Eastern Eyre Cricket | PHOTOS

Port Neill 178 def by Cleve 7/179

Port Neill won the toss and chose to bat, and if you had only watched the first 20 overs you would have thought a run chase of less than 80 was on the cards for Cleve's batsmen.

On the second ball of the innings, Ryan Selkirk edged to first slip and was put down, and he went on the make the most of that second chance.

The rest of Port Neill's batting lineup failed to reach double figures with four ducks among them until number 11 batsman Kalvy Hartwig, who got the call up late Friday night, came to the crease with other ideas.

Remarkably him and Selkirk put on a 99 run stand facing out 19 overs and getting Port Neill's total to a very competitive 178.

Selkirk finished on an outstanding knock of 104, and Harwig a crafty 35 not out.

Cleve's bowlers all bowled well, Dylan Jenner with three wickets and Angus Turner with two doing the damage.

Hayden Donohue and Turner opened up the batting for Cleve against D Smith and Max Fauser.

Tight bowling from both ends saw the first wicket come in the 12th over when Donohue missed a straight one from Fauser.

Ben Shannon put on a quick 26 before he skied one to Tom Masters.

Ethan Kwaterski (3) and Lachlan Shambrook (11) both came and went leaving the score at 4/110 after 30 overs which made it anyone's game.

Jenner and Turner set about chasing the total down before Turner's luck came to an end, seeing him go for a well-made 53.

Jenner's 26 was what Cleve needed to get them close enough to the total and allow them to run it down at the end of 43 overs.

The pick of Port Neill's bowlers was Fauser with 2/27 off his nine overs.