After going down on day one in the Meyer Shield competition a finals berth for the Great Southern Cricket Association was still achievable if they could get a win on the board.
However, they had to hope some other results fell their way on the Saturday. Taking on Kangaroo Island at Ashbourne Oval the Crays were in the field first again and an outstanding team bowling performance saw them restrict Kangaroo Island to just 8/77.
Bolto (32 not out) was the only Kangaroo Island batsman to show some resistance against the Great Southern bowling attack. Crees (1/15) was again excellent with the new ball, while Hynes (2/10), Moller (2/10), Goldner (1/6) and Evans (1/18) were all among the wickets for the Crays.
Crees had been a total revelation in the Meyer Shield carnival. It was then important that the total was chased down and to keep as many wickets intact to maintain a healthy percentage and the opening pair of Hoffmann and Overall duly obliged.
They chased down the victory target in just 7.4 overs with both players hitting the ball to and over the fence.
Overall particularly severe on anything pitched short. They finished on 0/81 with Hoffmann (24 not out) and Overall (52 not out) giving their team a big win.
It was awesome batting by two power hitters of the Great Southern Cricket Association and this gave the side hope of stealing a final berth.
With the Great Southern team then needing Murray Towns to defeat Torrens Valley to make the final everyone was waiting with great anticipation only to find out that Murray Towns went down by just one run as Torrens Valley secured their place in the grand final on the Sunday against the Hills Cricket Association.
The grand final was won by the Hills Cricket Association.
Congratulations must go to Matt Overall and Jayden Crees from the Great Southern Cricket Association, who both made the Team of the Carnival with a special mention to Crees, who won the carnival bowling trophy in his first season in the Great Southern Cricket Association.
Back to Great Southern
The minor round continued after the Australia Day weekend and Noarlunga and Willunga look the two teams to beat as the season flies toward the finals.
McLaren Districts have shown improved form, but will not make the finals in 2017/18. Willunga and Noarlunga have the the top two positions currently.