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Feats of The Week: January 15

Hello country cricketers and welcome to this week's Feats of the Week list. Between COVID infections and record rainfall across some parts, it's a miracle that any cricket is getting played at all right now.

It seems this segment is catching on and cricketers across our FLOW FM Australia region are doing everything they can to get a mention. If you took a bag of 5 wickets on the weekend that wasn't enough to get you a mention here.

Likewise for the batters, unless your score had three digits you didn't even get a look in. The theme for the week was family with several bands of brothers combining to rip the hearts out of their respective oppositions.

Let's start by checking out this week's honourable mentions.

In the Murray Towns cricket A2 competition my favourite country club Perponda has copped some fearful hidings throughout the season. But, not on Saturday.

The Perpondaosans decided enough was enough and, on their home deck at the Perpondaosa, smashed the finals bound Murray Bridge Imperials by 60 runs.

Batting first Perponda racked up 6 for 192 with the bat and then rolled Imps for just 132. The celebrations at the Perpondaosa were slightly tempered by the COVID-19 situation.

However, rumour has it local police were called in at around 6.30 am the following morning with Nathan Lyon, Travis Head and Alex Carey still celebrating the incredible victory.

Righto then, let's get into this weeks top 10 'Feats of the Week'.

10. Brotherly love for Mannum and Cardross

Brothers teaming up and taking wickets. There's nothing better for a skipper than watching one brother grind his teeth while the other bowls a brilliant spell and grabs a few wickets.

Sibling rivalry is a beautiful thing and often leads to good things on the cricket field. In the Murray Towns Cricket A-grade clash between Mannum and Jervois, the brothers Worthley ran through the Jervois batting lineup taking 9 wickets between them.

Max Worthley rolled his arm over for 6.4 overs and finished with the impressive figures of 4 for 10. Not to be outdone, brother Tom begged for a sneaky over or two and finished up taking 5 for 6 from 5 overs. Combined figures for the Worthley's of 11.4 overs 9 for 16!

Not to be outdone, in Red Cliffs cricket the Lanigan brothers went one better. Noah and Seth combined to wipe out the entire Tempy A grade batting lineup and take all 10 wickets between them.

Noah opened the bowling and finished with 5 for 24 for 8 overs. Seth came on second change and bowled an almost unplayable 5 over spell which netted him the figures of 5 for 3!

10 (Cont). McPharlin's keep it in the family for Lower North

It's true that families hold country clubs together. Never was this more obvious than on the weekend.

In Stanley Cricket the McPharlin clan from the Lower North Cricket Club combined for an impressive 181 runs and 5 wickets in their victory over top side Blyth/Kybunga.

Opening batter, and club skipper, Todd got the McPharlin party started with a well made 53. He was outdone by Ryan who came in at first drop and belted 62. But, the best McPharlin innings came from number 5 bat Jason who finished unbeaten on 66.

Todd and Ryan obviously felt slighted by Jason's batting heroics and decided to have a bowl to even up the situation. Todd was best with the ball for Lower North, taking 3 for 38 with Todd claiming 2 for 13. Jason didn't get a trundle....... from all reports he's still grumpy about it.

9. Sandy Creek's Sibbick runs through Hamley Bridge

Hamley Bridge was all but home on day two of their Barossa and Light A2 clash with Sandy Creek. Needing 189 for victory, Hamley Bridge were cruising at 5 for 168 with plenty of overs remaining in the day's play.

Enter Jamie Sibbick.

Having already collected a wicket in an earlier spell, Sibbick turned the match on its head. He took the next 5 wickets of the match which included 4 ducks. Hamley Bridge was bowled out for 186 with Sibbick claiming figures of 6 for 41 from 14 overs.

Combined with a half-century with the bat on day one last week Jamie Sibbick was clearly the difference between the two teams in a thrilling 2 run win.

8. Lavis leathers Lavington bowling to all parts

Corowa hosted the Lavington Panthers in the Cricket Albury Wodonga second grade clash at Morris Park. After winning the toss and batting, Doug Lavis would eventually join brother Patrick in belting the Lavington bowlers to all parts.

Patrick would eventually go for a brilliant 75 which included 6 fours and 4 sixes. But Doug remained and has more damage in mind. He would remain unbeaten on 103 after smashing 10 sixes and 3 fours as Corowa racked up 7 for 280 from their 45 overs.

Incredibly, the Lavis double act with the bat wasn't enough with Lavington reaching the target with 11 balls to spare, finishing at 6 for 284. 13 wickets and over 550 runs in less than 90 overs. What a fantastic day's entertainment.

7. Boyle butchers Marnoo as Birchip piles on the runs

Birchip travelled to Marnoo for their Wimmera Mallee A-grade clash and were sent into bat first by the hosts. Bad decision.

Birchip opener Joe Boyle smashed the Marnoo bowling all over Marnoo Rec reserve on his way to his maiden senior hundred. Boyle carried his bat through the innings, cracking 18 fours to finish unbeaten on 110 from just 113 balls faced.

