Finals loom as Willunga and Goolwa continue impressive form

Win: Dylan Burns bowls one out, his team Encounter Bay claimed an impressive win over Yankalilla during Round 12.
Win: Dylan Burns bowls one out, his team Encounter Bay claimed an impressive win over Yankalilla during Round 12.

The completion of Round 12 of the Great Southern A Grade sees two matches remaining and the finals make up still not absolutely set in stone. 

Encounter Bay made their chances clearer, and also made Yankalilla a lot darker during their match conclusion.

Fortunes nearly favoured the brave to get them a critical three extra points as the Tigers were bowled out a second time for just 90.

This left the Bays just 4 overs to chase 68 runs, which was a bridge too far despite a decent effort.

Port Elliot also began the round needing to maximise the number of points they gained to be any chance.

They took 9 runs off the first over of the day to gain the first six points, and went out to chase quick wickets and an outright win.

While there was no doubt some optimism at 3/44, resistance came from the Bulls middle order to ensure no further result, with stumps called at the final drinks break.

The other two games of the round saw the ladder leaders deny those trying to keep their season alive.

The combined pressure of runs on the board and tight bowling on the second day was too much for Noarlunga in their chase of 180.

Wickets from Sean McIvor (1/24), Goldner (2/31), Simon Roberts (4/53) and Elliott (1/16) fell regularly around a half century from Sam Carlyle leaving Noarlunga all out for 136.

Thankfully for the Shoes (and Port Elliot for that matter), Goolwa accounted for McLaren Districts with ease to keep a solitary point separating fourth and fifth position.

The first innings saw the Crushers bowled out for only 85 with three players only passing double figures.

Evans, Jones and Crees the destroyers in the first innings, and as it would turn out, also in the second.

The follow on was enforced, with the Magpies running riot a second time to restrict the Crushers again to the eighties.

Crees’ 7 giving him nine for the march, a great performance.

This week sees Encounter Bay take on Port Elliot, with both teams wanting to push hard for those finals positions.

A win will either help the Bays potentially sew up third spot, or keep the flicker of hope going for the Bloods.

Mount Compass take on Yankalilla in a match of pride for both teams at Burgess Oval, the last A Grade game at that ground before renovations begin in March for the installation of a turf wicket.

McLaren Districts will wrestle with Noarlunga at the Vale for fourth spot on the ladder, while Goolwa and Willunga play off in a potential preview of what’s to come in the last weekend of March.

Thursday, February 7 saw preliminary finals in both divisions of the T20 competition decide grand finalists.

A double header at Mclaren Vale on Sunday, February 24 will see the Division 2 match at 11:00am between McLaren Districts and Seaford Rise, following this Noarlunga will be taking on Encounter Bay in the Division 1 final.

The winner of the Division 1 final will be given the opportunity to represent Great Southern next season at the Statewide Country T20 competition, beginning with knockout matches against the other representing Clubs within Fleurieu & Districts.