Northern Areas cricket returns to action
With the smell of mothballs still present on cricket whites across the region, season 2021/22 got underway on Saturday in Northern Areas cricket.
At Spalding Oval the home team exacted a modicum of revenge for last years grand final defeat, beating reigning A grade premiers Belalie Mannanarie. Spalding/Booborowie batted first and finished their 40 overs at 8 for 148. Zach Fielding starred with the bat, making 87 with Shannon Jaeschke taking 4 wickets for Belalie.
In reply the away team chase began well with openers Jaeschke and Simpson taking the score to 99 for no loss. A massive collapse saw them lose 7 for 17 and fall 24 runs short of the target.
For Belalie Mannanarie though it may not have been a win for their boys, but they had a pair of very important people on their minds throughout the day.
In other A grade matches and at Burra Oval the home side thrashed Willmington/Melrose by 9 wickets. Scutcheon top score for WM with 31 while Schuppan was best with the ball for Burra taking 3 for 18 from his 8 overs.
In reply, Burra chased down the total in a hurry reaching the target in just the 16th over. Schuppan topped off his bowling effort with an unbeaten 66 opening the batting for Burra.
Bundaleer was no match for Booleroo/Willowie, going down by 5 wickets at home. Bundaleer batted first and was rolled for just 94. David Clarke was best with the ball for BW taking 4 for 27 from his 8 overs.
BW chased down the total inside 21 overs with opener Jordan Arthur calming his team's nerves after some early wickets, remaining unbeaten on 34. They might not have won the game, but Bundaleer are rightly proud of how their ground has come up after some hard work from the local lads.
In the final match of the round, it was a run-fest at Pakina Oval with the home side falling to Orroroo. Pekina/Carrington batted first and finished their 40 overs at 4 for 167. Orroroo had no trouble reaching the target, finishing at 2 for 167 in 33 overs.