SAPOL bowls over competition in national championships

The South Australia Police Southern Heat cricket team has won the 19th Australian and New Zealand Police Cricket Championships, held in Adelaide last week, according to SA Police.

Former and current serving police officers from New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, Australian Federal Police and New Zealand competed in the carnival, with the Southern Heat only losing one game for the whole tournament.

The matches are played in support of serving and past members who have dedicated their lives to keeping the community safe. For many years the cricket competition has provided a great opportunity to develop friendships and enjoy camaraderie with fellow members from Australian jurisdictions and New Zealand.

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There were some stellar performances with both bat and ball by the South Aussies, with Matt Weaver scoring a total of 490 runs including three centuries (highest score of the competition with 153), and Cameron Pannach taking 12 wickets at an average of 13.08. Matt (top) received the Player of the Tournament award, and Cameron was awarded Bowler of the Tournament.

The games were played in good spirits, with all players looking forward to the next carnival to be held in New South Wales in 2018.

The SAPOL Cricket Club would like to give special thanks to the tireless work of Darren MacKenzie and Peter Gladigau for their amazing efforts in making this championships run so smoothly, along with SAPCC President Jarrad Sykes, Tony Forde, Nathan Schollar (Captain), James Niederer and Nick Perry for assisting leading up to and during the carnival.

In unrelated news, 11 new police-only car park spaces have been allocated ahead of Thursday’s Test Match at Adelaide Oval………………

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