Pooraka prevails to claim T20 Cup
Monday 26 January
Pooraka has been crowned winners of the 2014/15 Country Living Homes Twenty20 Champions Cup after recording a 50-run win over South Gambier at Adelaide Oval.
Having won their way into the Country Living Homes Statewide Twenty20 Champions Cup Final with a win against Central United in the metropolitan final, Pooraka won the toss and elected to bat.
Their opposition, South Gambier, secured their spot in the final with a four-wicket win over Southern Eyre in the Country Living Homes Country Twenty20 Champions Cup final.
South Gambier got off to a flying start, removing Pooraka’s top four batters for a combined total of just eight runs. Adam Somerfield was the chief destroyer for South Gambier, claiming figures of 3/11 from his four overs.
Contributions from Matthew Rogers (46), Paul Cree (29), Shane Virgens (26) and Jamie Jarrett (16) helped boost Pooraka’s total past 100, posting 7/137 from their 20 overs.
In response, South Gambier’s openers combined to put on 47 before David Somerfield (27) was dismissed by Mark Hanson.
Starts to Robert Drenthen (17) and Michael Sims (15 not out) got South Gambier back on track, it wasn’t enough however as the Pooraka bowlers tore through the middle order; South Gambier all out for 87.
Matthew Travis (2/12), Rocco Calabria (2/2), Hanson (2/14) and Shane Virgens (1/8) were the pick of the bowlers.
Special thanks to major sponsor Country Living Homes for providing prize money and associated travel expenses, to all metro, country and SACA umpires who officiated, and to SACA for making the Adelaide Oval available for community cricket to experience their 'field of dreams'.
The SACA gratefully acknowledges the support provided by Mark Ravenscroft and Country Living Homes.