Another excellent partnership between Steve Fredricks and Rex Parrish and a rainy Sunday assured Southern Districts the Hooker League major premiership for the third time in four years at Oakes Oval over the weekend.
Fredericks, who has been in great form this year, is predominantly a front-foot player who cover drives and cuts aggressively and also plays well off his legs when hes in form. On Saturday Fredericks dominated Casinos powerful attack, scoring 109 off just 115 balls. At the other end, Souths rock, Rex Parrish, worked the ball around as the pair put on 145 in a match-winning partnership. Earlier Souths captain Richard Nind also continued to thrive at the head of the innings with another clean-hitting half century as Souths put on 5 for 300 off 95 overs.
The Cavaliers opening bowlers, Al Nowlan and Wade Sweeney, bowled with great spirit for 52 overs between them during the big innings but only managed three wickets for their efforts. Oakes Oval is a very good wicket now-a-days and its short boundary and lightning-fast outfield all conspired to keep the Cavaliers busy fetching leather. A few dropped catches didnt help either.
On Sunday the rain started early in the day and hung around to end what could have been an entertaining run chase by the Cavaliers. To a lesser degree, it was the same in the one-day final where Easts were handed the win as the rain ended an unlikely run chase by Souths. Organisers might contemplate back-up days so we can avoid this kind of anti-climax in the future.
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