South Augusta get off to a flyer in season opener

CRICKET: Quorn Captain Alex Hosking finished the day just shy of a half century on 48 runs.
CRICKET: Quorn Captain Alex Hosking finished the day just shy of a half century on 48 runs.

PORT Augusta cricket returned this weekend with exciting play from the four senior sides.

South Augusta kicked off the season with a win in a Grand Final rematch against Quorn on enemy soil.

Quorn went into bat first and got off to a shaky start when the opening combination of Alex Hosking and Kade Baker ended in the first over.

A handy catch by Will Bolitho saw Baker dismissed by Aaron Vater who was in fine form, taking four wickets in total (4/26).

Breveton then joined Hosking in the middle but his time was also short lived, making a total of 10 runs before being bowled out by South's Craig Shirley (3/28).

While Hosking remained steadfast, finishing the day with 48 runs before eventually being caught out off a Rowan Irvine ball, the middle order fell like a run of dominoes.

Corey Finlay and Paul Rodgers were both bowled out for zero, while Luke Finlay was the last man standing on 15 not out - Quorn finished the day on 10/105.

Souths also found themselves in hot water early, Bolitho and Irvine opened the batting but their partnership was fleeting.

Bolitho was dismissed by Kurtis Roeby when Souths were just 1/5, and Irvine made a total of 16 before his time at the crease ended.

Souths best batsman Greg Shirley joined Waterworth at the crease however he was once again dismissed by Rogers who finished the day with two scalps (2/26).

Brother Craig Shirley batted sixth in the order and took his total to 41 not out.

Todd Kernahan came to the crease and provided a cool head, accompanying C Shirley in South's best partnership of the day.

It was all over by the 36th over, South claiming victory 5/109.

The Hawks started their season with a soaring win over Central/Stirling.

It took 45 overs for West Augusta to topple Central/Stirling, with an impressive bowling display from Kale Irvine (4/27).

The Hawks were 9/109 chasing Central/Stirling's 111 total.

When Max Jenkins was stumped by Benbolt for a golden duck it looked like Central/Stirling might steal the win.

Steven Hutchins joined Tyson Martin at the crease and the pair managed to carry the Hawks over the line in a nail biter.