Great Southern cricket review

WILL NEED TO DIVE: Mount Compass A grade cricketer Scott McMahon is very reliable in the out field and has a catch coming his way on Saturday in the big game against Port Elliot.
WILL NEED TO DIVE: Mount Compass A grade cricketer Scott McMahon is very reliable in the out field and has a catch coming his way on Saturday in the big game against Port Elliot.

Round four of Great Southern cricket got underway last Saturday with three of the four matches seeing the batting side post totals of over 200 runs.

The only exception was the match between Noarlunga and Willunga where Noarlunga were bowled out on day one for 127 with McCard (58) continuing his good form with the bat for the Shoes.

Robertson (23) provided some support, but Noarlunga would be disappointed to lose their last six wickets for just 11 runs as S.McIvor (3/29) and Roberts (4/32) took control with the ball for the Demons.

Scarff picked up the crucial wicket of Franceschini late in the day as Willunga finished on 1/29 and they will be looking to make amends for a poor batting effort the previous week. 

Port Elliot took on Mount Compass at Port Elliot and after a poor batting display in round three the Bloods top order finally found some form as Ling (34) and Gordge provided a solid start for the home side. Pooley joined Gordge at the crease and this pair combined for an outstanding partnership of 178 with Pooley (109) playing a superb innings while Gordge (58) played the anchor role to perfection.

Loots toiled hard for the Bulls to finish with the figures of 3/39 as Port Elliot finished the day on 7/268 setting up a big run chase for Mount Compass this week.

McLaren Districts were another team who had suffered some batting woes early in the season, but they turned their form around on Saturday against Yankalilla with Curtis (73) doing the damage at the top of the order before Altus (46) and Nairn (44) made solid contributions as well.

The Crushers finished the day on 9/241 with Tyllis the pick of the bowlers for the Tigers finishing with 4/21 and the boys from Yankalilla will have the job ahead of them to chase down a big total.

The final game of the round saw Goolwa play host to Encounter Bay and the Magpies put up a solid batting display to post a total of 9/203 on day one.

Ward (35) was solid at the top of the order for the home side before Evans continued his excellent form with the bat to post an unbeaten 67. Moller bowled superbly for the Bays to finish with 5/50 while Hynes (3/29) provided excellent support with the ball and this match looks to be very evenly poised heading in to day two.