The much-anticipated Shovel Shield T20 Carnival was hosted by Hog Bay Cricket Club over the weekend and saw 10 games of cricket played over four days, with lots of big hitting and classic catches on display from both experienced and inexperienced players alike.
Almost every game came down to the final few overs, with the competition decided in the penultimate game and the player of the tournament decided in the final game, which gave the spectators and players plenty of entertainment throughout the weekend, right to the very end.
Standout batters from the weekend were Anthony Anderson (top score of 57) and a quick fire 49 in the final game, Keith Bolto found the boundary in the final MacGillivray game scoring an unbeaten 55 including a six that unluckily missed the sign to win a prize, but then luckily missed a passing ute.
Rounding out the top 3 scores was Damien Trethewey with an unbeaten 54 against Kingscote.
Overall most batters found the conditions tough going, with few team scores going over 150 and the bowlers enjoying taking regular wickets.
Standout bowler for the weekend was Jed Bald taking a total of 10 wickets (best bowling 4/25) with an average of 8.4, followed by Matt Johnson with 7 and Kayne Wheaton and Adam Buick with 6 each.
Overall there were 31 separate wicket takers, including some who hadn't bowled a ball in competition in many years (or ever!).
Some of the main highlights (and lowlights) occurred in the field. A standout catch that will be etched in the memory of those who witnessed it was taken by Kayne Wheaton on the boundary against Kingscote.
In what can only be described as a replica of the famous Glenn McGrath screamer at Adelaide Oval in the 02/03 Ashes series, Kayne took the classic while running back with the flight of the ball and caught it in a full outstretched dive.
Well done Kayne, it will be a catch that will be talked about for many years to come.
Many other reflex catches were taken for the weekend, many from some of the young cricketers which is a great sign for the future.
In a few bizarre lowlights, penalty runs were awarded not once but twice over the weekend for hitting the keepers helmet.
In the last incident in the final game for the weekend, Kingscote were on track for their first win of the weekend, only for some unfortunate events leading to the penalty runs, then Western Districts hitting a four off the last ball to claim victory, which was as close a game as was witnessed all weekend.
Congratulations to Anthony Anderson for claiming Player of the Tournament, with a consistent performance with the bat and taking a wicket in the final game, on the second last ball of his overs to claim the trophy.
The Kangaroo Island Cricket Association would like to thank all the sponsors for the weekend, as well as the Bell family for continuing to support KI Cricket and Tony Bell for presenting the Shovel Shield and the Player of the Tournament Trophy.
A big congratulations to Hog Bay for hosting the weekend including all their volunteers who made the weekend run smoothly and such a success.
Lastly thanks to the players, especially the new players and the junior players for putting on a great spectacle. We hope to see you all next year!
In the end, the winner was decided in the Hog Bay vs Parndana game, which Brodie Havelberg has written up a report of the game. - Michael Slade
The winner of the Shovel Shield came down to the result of the Parndana Hog Bay game. Parndana managed 5/143 off their 20 overs, scoring started slowly but gained momentum as the innings went on.
Crucial wickets for Hog Bay helped steady the flow. Top scorers for Parndana, Zach Trethewey 31 and Brodie Havelberg 25 while the pick of the bowlers for Hog Bay were Jack Gurney 2/20 and Adam Buick 2/29.
Hog Bay set about the task early with runs flowing. Regular wickets made it difficult as the run rate kept rising.
Some clean hitting right down the order by Hog Bay helped, however a few tight overs at the death from Parndana made it difficult, Parndana restricting Hog Bay to 8/133 to take a 10 run win.
Adam Buick with 48 top scored, while Zach Trethewey 3/17 and Matthew Johnson 2/21 were the pick of the bowlers. - Brodie Havelberg.