Round 10 of Great Southern cricket took place with all teams inside the top four scoring wins. Noarlunga made easy work of Port Elliot on the back of a big opening stand of 173 between J.Scarff (99) and Sam Carlyle (89 not out), as the Shoes posted a big total of 3/231.
The Port Elliot top order failed badly as Kuss (4/19) ripped through the Bloods batting as they were bowled out for just 95.
Encounter Bay travelled to the Vale to take on McLaren Districts and they also posted a big score reaching 4/200 on the back of a superb century by Hoffmann who compiled 102 not out, while Lintern gave great support finishing on 51 as they combined for a partnership of 109.
The run chase from McLaren Districts was an interesting one as they finished the day on 8/154 with Stephen Nairn (109 not out) also reaching the magical three figure.
Sam Hynes had an outstanding game with the ball for the Bays finishing with the fine figures of 5/15.
Goolwa secured an important win against Yankalilla with a nine wicket win at Goolwa Oval. Batting first the Tigers managed to post a total of 9/116 with Bartlett (27) and Kerin (29). The Magpies shared the wickets around.
Goolwa had little trouble chasing down the required total with Ward (57 not out) batting through the innings with LeRay contributing a solid 34 as the Magpies finished on 1/121.
The last game of the round was the closest between Willunga and Mount Compass with the Demons winning by just nine runs. Batting first Willunga posted a good total of 5/175 with Farrell (37), Harding (38), Docking (35) and McPhail (31) all getting starts.
In reply the Bulls made a good fist of the run chase on the back of a fine innings from Bryce Garrard (63).
This week sees a return to two day cricket with Encounter Bay taking on Mount Compass at the Bay and with a top four spot locked away the Bays will be looking to keep their good form going as finals approach. Mount Compass is capable of an upset.
Goolwa play host to Port Elliot at home this round and the equation is quite simple for the Bloods, they must win if they are to be any chance of playing finals, while a win to the Magpies will guarantee a finals spot.
McLaren Districts take on Willunga and the Demons will be doing everything they can to hold their position at the top of the table and with plenty of firepower in their side the Demons should notch up another victory.
The final game of the round sees Yankalilla play host to Noarlunga and the Shoes are well on track to defend their title this year.
They currently sit in second spot on the ladder just two points behind Willunga. Unfortunately for the Tigers they will struggle to match the depth of the Noarlunga side.