A grade: Port Lincoln 8/207 def Far West 10/99
Far West opened the defence of their Henderson Shield crown with a 108-run defeat away to Port Lincoln on Saturday.
The visitors had no answer for Port Lincoln’s 8/207 to be bowled out for 99 in a repeat of last season’s grand final.
Port Lincoln opened with a 94-run partnership between Ben Smith and Jacob Watson which was ended when Watson was caught for 58, while Smith was bowled 11 runs later for 30.
Matt Dyer, 21 runs, Ryan Cottrell, 20, and Luke Yancic, 19, made starts to keep the scoreboard ticking over but none could carry on as Port Lincoln steadily lost wickets.
After seeing three wickets fall for just six runs to be 8/179, the home side pushed past 200 thanks to late hitting from Brent Harris, 23 not out, and Jack Shanley on five not out.
Josh Threadgold led the way with the ball to take 3/44, with Charlie Williams and Jamie Bennett each taking two wickets.
Bennett took the early initiative for Far West in the run chase as he and Chris Williams opened with a 36-run stand until Bennett was caught for 29.
Both Williams and Bredon Smart fell with the score on 46 and soon after Threadgold was caught for nine to leave the reigning champions 4/63.
Brendan Kloeden could not add to one big six to be out leg before wicket without adding to his tally, with Damien Johnson and Mark Dolling, 17 runs, dismissed with the score on 80.
Port Lincoln set about quickly ending the contest and soon they had Joe Williams caught for a duck and Charlie Williams for five, with Mark Threadgold the last player out for two.
The hosts had Smith to thank for his haul of 3/15, while Shanley and Yancic chipped in with two wickets each.
B grade: Far West 10/138 def by Port Lincoln 7/139
Far West’s B grade side failed to exact revenge on Port Lincoln as they went down by three wickets.
Also a repeat of last season’s grand final, Port Lincoln caught Far West’s total of 10/138 to reach 7/139.
The visitors put runs on the board in the early stages as Riley Prince and Zac Lovegrove started well, only for Lovegrove to be bowled for 21.
That 35-run stand was followed by another as Liam Pope joined Prince before being dismissed LBW for 23.
Beau Halbert and Lachlan Marks made little impact, but Broadie Chandler joined Prince at the crease to steady with a 28-run partnership.
Prince’s knock finally came to an end just shy of a half-century when his stumps were rattled for 48, with Matthew Stott and Chandler both falling with the score on 128.
Toby Lee could only make six runs before being the eighth player out, with Thomas Andrasic-Smith and Josh Wilkins soon following to end the innings.
Troy Dunn starred for Port Lincoln with 4/18.
The home side made an even better start as Jack Bunder and Mitchell Jude put on 79 for the first wicket before Bunder was bowled for 53.
Both he and Jude fell to Lovegrove, but Billy Campbell added 18 runs and Daniel Moriaty 15 – only for the pair, as well as Alex Gorton, to be out with the score at 119.
While that gave Far West momentum, Port Lincoln got over the finish line with Sam Clarke adding eight runs and then David Clarke going unbeaten on five.
Pope, Lovegrove and Andrasic-Smith took two wickets each for Far West.
Port Lincoln hosted Far West at Ravendale on Saturday and losing the toss, it was the visitors that had the task of posting a score.
With some accurate bowling and exceptional fielding, the Port Lincoln side managed to bowl out Far West for 74 runs in the 28th over.
Max Coote led the attack and claimed one for 18 with Jaiden Jude also taking one wicket for 12 runs.
However, it was a great spell of bowling from leg spinner Brett Woolford as he took career best figures of five for 12 as he tore through the Far West lineup.
Cody Siebert chipped in with two wickets and one wicket to Torren Quinn with the team applying plenty of pressure in the field.
The run chase did not start well as Hamish Newman was dismissed first ball, however Brock Davis and Aaron Siebert settled the innings and took the score to 39 until a mix up saw Brock run out for five.
Aaron and Jackson Smith then set about reeling in the total with a mature display of batting to see the home side win by eight wickets.
Siebert finished a fine knock with 31 not out and Smith a good innings of 20 not out.