Round four of Great Southern cricket concluded last Saturday with two games going down to the wire while the other two resulted in easy victories.
At Willunga the home side secured an important victory over Noarlunga with a comfortable seven wicket victory, as Simon Roberts (60) and Goldner (44 not out) batted superbly as the Demons finished on 3/136 in pursuit of the Shoes total of 127 on day one.
Port Elliot Oval provided a run fest with the home team posting a big total of 7/268 the previous week, but Mount Compass gave themselves every chance of a victory on the back of a superb innings of 120 from their skipper Rohan Garrard.
With Burgess (25) and Barrett (69) providing great support with the bat, the Bulls were well on track at 1/190 to pull off a big win.
Unfortunately a rising run rate and some tight bowling from Pooley (4/64) and Martin (3/60) in the final overs saw the Bulls finish on 9/242.
McLaren Districts went within a whisker of securing an outright victory against Yankalilla, as the Tigers batting crumbled under the pressure of chasing a big total of 9/241.
Jones (40) was the batsman for Yankalilla to show some resistance, as they were bundled out for 95.
The Crushers went within one wicket of picking up the extra points, as Yankalilla finished their second innings at 8/82 with Barnes (26 not out) holding on to avoid an outright loss.
The match between Goolwa and Encounter Bay went right down to the wire with the Magpies winning by the barest of margins. In pursuit of a total of 9/203, the Bays finished the day on 9/202 to go down by just one run.
Overall (42) continued his fine form and Lintern scored 41. Ashton-Place (3/35) picked up some key wickets.
Round five kicks off this Saturday with the four teams in the top half of the ladder taking on the teams sitting outside of the four.
Noarlunga play host to Mount Compass and the Shoes will be look to bounce back after a disappointing loss, but they will have a fight on their hands against the Bulls who would have taken some confidence from their batting display last week.
Goolwa will be full of confidence, as they take on McLaren Districts at Goolwa Oval.
The Crushers put in a vastly improved performance last round, particularly with the bat and they will be looking to continue that form against the Magpies.
Willunga take on Port Elliot at Willunga Oval and this will be a big test for Port Elliot, as the Demons boast some of the best players in the competition.
The Bloods will need to continue to improve with the bat if they are to put a competitive score on the board against a very strong Demon bowling attack.
The Bloods will need to continue to improve with the bat12th Man
The final match of the round sees Encounter Bay take on Yankalilla on the turf and the Bays would be disappointed in letting the points slip last week.
The Tigers will need some significant improvement in their batting form if they are to push the home side, but the Bays should prove too strong at home.