In a fine day for cricket at McLaren Vale, Port Elliot won the toss and elected to bat in the crucial match against McLaren Districts.
Both teams have struggled in 2017 and this game was a must for both if they had any hopes of playing finals and gaining some momentum for the new year.
Port Elliot are a young side and the opening p[air have been a revelation over the past 12 months.
Gordge and Ling are part of the club’s positive future at the top of the order.
With Ling and Gordge opening the batting for Port Elliot, they settled to get off to a good start, which they promise so often and did on Saturday.
The scoreboard ticked over to 43 runs off 13 overs when Ifould struck and removed Ling for 32.
Ifould then picked up his second wicket when he had Pooley caught behind for 4.
Dodd then came to the crease and set about increasing the run rate before he fell for 16 with the scoreboard reading 3/69 after 23 overs.
With Austin and Gordge now at the crease and both playing well the score increased to 97 before Gordge fell for 30, which was soon followed by Austin for 18.
These two wickets saw Donaldson and B Paull come to the crease and together they batted superbly right through to the end to see the score to 5/176 after Port Elliot's innings.
A great partnership by Donalsdon (49 not out) and Paull (24 not out) added 72 to the score in the final eight overs.
Ifould the pick of the McLaren bowlers finishing up with the figures of 2/16 off his 8 overs.
Needing 177 to win, McLaren got off to a bad start with R Paull removing Curtis (1) and Lee (4) in the first three overs of the match. Martin then removed Kennewell for 2, then a brilliant run out by Ling saw the end of Natale (6), before Martin picked up his second wicket when he bowled Ifould for 2.
McLaren now in trouble at 5/20 after 9 overs. Hodges and Petrucci then dug in and saw the score to 54 before Donaldson broke the wicket drought removing Hodges for 9. This wicket triggered another mini collapse with Petrucci (24), Britt (5) and Goodieson (7).
The score was 9/68 and the game was over. Worrall (23 not out and Smith 19 not out) took the tally to 111 at the end of the 40th over.