Smart powers Ceduna to victory | PHOTOS

Ceduna 5/200 def Thevenard 10/146

Ceduna opened 2019 in fine style as Bredon Smart led them to a 54-run Far West cricket victory against Thevenard on Saturday.

Smart made 69 runs in Ceduna’s total of 5/200 and also took one wicket as Thevenard were all out for 146.

Ceduna opened the batting yet suffered an early setback as Charlie Williams was bowled for nine.

That brought Smart and Jaxon Bennett together and the pair took the visitors past 100 runs in what proved a pivotal partnership.

Their stand was eventually halted at 91, with Bennett just missing out on a half-century when bowled by Ryan Meier for 49.

Smart continued to punish the Thevenard attack as he combined with Jamie Bennett, 23 runs, until being caught off the bowling of Josh Threadgold.

Ceduna then lost Lachlan Marks to be 4/153, but a quickfire 42-run partnership between Bennett and Brendan Kloeden  – who finished on 36 not out – would ensure a difficult run chase for Thevenard.

Threadgold was the pick of the Thevenard bowlers with 3/52.

Thevenard also suffered an early wicket with Jarrad Trowbridge bowled for one, however Threadgold and Meier put runs on the board.

Just as the pair were settling in for a long stint at the crease the 39-run partnership was ended when Threadgold was caught off the bowling of Smart for 30.

Lachlan Wilkins, two runs, and Meier, 21, soon followed and Thevenard were on rocky ground at 4/60.

The situation was further complicated by the wicket of Josh Cummings for six, although Dom Denton made 27 runs and Mark Threadgold added 17 to help Thevenard intro triple digits.

Threadgold was removed by Williams and when Denton was out leg before wicket at the hands of Jamie Bennett the match was slipping away from the home side at 7/114.

Ryan Irvine added 11 runs and Kane Wilkins a further 16, however the tail was cleaned up by Hayden Bennett to give Ceduna the points.

Hayden Bennett finished with 3/14, while Williams, Lachlan Marks and Jamie Bennett all took two wickets each.

Smoky Bay 8/111 def by Streaky Bay 7/113

A fine late partnership between Damien Johnson and Darren Brown got Streaky Bay out of trouble to defeat Smoky Bay by three wickets.

Leon Wright led with 23 runs as Smoky recorded 8/111 from their 45 overs, but a 34-run partnership for the eighth wicket took Streaky Bay to 7/113.

Smoky Bay went to the crease first only to lose Riley Prince for two and then have Chris Williams, 13 runs, and Joseph Williams, a duck, fall in quick succession.

That left the visitors on 3/24, but Waylon Drew pushed them towards 50 as he made 16.

Broadie Chandler and Toby Lee went cheaply to see Smoky struggling at 6/59, leaving Wright and Peter Collins, 17 not out, to steady the ship.

Wright became the fourth successive Brody Hutchinson victim when he was caught and after Matthew Stott was dismissed for eight it was left to Collins and Eddie Vaughan, nine not out, to see out the final overs.

Hutchinson was superb with the ball to finish with 4/27, while Mark Dolling and Brown claimed two scalps apiece.

The Streaky Bay run chase was in tatters at 3/7 as Zac Lovegrove and Charlie Williams were removed without scoring and Brenton Bascombe was caught and bowled by Collins for six.

Dolling was soon removed for six runs, but the Johnson pair – Damien and Nathan – put on a 52-run stand for the fifth wicket.

The wicket of Nathan Johnson for 14 was followed within three runs by a Tobyn Lennell duck and Hutchinson’s dismissal for two, leaving Streaky in trouble at 7/79.

Damien Johnson, 46 not out, was joined by Brown, 17 not out, and the pair steered Streaky Bay to victory with a vital partnership.

Smoky’s best with the ball were Joseph Williams, Collins and Lee, who all took two wickets.