Back-to-back T20 title win

MAGPIES TRIUMPH: North Whyalla defeated Central Whyalla to claim the Twenty20 shield. The win means the Magpies will play at the next season's Country Living Homes T20 tournament.

MAGPIES TRIUMPH: North Whyalla defeated Central Whyalla to claim the Twenty20 shield. The win means the Magpies will play at the next season's Country Living Homes T20 tournament.

North Whyalla were looking to claim back to back Twenty20 titles when they faced off against Central Whyalla on February 3. After the minor round, both Central and North finished with 3 wins and 1 loss, however, Central had defeated North in the first round of the year. The Magpies were also coming off an absolute belting at the hands of the Roosters who had bowled them out for 29 in their previous 50 over meeting. The Collison brothers and Brad Smith would be the key players for the Roosters, where the Magpies would be heavily reliant on Atkinson, Quist and Miller to win the title for them. 

North captain Matt Quist won the toss, and following his teams suspect batting performance from the previous week, chose to bowl. Miller got the magpies off to the perfect start, having Dunbar caught at point for 2. Perialwar kept the pressure tight, making Isaac Smith frustrated with his immaculate line and length, eventually dismissing him LBW for 1, Leaving the Roosters 2/5. Baulderstone joined Scott Collison, looking to resurrect the Central innings, striking some clean balls and testing the boundary. Baulderstone was, unfortunately dismissed caught behind to Gary Branford, who then clean bowled Dyson first ball, leaving the Roosters reeling at 4/32. The Magpies could not relax with both of Centrals key batsmen at the crease, they were aware that the score could get out of control very quickly. When the score was on 54, Perialwar stepped up to the bowling crease and managed to entice a big shot from Collison, having him caught in the deep by Crowhurst for 21. The Central lower order, although not scoring many runs themselves, managed to stick with Smith for long enough to move the score to 97 after the full allotment of overs, Smith contributing 40 runs himself without being dismissed. Although disappointed with the score set, Central would have had some level of confidence having skittled North for 29 the week before. Quist changed the batting line up, introducing Chad Clothier to the top of the order to try and push the scoring rate in the first 6 overs. This paid off, with Clothier hitting quick runs, pushing the Magpies total to 30 off the first 4 overs before he was dismissed for 18. Quist was joined by Atkinson who both steadily chipped away at the deficit, which has already been reduced by Clothier. When Sartain removed Quist for 30 in the 14th over, the score was on 73, leaving a big job for the Rooster bowlers. Dave Miller was shuffled up the order to try and get the job done quickly, to which he completed, registering 16* and earning the player of the match, coupled with his 3/17. The win means the Magpies will represent the WCA in next season's Country Living Homes T20 tournament. This also marks the first win in a 'finals' match for North against Centrals in a number of years, with Centrals being the dominant team in all competitions for the last couple of decades. 

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