OODNADATTA 20/20 CRICKET: TOWN TEAM TRIUMPHS
Training, determination and raw talent certainly paid off for the Town team in the annual Town vs Stations 20/20 cricket match in Oodnadatta on March 4th. As a Pink Stumps match supporting the Glenn McGrath Foundation the sea of pink and somewhat quirky attire belied the seriousness of the contest. With the tally at Stations, 3 wins to Townies 1, Russell Prowse as captain and coach of the Town team was keen to even up the ledger. And even it up they did.
Stations went into bat first, with Cameron Williams and Will Clarke opening. Cameron quickly notched up 30 runs made up of 3 fours and 3 sixes. Batters are required to retire at the end of the over in which they reach 30, but are allowed to return to the crease if all other batsmen are out. Cam did return and finished his innings not out for 34. Matt Williams followed with an impressive 40 not out, also including 3 fours and 3 sixes. Alex Josefski did well with the bat, wielding a handsome score of 34 not out. The bowling attack of the Town team was relentless. Francis Naylon clean bowled the wickets of Will Clarke and Jaike Coulthard, and three catches were held in the field, no mean feat given the rough terrain on which they field. At the end of the innings Stations had amassed a total of 7 for 179, what they considered to be a significant challenge for the Town team.
However, the Town team came out with all bats blazing and soon proved their worth. Dougie Finn and Bobby Warren opened. Unfortunately Bobby went for a duck, caught behind off the bowling of Will Clarke with Dougie going on to make 15. Russell Prowse and Kyle put on a strong partnership with Russell retiring at 30 and then returning to make a further 3 runs, a total of 33 not out including 4 fours and a six. Kyle hung in to make a total of 27 before being bowled out by Alex Josefski. Francis Naylon top scored for the Town team with 37 including 2 sixes and 5 fours before being stumped by Cameron Williams. Caleb Warren also did well with the bat scoring 20. At the end of their 20 overs the Town team reached a fine total of 8 for 196, amongst great jubilation, cheering and congratulations all round.
After the main game a friendly took place, which was especially enjoyed by some of the younger people and women, some of whom are determined to feature in the main match next year. The hot conditions made for a thirsty crowd, who retired to the club rooms for refreshments, dinner, a good catch up and a bit of dancing. The presentations, short and sweet, saw Matt Williams named as Man of the Match with his figures of 40 not out and 2 wickets. Francis Naylon was the runner up and best for the Town team with figures of 37 runs and 2 wickets. Russell Prowse was presented with the perpetual trophy, and best dressed was shared by Jaike Coulthard and Dyl Lane.
It was another hugely successful community event in Oodnadatta. A big thank you is extended to all who helped out, the Race Club committee and Kirsty Williams as coordinator of the event.
Other community events to look out for include the William Creek Races and Gymkhana on April 8th, the Oodnadatta Races and Gymkhana on May 13th, the Oodnadatta Campdraft and Bronco Branding on July 14 and 15 and the National Bronco Branding Championships to be held in William Creek on August 19th.