Big hitting helps Ceduna to Far West Twenty20 cricket title

Ceduna have picked up the first piece of Far West cricket silverware for the season with victory in Saturday’s Twenty20 competition at Streaky Bay.

The day consisted of two semi finals and then the final, where Ceduna defeated Thevenard by 101 runs.

Streaky Bay 7/229 def by Ceduna 4/230

Earlier, Ceduna reached the decider by defeating Streaky Bay by six wickets.

Tobyn Lennell led the home side to 7/229, but Jamie Bennett and Bredon Smart combined to see Ceduna make 4/230.

Lennell combined with Blake Kenny for a 61-run stand after Travis Brown had been removed for a duck as Streaky opened the batting.

Kenny was the next to go for 24, while Lennell helped Streaky Bay past 100 before he was bowled for 76, including seven sixes.

Mark Dolling was swinging the bat with ferocity as he dominated a 48-run stand with Damien Johnson, only to fall for 66.

Thomas Koster was out for three to see Streaky reduced to 6/183, but 19 runs from Darren Brown and Joseph McInnis’ 16 gave Streaky a good total to defend.

Charlie Williams, Jamie Bennett and Lachlan Marks each took two wickets for Ceduna.

Bennett and Williams got Ceduna going with an opening stand of 48 which was ended when Williams was caught for 20.

That brought Bennett and Smart together to pick apart the Streaky attack with a hard-hitting 152-run partnership.

Bennett hit 13 sixes but was dismissed agonisingly short of his century when bowled for 98, while Smart was out two runs later for 71.

Marks was removed for a duck, but Jaxon Bennett’s 19 not out saw Ceduna advance.

Dolling and Brodie Hutchinson took two wickets apiece.

Smoky Bay 10/98 def by Thevenard 1/100

Thevenard cruised into the final with a nine-wicket win over Smoky Bay.

Smoky never got going to be all out for 98, a total Thevenard reached with ease to finish on 1/100.

Openers Joe Williams and Riley Prince were both out for six to leave Smoky at 2/21 and the wickets continued to fall.

Brad Gay top scored with 28, but Chris Williams was out for a duck and Leon Wright for 10 to see Smoky Bay sit on 5/65.

That was soon followed by the wickets of Toby Lee for three and Waylon Drew for one.

Broadie Chandler provided resistance with 24, but both Tom Manners and Matthew Stott fell with the score on 94 and Chandler was the last player out.

Lachlan Wilkins led the Thevenard attack with 3/28, while Dom Denton, Josh Threadgold and Tom Woods each took two wickets.

Threadgold and Seidl got Thevenard moving in the early stages with a 41-run stand that was ended when Seidl was caught off the bowling of Lee for 21.

Wilkins, 42 not out, joined Threadgold, 34 not out, at the crease to make light work of the chase.

Ceduna 2/266 def Thevenard 10/165

Smart was superb in the final for Ceduna as he smashed 139 not out in their 2/266, with Thevenard all out for 165.

Charlie Williams made a quickfire 13 before he was removed by Wilkins, while Jamie Bennett was caught off the bowling of Denton for 20.

Smart and Jaxon Bennett plundered the Thevenard attack in a commanding partnership of 223 runs.

Smart led the way with 18 sixes in his unbeaten century, while Bennett also found the boundary with ease to reach 76 not out.

Thevenard would need a strong batting performance to claim the trophy, instead they lost Seidl for just one run and the wicket of Wilkins for 22 had them 2/27.

Threadgold and Woods, 14 runs, added 40 for the third wicket, while Threadgold was bowled by Jaxon Bennett for 38.

They soon lost Matthew Cox for two to be 5/93, but Denton did his best to blast 44 runs before he was removed.

Thevenard were now 6/146 and they then lost their last four wickets for just 11 runs, including Beau Halbert for 18.

Charlie Williams and Hayden Bennett led the Ceduna attack with two wickets apiece to ensure they retained their crown.