Surprise results at senior cricket

MORE surprise results last weekend have kept the finals race wide open in Naracoorte senior cricket.

Runs on the board did the trick as the three sides which batted first were able to defend their totals.

The smallest target defended was at WORTLEY OVAL, where home team Naracoorte was bowled out by Padthaway for only 99 but still won.

Padthaway did a great job with the ball, with all six bowlers claiming a wicket to restrict the top team to 10/99.

Drew Myall (21) top scored and Andrew Fitzgerald (17) and Anthony Munro (16) were the only others to make double figures as all six Padthaway bowlers claimed at least one wicket.

In reply, Munro and Matt Smith wrecked the Padthaway top order, taking 4/3 after the Lions were 0/14.

Several batsmen got a start in the middle order, but teenager Tobin Cox with 15 was the top scorer as the Lions were bowled out for just 80 - 19 short of the Townies total.

Munro had the best figures of 3/19 but Smith, Brodie Foster and Fitzgerald all took two wickets in an even bowling effort.

Borders/Apsley had probably the upset win of the round, beating Lucindale at LUCINDALE.

Borders batted first and struggled to get anything going to be 6/82 against a Lucindale bowling attack missing nearly all of its regulars.

But then Bernie Kealy (19no) and Jamie Stokie (27no) added 61 runs for the seventh wicket to boost their side up to a competitive 7/143.

The Borders bowlers struck early and often in the Lucindale chase, with Stokie and Charlie White claiming 5/20 between them as the home team was bowled out for just 37.

The inexperienced Lucindale batting line-up fell apart in the face of the tight bowling, with no batsmen making double figures.

The win has given Borders a very realistic chance of sneaking into a finals spot, possibly at Lucindale's expense.

The last game at IB EDWARDS OVAL was more cut and dried, with the strong Kybybolite team on top from the outset.

A series of good partnerships at a good run rate from Miles Pfitzner (44), Stu Shepherd (55), Jamie Bittner (17) and Dave Farley (32no) ensured the Tigers racked up a big total of 9/201 from their 40 overs.

Wayne Mitchell again bowled well and was on a hatrick at one stage - a catch being dropped on the hatrick ball - and he took 3/21, while Steve Anderson claimed 2/35.

Devils collapsed in spectacular fashion in reply, slumping to a perilous 9/24 thanks to the bowling of Brad Davies 3/20, Bittner 4/20 and Chris Hanley 3/11.

But then fill-in Adam Mewett teamed up with Aaron Brooksby for a phenomenal last-wicket partnership, Mewett smashing the Kyby bowlers around the park in a whirlwind innings of 63 not out, while Brooksby made 25.

The pair put on exactly 100 runs in what would be close to an association record last-wicket stand, the innings finishing on 124 when Bittner had Brooksby caught for his fourth wicket.

Ladder: Naracoorte 36 points, 3.21 run rate; Kybybolite 30, 4.47; Padthaway 18, 4.09; Lucindale 18, 3.54; Borders/Apsley 18, 3.28; Devils 6, 2.49.

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