Penola continues undefeated run in Barber Shield competition

STRONG OPENING: Penola's Mark Smith opened with a solid 42 runs to help the Eagles on their way to a winning 202 runs against Mil Lel at McCorquindale Park on Saturday.

STRONG OPENING: Penola’s Mark Smith opened with a solid 42 runs to help the Eagles on their way to a winning 202 runs against Mil Lel at McCorquindale Park on Saturday.

PENOLA has continued its undefeated run in the 2018-19 Barber Shield cricket season, this time with a victory over Mil Lel in the one-day format at McCorquindale Park.

The visitors won the toss and sent the Eagles in to bat first, hoping to hold them to a chase-able target.

However, it did not all go to plan, when Penola saw out the 40 overs to record a solid 202 runs.

To Mil Lel’s credit, it padded up and also lasted the full overs, but fell short of the desired total with 143 runs.
For the Eagles a 48-not-out effort from George Kidman in the middle order was the best score for the day, while opener Mark Smith made 42 to start the innings off strongly.

Smith and Jack Mullan (11) had posted 21 runs before the latter was caught out, with Smith then joined by Jack Schulz (seven) and David Somerfield (eight) to see the total at 44 when Kidman took to the crease.

Kidman and Smith steadied the ship with a 65-run partnership, before the latter was caught with the total at 109.

Lewis March (six), Curt Evans (eight), Michael Waters (six) and Brett Vaughan (zero) all came and went from there, with Kidman doing the bulk of the work on the way to a 202-run total.

Brad Maney finished up with five-not-out to see out the remaining overs with Kidman, as the two posted a 19-run partnership to finish Penola’s batting.

With the ball Jack Miller excelled, taking four wickets for the day, while youngster Ben Thiel took two.

The remaining scalps were shared around, as Tom Nieuwerkerk, Carey Megaw and Craig Lock all got in on the action.

Thiel also fared well with the bat and if it were not for his half century of 54, Mil Lel would not have come close to the Eagles’ target.

Openers Justin Lamont (zero) and Megaw (six) failed to make an impact early, with Todd Carpenter and Thiel settling the side with a 27-run partnership.

Carpenter was then caught by Jase Bateman off Somerfield and Daniel Justin took to the crease.

The total was at 68 when he was stumped, while Thiel continued strong.

Jonathan Allcock (two) did little to boost the score, but 23 runs were added during his time at the crease.

Nieuwerkerk then padded up and reignited some fire for Mil Lel, adding 28 runs before he was dismissed.

Thiel was eventually sent packing when he was bowled by Kidman, with Lock (nine) and Jarryd Burston (two) next to fall.

Miller and Shannon Megaw saw out the 40 overs, but with the total at 143, Mil Lel fell well short of the win.

A consistent effort with the ball saw Waters, Mullan and March with two wickets each, while Somerfield, Kidman and Vaughan all took one.