• Jason Regan

Feats of the Week: February 19th

It was another weekend of extraordinary performances with bat and ball as our medallists get tougher to select by the week.

With cricket finals fast approaching in most competitions across SA, Victoria, and NSW there were some important matches played on the weekend. Many of those matches were dominated by those on our lists today with seasons extended and ended as a result.


The three medal winners today almost pick themselves as the stats below will show. But, what order will they be in? Before we get to that, let's check out the stars of the weekend with bat and ball.


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NAME

SCORE

ASSOCIATION

CLUB

1.

Shane Ballantyne

132 (138)

Rocky River

Georgetown

2.

James Moss

131* (99)

Lower Yorke Peninsula

Stansbury

3.

Drew Crane

118 (71)

Pinnaroo and Border

Murrayville

4.

Levi Dare

118 (91)

Colac and Districts

Stoneyford

5.

David Murray

112* (176)

Barossa and Light (A2)

Greenock

6.

Greg Bain

111 (181)

Barossa and Light (A1)

Angaston

7.

Luke Inglis

105* (90)

Colac and District

City United

8.

Luke Harrop

100 (54)

Yorke Peninsula

Pask/BP

9.

Troy Goldsworthy

100 (126)

Lower Yorke Peninsula

Eastern District

T10.

Tom Davey

96 (90)

Eastern Eyre

Port Neill

T10.

Issac McPherson

96 (115)

Wimmera Mallee

BKSH


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NAME

FIGURES

ASSOCIATION

CLUB

1.

Tyson Bradley

9-27

Murray Towns (A2)

Meningie

2.

David White

8-6

Hume Cricket

Henty

3.

Tobyn Lennell

6-44

Far West

Streaky Bay

4.

Cameron Curnow

6-44

Barossa and Light (A1)

​Mallala

5.

​Daniel Perks

5-7

Murray Towns (A Grade)

Tailem Bend

6.

​Matthew Combe

5-18

Horsham

NT Bullants

7.

Tim Gogoll

5-67

Barossa and Light (A1)

​Lyndoch

8.

Lache Hadley

4-9

Wimmera Mallee

BKSH

T9.

Nick Caroll

4-10

Red Cliffs

Millewa

T9.

Tom Simmons

4-10

Hume 1st Grade

Walla Walla

#

NAME

BAT

BOWL

PTS

ASSOCIATION/CLUB

1.

Shane Ballantyne

132

4-38

106

Rocky River/Georgetown

2.

Matthew Combe

82*

5-18

91

Horsham/NT Bullants

3.

Drew Crane

118

2-28

79

Pinnaroo and Border/ Murrayville

4.

James Moss

131*

1-0

75.5

Lower YP/ Stansbury

5.

Luke Harrop

100

2-8

70

Yorke Peninsula/PBP

There were some incredible stats again racked up across the weekend's matches. Let's move on to this week's medal-winning podium.


BRONZE MEDALLIST: SHANE BALLANTYNE (Georgetown CC)


Shane almost single-handedly dragged his team to victory over the top side Laura in Rocky River's top of the table clash on Saturday. Ballantyne set a new record for allrounder points scored and he is the first player to crack the 100 points since the system was introduced! Georgetown batted first and Shane carried his bat through the 42 over innings, finishing on 131* out of the eventual total of 6 for 205.


Laura's run chase was going beautifully at 3 for 151 with plenty of overs remaining. They looked certain to reach the target comfortably until Ballantyne was tossed the ball as the 7th bowler used. Shane bowled 6 overs and took 4 of the next 5 wickets to fall, helping reduce Laura to 8 for 176. Laura's 9th wicket partnership saw them over the line, but this is as close to a matching winning performance as I've seen someone produce......without winning!

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SILVER MEDALLIST: DAVID WHITE (Henty CC)

In Henty's must-win clash with Holbrook on Saturday in Hume Cricket, David White ripped the game to pieces inside 8 overs of work. Holbrook won the toss and batted with White taking the new ball with instant success. He removed both openers and the number three batter to have the home side reeling at 3 for 9.


Holbrook would steady and recover to a manageable 4 for 35 before White was reintroduced for a second spell. He was even more brutal the second time around. He would take 4 wickets in one over which included a HAT-TRICK!

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White finished with the remarkable figures of 7.4 overs, 4 maidens, 8 for 6. Holbrook was bowled out for just 65 and Henty went on to win easily. Luckily for Henty, other results went their way and White's performance was good enough to see the reigning premiers sneak into 6th position on the ladder and a place in this weekend's finals series. Bit it still wasn't enough to claim Gold.


GOLD MEDALLIST: TYSON BRADLEY (Meningie CC)

With Meningie looking to sew up the A2 minor premiership in Murray Towns cricket, their clash at home against the finals bound Perponda loomed as a potential banana peel. Batting first, the Bears belted their way to 4 for 214 and looked destined to claim the top spot.


Any potential cause for nerves was put to bed early by opening bowler Tyson Bradley. He claimed an early wicket before Perponda settled to work their way to 1 for 16. It was then that Bradley exploded. He took the next four wickets with the score anchored on 16 and the game was done.


But, could he take all 10?


Slee was victim number 6.

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This was followed soon after by Parsons for number 7.


When Leedham lost his castle to Tyson soon after he had 8 from 8 and was odds on to finish the job.

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Unfortunately, three men conspired to end the dream. Perponda's Simon Aldridge saw off 7 balls before finally making contact with one off the bowling of Zeke McNicol. Worse, teammate Cameron Reid decided to actually catch it!

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Word is both McNicol and Reid have been fined by the Meningie match committee for bringing the game into disrepute. And rightly so in my opinion. Despite this travesty, Bradley finished the Perponda crew off, ripping out the stumps of the number 11 to record the absurd figures of 8 overs, 3 maidens, 9 for 27.

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Congratulations Tyson! You are this week's "Feats of the Week" winner. Hopefully, Zeke and Cameron have kept you well hydrated since ruining your potential clean sweep.