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  • Jason Regan

Country Cricket FEATS OF THE WEEK November 27

Another Saturday has passed us by and the best cricketers around our FLOW FM Australia network area have once again made their submissions for this prestigious list.

I've been asked a few times throughout the week about what criteria I use when putting this list together. There are a couple of things important to note if you want to make this list.

The rule of thumb is the following. At the very least, a hundred with the bat or a 5fer with the ball. Or your team needs to have done something extraordinary......good or bad. A great catch won't get you in unless there is video proof and it gets sent to me. If I haven't seen it, it didn't happen.

Secondly, I have to know about it. Every Sunday morning I troll through the My Cricket website, looking for worthy contenders. If your club hasn't updated the results on My Cricket or sent me the details, then you miss out. Don't whine about it, kick the bum of whoever forget to load the details quickly enough.

You can email me or send me a link on messenger via our FLOW SPORTS Facebook page.

With that said let's start with another batch of honourable mentions that didn't quite make the cut for this weeks top 10.

  • In the Great Flinders Cricket Association, Kapinnie/Mount Hope champ Brad Hazelgrove starred again with the bat in his teams T20 victory over Cummins. Hazel smashed 9 fours and 2 sixes on his way to 83 from 52 balls. Three figures would have got you on the list Hazel. Uber unlucky.

  • In the Colac and District Cricket Association Div 2 clash between Irrewarra and City United, Irrewarra batter Jamie Dunne cracked 18 fours on his way to 94. A great knock, but see above as to what you need to do to make the main list here.

  • T20 matches continued in Cricket Albury/Wodonga's Provincial competition. In the Second Grade comp, Howlong skipper Caleb Hobbs was at it again. Hobbs smashed 4 fours and 5 sixes en route to 70 from 43 deliveries to open the innings. But, no hundred and his team lost. No list for you.

Let's look at the legends that did make the grade. Here are your top 10 Country Cricket FEATS OF THE WEEK.

10. Clint Gillings takes 5 for Watervale in Stanley Cricket

Bowlers keep telling me a 5fer is equal to a hundred for a batter.

Therefore, Clint Gillings effort in the A2 grade clash between Watervale and Lower North qualifies for consideration. However, it wasn't just how many Gillings picked up but who and when. Lower North batted first and seemed to be cruising at 1 for 60 before Gillings was thrown the ball.

Gillings ran through the Lower North top and middle-order, taking the next five wickets to fall in the innings. Five of the top six Lower North wickets were in his pocket and Lower North had gone from cruising to struggling at 6 for 79. A match-winning spell.

9. Reekie carries his bat for Jeffcott and takes three wickets

It's not often a player is involved in every ball bowled in a match. Tom Reekie opened the Jeffcott innings in their B Grade clash with Birchip and carried his bat through the full 40 overs. He finished unbeaten on 76 as his team posted a solid total of 3 for 176.

After receiving a few pats on the back and enjoying a quick drink, Reekie trotted back onto the ground and marked out his run-up to opening the Jeffcott bowling. He would roll down 8 brilliant overs finishing with figures of 3 for 17.

8. Mannum and Monarto both produce 5fers in a bowler-friendly clash

Mannum has been the big story of the year in Murray Towns cricket this season with another impressive win on Saturday over Monarto. batting first, Mannum would post 178 in their 40 overs.

Harley Hansen was tossed the Kooka with Mannum cruising at 2 for 60 and the in-form Mannum skipper Nick Lindner looking ominous. Hansen took the prized wicket of Lindner and went on to rout the Mannum middle and lower order to finish with 5 for 46 from 8 overs.

In reply, Monarto's run chase got off to a good start with the opening pair of Matthews and Samblich putting on 50 odd of the first wicket. A few quick wickets fell and Samblich was the only man standing between Mannum and an easy win. Skipper Lindner brought on Kieren Hancock as the 7th bowler used for Mannum. He had an immediate effect.

Hancock needed less than 4 overs of work to claim 5 Monarto wickets, including the prized wicket of Samblich for 56. Hancock finished with the figures of 5 for 19 from 3.5 overs. A very handy short spell of work.

7. Carger dominates with bat and ball for Rendelsham in Millicent and Districts Cricket

Townies skipper Matt Smith said through the week he was looking forward to the challenge of playing the in-form Rendelsham in Millicent and Districts crickets A grade match of the round. Apparently, Jacob Carger was also looking forward to playing Townies.

