Pirie's sweet spot

BLENDED: The Rocky River and Port Pirie association teams blended together for a photograph at Memorial Oval with South Australian Cricket Association's Ben Brown in the centre with red cap.
BLENDED: The Rocky River and Port Pirie association teams blended together for a photograph at Memorial Oval with South Australian Cricket Association's Ben Brown in the centre with red cap.

Port Pirie had a 17-run win against Rocky River their combined match at Memorial Oval on Saturday.

In beautiful conditions. Rocky River won the toss and sent Pirie to bat.

Matt Thornton (40) and Jack Dickeson (37) combined for an opening partnership of 66 to get Pirie off to a great start.

From this point, Rocky River bowled well to restrict Pirie until some late-order hitting pushed the score to 7/193 from their 50 overs.

Stevie Athanasos (36), Tate Bradley (23) and Todd Baker (21 not out) performed well.

Ricky Willis was the best of the bowlers for Rocky River claiming 2/22 from 10 overs. Will Combe also bowled well taking 1/17 from 10 overs. Campbell Combe (2/25) and Leo Coates (1/38) were the other wicket takers. Pirie made a great start with the ball, removing the dangerous Shane Ballantyne, bowled by Fraser Wyatt for 2 with the score on 2.

Rocky River moved their score to 41 before the next wicket fell and then another fell soon after to leave them at 3/44. Michael Gaunt joined Ben Cousins and they put on 51 before Gaunt was deceived by the ball of the day from Andrew Congdon to be stumped for 22.

Ben Cousins batted extremely well for his 54 before he was unluckily run out with the ball being smashed back at him and he was unable to get up before being run out.

This was a great lead-up for Pirie for the combined carnival here at the weekend.

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