Port Augusta cricket: No results achieved in Round 7

CRICKET: Mitchell Foote leads the way for West Augusta during their draw with Central/Stirling.

CRICKET: Mitchell Foote leads the way for West Augusta during their draw with Central/Stirling.

For the second week in a row, no results were achieved in Port Augusta’s A Grade cricket.

With frequent rain interruptions, the minimum number of overs required to achieve a result could not be bowled in the match between Central/Stirling and West Augusta.

The players were forced from the field three times due to rain and, despite the continuing effort to get a result, conditions weren’t fit for play and the teams shared the points.

Central/Stirling batted first and stared slowly due to some tight bowling from Mitchell Foote and Orry Kirkham to leave the Tigers 1/19 off the first 10 overs.

The shackles were broken in the 12th when Sean Kuerschner took 19 runs off Kirkham’s sixth over, including two sixes.

From there, Kuerschner continued to lift the run rate and when the players came off for drinks, Central were 1/76.

However, the players would then have an hour-long drink, as the first shower came down at ETSA Oval.

They finally returned, but lost 10 overs of their innings because of the interruption.

Things were made worse when Ryan Burk mistimed a hook shot and was caught for 21.

Brendon Davis was sent in earlier than anticipated to get some quick runs, but edged a Jason McInerney delivery for just one.

Corey Finlayson fell in similar fashion when his back foot slipped out of his crease and Nathan Bailey completed the stumping.

Meanwhile, Kuerschner was continuing to score and passed 50 with a boundary.

He and Cameron Edson put on 20 runs in four overs, but then both fell to leave the Tigers 7/135 with six overs left. They got half way through the 35th over before rain hit again to shorten the game further.

The innings was called there, meaning West needed 136 to win from 34 overs.

When play resumed, Jason McInerney and Ashley Stroyan started positively and were 0/21 off three overs, before Cameron Edson took a blinder off his own bowling to dismiss Stroyan.

Then Josh Dunstan came out and immediately got into it to put West right on top. Dunstan took 22 runs off the ninth over to take the score to 68. But in the next over, McInerney fell to a catch in the deep for 20.

It took another good catch to get the third wicket, as Garth Burley hit a cut shot that flew to the gully and was taken by an outstretched Sean Kuerschner.

Mitchell Foote replaced Burley, but wasn’t out there for long before the rain came one last time, putting an end to proceedings.

West needed to face 17 overs and have a run rate higher than Central to see them win, but the game was ended four overs short of that mark, meaning both teams take two points each.

Meanwhile, the match between South Augusta and Quorn was also stopped due to the extreme weather.