Smoky Bay 8/120 def by Ceduna 3/122
An unbeaten half-century from Jamie Bennett helped Ceduna to a seven-wicket Far West cricket victory over Smoky Bay on Saturday.
Smoky were restricted to 8/120 from their 45 overs, with Ceduna cruising to 3/122.
Opener Riley Prince fell for four and was soon joined by Waylon Drew, two runs, to leave Smoky at 2/25.
Leading the charge in the early stages was Chris Williams, and he and Joe Williams steadied the visitors with a 31-run partnership until Joe Williams was run out for eight.
Broadie Chandler came and went after one boundary, with Williams eventually dismissed for an innings-best of 40 off the bowling of Bredon Smart.
That had Smoky sitting on 5/78, which quickly turned into 6/79 after Tom Manners was out leg before wicket for a duck.
The impressive Leon Wright was joined by Peter Collins for a partnership of 28, ended when Collins was bowled for 11.
Matthew Stott added six runs before he became the second player to be run out to leave Smoky Bay on 8/118.
Wright finished the innings not out on 33.
Lachlan Marks picked up 2/32 for Ceduna, while Jaxon Bennett’s three overs yielded a return of 2/4.
Charlie Williams and Jamie Bennett gave Ceduna a good foundation in the run chase as they opened with a 34-run stand.
That came to an end when Williams was caught for 17, however Smart joined Bennett at the crease to take Ceduna past 100.
Smart fell to Toby Lee for 27, ending the partnership at 69 runs and leaving the hosts 2/103.
Brendan Kloeden was run out for five yet Ceduna was close to victory and Bennett carried the bat to finish on 51.
Collins and Lee took Smoky Bay’s wickets.
Thevenard 9/136 def Streaky Bay 10/126
Thevenard came away with a 10-run success in a closely-fought encounter against Streaky Bay.
Jarrad Trowbridge was pivotal with bat and ball as he helped Thevenard to 9/136, with Streaky all out for 126 in response.
Thevenard won the toss and went to the crease first yet the situation did not look good at 3/18 after the wickets of Lachlan Wilkins, Ryan Meier and Beau Halbert.
They needed somebody to take charge and got that in the form of Trowbridge.
He was assisted by Josh Seidl, who fell for 14 to leave the visitors at 4/46, and then 19 runs from Tom Woods.
The wicket of Woods had Thevenard at 5/85, but Trowbridge pushed them into triple figures before falling for a well-worked 55.
Matthew Cox and Jonty Woods were dismissed in quick succession to see Thevy lose 3/9, while Kane Wilkins was the last player out after making 14.
Rodney Heath led the Streaky attack with 3/19, while Mark Dolling and Damien Johnson added two wickets apiece.
Streaky found themselves in a similar situation in the run chase.
Tobyn Lennell was out for eight and Jock Hollitt followed for a duck, while Blake Kenny also made eight before being caught to leave the hosts 3/25.
Streaky’s steadying presence was Mark Dolling.
He saw Johnson removed for four, but helped the team close in on the target thanks to a 56-run partnership with Travis Brown, 22 runs.
Brown was bowled to have the home side 5/105 and three runs later Dolling was caught for 61 off the bowling of Trowbridge.
Heath and Liam Buckley were both dismissed with the score on 113 and Derrick Freeman was bowled for a duck.
Craig Johnson did his best to push Streaky to victory only to be the last player out, for 11.
Meier took 3/16 and Trowbridge 3/33, with Wilkins adding 2/20.