Port Augusta cricket: Quorn edge past West

WINNERS: Quorn narrowly defeated West Augusta by two wickets in Round 12 of the Port Augusta Cricket Association 2018/19 season.

WINNERS: Quorn narrowly defeated West Augusta by two wickets in Round 12 of the Port Augusta Cricket Association 2018/19 season.

Following their upset win over South, West travelled to Quorn on the weekend looking to knock off the second-placed side and they came very close to doing so.

After scoring a very respectable score of 9/184 off their 50 overs, Hawks took the game down to the wire, but Quorn were too good in the end and got the win.

West’s openers, Garth Burley and Kale Irvine, got through the opening half-hour unscathed. However, when Alex Parnanzini was introduced, Kale Irvine looked to lift the run rate but ended up losing his wicket for five.

The first wicket of the innings then triggered the second when Declan Duffy also fell to Parnanzini for four, as the Hawks slipped to 2/24.

Mitchell Foote came to the crease to join Burley, who was looking solid.

The pair combined for 62 runs and evened the game up by the time Foote was caught for 34 in the 36th over.

Once again, one wicket brought two for Quorn, as Paul Rodgers found himself on a hat-trick after dismissing Jason McInerney with the very next ball.

Darcy Irvine saw off the hat-trick and then got stuck into the Quorn attack with a 15-run cameo in four overs.

Alex Hosking picked up Irvine for his first wicket, but the runs kept flowing for West, as Burley began to pick up his scoring rate and the tail wagged.

Joel Coulthard, Max Jenkins and John Lawson struck some crucial boundaries late in the innings, scoring 98 in the last 15 overs of the innings to get Hawks to 9/184.

Burley carried his bat through the innings and made 76 in a magnificent knock, while Mitchell Foote’s 34 made him the second-highest run scorer.

Alex Hosking took 3/53 for Quorn after Paul Rodgers and Alex Parnanzini each had two wickets to their names.

With a competitive total of 184 to chase down, Quorn sent Scott Williams and Matt Griffiths out to open the batting with the task of making some early inroads.

Williams kick-started the innings with a couple of boundaries, but West received a boost when Mitchell Foote began his third over with the wicket of Griffiths.

Kade Baker took his place and joined Williams for a 49-run stand that was broken by Dylan Cammarano to leave Quorn 2/68 off 20 overs.

Williams and Hosking came together and were the two batsmen that West needed to get out quickly if they wanted to pick up another unlikely victory.

Williams was closing in on his 50, but when he got to 48, former premiership teammate Jason McInerney sent him back to the sheds, giving the Hawks another sniff.

Declan Duffy took the catch that produced the key wicket of Hosking for 28 just at the right time for West. This left Quorn still needing 71 to win from 17 overs.

Mark Francis hung around for 13 overs and made 16, before he fell to Darcy Irvine, and when Bailey Marshall was out the next ball, it was still difficult to see which side was on top.

The deciding seventh-wicket partnership between Paul Finlay and Rob Britza began in 37th over, and by the time it was ended in 42nd, they had combined for 34 runs.

The two smashed eight boundaries between them, leaving Quorn with just five runs to win by the time they were both dismissed.

With their hearts in their throats, Quorn were able to finally celebrate when Clayton Finlay hit two consecutive boundaries to seal the win by two wickets.

Williams was the top scorer with 48, while Paul Finlay’s 30 and Hosking’s 28 were the other main contributions.

A heart-breaking loss for West keeps them on the bottom of the ladder, but a win over Central in two weeks’ time will see them leap into third, while Quorn will meet South in a top-of-the-table clash.