Birchip finished their 40 overs with an imposing total of 4 for 269 and went on to beat the hosts by 111 runs.

6. Skipper Marston flays Tailem Bend bowlers

Mypolonga skipper Jared Marston has had a fine season at the top of the batting order and continued on his fine form on Saturday against Tailem Bend.

After winning the toss and deciding to strap the pads on first, Marston set about building a big score for his team. With surgical precision Marston flayed the Eagles bowling, piercing gap after gap, on his way to a magnificent hundred.

It wasn't a display of pure power-hitting, but a genuine innings of class and precision. Marston collected 13 fours on his way to a match-winning knock of 112 from 139 balls faced. Pure class.

5. What's better than S Club 7? What about the 'Six for Eleven' club?

OK look, for those who don't know, 'S Club 7' was a teeny bopper band from the late '90s. For the record, they were fairly cringe-worthy. Not a club I'd be interested in joining.

However, I'm sure most bowlers out there would love to post figures of 6 for 11. In what can only be described as a freak occurrence, three bowlers around our network area joined the "6 for 11' club on Saturday.

Firstly, In Eastern Eyre cricket, 16-year-old Buckleboo opening bowler Jack Lienert claimed the spooky figures from 9 overs of work against Cowell.

Over on the Yorke Peninsula, Wallaroo's Cameron Harris returned the same figures in their clash with Paskerville/Boors Plains

Finally, in the Red Cliffs cricket B grade clash between Fire Brigade and the Ouyen Rams Luke Leerson claimed his second 6 wicket haul of the season to join the club.

This is of course what bowlers get when they don't stop and never give up.

4. Two centuries in the same game in Eastern Eyre Cricket

The Eastern Eyre Cricket A-grade clash between Lock and Port Neill provided plenty of entertainment for those in attendance.

The away side in Lock won the toss and elected to bat first with Tim Reynolds anchoring the innings brilliantly. Reynolds smashed 101 from 97 balls to help the team set a total of 186.

The hosts started their run chase by losing an early wicket which brought Cooper Llewelyn to the crease. Cooper proceeded to smash the Lock bowling all over his home ground en route to a magnificent 102 not out.

Port Neill reached the target with plenty of overs remaining with Cooper and Tim having plenty to discuss at stumps over a cold beverage.

3. Two centries in the same innings in Northern Areas

Belalie Mannanarie is on the march in Northern Areas cricket, thanks to their opening batters Shannon Jaeschke and Ryan Simpson, who simply refuse to get out.

In their first game back after the Christmas break, the pair chased down a target of 160 without losing a wicket. Shannon finishing on 93* and Ryan on 51*.

This week they won the toss against Bundaleer and decided to bat first. With no restrictions in front of them, the pair was even more brutal. Jaeschke smashed his way to 115 from 102 balls with Simpson cracking 104* from just 89.

After reaching their hundreds the pair decided to retire and let a few teammates have a hit. This has cost them a higher spot on this weeks list.

The 'Feats of the Week' is all about individual achievement and I can't allow this kind of selfless, team orientated approach to be fully rewarded.

That said, Jaeschke and Simpson have combined for a total of 363 runs in their last two matches without being dismissed. Wow.

2. Henderson and Robson destroy Gladstone

Georgetown travelled to Gladstone for their A-grade clash in Rocky River on Saturday. After winning the toss, the visitors chose to bat first with skipper Cody Robson the first man dismissed.

His reward for getting out was watching Andrew Henderson take the Gladstone bowling apart on his way to a magnificent 103 from just 95 balls. Henderson's knock helped get Georgetown to 3 for 265 from their 42 overs.

Obviously, skipper Robson felt he'd left a few runs on the table and set about making himself feel better by having a bowl.

Before anyone knew what happened, Robson had 7 wickets next to his name to finish with the insane figures of 7 for 27 from 6.5 overs! For the record, skipper Robson did give Henderson a bowl as well. He went wicketless from 3 overs.

1. Greenock all out 152 defeats Callum Munchenberg 149

Greenock returned to Truro for day 2 of their Barossa and Light A2 clash knowing they would need to bowl well to defend their day one total of 152.

Little did they know one bloke would nearly knock them off all by himself. Callum Munchenberg doesn't just have the best name in country cricket, the bloke can seriously bat as well.

Coming to the crease with the score at 2 for 12, Munchenberg dined out on the Greenock bowling. His stay at the crease included 10 fours and 9 whopping sixes. He blasted his way to an imperious 149 as Truro piled on 8 for 289.

Munchenberg's delicious knock is this weeks "Feat of the Week". He also claims the title of best country cricket name of the season and my undying admiration and respect. All of which isn't worth much. Sorry mate.

For some reason now I'm hungry..... I must have the MUNCHIES!!! See you next week with more pathetic dad jokes.


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