Great Southern cricket has the top teams racing clear

GONE: Goolwa A grade allrounder James Lawrence pays the price for having a big swing in the game against Yankalilla. Photo: Jesse Ehlers.
GONE: Goolwa A grade allrounder James Lawrence pays the price for having a big swing in the game against Yankalilla. Photo: Jesse Ehlers.

Round 4 in the A Grade of Great Southern has seen Willunga continue their dominating form, setting up a difficult 70 overs for Mount Compass to bat out on Saturday to avoid a second straight loss outright.

The bowling has been shared with a key bowler being the pick each match. This time it was Sean McIvor, his 6/11, breaking partnerships at beginning, middle and end. Compass could only manage 30, all out. 

Luke Harding then passed the Bulls score off his own bat and with two late wickets in the second innings, the Demons are well on top.

Noarlunga were always expected to bounce back from an upset loss over Yankalilla, and bounce back they did, hard.

After facing 50 overs from Port Elliot's bowlers, they decided to declare, at 2/267. Fun fact - spin got both wickets!

After 20 overs, The Bloods are perilously placed at 5/32, and similar to Mount Compass, face a very difficult second day.

A clinical bowling display sees Port Elliot's top five on scoring and umpiring duties, all dismissed for single figures.

Up at the Vale, Andrew Britt was chief Crusher with the ball, his 5/33 rolling Encounter Bay for 119.

Some starts in the Bays innings were little consolation for wickets falling at regular intervals.

Should McLaren Districts score the remaining 63 runs required from 2/57, they may well find themselves in the four.

Standing in the way of this, is a Bays attack spearheaded by youth and backed up with experience. Could the wobbles of a small total make for a great finish?

EFFORT: Yankalilla's Doug Jones sends the ball down in the tight contest against Goolwa on Saturday.

EFFORT: Yankalilla's Doug Jones sends the ball down in the tight contest against Goolwa on Saturday.

Finally, at Goolwa Oval, Yankailla also face a tough task to continue what's been a season start of great promise.

Once again, the bowlers did a great job to restrict the Magpies to 138, with wickets shared around  Trapolino, Kerin, Bartlett, Jones and Tyllis.

However, Goolwa made full use of their remaining 19 overs, capturing four wickets with the Tigers still needing another 115 runs.

There's still some batting to come, but Crees, Evans and the like, have been proving difficult to get away and they'll tighten the screws once again on Saturday to make a difficult chase even harder.

Some interesting results to come, however the potential for more outrights to come in to play could create a breakaway group at the top of the ladder that will be very hard to catch. 

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