Kangaroo Island Community Education students participate in 2019 Sapsasa cricket State Carnival

From November 4-7, 13 students from the three KICE campuses represented Kangaroo Island at the Sapsasa cricket State Carnival, held at various venues around Adelaide.

Monday's game had KI against Salisbury East at West Beach Ovals. Salisbury East batted first, and while KI took regular wickets, there was one batter that they couldn't dismiss.

His 41 retired was the nucleus that their total of 135 was built around. Wicket takers for KI were Edan with 2/8, River 2/15, Taj 2/18, Callan 1/6, Tyler 1/7 and Ethan 1/17, while Timmy bowled well but without luck.

In response, KI lost an early wicket, before Aidan and River put on a 27 run partnership. Once this was broken, wickets fell at regular intervals, resulting in Kangaroo Island being bowled out for 79 by a very good bowling team.

Edan and Xavier put on a good last wicket partnership, but unfortunately those runs didn't count towards the total as 10 wickets had already been lost. River with 20 and Edan with 17 were the top scorers for the innings.

Tuesday saw KI take on Onkaparinga South at Henley High School. Batting first, KI got off to the worst start possible, losing a wicket on the first ball of the match to an unbelievable ball.

Onka South had very good bowling depth, which meant that not only did they not concede runs, they built pressure on the KI batsmen.

Backed up with good fielding, KI did well to get to their total of 92, due largely to a 25 run partnership between Oscar (20), who was at the crease from the second ball of the innings to after drinks, and Timmy (17), plus some late runs from Callan (12).

Early wickets was the instruction, and when Onkaparinga South were 6/39, on the back of some good fielding which netted 3 run outs and tight bowling.

From there, an outstanding partnership saw Onka South pass the total still 6 wickets down.

The wheels fell off a little for KI boys (perhaps they were more focussed on that evening's Beachouse visit and team dinner!), with some lusty hitting, dropped catches and loose bowling allowing Onka South's final score to balloon out to 179.

Xavier was the pick of the bowlers with 2/8, while Taj took 1/10, Cain 1/12, Tyler 1/14 and Ethan 1/22, while Putters was the happiest person in the KI camp after winning the Melbourne Cup sweep!

Wednesday saw KI venture to the South parklands to take on Western Eyre Peninsula. Again batting first, but with a different opening combination, it was a case of different day, same result, as KI again lost early wickets to some excellent pace bowling.

Aidan fought valiantly for 12 runs, while River played an outstanding innings, mixing power and patience (not normally a word associated with River's batting!) to top score with 29.

Batting at number 5, he was the 10th wicket to fall, after being given a licence to swing to try and get the total over 100.

The total set of 93 was going to be tough to defend, but when River and Xavier both got early wickets, having WEP 3/17, anything was possible.

Even at 4/49 it was game on, and at 5/82 funnier things have happened in cricket, especially given that the KI boys were bowling well and creating opportunities, but they just could capitalise on them.

Some wonderful hitting from a WEP player took the game away from KI and enabled WEP to get to 134 all out. The pick of the bowlers for KI were Edan with 3/13 late, River 2/6, Xavier 2/24 and Ethan 1/0 off of 3 overs.

The final game of the carnival saw KI take on Whyalla in the battle of the wooden spoon in division 5. Whyalla batted first and after a cautious start, attempted to score their runs at a quick tempo.

It worked initially, and with the score on 3/81 not long before drinks, KI was looking at having to chase a large total. Brady got a crucial breakthrough, then some excellent fielding from Callan ran out Whyalla's best batsman, then Brady got another wicket as Whyalla lost 3/4 before drinks.

The plan after drinks was to finish the innings quickly and keep their total under 100, a plan that was executed magnificently.

The final 4 wickets fell for 4 runs, meaning Whyalla had lost their last 7 wickets for 8 runs and set the very gettable total of 89. In a good team bowling effort, Oscar took 2/3, Brady 2/8, Ethan 1/1, Callan 1/2, Aidan 1/6, Otto 1/7, Taj 1/12, Tyler 1/18 and Edan 1/24, while Oscar and Cain behind the stumps backed them up by only letting 5 byes through.

KI's run chase got off to a shaky start, losing 2 quick wickets, before Aidan and Tyler put on a steadying 27 run partnership.

A good 22 run partnership between Tyler and River put the game within KI's reach, but when River was dismissed at 4/62, there were still plenty of nerves from the KI supporter group.

The worries were unfounded though, as Tyler and Taj batted KI to victory. In a good team effort, KI went on to score 142 runs with the top batters being Tyler 16 retired, Taj 15 retired, River 14, Aidan 11, Xavier 11 retired and Otto 10.

A pleasing end to the week, where the team managed to piece it all together for long periods of time.

There are a multitude of people that need to be thanked for making the week so successful. Wade Berden and Ray Wadsworth for helping at trainings, the parents who scored and/or umpired at the carnival, Emma Richo for running the sweep and all of the parents, grandparents and siblings who supported the team, along with SeaLink for their continued sponsorship of Kangaroo island Sapsasa.

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