Rudall take out junior cricket premiership

PREMIERS: The Rudall junior side took out the grand final at the weekend. Names in story.
PREMIERS: The Rudall junior side took out the grand final at the weekend. Names in story.

Cleve 8/104 def by Rudall 4/106

In cool and brisk conditions at Cowell, Cleve won the toss and elected to bat in the Eastern Eyre Cricket Association junior grand final.

Openers Angus Turner and Curtis Newlyn were steady, with runs hard to come by.

Rudall's bowlers were tight, with only two runs in the first two overs.

Rudall struck in the third over, Newlyn falling to Riley Evans lbw.

Campbell Fennell joined Turner at the crease and put on a good partnership, before Turner was caught short in a terrific run out by Kale Roberts and Riley Evans for 24.

Fennell was batting well, running several singles and very well supported by Regan Taheny, who after belting a six retired on 25.

Fennell lost Zane Crettenden (3), caught by Angus Dunn off part time bowler Timothy Hannemann. 

He then lost concentration on 22, with the score at 4/93.

Wickets continued to fall cheaply, with Hannemann picking up five for 20 runs off only five overs, with three of these in his fourth over.

At the end of the 28 overs, Cleve were 8/104.

Rudall openers Brayden Crosby and Riley Evans set about the run chase with good batting, patience and placement.

Crosby retired on 25 from 19 balls, bringing in Jed Burton.

Missed opportunities in the field saw Evans and Burton put on a good partnership, before Crettenden bowled Burton for eight in the 15th over.

Evans fell soon after, again to Crettenden, bowled for 24.

Oakley Price and Timothy Hannemann combined well together, but tight bowling from Cleve slowed their run rate down and gave spectators a game to watch.

In the 25th over, Cleve's Jack Grosser dismissed Hannemann for 13, then quickly followed by Tedd Weiss, bowled Ned Schubert for no score.

The game was in the balance, with Rudall needing six runs with only two overs to spare.

Youngster Angus Dunn joined Price who had shown composure throughout his innings.

A single to Dunn put Price on strike, hitting a four to seal the win.

Price not out for 19.

Pick of the bowlers for Cleve was Zane Crettended, 2/15 and for Rudall, Timothy Hannemann 5/20.

It was overall a great game of cricket, well fitted for a grand final.

Pictured from back are Bailey Matters, Jason Burton (coach), Cooper Matters, Timothy Hannemann, Brayden Crosby, Tedd Weiss, Oakley Price; front: Kale Roberts, Tex Price, Jed Burton, Riley Evans (c), Angus Dunn and Josh Crosby.