A strong showing by some of Alice Springs’ best and brightest cricketers at the SACA Country Championships will come to a close today.
The Red Centre team, competing against some of South Australia’s most talented cricketers, Alice Springs’ representative side will play off for fifth spot today.
Led by skipper Jayden Dick, Alice Springs narrowly missed a spot in the final after winning two of their three pool games and will instead take on Murray Districts/Barrier in a fifth spot playoff.
The side showed plenty of positives early in the week, easily defeating Fleurieu & Districts on day one before squeezing past South East by nine runs.
That left just Barossa & Light standing in the way of a berth in the final, with the South Australians proving too strong.
The week has been highlighted by standout performances from Federal’s Michael Klein-Boonschate, who ended with eight wickets from three games, with West duo Thineth Arachchige and Samindra Madushan taking six wickets each.
With bat in hand, young Rovers gun Lucas Nitschke topped the run charts for Alice Springs with 76 runs at an average of 25.33.
Alice Springs will take on Murray Districts/Barrier today before the players head back in time to take to the field for their respective clubs on Saturday.
On Saturday, Federal will hope to retain top spot on the premiership ladder when they take on Rovers at Albrecht Oval.
On paper it seems Federal have the upper hand having not lost a game so far this season, but with a number of players likely to play fatigued following the Country Championships, Rovers could sense their chance to secure an upset.
That match will begin at 12.30pm.
In similar circumstances, West will face Solergy Alice Tigers on Saturday with a number of players hoping to back up strong performances in South Australia.
With a number of West bowlers shouldering heavy loads during the Championships, Tigers’ batting line-up could sense an opportunity to post a big score in this clash.
That match will begin at 12.30pm at Jim McConville Oval.
In the B Grade competition, the match of the round pits Federal Asbuild against Complete Constructions Cricket Club.
Federal posted a mammoth total of 7/286 in the sides’ previous meeting and will hope for a similar outcome on Saturday. That match will be played at Rhonda Diano Oval from 12.30pm.
Also in the B Grade competition, West will take on Rovers at Flynn Reserve from 12.30pm.