Country Cup victory for Upper North

WINNING WICKET: Port Pirie Cricket Association's Ben Brown, playing at the championships, celebrates after taking the last wicket. PHOTO: Peter Argent

WINNING WICKET: Port Pirie Cricket Association's Ben Brown, playing at the championships, celebrates after taking the last wicket. PHOTO: Peter Argent

Round 1 - Fleurieu Gold (Washout). Round 2 - Murray Barrier/Districts 10/100 (Pengelley 4/13, Beaty 3/14, Parker 1/20) Defeated by Upper North 2/105. Round 3 - Mid North 10/242 (Parker 3/30, Pengelley 3/40, Quist 1/39) Defeated by Upper North 7/256 (Peneglley 49, Fiebig 31*, Beaty 17, Quist 16, Parker 14). Final - South East 10/159 (Beaty 3/33, Pengelley 2/22) Defeated by Upper North 7/194 (Pengelley 73, Beaty 50, Parker 15, Quist 5).

The Upper North has gone through the South Australian Country Cricket Championships undefeated to win the Cup for the first time in 32 years. The Team was selected from the Port Pirie, Port Augusta, Whyalla, Roxby Downs and Upper Flinders Cricket Associations.

The Carnival featured the best players from eight regions around South Australia, having them put into two pools of four teams, with the teams topping both pools to play off in Thursday's final. With the first day against Fleurieu Gold washed out, the Upper North team needed to win both their pool matches  

Upper North comprehensively beat the Murray Barrier outfit. The Mid North battle was played out in searing heat on Glandore Oval.

Due to the excessive heat, the game was reduced to 30 overs a side and to be started at 8am on the pristine park 25 number one ground which was truly a pleasure to play on. South East has been a dominant side, winning the last two championships and having made light work of a powerful Yorke Peninsula side in the last minor round. The 195 Upper North posted was always going to be hard to chase, however, South East seemed to find boundaries when needed, keeping them in the contest. Boasting SA Country representatives Matt McInerney and Kieran Ashby, the South East boys needed 10 an over for the last 6 overs, which was achieved until the 16th over when Captain Ben Brown took the last wicket to send the Upper North boys into their celebrations. 

Coach and long time Upper North stalwart Lazario Kovacevic paid particular tribute to long time carnival players Greg Fiebig, Ben Brown and Cameron Edson who have been the backbone of the zone team.