Great Southern cricket season started on Saturday

WICKET TAKER: Encounter Bay opening bowler Jonah Magor sends down a delivery on Saturday on his way to a four wicket haul.
WICKET TAKER: Encounter Bay opening bowler Jonah Magor sends down a delivery on Saturday on his way to a four wicket haul.

Cricket has commenced and all the big teams were out to play on the weekend. Round one of A Grade games in the Great Southern Cricket Association saw wins to Noarlunga, Encounter Bay, Willunga and Yankalilla, with most of these results on trend from last season's form.

There were wickets aplenty throughout. A win for Willunga was the ideal start to their premiership defence, although a spirited bowling performance from McLaren Districts pushed the Demons throughout, taking six wickets along the way in their attempt to defend a small total of 119.

It was never going to be enough runs against the powerful Willunga side which performed so well in 2017/18. However it will be confidence building for the McLaren Districts outfit to push the team top beat once again in 2018/19.  

Noarlunga lost only two wickets as they chased down Goolwa's 133, while Encounter Bay and Yankalilla provided clinical bowling performances in their matches, to keep Mount Compass and Port Elliot to sub-100 totals.

It was the younger brigade of Jonah Magor (Encounter Bay, 4/22) and Joseph Tyllis (Yankalilla, 4/32), leading their respective attacks taking crucial wickets with the new ball. 

Round two will see another set of one-day matches with all the winners and all the losers playing off against one another.

RIGHT BEHIND THE BALL: Port Elliot allrounder Ben Martin plays a correct drive with a very straight bat on Saturday in the A grade match against Yankalilla.

RIGHT BEHIND THE BALL: Port Elliot allrounder Ben Martin plays a correct drive with a very straight bat on Saturday in the A grade match against Yankalilla.

In the winners' circle, Encounter Bay travel through the valleys to Yankalilla, and Willunga host Noarlunga.

On the other side of the ledger, Mount Compass host Port Elliot at Burgess Oval, having come off similar one-sided affairs last week, and Goolwa are home to McLaren Districts.

B1 and B2 grades also started on the weekend with the One Day competition starting at a later date. There is no C grade competition this season.

Junior cricket will have a staggered start with Junior and Senior Colts starting the weekend after the return to school for Term 4 and the Under 10 and Under 12 competitions  will start on Friday, October 26.  

It is going to be another exciting year of cricket in the Great Southern Cricket Association with many of the A grade teams making changes to their line-ups to improve their chances of climbing up the ladder, while others have made changes to give youngsters their deserved opportunities to play the game at the highest level in the association. 

There will be success stories and upsets and the 12th Man will be all over them.

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