Far West and Le Hunte fell short as Lincoln Tuna Kings snared the 2020 Quality Wool Cup in Port Lincoln after a thrilling final day finish that saw the Twenty20 tournament's top four teams separated by percentage only.
With Lincoln Tuna Kings, Eastern Eyre, Tumby Bay and Great Flinders on six points after each recording three wins from their four matches, the Tuna King's superior runs for and against saw them take the silverware in the cup's ninth year.
Eight under 14 teams from across the Eyre Peninsula took part in this year's competition, with matches played last Thursday and Friday at Centenary Oval, Poole Oval and the Ravendale Complex in front of the biggest crowds in years.
Rather than the usual oppressive January heat, this year's competitors were greeted by pleasant, cool conditions which saw high-scoring, free-flowing cricket played by all eight teams.
Far West and reigning champions Le Hunte opened with victories as Far West defeated Kimba by 56 runs and Le Hunte downed Lincoln Great Whites by eight wickets.
It proved Le Hunte's only victory of the tournament, with subsequent losses to Great Flinders by eight wickets, Lincoln Tuna by 38 runs, and a final defeat against Eastern Eyre by 37 runs.
Far West followed the first-up win with a 31-run loss against Eastern Eyre, then beat Lincoln Great Whites by 33 runs and finished with a dramatic one-run loss against Great Flinders.
Far West's Wally Parkyn compiled 110 runs from four innings to take out the batting trophy, while Kai Davies of Lincoln Tuna Kings and Hamish Turner from Eastern Eyre snared five wickets each to lead the bowling and Dusty Symonds of Lincoln Great Whites led the fielding with 11 votes.
The Quality Wool Cup's revamped look was also a hit, with the shirts and colours of the eight teams brought into line with franchises from the Big Bash League.
With the competition set to celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2021, Quality Wool's Kane McKay said buying from the EP's cricket associations and junior sporting community had been the key to the cup's longevity.
"We had our best crowds in some time this year, and the way all the associations and families involved have embraced the tournament is the main reason for its success over close to a decade," he said.