Ceduna reigns supreme with thrilling Twenty20 win against Thevenard

Captain Brendan Kloeden was the star as Ceduna claimed back-to-back Far West Cricket Association Twenty20 crowns with a thrilling victory over Thevenard on Friday.

Kloeden hit 56 not out as Ceduna made an imposing 4/164 and then claimed four stumpings with Thevenard falling just eight runs short on 6/156 in a dramatic end to the grand final.

Ceduna was gunning for a seventh Twenty20 title in the past eight seasons as afternoon rain made for a tricky contest.

Charlie Williams was bowled for just five runs to leave Ceduna 1/10 but that brought Jamie Bennett and Bredon Smart together.

Smart was the aggressor as he smashed 42 runs, while Bennett made 14 before being stumped off the bowling of Josh Threadgold to end a 61-run partnership.

Travis Goodwin quickly followed to have Ceduna at 3/74, however Kloeden continued his superb season by picking apart the Thevenard attack.

Smart was then caught to leave Ceduna at 4/98.

Kloeden took centre stage as he and Jaxon Bennett, 13 runs, put on an unbeaten 66 for the fifth wicket to see Ceduna surpass the total they chased down a week earlier to win against Thevenard.

Jarrad Trowbridge was the best of the Thevenard attack with 2/24 from his four overs, while Threadgold and Lachlan Wilkins took the other wickets.

Threadgold and Trowbridge got Thevenard off to a good start in response and enjoyed a 50-run opening stand.

Threadgold was the first stumping victim of Kloeden and the first of Smart’s superb spell with the ball as he was removed for 17.

That wicket triggered a mini-collapse led by Smart as Trowbridge was dismissed three runs later for 24 following a superb Williams catch on the boundary – coming soon after a rain spell with a slippery ball – and Wilkins was stumped for just one run to leave Thevenard teetering at 3/59.

Josh Seidl set about the recovery mission although he soon lost Matthew Cox for three thanks to quick work by Kloeden behind the stumps to leave the visitors at 4/74.

Seidl and Tom Woods added 31 runs before Seidl was bowled for 27.

Josh Cummings was the sixth man to fall – again stumped by Kloeden – to leave Thevenard on 6/114 and seemingly staring at a defeat.

Matthew Degner joined Woods at the crease but was more like a spectator as Woods stole the show in the final overs to smash a number of sixes.

It made for a thrilling finale as Woods finished not out on 42, but Thevenard fell just eight runs short.

Smart was the pick of the Ceduna attack as he finished with the fantastic figures of 4/31 from four overs.

Goodwin and Jaxon Bennett took the other wickets for the victors.