Friday September 15th saw 16 budding Year 6/7 cricket superstars head to Poole Oval for a T20 Blast Carnival run by SACA. It included Port Lincoln schools as well as teams from Tumby Bay and Cummins.
Navigator team 1 experienced narrow defeats in all 4 games (losses by 17, 12, 17 and 14). These margins are extremely close when you consider the ‘electric boundary’ rule that was played on the day. When students dispatched the ball for a 4 or a 6, they could also run as many times as possible until it came back. This resulted in lots of 7s, 8s and 9s being scored from one hit! Nick Kleinig was a star for Navigator 1, proving to be a thorn in the side of two St. Joseph’s teams, scoring 28 against one of the teams and 26 against the other! Kyle McInerney scored a well compiled 27 against Ungarra. In the bowling department, Malachi Fatchen bowled the stingiest over of the day by only allowing Tumby Bay 4 runs off of one of his overs. There were some great catches and run outs to stop dangerous opposition batsmen too.
The Navigator team 2 played off against Tumby Bay, Port Lincoln PS and Ungarra, and this included a solid win against Kirton Point; 145 runs to 87. Tate Bieniasz and Ayo Ajao scored 52 with a great partnership against Kirton Point. Jake Callen and Oscar Helliar held the team steady against Tumby Bay; a top three team. Tate Bieniasz, Angus Clark and Banjo Lawrence also did well with their bowling. The Navigator 2 team was also responsible for reversing a possible 13 run score against them with a fantastic on-the-line run out.
Thanks to the students for making it such an enjoyable day. Thanks must also go to SACA for organising the day which gave so many local students the opportunity to play cricket.
Alex Davis and Marc Eckert