Encounter Bay and Yankalilla chalk up victories to start the cricket season

TOP BACK LIFT: Mount Compass young A grade batsman Will Zimmermann watches intently as the ball bounces toward him against Encounter Bay on Saturday.
TOP BACK LIFT: Mount Compass young A grade batsman Will Zimmermann watches intently as the ball bounces toward him against Encounter Bay on Saturday.

Encounter Bay defeated Mount Compass 

Encounter Bay won the toss and sent the visitors in to bat.

Franceschini and Burgess started cautiously navigating their way through the opening spell from Jonah Magor and Puckridge.

Hoffmann made the initial breakthrough trapping Franceschini in front for 12, as urns entered the attack and quickly picked up Burgess and Barrett to leave the Bulls at 3/39 at drinks.

At the resumption of play the Garrard brothers looked to steady the ship taking their total to a more respectable level before Zrim swung one through the defence of Rohan Garrard for 23. 

From there it was a procession with Magor ripping through the lower order, while narrowly missing out on a hatrick to end the innings.

In the end it was left to Zrim to complete the Mount Compass innings, as he dismissed Crosby for 4 to have the Bulls all out for 85.

Magor the pick with four wickets, while Burns finished with three.

In reply, Encounter Bay started positively with Liam Magor and Parry picking off any loose bowling until Crosby had Magor out LBW for 11.

He then quickly added Parry to his haul with a sharp caught and bowled to have the Bays 2/22.

Hoffmann and Jonah Magor looked to form a partnership taking the score to 44 before Dalitz bowled Magor for 3.

Bailey quickly followed after chipping a catch to square leg to leave the score at 4/46 and Mount Compass sniffing a victory.

Burns stopped the bleeding, while Hoffmann looked to be positive and together the pair took the Bays past the total four wickets down before Burns missed a full toss to give Garrard a gift to finish the match.

Dalitz and Crosby each picked up two wickets, while Hoffmann finished unbeaten on 52 and was the match winner.

Yankalilla defeated Port Elliot

Port Elliot won the toss and elected to bat first. Yankalilla fielding just 10 players for the first half an hour got off to a good start at 1/1, before Whitbourne  and Dodd moved the score to 1/41. However, Whitbourne fell to Yankalilla debutant M Tucker for 19.

From there Yankalilla's 11th player arrived and Yankalilla continued ripping through Port Elliot to have them all out for just 65. Dodd (20), Whitbourne (19) were the best of the Port Elliot batsmen, while Tyllis for the Tigers took 4/32 off 8 overs and Jones captured 3/3 off 5.2 overs.

Yankalilla chased down the runs in just 18.3 overs with Rosser 25 not out and Jones scoring 18 runs. 

A great start for Yankalilla to earn the first innings points, but Port Elliot will improve with the continued  development of the great youthful talent as the season progresses.

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