Port Augusta cricket: Quorn crushed by South

CRICKET: Nathan Nistico took three wickets to help South Augusta score a big win over Quorn.
CRICKET: Nathan Nistico took three wickets to help South Augusta score a big win over Quorn.

Quorn were bowled out by South for their lowest total in over five years on Saturday afternoon.

The reigning back-to-back premiers lost all 10 wickets for just 71 runs, which was just the third time that they have been restricted to under 100 in four years.

It was a tremendous effort from South’s bowlers, who didn’t let any of their opposition batters get on top of them.

Clayton Parkinson and Nathan Nistico each took three wickets to dash Quorn’s hopes of remaining undefeated after four rounds.

South batted first and got off to a shaky start, with wicket-keeper Corey Cuffe edging one behind for two runs.

Cameron Parkinson then joined the other opener Sam Maule at the crease, but lost his partner quickly as Maule was brilliantly caught by a diving Karl Finlay in the gully.

This left South at 2/13 when captain Greg Shirley walked out to the middle.

Him and Parkinson combined to get South back on track in a 36-run stand that ended when Shirley blasted a cut shot off Bailey Marshall that was also caught by Karl Finlay.

This was a significant wicket for South, as it was the first time this season that Shirley hasn’t passed the 50 mark.

Greg’s brother Craig replaced him and settled in nicely before Parkinson was dismissed.

South continued to lose wickets at regular intervals with Craig Shirley, Marcus Gill, Will Waterworth and Nathan Nistico all falling after getting good starts.

For the second week in a row, Nistico proved more than handy with the bat, as he top scored with 25 runs to help South finish with 9/177 from their 50 overs.

There were no real standout performers with the ball for Quorn, although Tom Finlay and Liam Bury stopped any momentum for South with scores of 2/17 and 2/25 respectively.

In response, Quorn started terribly and lost Kade Baker in the second over thanks to a brilliant yorker from Clayton Parkinson.

This lifted South but it paled in comparison to the boost they received when Alex Hosking top-edged a short ball down the throat of Nistico.

Given how reliable Hosking has been with the bat for Quorn, it was huge to see him out so early and the wickets tumbled from there.

Griffiths, Bury and Karl Finlay all fell with the score on 21, before Williams was out just two runs later to leave Quorn 6/23.

All six wickets came from either Parkinson or Nistico, who destroyed Quorn’s top order and put the result beyond doubt.

Tom Finlay was stubborn and did his best to somehow shift the momentum, but it was all in vain as his wicket led to two more in quick succession.

Some quick late-innings runs from Alex Parnanzini and the inning’s top-scorer Corey Finlay got Quorn to 71, before Parnanzini was finally run out to end the game and put South on equal points with Quorn at the top of the table.

Corey Finlay ended with 29 not out, but it was all about South as Parkinson took 3/15 and Nistico 3/17 in a brilliant bowling display.

After four rounds of action, South have a record of three wins and one loss, while Quorn have secured two wins, a draw and a loss.