Promoted from Division Four to Division Three after its undefeated title in Division Four last year Riverland started the 2015 SAPSASA Carnival in Adelaide on Monday with an exciting draw against Lower Eyre Peninsula. Tean captain got his team off to a flyer but hit a all straight to point to be out for 29 with the total a 1 for 34. His opening partner Michael Arnold then atted sensily with Talyn Eagle to advance the total to 56 before Talyn was undone by a wrong-un from a very promising leg spinner May for 10. That dismissal sparked a collapse to 9 for 75 before Tyler Hobby, 18, and Josiah Whillas scored 22 for the last wicket to take the final score to 97.

With Josiah Whillas, 1 for 4, and Michael Arnold, 3 for 8, opening the bowling Riverland had Lower Eye in all sorts of trouble at 5 for 12. Great fielding by Kyton Rayner and Travis Shaughnessy also was an important factor in the collapse.

LEP batsmen S Clark and L Treloar then put their heads down to carry the score to 7 for 74 before Mitch and Kyton Rayner grabbed a crucial wicket each to leave the opponent 11 runs short in its chase with only one wicket standing. LEP managed to draw level before Patrick Minchella, who has only played a few games of cricket before, became the hero clean bowling the number 11 to secure the tie. It was some great pressure bowling from Patrick and the Rayner boys towards the end.

In Game Two Riverland lost to Upper Eyre Peninsula y 18 runs. A fantastic bowling and fielding performance kept UEP to only 113 runs with Patrick Minchella, 2 for 5, continuing his good form with the ball and Tom McBride, 2 for 2, good in support. There were 22 sundries amongst the 113 runs.

In reply Riverland struggled with number three batsman Talyn Eagle the only one to reach double figures. Talyn’s innings was full of determination and courage as he played correctly for 25 overs for 30 runs before being the victim of a direct hit and run out. No one else had managed to stay with him to help towards the target.