Encounter Bay keeps season alive in cricket

STRAIGHT DOWN THE GROUND: Willunga allrounder Luke Goldner smashed 80 not out to help Willunga to advance into the grand final.
STRAIGHT DOWN THE GROUND: Willunga allrounder Luke Goldner smashed 80 not out to help Willunga to advance into the grand final.

Finals action is underway in Great Southern cricket with minor premiers Willunga winning their way through to the grand final after a comprehensive victory over Noarlunga, while Goolwa’s season came to an end after going down to Encounter Bay.

Willunga got their finals campaign off to the perfect start at Port Elliot Oval and compiled a massive total of 7/319. The Willunga batting line up took complete control with Franceschini (86) finding some form with the bat before Allard (72) also got in on the act. It was then Goldner who took over later in the innings to finish on 80 not out.

Noarlunga needed to get off to a great start on day two with the bat with J Scarff and Carlyle opening up and showed positive intent as the score moved to 1/84. The Shoes were in the game, but a crucial run out saw Scarff dismissed for 41 and from that point on they couldn’t get any partnerships happening with wickets falling at regular intervals.

Simon Roberts continued his outstanding form with the ball to finish with the superb figures of 6/54. The Shoes were bowled out for 152.

The knock out final was held at Burgess Oval between Encounter Bay and Goolwa. Unfortunately for the Magpies their top order failed to fire and it was left to their middle order in Jones (27), Ashton-Place (21) and K.Vincent (20) to add some respectability to their total of 128.

Butler (3/27) was the pick of the Bays bowling attack. Goolwa then struck back with the ball to pick up three late wickets to have the Bays reeling at 3/14 heading in to day two.

Fortunately for Encounter Bay Matt Overall was able to continue his outstanding form with the bat as he played a lone hand to finish on 78 not out to lead the Bays to victory as they finished the day on 7/129 to see them advance to this weeks preliminary final.

The preliminary final gets underway this weekend with Noarlunga taking on Encounter Bay in a match up of last year’s grand final. Noarlunga will be looking to bounce back strongly.

Noarlunga will be hoping to have the services of McCard back to take some pressure off of their top order, while the Bays would love to have the experience of Cameron Lintern available. Matt Overall will be the key wicket for Noarlunga. The winner will get a crack at Willunga in the grand final.

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