudall and Lock respectively.
A Grade: Eastern Eyre 198 def by Great Flinders 6/203
Round one of the 2018/19 A grade Henderson Shield saw Eastern Eyre host Great Flinders at Rudall on Saturday.
The weather was favourable for cricket, dodging the extreme heat throughout the week.
A gentle southerly breeze kept the temperature to a pleasant 27 degrees.
The oval presented well with plenty of opportunity to score runs on a fast outfield.
Eastern Eyre Captain M Noble won the toss and chose to bat.
He and D Jenner took to the crease to open the innings.
J Green and A Mahoney opened the bowling for Great Flinders, bowling with good pace and a tight line.
Runs came quickly, with some fortunate edges coming from the bat of Jenner.
The opening batters started to look comfortable with some powerful hookshots from Jenner and solid drives from Noble.
Jenner, on 18 runs, was dismissed with the team score at 41, bringing Jaeschke to the crease.
Jaeschke and Noble continued to build a solid partnership until C Paech was introduced to the attack taking Noble’s wicket, 30 runs, with his first ball.
B Shannon joined Jaeschke at the crease, adding a quick 20 runs from 18 balls until being caught at mid on.
Paech and J Green for Great Flinders combined to bowl leg spin for 20 continuous over.
The pair skittled through the Eastern Eyre middle order with little resistance, which eventually yielded Green figures 10 overs, 6 wickets for 53 and Paech 10 overs, 1 wicket for 17 runs.
This bowling partnership firmly placed the match in Great Flinders’ favour.
Z Meyer came to the crease at number 8 and put Eastern Eyre back into the match.
An innings of smart and powerful hitting saw him bowled, for 54 off 47 balls, with 3 balls to spare in the innings.
This saw Eastern Eyre all out of 198, a respectable score on a batting friendly oval.
Great Flinders captain X Watson and AE Glover opened the batting for Great Flinders.
Watson proved very solid with the bat, looking comfortable against the Eastern Eyre opening bowlers J Wykamp and G Rissman.
Glover offered early chances and was eventually bowled by Wykamp within what was a fast an accurate spell of bowling.
Watson was dismissed for 28 when T Weiss was introduced into the attack, hitting a short ball straight to the cover fielder.
After the wicket of Paech, Jay Green was joined by B Fitzgerald at the crease.
The partnership of 59 runs placed Great Flinders in a strong position.
Fitzgerald was dismissed with the score at 144.
Slower pace bowling seemed more successful throughout the day with good spells from Jenner and Meyer.
However, a few missed chances allowed ‘man of the match’ J Green, 84 not out, to steer Great Flinders to victory with twelve balls to spare.
Round two of the Henderson Shield takes Eastern Eyre to Wudinna next week to take on Le Hunte.
B Grade: Eastern Eyre 156 def by Great Flinders 8/192
The first B grade Association game of the new year was held at the Lock town oval.
With the weather forecasted to be in the high 30s, the players were keen to get the game off and going.
Eastern Eyre’s captain J Schiller won the toss and sent Great Flinders into bat on the bouncy Lock pitch.
With Cleve’s R Schumann and Rudall’s R Martin opening the bowling early wickets were the key, but the opening batters had other ideas.
J Secker and C Buddle batted through to drinks with the score at 89, and continued the opening partnership until the 27th over with the score reaching 96.
A Butterfield found the breakthrough by collecting C Buddle, who was well caught out by C Evans for 31.
The batters fell at regular intervals through the rest of the innings but Great Flinders succeeded to bat out their 50 overs and reach the score of 8/192.
J Secker had the top score with a well compiled 66 and after some late innings big hitting off L Crabb’s leg spinners, C Pavey finished on an unbeaten 42.
R Martin and J Schiller both collected three wickets and A Butterfield claimed two.
Coincidentally, only left handed bowlers took wickets in the first innings.
With a large target to chase, the Eastern Eyre batters started shakily, with both opening batters recording ducks.
J Pearson and M Gibbs steadied the ship with a partnership of 50, but both fell to the bowling of F Paech.
Pearson claimed the top socre of 41 while Gibbs finished on 22.
The Eastern Eyre batters continued to fall throughout the innings, and after some nice tail-end batting by F Slape, R Schumann and R Martin the Eastern Eyre score finishing on 156 after being bowled out.
The Great Flinders bowlers shared around the wickets with J Treloar, F Paech, T Crettenden and A Foster all collecting two and M Nicholls and R Doolan finding one each.
All ten wickets in the second innings were taken through catches.
Great Flinders finished deserving winners by 36 runs.
The next association game will be held this Saturday, at Kyancutta against Le Hunte.