Great Southern cricket A grade games

EFFORT: Encounter Bay B Grade bowler Simon Acheson bends his back into this delivery on Saturday on the turf against Mount Compass.
EFFORT: Encounter Bay B Grade bowler Simon Acheson bends his back into this delivery on Saturday on the turf against Mount Compass.

Willunga v McLaren Districts

Willunga won the toss and elected to field in a clash between first placed Willunga and third placed McLaren Districts.

McLaren openers Nairn and Worrall looked to take to the Willunga bowling, both batsmen showed a positive intent before Nairn lost his pegs when Goldner made the breakthrough.

For the remainder of the innings McLaren would struggle to mount a big partnership to help them set a defendable total. Willunga managed to come back from a sloppy first session by claiming 7/18 in the second session and this would prove to be match changing for the Demons as McLaren were 9/71 at the main break.

McLaren were dismissed shortly after the tea break for 82, Worrall top scored with 27, while S Roberts claimed 5 wickets for the expense of 16 runs from his 14 overs.

Willunga require 83 runs for first innings points with 30 overs to bat on day one. The two in form Willunga opening batsmen Farrell and Harding went about chasing the small total with minimal fuss, both of them finding the boundary on regular occasions.

The partnership was finally broken when Farrell was dismissed for a quick fire 44 off 32 balls. Shortly after Farrell was out. The Demons passed the total of 83, which claimed the first innings points for Willunga.

Paul Roberts was dismissed for 4 off the bowling of Smith and Harding immediately after for 47 off the bowling of Curtis. Goldner and S Roberts would finish the day for Willunga with some lusty hitting. Roberts clearing the rope on three different occasions while Goldner chimed in for one of his own.

At the completion of the 30th over it was stumps and the Willunga innings stopped at 3/153, not out batsmen Roberts 32 and Goldner 24. Willunga currently hold a first innings lead of 70.

Yankalilla v Port Elliot

Yankalilla won their first toss of the year and chose to bat. Yankalilla were struggling early being 3/60 at drinks with Jones (28) already in the shed and when Bartlett (11) fell, it was 4/80. However a 50 run stand between Fisher (56), with his second 50 in consecutive games, and Barnes (24) making the score 5/137, things improved. Then Yankalilla lost 6/19 to finish all out for 157. 

Yankalilla started well with the ball having to bowl the remaining 20 overs of the day when Kerin (1/17 off 7 overs) took the wicket of Arbon (2) in the fourth over of the innings, before Dodd (47 not out) steadied the ship with Andrewartha (7 not out), to move Port Elliott along to 1/58 at the end of the day, needing 99 more runs for victory with nine wickets in hand.