Battle for top spot on turf

Round 10 of Great Southern cricket finished last weekend with Noarlunga scoring a hard-fought win over Goolwa, Encounter Bay taking the points against McLaren Districts, Port Elliot scoring just their second win of the season against Mount Compass and Willunga getting over Yankalilla.

In pursuit of a big victory target of 234, Goolwa made a good fist of their run chase on the back of solid contributions from Evans (44) and Vincent (54) before being bowled out for 207.

Trapolino (4/60) led the way with the ball for Noarlunga while Kuss (3/33) was able to pick up a couple of key wickets for the Shoes.

Chasing McLaren Districts total of 188, Encounter Bay were in some early trouble before Cameron Lintern put on a batting masterclass to score a superb 102 not out and with good support was able to lead the Bays to victory finishing the day on 5/201.

Mount Compass were in some trouble after day one finishing at 5/39 in pursuit of Port Elliot’s total of 129 and when East and Farquhar fell in quick succession on day two the game was all but over as Andrewartha (5/21) and Maier (4/27) wrapped up the innings.

The Bloods took to the crease for a second innings as Mount Compass tried to push for second innings points and they looked on track at one stage with Peach (3/12) and Cox (3/21) ripping through the batting line up before Gordge (27 not out) steadied the ship and play was called off early with Port Elliot on 8/79.

The ball also dominated the bat in the Willunga/Yankalilla match with Yank bowled out for just 82 in their first innings chasing Willunga’s 138 total.

Willunga batted a second time in the chase for outright points declaring at 5/82 but a stronger batting effort from the Tigers saw them advance to 0/51 (Starkey 47 not out).

Round 11 kicks off this weekend with some important matches to be played, none more so than the match of the round between the top two teams in Encounter Bay and Noarlunga. Noarlunga’s only loss for the year came at the hands of the Bays early in the season and the Shoes will be keen for revenge and to take top spot on the ladder while the loser could possibly drop to third.

With both sides full of quality players and the match to be held on the turf, minor round matches don’t get much bigger than this.

Another big match will be between Mount Compass and Willunga as a win here for the Demons could potentially see them jump to second spot on the ladder.

Mount Compass has been struggling to post competitive totals in recent times and will be looking for an improved batting display to give their bowlers a total to bowl at.

Willunga hasn’t been at its best recently either but keep finding players to step up and get them over the line when needed – one would expect them to take the points this round.

Goolwa take on Yankalilla at home and with an improved batting display last week will be looking to get a win and build towards finals. The disciplined Tigers bowling attack will need to be on song after they were let down by their batting while the Yankalilla batsmen will be looking for a better return this round.

The final match of the round sees McLaren Districts play host to Port Elliot and the Crushers will see this as a real opportunity to break through for their first win of the season.