Port Elliot hang on in cricket

STAND AND DELIVER: Yankalilla batsman Joe Tyllis leans back off the back foot and crunches the ball through point on Saturday in the A grade game against McLaren.
STAND AND DELIVER: Yankalilla batsman Joe Tyllis leans back off the back foot and crunches the ball through point on Saturday in the A grade game against McLaren.

Cricket resumed on Day 2 at Port Elliot oval with Mt Compass needing 269 to win after the home side posted a respectable total of 7/268 on Day 1.

Port Elliot’s opening bowlers Donaldson and Andrewartha set about trying to remove Mt Compass' opening batters Burgess and R Garrard.

But the batsmen were not about to give away their wickets cheaply as they dug in and saw off numerous bowling changes to build a solid partnership of 95 off 31 overs, before Burgess was removed by Mack for a well made 23.

Wickets were hard to come by for the Port Elliot bowlers as Garrard and Barrett continued the great start by Mt Compass to see them to the last drinks break on 1/173 with 16 overs remaining.

With plenty of wickets in hand and needing six runs an over to win the Mt Compass batsmen tried to lift the run rate, but the Port Elliot bowlers were bowling well and with the pressure on the batsmen wickets started to fall.

With the score on 192, Garrard was dismissed by Martin for a well made 120 ending a partnership of 97 runs with Barrett. It was a flawless innings by Garrard. His wicket saw Ferguson (0) and B Garrard (3) come and go in quick succession to be 4/205 with eight overs to go.

With the Port Elliot bowlers now on top they soon had McMahon (7), Crees (6) and Loots (0) back in the club rooms before Donaldson brilliantly run out danger man Barrett for a well made 69 to leave Mt Compass at 8/239 with two overs remaining.

Pooley then picked up his fourth wicket for the match dismissing Dalitz (3) before Bartsch (2 not out) and Brown (1 not out) played out the remaining five balls. 

Although wicketless Donaldson was the pick of the Port Elliot bowlers with his 18 overs applying great pressure on the Mt Compass batsmen and only going for 34 runs.

Martin 3/60 and Pooley 4/64 bowled great second spells. Hayden Gordge also chipped in with four  catches - the first four wickets of the match. 

McLaren Districts miss outright

Day 2 of a 241 run chase got off to a horrible start for the visitors with Nairn finally getting his strut back and ripping the heart out of the Yankalilla top order.

The McLaren Districts bowlers shared in the spoils of bowling tight lines with Nairn finishing with 3/19, Britt 3/11 and Wilson 2/16. The only real resistance from Yankalilla came from Sumner (28) and Jones (40). 

Skittled for 95, the McLaren skipper wasted no time declaring 0/0 and grabbing another new pill from the clubrooms.

The second innings for Yankalilla didn’t start any better than the first, with wickets falling regularly. The McLaren boys could smell blood in the water when a pumped up B Wilson snagged 3/8.

With just one wicket remaining the Yank boys could see the finish line and fought hard not to give up the extra four points and saved the outright. Barnes showed fight being 26 not out. Tyllis 18 and Whittlesea 16 were the only two other batsmen to register double figures.