Encounter Bay defeated Noarlunga in cricket.

Encounter Bay's Jason Parry flicks the ball around the corner on his way to 34 runs at the start of the Great Southern Cricket season.

Encounter Bay's Jason Parry flicks the ball around the corner on his way to 34 runs at the start of the Great Southern Cricket season.

Noarlunga won the toss and elected to field in the replay of last year’s grand final against Encounter Bay on the turf.

The match was a thriller with the Bays hanging on to win by five runs. Encounter Bay got away to a great start through Grenfell and J Parry who got their side to drinks at 0/58.

After the break the home side looked to increase the scoring rate which brought about three wickets and a loss of momentum. Overall and Lintern were able to guide their side to the innings break with some heavy scoring in the later overs.

Encounter Bay scored 3/165 and the end of 40 overs.

Overall (55) capitalising on the solid foundation laid by Grenfell (32) and Parry (34), while David Scarff was the pick of the bowlers for Noarlunga, but bowled without luck.

Noalunga's batting innings got away to an entertaining start with McCard surviving a dropped catch and close LBW shout in the first three balls.

He made the home side pay dispatching anything loose and charged to drinks on 52 not out with the visitors cruising at 2/77.

After the break the Bays found the breakthrough they needed when both batsmen were stranded at the same end, resulting in McCard being run out for 54.

Lintern claimed the prized scalp of J Scarff for 23 and momentum started to swing.

It was first gamer Burns who then dragged his side back into the game with three quick wickets to have the home side back on top.

He removed Robertson, Peers and D Scarff to get his team back in the match

Needing a run a ball for the final six overs, it was the Bays who closed the innings out better keeping the visitors to 8/160, six runs short of victory, despite for some good stroke play by A Parry.

McCard (54) and A Parry (34 not out) the main contributors with the bat, while the first gamer Burns 3/11 and Hynes 2/36 were the multiple wicket takers for the Bays.

It was a great match to start the Great Southern Cricket Association 2017/18 season and once again it looks as if the Bays and Noarlunga will be sides which will be highly competitive.  

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