Encounter Bay defeats Goolwa in cricket

Willunga key batsman Chad Franceschini  drives superbly in the semi final.
Willunga key batsman Chad Franceschini drives superbly in the semi final.

Goolwa won the toss and elected to bat and Magor was the first to strike when he bowled Le Ray for three and then Robertson was trapped LBW. Ward then tickled one down the leg side to be out for 9, followed by Evans to leave Goolwa 4/35.

After drinks Ashton Place continued to ride his luck while Jones batted solidly at the other end before Hoffmann trapped Ashton Place LBW for 21.

Dew joined Jones, but was caught for 9. Butler was brought back into the attack with immediate results when he cartwheeled Jones off stump after the batsman had put together a tidy 27. The score 7/85. 

The Goolwa tail frustrated the Bay attack before finally being dismissed for 128 when Vincent was run out by 12 year old super sub Kieran Garrett.

In reply Encounter Bay had 22 overs to bat out the day and things started badly for the Bays losing Hoffmann for 1, Parry for 6  and Moller for a duck. The Bays were 3/14.

Overall and Grenfell survived out the remainder of the day.

At the resumption of day 2, Overall and Grenfell made their way to the first drinks break with minimal fuss moving the score to 55 without further loss. Unfortunately for Grenfell his hard work was undone when he fell to Jones in the first over back to be out for 15. Willoughby fell to Evans for 7 and when Hynes was dismissed as a hammered Overall straight drive ricocheted off Jones and onto the stumps at the non strikers end, the Bays were 6/96 and in a little bit of trouble.

Magor came to the crease and looked to be positive while Overall looked to end the game quickly dispatching Lawrence for a big six and a four in one over to pull the Bays within touching distance of the target, unfortunately for Magor he fell with just two required before Rice promptly pushed one through the off side for two to finish the game for his side, while at the other end Overall remained unbeaten on 78 to continue his outstanding season and single handedly carry his side into another preliminary final.

Sheppard the best of the bowlers with 2/12 on the first day and was sorely missed on Sunday.