NORTH SPORTSMAN’S v WEST GAMBIER
WEST Gambier turned the tables on North Sportsman’s at Marist Park on Thursday night to claim the Mount Gambier and District cricket T20 clash to remain undefeated for the season.
The Roos sent the hosts into bat, which appeared to be a poor decision when the Tigers banged on 51 for the first wicket.
Nick McInerney and Jake Schutz joined forces at the top of the order and looked in ominous touch early.
McInerney went first, caught off the bowling of Josh Cornolo for a spirited 25 runs off 20 balls.
Schutz was going at near a run a ball, but just five runs later he was caught off Richard Crute for 27, which cut his time short.
From there Aidan Thatcher and Kayne Badman appeared to have everything under control, with a handy 35-run stand.
Thatcher fell to Sam Willis for 16, while the incoming Mitch Lewis could offer just two runs from four balls before he was caught off Niall Easterbrook.
That set off a collapse and the Tigers slumped from 4/97 to 8/113 after 20 overs.
Willis did much of the damage with the ball, with figures of 3/14 from his four overs.
Easterbrook chipped in with 2/11.
It was a meagre total to chase, but West looked anything but comfortable at the batting crease.
Easterbrook joined Luke Rothall to open proceedings and the pair put on a useful 26-run opening stand.
Both fell with the score at 26, Easterbrook caught off McInerney and Rothall clean bowled by the same bowler.
Any hope North had was soon dispelled when Crute and Dewain Barrett joined forces.
A 54-run partnership ensued, with Barrett bowled by McInerney for a rapid 36 runs off 26 deliveries.
Willis came and went for just three and when the dangerous Crute was bowled by Jared Strawbridge for 22, some hope remained for the Tigers, with the Roos still short on
However, Justin deJong helped the side to victory with a handy unbeaten run-a-ball 19.
McInerney was best with the ball with figures of 3/24.
SOUTH GAMBIER v MIL LEL
MIL Lel travelled to Blue Lake Sports Park for its Mount Gambier and District Big Bash T20 clash against South Gambier on Thursday night.
Mil Lel won the toss and sent South into bat, a decision they would surely regret.
The Demons set the scene with the opening partnership, which fell agonisingly short of a half-century stand.
Josh Thomson and Robert Drenthen put on 49 runs before the former was clean bowled by Darcy Williamson for a handy 15 off just 17 deliveries.
Drenthen looked dangerous and when he was joined in the middle by Dave Somerfield it appeared ominous for Mil Lel.
The pair added a further 35 runs to the total, but the majority came from Drenthen, with Somerfield out for just 11, another victim of Williamson.
That brought the more-dangerous Adam Somerfield to the crease, who set about the task and built a 28-run partnership with Drenthen, before the latter was sent on his way after an impressive 57 runs off 33
balls, caught-and-bowled by Caleb Bachmann.
Jakob Opie came and went for just six, with Adam Somerfield next to go for 28 off just 19 balls, the prized wicket going to Ben Thiel.
James Dunn added a handy 16 runs, while Dylan Clough contributed 10, with the Demons finishing their 20 overs at 7/163.
Mil Lel also conceded a costly 19 extras.
It left a big total for Mil Lel to chase down and with few legible details available at the time of going print, all that is really known is the chase fell well short.
Mil Lel apparently completed its 20 overs at 5/125.
PENOLA v EAST GAMBIER
EAST Gambier claimed a comfortable victory over Penola in the penultimate minor round of Mount Gambier and District Big Bash T20 cricket last week at McCorquindale Park.
The Bulldogs passed the meagre total of 85 set by the Eagles in the 14th over, with the loss of just one wicket.
It was a tough night for the Eagles on their home turf, who won the toss and elected to bat.
With just six runs on the board Curt Evans was sent back to the sidelines, caught behind off Alex Hentschke for a three-ball duck.
Just four more runs were added to the team total before fellow opener Jack Schulz was caught-and-bowled by Kevin Thomson for eight runs and suddenly Penola was in trouble at 2/10.
The carnage continued, with Jase Bateman out for one run, again caught-and-bowled by Thomson, with the total at 13.
Scorers were not troubled before Josh Doyle was sent on his way, clean bowled by Thomson for just two runs and Penola was reeling at 4/13, with the whole top order gone.
Jack Mullan and Mark Smith looked to add some respectability to the scoreboard, but with just 31 runs in the book Mullan was clean bowled by Emerson Marks for 10.
Smith followed soon after for six, caught by Matthew Hastings off Hentschke.
Michael Waters was next to go, run out for just nine after a partnership of 19 runs with Logan Gibbs.
That saw Joe Ferguson-Lane and Gibbs build another handy partnership, as the pair put on 16 runs before the former was stumped off the bowling of Marks for 10.
Gibbs compiled a team-high 22 runs before he was bowled by Connor Little, with balls soon running out and the total at just 85.
Thomson was the best with the ball for East with his three wickets, conceding just 11 runs along the way.
A positive start with the bat had East in the box seat to claim the win.
Hastings and Thomson combined at the top of the order for a 39-run partnership, before the former fell for 28 runs from 28 balls, lbw to Ferguson-Lane.
Dion Stratford joined Thomson in the middle and compiled a quick-fire 31 from just 24 balls to claim the win.