Roopena 10/194 (N. Van Eckeren 89, D. Dunbar 49, D. Chenoweth 27; A. Hall 4/53) defeated North Whyalla 10/117 (M. Quist 46, R. Parker 24; D. Chenoweth 5/14)
Roopena welcomed a few new additions for their much-anticipated clash with the previously undefeated Magpies.
Nathan Van Eckeren was unveiled after plenty of off-season hype.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, Roopena would be looking for their senior players to put forward a good total to make things difficult for the under strength North batting line-up.
Sam Daw lead from the front, having Greg Fiebig caught in the second over, however, this brought Van Eckeren to the crease, partnering David Dunbar.
Both batsmen were positive and ran well between the wickets. Dunbar offered up a couple of chances to the North fielders, however, failing to take them, he capitalised with plenty of boundaries.
Dunbar was eventually dismissed by Jesse O’Keefe for 49, putting on 89 for the second wicket.
Chenoweth came in and kept the run rate ticking along with Van Eckeren, making a valuable 27, however, it was Van Eckeren’s patient 89 that really built Roopena’s total of 194.
He was able to hit balls to all parts of the oval, showing timing and mental strength.
Ashley Hall picked up figures of 4/53, but Sam Daw was probably the pick of the bowlers for the magpies.
North would need to rely on Quist and Parker making big scores to give themselves a chance to steal the 2 points. Bennetts started well, however, nicked one early caught by Greg Fiebig.
Parker and Quist were able to take the score to 75 before Parker was bowled by the aesthetically pleasing Clay Crompton by an absolute peach of a delivery.
Srikanth followed soon and then when Quist holed out for 46, the magpies were in strife.
Miller added 17 at the end of the innings, however, they could find any more valuable contributions and were dismissed for 117.
Best figures for the Roos were Chenoweth’s 5/14, however, Van Eckeren and Crompton both bowled impressive spells without much luck.