Round one of Great Southern cricket kicked off last Saturday with a round of one day matches and Encounter Bay, McLaren Districts, Willunga and Port Elliot all got their seasons off to the best possible start.
Noarlunga won the toss in the rematch of last years grand finalists on the turf and chose to bowl first and Encounter Bay took advantage of batting first to post a solid total of 3/165 with Matt Overall scoring a classy 55 not out, while J Parry (34) and Grenfell (32) offered good support.
In reply the Shoes made a good fist of the run chase, but ultimately went down in a tight contest finishing on 7/160 with McCard (54) and A Parry (34 not out) getting among the runs, while Burns (3/11) was the pick of the bowlers for the Bays.
McLaren Districts took on Mount Compass at the Vale and got their year off to a great start with a 62 run victory.
After batting first they posted 8/141 with Curtis (38) and Natale (29) batting well for the Crushers while Jayden Brown (4/26) was the stand out for the Bulls with the ball.
Unfortunately for Mount Compass their run chase never got going as B.Garrard (33) was the only player to show any resistance as the Bulls were bowled out for just 79.
The wickets were shared around between the Crushers bowling attack with the evergreen Bodie Wilson finishing with 3/13.
The much anticipated clash between Goolwa and Willunga ended up being somewhat of a one sided affair with Willunga batting first and posting 9/163 from their 40 overs with star recruit Simon Roberts (60) top scoring for the Demons.
The Magpies would’ve given themselves a chance to chase down the target, but their innings started disastrously as Goldner (5/11) ripped through the Goolwa top order and it was only Evans (30) and Nissen (18) who provided any resistance as they were bowled out for 95.
The final game of the round saw Yankalilla play host to Port Elliot and it was the Bloods who got the win on the back of a strong bowling performance.
The Tigers chose to bat first, but could only manage to post a total of 87 as new recruit Pooley (4/22) did the damage with the ball.
Port Elliot looked to be in control of the run chase for the most part with Gordge (35 not out) leading the way with the bat, although Bond (3/35) kept things interesting with a few late wickets.
This Saturday sees another round of one day matches and much interest will centre on the local derby between Port Elliot and Goolwa.
This match up will be a test of the Goolwa batting line up against the Bloods bowling attack.
Noarlunga take on Yankalilla and the Shoes will be keen to open their account for this season and it would need a big improvement with the bat from the Tigers for them to cause an upset in this one.
Mount Compass play host to Encounter Bay and the Bays will be looking to secure another win. The Bulls will need a big improvement with the bat if they are to get close against a team filled with class players.
Willunga will be full of confidence after a big win first up as they take on McLaren Districts. It will be a good game as the Crushers were impressive in round one. McLaren’s batting line up will find things a little tougher this week against a class bowling attack.