Four wicket win seals Ceduna's spot in Far West grand final

IMPORTANT: Jamie Bennett, pictured earlier this season, took three wickets to help Ceduna reach the grand final. Picture: Andrew Brooks

IMPORTANT: Jamie Bennett, pictured earlier this season, took three wickets to help Ceduna reach the grand final. Picture: Andrew Brooks

FAR WEST CRICKET

Ceduna 6/122 def Thevenard 9/121

TIGHT bowling helped Ceduna advance straight to the Far West Cricket Association grand final with a four-wicket triumph against Thevenard.

Thevenard got off to a poor start as the wickets of Josh Threadgold, four, and Jarrad Trowbridge, a duck, had it at 2/11, which set the tone of the innings.

After Ryan Meier was dismissed for seven and Josh Siedl for 17 to have Thevenard at 4/41, the partnership of Lachie Wilkins and Mark Threadgold helped it stabilise.

Wilkins reached 20 before being caught and bowled by Jamie Bennett, while Threadgold was Thevenard’s top scorer with 35.

He too was sent packing by Bennett, who finished with 3/15 and three maidens from nine overs.

Threadgold’s wicket took the score to 8/103, while some late runs from Cian McCarthy, 10, helped Thevenard to 9/121.

Bredon Smart followed up from last week’s fine bowling spell to record 2/16 from seven, while Dwayne Ettridge took 2/6 from four overs to help restrict the Thevenard total.

Ceduna looked to be cruising in response as Smart, 47, and Jamie Bennett, 14, put on 50 for the first wicket.

Bennett’s wicket triggered a collapse that offered Thevenard a chance.

Meier dismissed Bennett and Trowbridge removed Jaxon and Jacob Bennett for ducks, as well as Charlie Williams for three. He finished with 3/20 from nine.

Brendan Kloeden’s duck had Ceduna at 5/63 but Smart surveyed the damage and repaired the innings alongside Wayne Miller, 47 not out.

Smart missed his half-century but Miller and Sam Woods saw Ceduna over the line and into the grand final.

Smoky Bay 10/102 def Streaky Bay 8/54

Smoky Bay will face Thevenard in the preliminary final following a 48-run triumph over Streaky Bay in the first semi final.

Smoky opened the batting and the innings was set up by openers Waylon Drew and Liam Pope, 28 and 17 runs.

Aided by Chris Williams and Riley Prince, 10 runs each, Smoky’s start proved crucial as they then lost wickets quickly.

The final seven batsmen combined for just 20 runs as Smoky went from 4/84 to all out for 102.

Blake Kenny was the pick of the bowlers with 4/14 from seven, while Zac Lovegrove ended with 3/24.

Noah Legovini top scored with 15 for Streaky but was one of three Ben Taylor victims in his 3/21 from nine overs.

Aidan Whitford chipped in with 12 but it was not enough for Streaky as it was the first team eliminated.

Thevenard will host Smoky Bay in the preliminary final this Saturday.

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