VICTOR HARBOR CRICKET | Do-or-die for Goolwa

WATCHING: Goolwa batsman Jake Ashton-Place had his eye on the ball when knocking this shot through Port Elliot fielders during his A grade cricket match on Saturday. Photo: Jesse Ehlers.
WATCHING: Goolwa batsman Jake Ashton-Place had his eye on the ball when knocking this shot through Port Elliot fielders during his A grade cricket match on Saturday. Photo: Jesse Ehlers.

Goolwa v Port Elliot

The match of the round saw Goolwa host Port Elliot in a do-or-die grudge match. Both teams needed the win to keep their finals hopes alive.

Goolwa won the toss and batted first on an unusually slow Goolwa deck.

Simon Donaldson and Josh Andrewartha were out for blood early as they peppered the Goolwa batsmen.

Jack Ward was the first to go unluckily caught down leg side off Simon Donaldson (Juddy).

He then picked up Jesse Leray and Ben Martin edged out Josh Jones to have Goolwa struggling at 3/23.

Andrew Evans and skipper Victor Robertson pushed the score to 57 before Juddy picked up another.

Wickets kept tumbling for the home side and at 8/99 they were a rabble.

It took a 53 run partnership between Fred Nissen (19) and young gun Tyron Rigney (29*) got the Goolwa side to a respectable all out for 168.

Simon Donaldson the pick of the bowlers bowling 18 overs straight (at his age) and finished with 4/31.

That left Port Elliot with a tricky 14 overs to bat out and the Goolwa side had there tail up!

Josh Jones and Andy Evans both picking up a wicket each and the game is certainly up for grabs.

Port Elliot finishing the day at 2/23.

Encounter Bay v Mt Compass

After some morning rain on the turf, Mt Compass won the toss and elected to send the hosts in to bat.

It immediately looked to be a good decision with the damp pitch behaving unpredictably with numerous deliveries rising sharply.

Crees was best able to exploit this picking up Grenfell and Hoffmann Early with very good deliveries.

Willoughby and Overall dug in and survived a trick patch before Willoughby unfortunately fee just before drinks to a Brown full toss.

After drinks Overall and Lintern started to get on top of the Bulls change bowlers, being able to dispatch any loose deliveries putting on a handy 66 run partnership before Loots found Linterns edge on the stroke of tea with the bays going to the break at four for 93 and the match evenly poised.

After tea, Burns joined Overall and dug himself in while Overall started to dominate the attack.

The pair added 49 before Garrard lured Burns down the pitch to have him stumped for six.

Hynes and overall reached the final break with the score five for 154 and in a strong position.

The final session couldn’t have started worse for the home side.

Overall chipped a return catch to Loots, falling an agonising four runs short of another century, falling for 96 magnificent runs on a tough pitch.

Hynes managed to score a few boundaries while wickets continued to fall at the other end.

When he fell for 18 Rice and Butler added a very handy few runs to drag the bays to 198.

Overall the best with the bat with another big score while Crees utilised the conditions well to finish with four for 38

McLaren Districts v Willunga

Willunga won the toss and elected to send McLaren in which worked out to be a great choice as Willunga dominated the day.

Early wickets had McLaren in plenty of trouble and they never recovered, Willunga's bowlers were on top all day Goldner with four and T.

McIvor with three, with some slight resilience from Curtis who finished on 27.

McLaren all bowled out for 62.

Willunga then went out to bat in an aggressive mindset and declared after 20 overs on 5/112.

Willunga then decided to send McLaren back in for the final 10 overs of the day and continued their dominance finishing the days play well on top as McLaren languished at 4/33.

Yankalilla v Noarlunga

Yankalilla won the toss and chose to bat only to be in early trouble at 3/17 with Kuss taking two early wickets. Jones and Fisher settled to get the score to 49 before Jones fell for 17.

Overall chipped a return catch to Loots, falling an agonising four runs short of another century, falling for 96 magnificent runs on a tough pitch.

Yankalilla then batted overs and shut up shop before a final collapse of 5/6 saw Yankalilla all out for 82.

Noarlunga set about chasing the score and finished at 0/44 off 23 overs due to some really tight bowling from Yankalilla.