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North captain, Todd
FAR RIGHT: Long
close to call
LONG Plains will challenge reigning
premier, Lower North, in the Stanley
Cricket Association A grade grand ﬁnal
at Sevenhill this Saturday.
The two sides have shared a healthy
rivalry since Long Plains joined the
competition last season, although
Longies are yet to beat Lower North to
Their best opportunity to do so came
in the second semi ﬁnal, Lower North
somehow getting out of jail to win
straight through to the decider.
It all augurs towards another belting
Long Plains captain, Michael Warnes,
has been impressed with his team's form
after the Christmas break.
"Once we got everyone on the park,
we played quite well I think," he said.
Longies ﬁnished fourth last season
but with the addition of all-rounder,
Dallas Hill, and fast bowler, Brad Jones,
their depth has improved considerably.
The bowling partnership between
Jones and Warnes has been key to Long
Plains' winning form.
"Jones has been bowling quite well,
without a lot of luck," Warnes said.
"I've had to suck up my pride a bit
and bowling into the win, although on
the weekend there was a fairly strong
breeze, so I came on ﬁrst change from
the same end as Jones, which also
worked quite well."
Lower North captain and opening
batsman, Todd McPharlin, believed it
was important to get through the Jones/
"We've just got to work hard and try
and see them off," McPharlin said.
"The runs will come if we can bat
"I would say our strength is our abil-
ity to bat right down the order but we
also have a long bowling attack as well.
"I don't think the pressure is on one
player this week, it will take a team
Warnes was looking forward to the
match, his team ﬁnding its feet at the
right time of year.
"Our cricket has really improved this
season and Long Plains has always been
a hard team to beat in ﬁnals,” he said.
"Lower North's batting is a real
strength, so we've just got to bowl tight
and not let them get away from us.
“Usually one of their top four or ﬁve
can get a big score but ﬁnals is about
pressure so we will keep it tight and
let the batsmen get themselves bogged
"They've got excellent bowlers as
well, so we'll be looking to bat our overs
out while punishing the loose ones."
Both teams will ﬁnd themselves with
selection dilemmas this week.
Lower North batsman, Kerry Micha-
lanney, strained a hamstring in the
second semi ﬁnal a fortnight ago and
may struggle for ﬁtness, while Long
Plains will be sweating on the ﬁtness of
experienced top order batsman, Todd
Daniel has struggled to take the
ﬁeld this year, suffering several injuries
throughout the season, the latest being a
heavily bruised and swollen knee after
chopping a delivery onto his leg.
Warnes said it would be a tough call
on Thursday night at the selection table.
The match gets under way from
A1 preliminary review
A VITAL knock from Dallas Hill helped
Long Plains win through to the Stanley
Cricket Association A grade grand ﬁnal af-
ter defeating Clare Combined at Balaklava
on the weekend.
Hill's 60 bolstered the Long Plains total
to about 120 on a slow outﬁeld.
Clare Combined could only ﬁnd about
80 in response.
A2 preliminary review and Grand
LOWER North fell well short of Clare
Red's total of 7/206 in their Stanley
Cricket Association A2 preliminary ﬁnal at
Sevenhill on Saturday.
Lower North were yet to beat Clare Red
this season and the result was again the
same, Red recovering from an embarrassing
defeat the week before to win through to the
decider against Sevenhill, to be played at
Clare High School oval this weekend.
Batting ﬁrst, Clare Red posted a com-
petitive total, with Justin Ragenovich and
Mitch Reynolds posting half centuries.
Anthony Williams led from the front
with the ball for Lower North, claiming
3/41 from eight overs, while Leigh Wright
picked up 1/31.
In response, the Lower North innings
never really got going, Williams again deﬁ-
ant with 24 and Caleb McPharlin putting up
Lachlan Gill (2/18) and Justin Wong
(3/21) did the damage for Clare Red in a
good team effort.
Les Pearson previews
the Stanley Cricket
Association grand ﬁnal
Todd McPharlin (C)
Michael Warnes (C)
LIKELY LINE UPS
AN inspired spell of bowling from Mallala seamer Tim
Cawrse virtually gifted his team a grand ﬁnal berth in the
Barossa and Light Cricket Association A2 competition.
The weekend’s two-day ﬁxture against top-placed
Nuriootpa at the picturesque surroundings of Sandy
Creek was meant to be a tough battle for the Mallala
boys, but after Cawrse (5/8) ripped through the Nuri top
order, the match never looked in doubt.
After Adrian Buckley made the initial breakthrough,
Cawrse took the next ﬁve wickets, all either bowled or
LBW, restricting Nuriootpa to a paltry total of 50.
Mallala's batsmen made light work of the chase and
put a decent total on the board as well, ensuring there
was no way back into the match for Nuriootpa.
Buckley (24) and David Cawrse (36) guided their
side past the total and Mallala set about building a lead.
Captain Kelly Curnow (37) put some distance be-
tween the two teams, while Jamie Good (26no) and Ben
Work (21no) guaranteed their side would go through to
This weekend’s grand ﬁnal will be held at Eudunda,
Gawler Central the opponent standing between Mallala
and premiership glory.
Central comprehensively defeated Mallala in their one
encounter for the season but at 4/70 chasing Mallala's
140, the match was anything but one-sided.
The experience of Curnow will no doubt be pivotal,
while Mallala's bowlers should thrive on the turf at
Central's home deck is on the hard wicket in the
middle of the greyhound track, so the turf pitch could
prove pivotally in Mallala's favour.
It would be quite an achievement if Mallala can pull
off the win, stepping up from the A4 grade competition
To be able to compete following that standard leap
alone is amazing but to challenge for the ﬂag is certainly
a feather in the cap for the Adelaide Plains team.
for Barossa and
REPORT: Les Pearson
LUKE Walker bowls for Dublin during
Saturday's Para Districts Cricket
Association match, at Dublin oval.
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