Rain took six points away from two games in Round 6 of the Great Southern Cricket Association, as thunderbolts and lightning were very frightening around the top of the region.
A disappointing and abrupt end for a couple of critical matches between top teams. Willunga managed 3/156 from 37 overs before the close of play with all bar Luke Harding getting starts.
The first possible opportunity to say this for the season, but Jayden Crees was expensive! Kingsley Vincent, albeit wicketless bowled a full spell of eight overs for only 21 runs, with he and son Brody maintaining pressure as first and second change.
The rains were also at Old Noarlunga Oval albeit after Noarlunga and McLaren Districts had made greater inroads than a bit further south at Willunga. The Shoes made a very competitive 5/194 built from a solid foundation of captain Jason Scarff's 97, with both he and his brother both involved in run outs! Fair to say Andrew Britt must be wondering whether he's finished taking wickets for the season.
The three weeks following his haul of 11 against Encounter Bay have yielded 0-for and 0-for Noarlunga were able to take two key wickets however the Crushers were maintaining a handy run rate at the time!
Mount Compass are proving to be well and truly on the rise from a difficult first few weeks of the season, but were unable to secure a crucial final wicket in their defence of 144. The Garrards contributed well with the bat, Rohan making 53 at the top of the order and Bryce 38 towards the close. A good opening spell saw both bowlers take Tiger scalps, before the screws were further tightened by Alex Num (1/15) and Bryce Garrard (4/13) who both went at under two an over.
Unfortunately, Mount Compass appeared an attacking bowler short as Barrett's 5 overs went for 46 and Trent McMahon's brief spell at the crease (3 overs for 16) undoing some great work.
Further down the coast, Port Elliot were seeking a return to the winner's circle and things were looking very positive at the end of the first 40 overs. Hayden Gordge, who showed a real liking to turf at this year's Country Carnival, came in a little later than usual but ensured a shaky position of 3/65 with the removal of Dodd (36) and Andrewartha (20) was recovered to 8/169.
Early wickets were key and the Bloods delivered through Riley Paull and Ben Martin, with the Bays 3/4 at one stage. Experience came in the form of Cam Lintern and Sam Hoffman, whose 134-run partnership took them close to a win, and despite being 5 down needed the 40th over to chase down the target. A couple of wins a welcome return for the Bays, however the Bloods will rue not being able to put them away.
One day games continue next week, along with the second round of T20 matches on the Sunday. Plenty of cricket on!