Yankalilla surprise Noarlunga in cricket

BIG TWEAK: Mount Compass wily spinner Alexander Num gets plenty of revolutions on this ball on Saturday in the A grade against Goolwa.
BIG TWEAK: Mount Compass wily spinner Alexander Num gets plenty of revolutions on this ball on Saturday in the A grade against Goolwa.

It was a case somewhat of Groundhog Day at Old Noarlunga as Doug Jones hit A Grade 100 number two for the season and the second against the same opposition to see Yankalilla home over Noarlunga.

With Rosser, Neshoda and sundries equal next highest score with 10, it's fair to say the Shoes would have liked their chances when the Tigers were 5/39 in pursuit of 157.

But a 61-run partnership between Jones and Tucker (four, you do the maths!) gave them a chance and only two more wickets fell before the points were taken.

Both sides are taking on winners from Round 8 in their last match before the Christmas break. Noarlunga take on Port Elliot who recorded a second straight victory in accounting for McLaren Districts, while Yankalilla host Goolwa, who easily accounted for Mount Compass.

The Bloods posted 9/160 from their 40 overs batting first at McLaren Vale, with plenty of starts shown by their batters. Their form with the bat transferred to the ball where early wickets were picked up with the ball, particularly first change bowler Ben Maier taking key wickets of captain Petrucci and Curtis before David Ling spun a web taking 5/20 to restrict the Crushers to 9/132.

While similarly batters got starts, the Bloods were able to put on a strong opening partnership while the Crushers had a recovery momentarily, but lost 6/34 towards the close.

There was an air of familiarity as Andy Evans (99 not out) and Victor Robertson (36) put on a critical partnership to see the Magpies to 4/211 against the Bulls. Adding to that, Luke Giddings scored 43. 

It was slow going in the Mount Compass chase with the Bulls finishing 3/105 after 40 overs. Bryce Garrard  continued his good form with a half-century.

It was slow and steady also for Encounter Bay who finished 6/95 batting first from their overs. This was chased down with ease by Willunga, who were keen to make amends for last week's loss. They did take the game into the 36th over however, which shows tight bowling from both teams was key.

The remaining games see Mount Compass face a tough task at home to Willunga, while Encounter Bay play McLaren Districts on the turf.

Yankalilla have moved into the top four, etching out Encounter Bay, while Port Elliot could push the Bays and their next opposition in Noarlunga further down the ladder if they can continue their winning form.

Merry Christmas to all from the 12th Man, and a Happy New Year. Keep an eye out for A Grade and T20 previews leading in to January 5 and 6.

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