Eyre Peninsula impresses at carnival

An impressive Eyre Peninsula side missed the grand final by only percentage at the 2021 South Australian Cricket Association Senior Country Cup in Adelaide this month.

Eyre Peninsula won two of its opening three matches, but was denied a place in the decider by 0.01 per cent.

The carnival started with a victory against Yorke Peninsula by six wickets.

Yorke Peninsula were bowled out for 138, with Brad Hazelgrove reaching a half-century as EP made 4/139 in response.

Blake Gutsche led the way for Yorke Peninsula with 43 runs, however stellar bowling from Joe Walker, 4/19, plus 3/23 from both Josh Threadgold and Jackson Murphy, had Eyre Peninsula in a good position.

EP lost openers Tom Davey for one and Joel Fitzgerald for two which left them at 2/11, but Hazelgrove starred with an unbeaten 67 from 122 deliveries.

He hit eight fours and a six, while a 67-run partnership with Marley Butler, 21 runs, was vital in the chase.

That was followed the next day by a devastating final-ball defeat against Murray Districts/Barrier.

Chasing Murray Districts/Barrier's 9/189, Eyre Peninsula were all out for 188.

Murphy was the pick of the EP bowlers as he took 4/30 from his 10 overs, with Haydon Thorpe the best of the Murray Districts/Barrier batsmen with 44 runs.

It was another slow start for Eyre Peninsula as the wickets of Fitzgerald, Davey and Bredon Smart left them 3/27.

Hazelgrove and Butler again combined, this time for a partnership of 83, before Butler was stumped for 34.

After Hazelgrove had his stumps knocked over for an innings-best 59 it was left to Walker, 36 not out from 40 balls, to steer Eyre Peninsula toward the total.

The tension mounted as Ethan Kwaterski and Threadgold were removed to leave the score 9/187.

Needing two runs to win from the final delivery, Jack Shanley was run out to give Murray Districts/Barrier the points.

The final match was another thriller as Eyre Peninsula bounced back with a two-run win against Northern.

Eyre Peninsula this time opened the batting and posted 10/195, with Northern falling short on 8/193.

There were contributors throughout, led by Davey's 31 from 27 deliveries.

Openers Fitzgerald and Harry Degner got the innings up and running with 30 and 24 runs respectively, while Butler added 20 runs and Liam O'Dea 30 in the middle order.

Good Eyre Peninsula bowling meant it was slow going early on for Northern, yet 52 runs from Craig Shirley had them in sight.

A quickfire 28 from Alex Morgan made for a close finale, but Northern ran out of overs.

Shanley, Walker and Smart all picked up two wickets.

With Eyre Peninsula missing out on the grand final, they played a final match against Fleurieu and Districts.

The match had to be abandoned due to the weather, but not before a fine Fleurieu and Districts batting display as they ended 7/232.

This was largely thanks to Ryan King's incredible 95 from 35 balls, with 10 fours and eight sixes.

He and Ben Matthews combined for a century partnership, until King was removed by Threadgold.

Threadgold was the pick of the bowlers with 4/21 from his 10 overs.

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