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  • Jason Regan

Eastern Eyre too good for Le Hunte in Henderson Shield Cricket

Eastern Eyre enjoyed a clean sweep of wins in their Association matches against Le Hunte on Saturday. The A grade match was dominated by a former Le Hunte star with Jordan Stutley smashing his new Association to victory in what was otherwise a tight match up.

Henderson Shield A grade @ Cleve Oval

Le Hunte Skipper Kane Grocke won the toss and elected to bat on an overcast afternoon at Cleve Oval. Le Hunte lost early wickets and found themselves in deep trouble at 6 for 34.

Jake Sampson was joined at the crease by Kysen Shepperd and the pair set about rescuing the innings. The pair took the score to 100 before Sampson (28) lost his stumps to the bowling of Pearson. Stringer (7) and skipper Grocke (22) provided enough support to Sheppard to allow him to bring up a well-made half-century.

Sheppard fell shortly after for an even 50 to end the Le Hunte innings at 156 in the 39th over. Best with the ball for Eastern Eyre was Jack Lienert who finished with figures of 4 for 29 from 8 overs.

In reply, the Eastern Eyre run chase began disastrously with Joel Fitzgerald dismissed from the first ball of the innings caught by Chapman from the bowling of Grocke. Jordan Stutley strode to the wicket to take on his former Le Hunte mates and set about making them chase leather.

Stutley smashed his way to 100 from 94 balls, belting 12 fours and 5 sixes in a masterful display of hitting. When Stutley holed out to Gosling from the bowling of Allen the score was at 151 and Eastern Eyre needed just 6 more for victory. Sheppard smashed the winning runs in just the 30th over ensuring an early finish.

Henderson Shield B grade @ Rudall Oval

A very early finish was in order in the B grade clash with Le Hunte winning the toss and batting first. Skipworth (11) and Waters (21) were the only two Le Hunte batsmen to reach double figures in their total of 62. It took Eastern Eyre 23 overs to reach the target despite the loss of 5 wickets.

Horgan Shield Colts @ Cleve Area School

Again it was Le Hunte winning the toss and losing the game, despite good performance with the bat. Le Hunte openers Bigg (38) and Baker (40) put on a partnership of 77 for the first wicket before Baker fell to Hartwig. O'Brien joined Bigg and the pair moved the score to 111 before Bigg was bowled by Zane Crettenden.

From that point on Le Hunte lost wickets at regular intervals to finish their 50 overs at 9 for 160. Best with the ball for Eastern eyre was Zane Crettenden who finished with figures of 3 for 28 from 8 overs.

In reply, Eastern Eyre was teetering at 3 for 91 before Crettenden strode to the wick to join Crosby. The pair would see their side safely home, reaching the target with an unbroken 4th wicket stand of 74. Crettenden secured man of the match honours with a blistering innings of 41 from just 23 balls.


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