Round seven of Great Southern cricket took place last Saturday with a round of one day matches played before the Christmas break with some interesting results being thrown up.
Noarlunga scored a vital win against Goolwa in a game that went right down to the wire. The Shoes got home in the last over of the day. After batting first Goolwa posted a solid total of 4/163 with Robertson (50), Ward (38) and Evans (31 not out). In reply Noarlunga lost just the one wicket as Bullard compiled a superb century finishing on 104 and Sam Carlyle (58 not out).
Willunga took on Encounter Bay and it was the Demons who came out on top after bowling out the Bay’s powerful batting line up for just 93. Sean McIvor (3/19) and Roberts (3/12) did the damage with the ball for Willunga while Parry (31) and Lintern (39) were the only batsmen to offer resistance for the Bays. In reply Willunga made light work of the victory target as Franceschini (51 not out) found some form with the bat. The Demons finished on 3/95 and moved to top spot on the ladder.
Port Elliot travelled to the Vale to take on McLaren Districts and it was the Bloods who scored a crucial victory. After batting first they posted a good total of 5/176 with Ling (32) and Gordge (30) getting their side off to a good start before Donaldson (49 not out) and Brad Paull (24 not out) put the finishing touches on the innings.
Returning veteran Ifould (2/16) was the pick of the bowlers for the Crushers. In reply McLaren were in early trouble before their skipper Petrucci (24) showed some fight, but at 9/68 the game looked headed for an early finish. Worrall (23 not out) and Smith (19 not out) then dug in as the home side finished the day on 9/111.
The final game of the round saw Yankalilla break through for their first win of the season defeating Mount Compass in what was another tight affair. The Bulls batting line up struggled to get going as their skipper Rohan Garrard (56) was the only player able to show some form as they were bowled out for 129.
Luke Bartlett (4/21) the pick of the bowlers for the Tigers. The run chase started well for Yankalilla before some tight bowling from Tucker (2/15) and Crees (2/22) evened up the contest. The Tigers won in the last over of the day finishing on 7/133.
Cricket takes a break and will resume on January 6.