Great Southern cricket match reports for the start of the 2018/19 season

ALONG THE GROUND: Port Elliot batsman Nigel Mack plays a beautiful ondrive, flicking off his pads for runs on Saturday in the A grade game against Yankalilla.
ALONG THE GROUND: Port Elliot batsman Nigel Mack plays a beautiful ondrive, flicking off his pads for runs on Saturday in the A grade game against Yankalilla.

Noarlunga defeated Goolwa

Round 1 saw Goolwa travel to Old Noarlunga to take on the Shoes. Perfect conditions for the first game of the season saw Goolwa win the toss and bat. Openers Ward and Le Ray got off to a solid start, ensuring no easy wicket for the Noarlunga openers. Just when they looked in control, Ward decided to loft one and Noarlunga got the break through. Evans was next in, daring the Noarlunga fielders with quick singles.

Going into the drinks break 1/60, Goolwa looked good with 20 overs remaining.

However that wasn't to be, as wickets fell steadily, with only Evans troubling the scorers with a very well made 50. A late flurry by Crees would give Goolwa something to bowl to, finishing with 133. The only multiple wicket taker was newcomer Ray, who collected 3/29 off his 8 overs. 

Noarlunga started the run chase cautiously, as Goolwa's Crees bowled a perfect line. Burgess in his first game for Noarlunga, lifted the run rate and never let the foot off. Opening partner Carlyle fell for 10, but captain Jason Scarff combined with Burgess to chase down the total with 8 overs to spare. Burgess fell for a well made 88, while Scarff finished red inked on 35.

Willunga defeated McLaren Districts

McLaren won the toss and batted first and reached 1/50 at the halfway point with the help of some lusting hitting from Nairn and skipper, Petrucci. However, right before the break Roberts claimed the first wicket of the year for the Demons, as Allard took a sharp catch behind the stumps dismissing Nairn.

After the break Willunga piled on the pressure with some tight bowling from Minot, Elliott and Roberts which forced the McLaren batsmen to make some rash decisions with the bat. Wickets fell regularly as McLaren tried to build a competitive total.

McLaren were eventually bowled out in the 38th over of their innings for 119. Elliott the pick of the Willunga bowlers, claiming 4/27 of 7 overs. 

The Willunga Innings started in the worst possible fashion when Farrell was dismissed for a duck. This brought Harding and Francheschini together, this would prove a turning point for the Demons. The pair put on a crucial 50 run partnership and the game seemed all but over.

However, this would not be the case as McLaren bowlers, Britt and Smith had other ideas for the Crushers. The two combined for four wickets which kept McLaren alive.

The class and experience of Roberts would prove too much for McLaren as he compiled a match winning innings, getting Willunga over the line for their first win of the season. Willunga would be the eventual winner, claiming victory by four wickets.

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