Opening the bowling for Rendelsham, Carger helped contain the Townies batting lineup to just 156, taking 4 for 17 in a great 8 over spell. He would return to open the run chase and continue terrorising the Townies team, cracking a brilliant 89 to help set up an easy win.

6. Smith routs Angaston as Hamley Bridge claim victory

After setting an imposing total of 8 for 204 from the 40 overs, home side Hamley Bridge was in the box seat to win its Barossa and Light A2 clash with Angaston on Saturday. Two early wickets put Angaston on the back foot early before Lade joined Doecke at the crease.

The pair set about getting the run chase back on track, taking the score to 99 before Lade fell. But, Doecke remained and was looking dangerous. Tom Smith was tossed the ball and quickly claimed the scalp of Doecke but he wasn't finished there. Smith wrapped up the tail and finished with impressive figures of 5 for 11 from just 7 overs. Angaston was bowled out for just 143 and Smith's match-winning spell was the difference.

5. Rand bowled out for 66 and still win comfortably

I think it's fair to say the conditions at Rand Oval on Saturday favoured the bowlers.

The visiting Osborne won the toss and sent Rand to the crease first. It looked like a masterstroke with the visitors routing the Rand top order. At 5 for 23 Rand was in desperate trouble and, despite a quickfire 20 from skipper Bryce Swift, was eventually all out for just 66.

Never judge a pitch until both teams have batted.

Rand struck early with the new ball and kept striking. At 4 for 17 Osbourne was teetering and Brayden Lieschke had already done serious damage. Both openers fell to Lieschke's bowling and he wasn't finished there. He claimed the wickets of Ed Perryman and Tom Howard for ducks and watched on as Joe Perryman was run out.

Conlon would be Lieschke's fifth victim and when Howard lost his wicket Osborne was all out for just.........30 in 10.4 overs. Incredible bowling from Lieschke saw him return match-winning figures of 5 for 8 from just 5 overs.

4. Mattey records second century for Burra in consecutive matches

Burra is flying in Northern Areas Cricket to start the season and their good form continued on Saturday. At home on Saturday to visiting Belalie Mannanarie, Burra won the toss and elected to bat first with opener Sam Mattey coming off a magnificent 109 in his last innings.

Again Mattey would dominate for Burra, crashing 7 fours and 4 sixes in a deja vu knock of 109 from just 110 deliveries. Burra finished their 40 overs at 5 for 283 and was never in trouble during the run chase. Another match-winning knock by Mattey who has close to 300 runs under his belt in just 5 innings to start the season.

3. Cruel Cullinun and Big Bad Baird set alight to Fire Brigade in Red Cliffs Cricket

Curlwaa batted first in their B grade clash against Fire Brigade in Red Cliff's cricket. Opener Jason Cullinan dispatched the Fire Brigade bowling to all parts of Curlwaa Recreation Reserve, eventually falling for a magnificent 118.

In reply, Fire Brigade was left floundering in the run chase with opening bowler Peter Baird the destroyer. Big Bad Baird claimed 6 of the top 7 batters for Fire Brigade to finish with the ridiculous figures of 7 overs, 5 maidens, 6 for 4. Fire Brigade was bowled out for just 56 and 9 islander players had barely broken into a sweat.

2. Handtke massacres Light Pass bowling in Barossa and Light cricket

Rain the previous Saturday turned round 4 of A1 matches into one-day fixtures. The visiting Light Pass won the toss at Sandy Creek and elected to bat. Light Pass did well to post a competitive total of 192 for the home side to chase.

Sandy Creek lost their first wicket with the score at just 6, bringing the in-form Rhys Handtke to the crease. He would only leave after the winning runs were hit in the 33rd over, having smashed his way to an unbeaten 120 from just 94 balls. Handtke blasted 10 fours and 8 sixes during his knock which made the tricky run chase a walk in the park.

1. Caccaviello send six batters to the pavilion with Ducks

The top spot on this weeks list belongs to the Horsham Cricket Association and Tony Caccaviello from the Noradjuha Toolondo Bullants. After batting first at Sunnyside Rec Reserve against Homers (what a great name for a cricket club), the Bullants were left to defend just 106.

Caccaviello opened the Bullants bowling and was almost impossible to play in bowler-friendly conditions. Tony needed just 6 overs to return insane figures of 8 for 11 while handing 6 Homers batters a duck. They were bowled out for just 42.

Congratulations Tony Caccaviello for being the third man to top the FLOW FM Australia Top 10 FEATS OF THE WEEK. More men have worked on the face of the moon than have been named number one on this prestigious list. If only we had a prize for you......


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