Goolwa and Yankalilla in cricket battle for first innings points

STRAIGHT BAT: Goolwa veteran Kingsley Vincent gets right behind the ball on Saturday in the A grade game against Yankalilla. Vincent scored a rearguard 15 not out.
STRAIGHT BAT: Goolwa veteran Kingsley Vincent gets right behind the ball on Saturday in the A grade game against Yankalilla. Vincent scored a rearguard 15 not out.

Goolwa v Yankalilla

A perfect day for cricket, round 4 saw Goolwa take on Yankalilla at Goolwa both coming off good wins in the last round. The home side won the toss and quickly chose to bat on a quick Goolwa oval.

Yankalilla were on top early with Jack Ward (0) gloving one off a Tyllis bouncer. Trapolino had the ball on a string before he took a great catch off his own bowling to remove Evans (10).

Soon after Goolwa’s skipper Robertson(1) snicked one to the keeper and the home side were in trouble.

Fortunately some good batting from Jesse Leray (28) Jayden Crees (21) and Kingsley Vincent (15 not out) helped the side reach a defendable 138 and it was Yank’s turn to face the remaining overs.

A blistering spell from Goolwa's Crees and the seasoned Evans had the ball doing everything and making every run hard to find. Wickets fell rapidly for Yankalilla as Whittlesea, Neshoda, Jones and Tyllis were all back in the shed and Yankalilla struggling at 4/24.

They will be heavily relying on young gun Luke Bartlett to get them over the line in an evenly placed game dominated by the bowlers.

Encounter Bay v McLaren Districts

Encounter Bay won the toss and elected to bat first on a perfect afternoon for cricket. McLaren Districts struck early in the third over with Britt trapping Hutchesson in front for 1, which brought the captain Hoffmann to the crease.

Encounter Bay settled for a few overs until some tight fielding from McLaren orchestrated an error between the wickets. Beard was clean with the pick up and throw and McLaren got the second for the day, Willoughby run out for 9.

McLaren then stayed on top from here with some brilliant tight bowling from Britt and Nairn, five maidens in a row and the wickets of Bailey and then captain Hoffmann had Encounter Bay 4/32.

Encounter Bay managed to put together some small partnerships with Lintern making 29 and Motgomery 35, however the day was all McLaren and mainly Britt, who led the bowling attack amazingly with 22 straight overs 9 maidens getting 5/33.

Nairn backed him up well with 2/31 off 15. Encounter Bay finished all out for 119, leaving McLaren Districts with 21 overs to bat. McLaren's innings started aggressively with Nairn getting on top of Magor early, however Petrucci falling early for 3 slowed this down as well as the experienced Lintern coming on.

Nairn then fell for 21 to Lintern, which left stalwart Curtis and young gun Luke Goodieson to face the remaining 10 overs.

McLaren stuck firm with some great resilience from Goodieson, who battled hard against Lintern and also protected from Curtis. At stumps on day one, McLaren find themselves in a good position at 2/57 with another 63 to win.

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