Win morale boost for Lock


Port Neill 65 def by Lock 70

Lock juniors finished their season on a high with a win away over Port Neill on the weekend.

Ports hosted Lock for the last minor round game of the season, with both sides only able to find ten players.

Dusty Wheare opened the batting with Jai Gray, with runs coming slowly against some good bowling by Declan Smith and Ky Lewis, before Gray was bowled by Lewis.

The wickets continued to tumble at steady intervals, but through this Wheare batted well to retire on 26.

A good middle order partnership between Aleysha Penna (9) and Josh Kammerman (6 not out) added 21 runs to the score, until Penna stepped on her stumps.

The Lock tail continued to wag until the 25th over, nudging the score along to 8/70.

Port Neill bowled the entire team, with the best being Thomas Laas picking up 2/4 from two overs, and Brayden Lawrie getting his first ever wicket with 2/2.

Ky Lewis stepped up, with his first effort with the new ball taking 1/18 from his six overs.

Port Neill's run chase started well until newly promoted opener Thomas Turner (3) lost his stumps to Tait Hetzel in the third over.

Declan Smith compiled eight before he was bowled at the other end by Samuel Pearce.

This signaled yet another monumental collapse by the Port Neill side, as the next seven batsmen could only manage seven runs between them.

The Lock bowlers simply kept putting the ball on the stumps, and the batsmen were not good enough to keep them out, with seven of them being bowled.

Thomas Laas played yet another great captain's innings to retire on 27, but could not find anyone to support him.

Depsite the terrible batting, and being all out after just 14 overs, Port Neill only fell five runs short at 8/65, as Lock recorded a morale boosting win to finish their season.

Pearce (2/33) and Hetzel (3/23) bowled well to do the damage early, while Jaidyn Beard chipped in with 2/5 to clean up the tail.

Port Neill heads into finals in third place, and will be taking on fourth-placed Cowell in a knockout final on the weekend.

Rudall finished on top of the ladder, and will play off against second-placed Cleve for the first spot in the grand final.

The winner of Port Neill and Cowell will face off against Cleve or Rudall for the remaining spot in the grand final.

Darke Peak finished the season in fifth place and will not take part in finals.

Lock finishes up in sixth, an additional game behind the Peak.