North and Central play out exciting tie in first T/20 game

Game one – North 6/124 tied Central 7/124
Nanjing Night Net

North Whyalla and Central Whyalla could not be separated in the first T/20 game on Thursday night in gloomy conditions, both teams finishing on the same score.

Needing two runs from the last ball, a Central batter hit the ball straight to a fielder, took off but could only manage one run, the game ending in an exciting and rare tie in cricket.

The game began in dull conditions and got worse as the game went on, rain at one stage, the conditions continuing to get gloomier, but to the players’ credit all continued on hoping for a result.

North batted first scoring 6/124, Central’s Shaun Taylor finishing with the good figures of 3/12 from his four overs.

Central got its run chase off to a bright start, despite the conditions getting worse every ball, batters and fielders struggling to pick out the ball in the dark and gloomy conditions

Game two – Roopena 10/135 def West Whyalla 10/124

Despite bowling 25 wides, Roopena (10/135) defeated a gallant West Whyalla (10/124) by 11 runs in a close and exciting T/20 contest on Friday night.

Roopena batted first, openers Luke Skinner and Greg Fiebig getting the Roos off to a bright start.

Skinner (6) was first to lose his wicket when the score was 17 but Fiebig continued to bat on, getting out for 33, Roopena 2/80 after nine overs.

Big hitting Nick Johns made 36, Ben Hogan 12, Jeff Ewings 1, Brad Newman 21, Rhys Lacey 0, Josh Pengelley 11, while both Dale Chenoweth and David Adamson got out without scoring, Sam Sullivan remaining 1 not out.

The best of the Dragon bowlers was Liam Croft (3/24), Troy Brougham (2/21) and Jayden Croft (2/37), three other bowlers taking a wicket each.

West started the run chase shakily, losing Brougham for three, L Croft (4), Michael Cheffirs (30), J Croft (4), Isaac Smith (8), the score 5/61 after eight overs.

Veteran Scott Maitland was next to go for nine, Paul Wilson made 20 but West was getting behind in the run rate.

West batters struggled to keep up the run rate, finally falling short by 11 runs, losing its last wicket on the final ball of the innings, Remy Starkey remaining 9 not out.

Roopena’s keeper Fiebig had a great game behind the stumps, having three stumping’s and taking three catches while the best of the bowlers was young J Pengelley and despite bowling a number of wides, finished with the good figures of 4/26 from four overs.

Other bowlers to get among the wickets being Ewings (2/17), Lacey (1/6), Hogan (1/23), Chenoweth (1/22) and L Skinner (1/23).

It was an exciting game watched by a good size crowd, West showing how much it has improved this season.

CAPTAINS KNOCK: Whyalla’s cricket captain Scott Collison about to play a forceful stroke during his innings of 31 in Saturday’s combined games against Port Pirie.

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