Goolwa A grade are making a claim for this season's cricket premiership

FOOT TO THE BALL: Andy Evans from the Goolwa A grade side made 76 of the best on Saturday by playing fantastic shots such as this. Goolwa amassed 241 for McLaren Districts to chase down on day two.
FOOT TO THE BALL: Andy Evans from the Goolwa A grade side made 76 of the best on Saturday by playing fantastic shots such as this. Goolwa amassed 241 for McLaren Districts to chase down on day two.

The chase is on this Saturday in a number of games to close out Round 12 of the A Grade in the Great Southern Cricket Association.

Goolwa are hitting their straps at the right time of the season, Willunga are in a dog fight with Noarlunga, and Encounter Bay and Port Elliot look set to cruise to first innings victories against Yankalilla and Mount Compass after day one of two day cricket. 

At Old Noarlunga, the home side kept Willunga to 9/179 through an endurance of long spells from the likes of Carlyle (3/58) and Lamz (3/43), supported by economy from the rest going at close to or below two runs an over.

For the Demons, good things came in thirties, from Harding (30), Paul Roberts (33) and Brown (30). The Shoes need to chase this down to stay in check with the top four, but are against the best attack in the association.

McLaren Districts will need to do similar against Goolwa, who are top two with Willunga.

The Magpies struck better, giving the Crushers a formidable task of 242 to reach, with the main men Evans and Robertson doing what they do best, scoring runs and building partnerships.

The pair had great support in the latter overs from Jake Ashton-Place, who lower down the order struck a timely 45 runs. Britt (4/66) and Nairn (4/58) toiled hard, as did Ash Goodieson (2/34).

Encounter Bay have a slightly easier task ahead of them having already made some inroads in their chase of Yankalilla's 95.

The Tigers would have been worse off without the efforts of Ryan Fisher (50) with his third half-century in as many innings.

He was the only other batsman who passed double figures.

Tight bowling was once again led by a youthful attack, with Riley Puckridge (4/11) the pick of the bowlers, supported by Zrim (2/7), and Magor (2/10).

The Bays are 1/28 after 32 overs, clearly in no rush to get the job done.

Finally at Port Elliot, Mount Compass were bundled out for 108 on the last ball of the 45th over.

Looking to bat time, the Bulls couldn't match the pace of Maier (3/22), along with tight spells from Ling (1/32), Martin (1/7) and Mack (1/9) before Colby Whitbourne (3/2) helped to bring about a collapse.

The last five Compass wickets fell for five runs.

Looking for quick runs, Patrick Dodd was up to the task, with a breezy 42 runs, including seven boundaries.

Despite the loss of four wickets, the Bloods neared the target before stumps, finishing just three runs behind.

The big chases could go either way and who knows, could continue to keep many clubs' chances of playing finals alive!

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