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Country Cricket Top 10 Feats of the Week

It was a weekend dominated by the weather with many fixtures washed out across our FLOW FM Australia network area. The matches that did get played produced many interesting performances. Let's check out out the top 10 feats of the week

10. Kane Steele dominates for Brinkworth/Koolunga

It was another great outing on Saturday for the gold caps as they ventured to Waterval and destroyed the hosts by 126 runs. The win was set up by opener Kane Steele who patiently worked his way to 100 from 133 balls.

He anchored the Brinkworth/Koolunga innings which finished at 6 for 169. It was tough going with the bat at Watervale, with no other batter going past 20 from either side. His match-winning knock was backed up by 4 solid overs with the ball where he conceded just 8 runs.

9. Match winners galore as Burra defeats Spalding/Booborowie in Northern Areas Cricket.

It's a combination of brilliant individual performances that have this fixture making the list. Batting first Burra racked up an imposing total of 9 for 246 with Burra opening batter Sam Mattey doing most of the damage.

Mattey cracked 5 fours and 5 sixes in his knock of 109 which came from just 122 deliveries. Despite the carnage, Spalding/Booborowie's Steven Tohl took 5 for 46, including the prized wicket of Mattey.

In reply, Spalding/Booborowie was on track to chase down the target at drinks with their opener Ben Whalan going at better than a run a ball. He would be dismissed for 97 from just 94 balls which provided to be the beginning of the end for his side. They were bowled out for 186 in the 33rd over.

The wicket of Whalan was taken by Harrison Quinn, who turned in a match-winning performance of his own. Quinn came on at first change and would take 5 for 40 from his 7 overs to turn the game back in the Burra direction. Four potentially match-winning performances in the same match, good luck to the umpires on selecting the man of the match honours here.

8. Wilmington/Melrose bowled out for 22

Belalie Mannanerie are tough nuts to crack in Northern Areas cricket. But no one could have predicted the carnage that took place at Victoria Park. Batting first, Wilmington Melrose lasted just 18.1 overs. Connor McCullum and Extras equal top-scored with 6 and there were 6 ducks in the innings.

There was no, single destroyer for Belalie/Mannanarie with Clarke, Fielding and Simpson all returning the astonishing figures of 3 for 2. For the record, the winners dropped 2 wickets of their own in the run chase, reaching the target in the 7th over.

7. Stansbury and Eastern Districts can't be split.

There was plenty of anticipation ahead of the Lower Yorke Peninsula Cricket Association senior clash between Stansbury and Eastern Districts. Bragging rights between these two sides are important given their close connection in winter as part of the CMS Crows Football Club.

On this occasion, there was even more at stake with it being the top of the table clash. Yet after 90 overs of hard-fought, pulsating local cricket the two sides couldn't be split. Stansbury batted first and finished their 45 overs at 7 for 188. James Moss the batting hero making 86.

In reply, Eastern Districts started well and looked on target to chase down the total. Adam Pitt's 10 overs (2 for 16) helped keep Stansbury in the contest and the game would be decided in the final over of the day's play. Brundell had gone wicketless from his previous 8 overs and when Eastern Districts tied the score with 1 ball remaining they looked like certain winners.

However, pressure does funny things to people and Ayden Hickman lost his castle on the final ball. The scores remain tied and everyone looked for a sister to dance with.

6. Issac McPherson starts Wimmera Mallee Season with a bang.

Rain may have wiped out the rest of Wimmera Mallee Crickets opening round but at Brim Recreation Reserve Issac McPherson celebrated its return with a magnificent hundred.

Brim Kellalac Sheep Hills batted first and McPherson strode to the wicket with his team at 1 for 14. He would remain undefeated on 109 at the end of his team's innings of 3 for 212.

Issac smashed 16 fours and 2 towering sixes during his match-winning knock. The keeper-batsman then produced an excellent stumping in their defence of the total to round out an excellent day's work.

