STORY FROM ‘OUR SPORTING LIFE’ ON COUNTRY PECKER MITCHELL FUSS.
CONGRATULATIONS MITCH KEEP UP THE GREAT FORM!!
By Peter Argent
He didn’t secure the individual batting or bowling award, but last week Mid North cricket Talent Mitchell Fuss walked away with the SACA Country Cup “Player of the Tournament” award voted on by the umpires in each of the four contests.
The St. Marks Student, who is also captain of the Woodville Under 16s red side in the SACA premier junior competition, performed strongly with both bat and ball.
“I suppose you’d describe me as a batting all-rounder,” Fuss said.
“I also play footy with the Ports Bulldogs in Pirie, but cricket is certainly my first passion.
“I’m originally from the South Port Cricket Club, and the dream is to get to the very top level.”
At the 2016-17 SACA Country Cup event, Fuss made 151 runs in the top order, at an average of 37.75, including a highest score of 79 against Eyre Peninsula at newly laid the Saddleworth Oval wicket.
He also produced a classy half century in the round four match at Greenock against Murray Districts last Thursday.
With the ball, Fuss took 10 wickets, starting with an impressive five-wicket haul on day one and averaged 6.10 runs per victim.
His 5/23 on Nuriootpa’s number II ground set up a strong win over the Upper North on day one.
The Mid North’s only defeat was on day three against the Barossa and Light side, which won this summer’s Country Cup title.
With the Peckers this summer Fuss has played both SACA Under 16s Red’s and Third (C) grade cricket.
His efforts at Under 16’s level have included a pair of 70s against Port Adelaide and Prospect.
His highest score for the Woodville District Cricket Club is back in in the summer of 2012-13 where Fuss made 88 not out in a Ray Sutton Shield match.
The Mid North side finished equal second at the 2016-17 event.