Two day cricket returned to Great Southern A Grade on Saturday with four teams still vying for the third and fourth spots up for grabs on the ladder.
Top of the table Goolwa and Willunga set out to further push their advantage, while also challenging those teams hoping to play finals.
Goolwa bowled first against Noarlunga, with James Lawrence’s 6/54 critical in their dismissal of the Shoes for 155.
The Magpies had 10 overs before stumps, finishing on 0/20. Once again, the Shoes will rue another middle to lower order collapse of 7/38 after a strong start, with eight players making single figure scores.
McLaren Districts travelled down Main Road to Willunga, losing the toss, but being sent in, which may not have really been what they wanted.
The Crushers were bowled out for 82, which allowed the Demons to press home the advantage on the remainder of day one. They sit 3/153, a lead of 71.
In remaining matches, Encounter Bay travelled to Burgess Oval to take on Mount Compass, won the toss and duly batted first.
From there it was to get no better for the Bulls, who watched 4/336 be amassed in the full 70 overs. There was a right to some optimism at 3/65, however the critical partnership of Sam Hoffmann (125) and Cameron Lintern (123 not out) delivered a partnership of 212.
The pair were explosive at the crease, with no Compass bowler spared their power in a dominant display of batting.
The critical partnership of Sam Hoffmann (125) and Cameron Lintern (123 not out) delivered a partnership of 21212th Man
Their impact made all the more enormous given sundries were the next top score with 38. An expected result to the Bays with an opportunity for a great percentage increase could be a bolt for them in their aspirations of playing through more of the month of March.
Finally, down at Yankalilla, the Tigers batted first against Port Elliot. Despite occasional wickets, a strong position of 4/136 at 40 overs threatened to translate to score over 200, but credit to the Bloods’ bowling attack who persevered, and found a run of wickets.
It was 6/19 to be exact, which restricted that total to 156. This left 20 overs, which Patrick Dodd fancied to no end. When stumps were drawn, the score was 1/58, with Dodd on 47 not out. The Tigers only moment of glee was the early wicket of Arbon (2), but Josh Andrewartha (7 not out), provided stiff resistance at the other end.