Port Elliot defeat Yankalilla in cricket

GOING FOR RUNS: Encounter Bay stalwart and multi-premiership player Jason Parry has his eyes light up with this loose delivery on Saturday. Parry made 34 runs.
GOING FOR RUNS: Encounter Bay stalwart and multi-premiership player Jason Parry has his eyes light up with this loose delivery on Saturday. Parry made 34 runs.

In the season opener Yankalilla won the toss and elected to bat in perfect cricket conditions against Port Elliot.

Yankalilla and Port Elliot both did not make finals in season 2016/17 and are hell bent to make amends this season and for the winner, it was to be a good start to setting that goal.  

However it wasn't long before the first wicket fell with Donaldson clean bowling Fisher for 1.

The Yankalilla batsmen were finding it hard to score off the Port Elliot bowlers and the score moved to 1/17 off 13 overs before Pooley took his first wicket for Port Elliot - bowling Sumner for 6.

Pooley then followed it up in the next over to remove Tyllis for 10 with the home side now 3/27.

Jones (11), Whittlesea (16) and McNeilly (0) came and went in quick succession to leave them in trouble at 6/47.

Kerin (16) played some nice shots to lift the score to 65, before he was dismissed and Brazier (2) soon followed him, as he was dismissed without the total increasing.

Bond and Hogben had a handy 22 run last wicket stand to increase their score to 87 before Whitbourne finished off the innings with the final wicket. 

Pooley on debut was the pick of the bowlers for the Port Elliot side picking up four wickets, while Donaldson and Whitbourne picked up two wickets each.

Also playing his first A grade game, 16 year old Jake Austin was very handy behind the stumps taking two  catches and a stumping. 

With 87 to chase, Port Elliot's opening batsmen started off well before Ling was run out for 9.

Dodd then came to the crease and scored with intent, seeing the score move to 33, before he was dismissed for 14.

Gordge and Pooley then built a solid partnership to take the score to 63 before Pooley was dismissed for 12.

Whitbourne (9), Smith (4) and Stringer (0), all came and went in quick succession to leave Port Elliot at 6/84 before Austin came to the crease to score his first A grade run and then Gordge sealed the win in the 29th over with a boundary taking his score to a well made 35 runs. 

Gordge had a sound year with the bat last season at the top of the Elliot innings and is one youngster who is sure to grow this season and be a major wicket for the opposition to claim.   

Bond was the pick of the Yankalilla bowlers picking up three wickets, while Tyllis also bowled very well taking one wicket off his eight overs for only 13 runs. 

The end result was a well earned win for Port Elliot - their first A grade win over Yankalilla in 10 years.

The end result was a well earned win for Port Elliot - their first A grade win over Yankalilla in 10 years

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A bigger test confronts both teams this Saturday with Port Elliot turning their attention to Goolwa, while Yankalilla face last year’s premiers Noarlunga.