QUORN remain winless after a nail-biting loss to Central/Stirling. Chasing 147, the Tigers stumbled early but eventually reached the target with two wickets and less than six overs remaining.
Jake McDonald made a valiant 65 and Cameron Edson made 23 not out to steer their side to victory, keeping the Tigers at the top of the Port Augusta Cricket Association A Grade ladder.
After winning the toss and batting first, Quorn were keen to make a good start to the match but had anything but. A good catch in the gully from Seb Goldsmith saw the end of opener Kade Baker in the first over.
Stand-in captain Corey Finlay was at the crease much earlier than expected and needed to get his side back on track.
Quorn’s intentions were to go on the attack from the beginning and Thomas Finlay’s quick-fire 22 caused some headaches for Central/Stirling, but when he was out LBW the momentum was haltered.
Corey Finlay fell in the next over after an intended lofted cover drive ended up being spooned to Ryan Finlayson at point.
A quick 35-run stand between Scott Williams and Simon George was ended when Williams was caught brilliantly at first slip by Toby Baxter.
Next, Simon George lost patience and threw his wicket away to Cameron Edson after a well-made 28. When Karl Finlay gifted Orson Poole a caught and bowled wicket, Quorn were 6/115, but a good performance from Mark Francis (50) saw them to a defendable 147.
Poole ended up with the best figures for Central/Stirling with 4/41.
The run chase began poorly for Central/Stirling, with key batsman Toby Baxter out LBW in the second over for three runs.
Then last week’s best batsman, Roby McDonald was bowled out by Thomas Finlay, before Cameron Parkinson was caught behind to put the Tigers 3/12.
They were in need of a big partnership and that was what Seb Goldsmith and Jake McDonald delivered. Goldsmith was solid in defence and although he wasn’t scoring at a rapid rate, he provided the stability that his side needed.
After a seven-over period where the two struggled to score, McDonald was able to get things moving with a few more boundaries.
Goldsmith fell just after the drinks break for eight runs to keep Quorn in a good position, but McDonald was on the attack as he scored 28 runs in seven overs to get to a half-century.
Ryan Finlayson’s wicket brought Orson Poole to the crease, who looked to make quick work of the run chase, and his partnership with McDonald was looking to be the match winner.
However, when McDonald was run out by an excellent throw from Bailey Marshall, the Tigers still needed 32 to win.
They would have been confident in Cameron Edson to guide them home, but he needed a good partner and when Poole fell, the game was still evenly poised.
Ryan Kuerschner provided some support, but his wicket kept the players in the shed on the edge of their seats.
With 13 to win, Clayton Parkinson’s leg glance for three was a real help for his side, as he and Edson’s magnificent 23 not out saw the Tigers on to their fourth win of the season.
Simon George, Thomas Finlay and Corey Finlay all bowled exceptionally well and made the batsmen work for every run.
Quorn still sit without a win after five minor round games, while Central are looking the goods but with a long way to go until the finals, anything can happen.
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