QUORN were crowned the kings of Port Augusta cricket after defeating West Augusta by 21 runs in the A grade Cricket Premiership grand final at ETSA Oval on Saturday, March 18.
Quorn talisman Liam Bury was named Man of the Match for his game-winning innings of 110 not-out, helping Quorn make 217.
West can hold their heads high after pushing Quorn all the way to the final overs, despite making the grand final through the long road of defeating Central Stirling and South Augusta.
The ever-reliable Mark Myers was West’s most damaging bowler, taking 2/24, while Chris Sheil played a great innings to make 90, helping West to an impressive 196. It was near-perfect conditions for cricket and Quorn couldn’t be blamed for deciding to bat after winning the toss.
Myers struck early for West, dismissing Quorn Captain Alex Hosking and Simon George for 12 and 10 respectively, with Shane Cox providing a safe pair of hands on each occasion.
But there was no stopping Bury as he made up for no other Quorn batsman making more than 30. He hit several boundaries as he saved his best performance for when it counted most.
West suffered a shaky start to their run chase with some questionable decision making leading to Shane Cox being run-out for a duck.
The early pain continued when fellow opener Nathan Bailey was sent packing for only four, leaving West at 2/6.
Chris Sheil and Tom McInerney saw the challenge and fought it head on, putting on a 78-run partnership before McInerney was dismissed by Corey Finlay for 21 to leave West at 3/84.
West Captain Jason McInerney struggled to get into top gear and was sent packing for 11, but Sheil continued to swing the willow, hitting boundaries across all parts of the field.
When Scott Williams forced Sheil to find Corey Finlay, Sheil’s heroic innings ended on 90, and by that point West’s brave innings was losing oxygen at 6/156.
Myers proved handy with the bat as he found the gaps to make 35 before Scott Williams again took an important wicket. West’s tail failed to wag and Quorn were rewarded for arguably being the most consistent team throughout 2016/17.