Outbacks 50-over struggle | GALLERY

After a commendable effort in the Twenty20 competition of the Australian Country Cricket Championships, the SA Outback struggled at the back end of the 50-over competition.

The side started in a positive intent, but finished at bottom of the ladder in the overall placings.

South Australia started on day one of 50-over format with an excellent victory over Queensland.

The side kept its opponents to 9/143 off the 50 overs with Sean Nottle collecting 3/23 while David Golder (2/24) and Joey Brown (2/35) collected a couple wickets each.

The run chase was absorbing and with the Outbacks at 9/120 out of the contest.

A brilliance last wicket stand of 25 between all rounder Joey Brown and Josh Fidler ensured an exciting victory with two balls remaining.

Ben Parish top-scored with 41, while Peter Wilson (23) and Dion Stratford (21) produced important cameos, while Brown remained 21 not out at the end.

But the second game in this format against East Asia Pacific started a downward spiral – it saw a number of starts, Peter Wilson top scoring with 64.

Both Brodie O’Dea and Dion Stratford were dismissed on 42, while opener Matt McInerney got to 30 and Josh Pengelley made an aggressive 27 from 20 balls – three boundaries and a six.

SA had the early ascendancy in the field against EAP at 4/84 before a couple of partnerships ensured the EAP’s victory with 26 balls remaining, six wickets down.

Captain Fidler secured 2/27 and Nottle finished with 2/39 from this full allotment.

South Australia in a frantic finish finished just one run short of the Sandgropers total in the third 50-over contest.

The hosts battled first and scored 186, with Josh Fidler claiming 3/26, and left hand spinner Dave Golder collecting two victims.

In the batting innings Matt McInerney was dismissed at a critical time one short of his half century in his run chase.

On the penultimate day of the carnival SA ran into an aggressive and determined Victorian side.

Batting first Victoria made a strong total of 7/240, while the run chase was modest at best with SA was bowled out for just 87.

Only Brodie O’Dea acquitted himself well in this innings, making 41 of that total, being the eighth batsman dismissed.

Victoria delivering one of the SA Outbacks a largest 50-over defeats, a 153-run loss.

The final game of the tournament for SA was played against eventual title winners NSW country.

South Australia batted first and were in early trouble unfortunately dismissed 95, with Nick McInnerney (36) and Peter Wilson (18) the only two to reach double figures.