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Cleve 9/207 def by Cowell 5-220

It was finals time in the Eastern Eyre Cricket Association on Saturday with top two teams Cleve and Cowell facing off with the winner advancing straight into the grand final.

Cowell won the toss and chose to bat, a decision that bore fruit immediately with openers Zac Crabb and Todd Schumann getting the visitors away to a flyer putting on 94 for the first wicket, Schumann falling for a well made 60.

He was to top score for the Cats, as some poor catching, erratic bowling combined with some clean late hitting from Wykamp in particular saw an excellent total of 5/220 posted.

Pick of the bowlers for Cleve was Pat Jenner who claimed two wickets.

Cleve's chase started with more a splutter than a bang with both openers falling before the score reached 30. When Shannon departed to have the Bombers 3/53, Byrnes and Jenner looked to keep Cleve in the game by keeping the scoreboard ticking over - Byrnes in particular showing real grit to make 58.

A steady loss of wickets was proving costly for Cleve, and despite some lusty hitting late from Claxton in particular saw them come close but ultimately falling 13 runs short.

Alec Klingberg claimed four wickets for Cowell.

Ben Shannon

Darke Peak 123 def by Rudall 7-203

The EECA first semi-final saw Darke Peak host Rudall at Darke Peak on Saturday.

The weather was perfect for cricket, 20s temperature with plenty of cloud cover for the day.

The oval presented well with plenty of opportunity to score runs on a fast outfield.

Rudall Captain Mick Noble won the toss and chose to bat.

He and Caleb Evans took to the crease to open the innings.

Kyron McCallum and Zac Meyer opened the bowling for Darke Peak, bowling a tight line with great conditions aiding the swinging ball.

Caleb Evans was dismissed early, bowled by Meyer for 1 off 16 balls, bringing Jed Burton to the crease.

Burton and Noble continued to build a solid partnership until Jamie Pearson was introduced to the attack taking Burton's wicket, 16 runs, with the score 2/80.

Angus Slack then periodically joined Noble at the crease, adding one run before being bowled by Ash Butterfield.

Jaylyn McCallum, medium pace, and Dustin Harris, leg spin, bowled in a solid partnership for Darke Peak.

McCallum took the wicket of Tom Weiss, bringing Johnny Noble to the crease.

Mick and Johnny Noble formed a partnership of 43, with some typical hard hitting from Johnny, before he was caught off McCallum's bowling, who finished with figures 2/41.

Marty Lovegrove, 15 runs and Mick Noble continues with a 42 run partnership before Lovegrove was bowled by McCallum.

Noble was next out for a brilliantly made 98 runs, bowled by Zac Meyer, who finished with 2 wickets for nine off nine overs.

This saw Rudall finish the innings 7/203, a respectable score on a batting friendly oval.

Darke Peak's Zac Meyer and Dustin Harris opened the batting.

Riley Evans took the new ball for Rudall, not taking long to get through the defences of the Darke Peak top order batsmen, yielding four wickets in his opening spell of bowling.

Jaylyn McCallum joined Damon Ramsey at the crease to put on a 60 run partnership before McCallum was bowled by Ree Martin for 25.

Rain interrupted play for 30 minutes, making for damp conditions for the remainder of the match.

Damon Ramsey controlled the strike and batted fluently until he was caught on the boundary for a well-made 53.

Darke Peak finished the innings all out for 123.

The win to Rudall means they continue on to the Preliminary Final to take on Cleve next Saturday.

Marty Lovegrove