Classic Rick Morris century for Western Districts: Kangaroo Island Cricket

A classic Rick Morris century wasn't enough for victory for the Western Districts cricket club who fell to MacGillivray at the MCG on Saturday.

The final score was MacGillivray 7/178 42.5 overs def Western Districts 7/169 45 overs.

Western Districts won the toss and decided to bat first on a warm day with a slight breeze, it appeared to be perfect conditions for batting however variable bounce proved a challenge for all the batsmen.

R. Morris made his intent clear from the early overs, pushing runs through gaps on the slowish outfield and finding boundaries on the loose deliveries.

S. Hammat was solid up the other end and Western Districts got off to a good start until tight bowling from the opening bowlers P. Collins and K. Bolto forced S. Hammat to sky a ball from Bolto in the 12th over, with the difficult catch taken well by R. Lovering in the outfield.

J. Hinton joined R. Morris at the crease and between the two of them they added another 40 runs to the total and made it through to drinks unscathed on 73.

D. Lockett and R. Bullard were brought on to try and break the partnership, which came from Lockett claiming Hinton's wicket.

At 2/82 after 24 overs, and R. Morris finding runs around the ground, Western Districts were looking at an impressive total.

R. Bullard claimed D. Rowsell, and L. Boyle was supporting R. Morris well until B. Wickham struck twice in two balls with identical dismissals, clean bowling L. Boyle and T. Larcombe.

Supported by H. Hammat, R. Morris accelerated the scoring, pushing the fielders for singles and twos and passed the 100 mark at the 40 over mark in a hard-fought innings that included 10 fours and 1 six.

Shortly after Morris fell to Lockett, clean bowled and bringing an end to the impressive innings for 106.

Western Districts finishing the overs 7/169. Pick of the MacGillivray bowlers was D. Lockett with 3/46 and B. Wickham finishing 2/23.

Western Districts got their run defence off to an almost perfect start after tea, with T. Larcombe and C. Hammat combining to take the first three MacGillivray wickets for only 18 runs after 6 overs.

After some nervous early moment, R. Lovering and D. Lockett got MacGillivray back into the game by seeing off Larcombe and Hammat, and continually advancing the runs with their quick runs between wickets and good shot placement.

The pair survived good bowling from H. Hammat and S. Hammat and made it to drinks, giving MacGillivray wickets in the shed and a respectable.

After drinks the run rate continued for the MacGillivray pair, with D. Lockett notching his 50 which included 7 boundaries.

R. Morris was brought on and in conjunction with S. Hammat slowed the run rate down somewhat, eventually providing the breakthrough catching Lockett off his own bowling, bring an end to a 102 and run partnership that was the shining light in the MacGillivray innings.

Soon after Morris struck again, claiming the other half of the partnership in R. Lovering, trapping him LBW with a ball that stayed much lower than anyone expected, especially Lovering, finishing his innings stranded on 49.

I. Bolto and B. Willson steered MacGillivray to within striking distance of the Western Districts total, until O. Morgan came on with his spin and claimed I. Bolto with an impressive caught and bowled.

K. Bolto made sure of the game with his first ball sailing over the boundary, giving MacGillivray the win.

Normally on Kangaroo Island cricket the requirement to be 6 runs past the required total is a mere formality, but this game provided one last highlight.

The very next ball, K. Bolto tried to hit the final required runs, however in a catch that would look at home in the BBL, T. Larcombe ran backwards with the flight of the ball and took a classic catch, a highlight for those in attendance.

It bought B. Wickham out for the final few runs to cement the MacGillivray win. Pick of the MacGillivray batsmen was the patient innings of D. Lockett (53) and R. Lovering (49).

Best of the Western Districts bowlers was R. Morris backing up his brilliant century with 2/30 off 8 overs and O. Morgan 2/12 off 1.5 overs. - Sub Fielder