Close wins for chasing Ceduna and Smoky Bay

An impressive showing with the bat and ball from Bredon Smart helped Ceduna to a two-wicket win over Thevenard on Saturday.

Smart took two scalps as Thevenard made 7/160 and then reached 45 not out in Ceduna's successful chase of 8/163.

Thevenard's start was poor as Josh Threadgold was caught behind for a duck and Ryan Meier was the next to go for 12.

Jarrad Trowbridge pushed Thevenard along, with the wicket of Lachlan Wilkins for nine leaving the home side at 3/59.

Trowbridge was joined by Dom Denton and the pair put on 62 runs for the fourth wicket.

They pushed Thevy into triple figures and were progressing well until Trowbridge's stumps were rattled by Smart for 61.

Jacob Grills came and went for a duck, while the quickfire wickets of Matthew Degner and Beau Halbert left the hosts at 7/133.

Denton closed in on a half-century, only to end the 45 overs on 49 not out.

Smart took 2/19 and Charlie Williams chimed in with 2/21.

Ceduna's run chase was off to a positive start thanks to a 52-run partnership between Andrew Miller and Jamie Bennett.

There was a stutter as both then fell - Miller for 42 and Bennett for eight - and Williams was out five runs later for a duck.

Smart and Kloeden pushed the visitors closer to the target with a 26-run stand ended by Kloeden's dismissal for 26.

Lachlan Marks and Kade Maddigan were both out for two to push Ceduna to 6/103.

With the match evenly poised Travis Goodwin joined Smart for a partnership of 56 runs which put Ceduna on the verge of victory.

Goodwin was bowled for 35 and Cristian Brooks followed for a duck, but Smart hit the winning runs to finish on an unbeaten 45.

Meier led the Thevy attack with 3/44 and Threadgold took 2/30.

Meanwhile, hosts Smoky Bay secured a second win in succession after a thrilling one-wicket triumph against Streaky Bay.

Streaky Bay was all out for 118 and Smoky Bay made it home with 9/121.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat, with a 56-run partnership between Craig Johnson and Blake Kenny getting them off to a positive start.

Johnson was the first to go, for 34, when he had his stumps knocked over by Peter Collins, and eight runs later Kenny joined him for 25.

Paul Kilby and Liam Buckley came and went to leave Streaky at 4/71, while they lost two further wickets with the score at 85.

Tait Johnson and Shane Pittaway settled the visitors with a 25-run stand that took the total into triple figures, until Pittaway was caught for 14.

That had Streaky Bay at 7/110 and it was soon 9/111 as Henry Guerin and John Buckley were dismissed for ducks.

Fraser Gum was the last player out, for two, leaving Johnson not out on 20.

Waylon Drew and Tom Manners bowled well to take 3/14 and 3/18 respectively.

Smoky Bay's start was not as memorable as Joe Williams was caught for one and Satinderjit Grewal for 21 to leave the home side 2/23.

Riley Prince and Chris Williams got them back on track with a partnership of 37, only for Williams to be bowled for an innings-best of 23.

Prince was caught three runs later for 12, while the wicket of Drew had Smoky at 5/82.

Matthew Stott edged Smoky Bay closer to the target with 21 runs, but both he and Leon Wright were caught in quick succession to take the score to 7/97.

Collins took command to get Smoky within reach, although he lost both Toby Lee and Manners on 111.

Collins was joined by Michael Pearce and the pair got Smoky Bay over the line with one wicket to spare.

Kenny was the best of the Streaky bowlers with 4/15.