5. Wickets tumble at Watchem

Wimmera Mallee Cricket might not have seen much A-grade action, but the B grade bowlers had a day out at Watchem on Saturday. The gloomy conditions made batting hard work, with the home team dismissed for just 79 inside 30 overs. For Birchip, the hero with the ball was Lachlan Randall who finished with the insane figures of 6 for 8 from just 5.5 overs.

Sadly for Randall, it wasn't enough with his Birchip side bowled out for just 72 in reply. For the Watchem Panthers, it was a match-winning spell from opening bowler Caleb Powell that did the damage. he finished with figures of 5 for 33 from his 8 overs to help his team to a thrilling 7 run win.

4. Jake Prosser Takes a Hat-Trick for Tailem Bend.

To have this feat listed at number 4 tells you what sort of a weekend it was in country cricket. With his team at the foot of the table heading into their clash with Wanderers, Tailem Bend desperately needed a win to get their season back on track.

Enter Jake Prosser.

With Wanderers seemingly cruising at 2 for 51, Prosser trapped Stuart Bartlett (14) plumb LBW for 14 with the final ball of an over. He struck again with the first ball of his next over, completing a superb caught and bowled to dismiss Ben Dawson for 30. He left do doubt with the hat trick ball, cleaning up the stumps of Ashley Brown to turn the game on its head.

Taliem bend would go on to win by just 1 wicket in a thriller, with number 11 batter Jarrad Cheyne smashing a 6 of the second ball he faced to bring up the winning runs.

3. Ned Gorrie smashes 10 sixes for St Arnaud

Back to Wimmera Mallee Cricket's B Grade competition and to the game at King Georges Park which saw an astonishing innings from Ned Gorrie. Chasing 208 for victory against Jeffcott, Gorrie smashed the bowling to all parts on his way to 135 from just 89 deliveries.

Ned whacked an incredible 10 fours and 10 sixes in the innings, bringing up 100 runs in boundaries alone! It wasn't enough for victory though with the rest of his team combining for only 44 runs to be bowled out for 179.

2. Meningie bowl out Perponda for 16 in Murray Towns Cricket

With only 10 players available for their A2 clash with Meningie in Murray Towns cricket, Perponda was always going to be up against it. despite this they did a pretty good job with the ball, restricting Meningie to 7 for 162 from their 40 overs.

That's where the positive news stops.

In reply, Perponda worked their way to 1 for 8 before it happened. They would lose 7 wickets for their next 5 runs and when Sparks fell with the score at 16 it was all over. Bowled out inside 10 overs for just 16 with a total of 6 ducks!

If anyone is aware of a lower senior score in country cricket please leave the details in the comments.

1. Jack Lienert takes 9 wickets in an innings for Buckleboo in Eastern Eyre Cricket

When Buckleboo finished their innings at 5 for 256 I'm sure the sandwiches were going down easy. Darke Peak wasn't chasing that down and it was just a matter of how quickly the end would come.

Buckleboo opening bowler, young gun Jack Lienert clearly has somewhere else to be. He was a man in a hurry, taking the first 5 wickets of the innings in quick succession to have the Peak reeling at 5 for 19. Darke Peak middle-order batter Shane Jericho didn't read the script and lost his castle to the gentle medium pace of Jordan Stutley.

Clearly incensed that another man dared take a wicket, Leinert proceeded to collect the remaining 4 Darke Peak wickets and finish with the ridiculous figures of 9 for 15 from 8 overs. It's fair to say the Buckleboo stumps collected more cherries than the Darke Peak bats during the day's play.

Jack Lienert represented the under 14 Redbacks Country Red team in 2019. This young man has a big future ahead of him.

Congratulations to Jack Lienert for collecting this week's FLOW FM Australia Country Cricket Feat of the Week. Your prize is my eternal admiration.......unless we find a sponsor....... then maybe we'll be in touch.


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