Barossa Valley cricketer Jake Hartigan made his A Grade debut for Northern Districts in last Saturday’s round 11 clash against Southern Districts in a pie and water-bag trip to Bice Oval.
He became the 125th first grade (A grade) player for the Jets, having his cap presented to him by Kirk Pascoe.
Hartigan had previously played all the first grade Twenty20 games for the Jets across this season as the teams’ keeper.
It was a great start to his first grade career for Hartigan, who took a catch from the third ball of the innings removing Southern District’s captain Josh Barrett from the bowling of Sam Agnew.
This was one of his three catches across the innings.
Now 17 and an export from the Tanunda Cricket Club, Jake has been with the Jets for seven seasons.
He is also again playing for the Northern Mavericks in the under 18 Redbacks league, and is a current Favell Foundation scholarship holder, playing in the annual Favell-Woon Cup game on Friday at the newly redeveloped Park 25 precinct.
There may be a bit of special history made with the Hartigan clan at the Jets, as Jake’s 15-year-old sister Emma is playing her first year of cricket.
She made her first grade women’s debut for Northern Districts earlier in the summer and recently took 4/19 in first grade fixture.
Emma Hartigan also claimed 6/19 in Sunday in a B grade for the Jets girls, including a prized hat-trick against Tea Tree Gully.
It is believed they are the first brother and sister to play A Grade cricket for Northern Districts.
Now 27 and finally getting an opportunity to show his talents for the SA Country side in the annual Favell-Woon Cup game last Friday, Riley Barker was the standout batsman for the country boys in the team’s modest total of 132.
Barker held the innings together with a smart and enterprising 43, in a 51-minute, 34-ball stay, where he dispatched four boundaries.
He came to the crease with the score at 5/60 and was the last person dismissed with the Country XI making 132.
He batted intelligently with a lower order to ensure that the Favell Foundation side at least had a reasonable score to chase in their Twenty20 fixture at park 25.
The Favell Foundation XI led by Les Favell’s son, Alan won the game by seven wickets with 29 balls still remaining.
In their run chase SACA rookie Ben Pengelley was the star of the game with a brilliant and cavalier 93.
It was a quick-fire batting display where the country bowlers were launched to all points of the ground, in a 60-minute, 49-ball attack where he hit 13 fours and two sixes.
MID NORTH BRIDESMAIDS
After winning all the first three games of the SACA senior county cricket cup, the Mid North side coached by Riley Barker and captained by Trent Goers ran into a rampant South East side on grand final day.
Batting first the Mid North only could complete 135, with a number of players getting to double figures, but not going on with it.
Chris Graser, who had an impressive week, made 32 (2 x 4s, 3 x 6s) from 28 balls in the final, but didn’t have a team mate get to 20.
South East won the game in 22.2 overs for the loss of just three wickets.
Other strong performances across the week came from Riley Barker (52 not out) and Sam Mattey (36 not out) and skipper Goers 4/13 in round one at Woodville.
Sam Colquhoun’s 4/26 and Chris Graser’s 70 not out in the round two win over Upper North, along with Scott Rathjen’s 80 and another boundary laden half century to Graser in a high scoring game against Alice Springs in round three.
Sturt 2017 premiership wingman and Mid North cricketer Sam Colquhoun had a busy week last week.
He has four days of cricket in oppressive heat at the SACA Senior Country Cup, and being a tough country lad, still trained with the Double Blues on the Monday and Wednesday evenings.
He then played for Sturt in the new SANFL “Fast Football” concept on Friday and Saturday.
The Double Blues Friday evening game, while played at 8.30pm, was still in 30 plus degree temperatures.