Noarlunga and Goolwa have big wins in Great Southern cricket

OVER IT GOES: Goolwa batsman Jack Ward pivots superbly to play this hook shot on Saturday in the A grade game against Encounter Bay.
OVER IT GOES: Goolwa batsman Jack Ward pivots superbly to play this hook shot on Saturday in the A grade game against Encounter Bay.

Noarlunga defeated Mount Compass

In a game shortened to one day due to the first week being called off for heat, Noarlunga needed a win to secure a spot in the finals and Mt Compass were on a high after winning their first game for the season. Noarlunga won the toss and decided to bowl and Noarlunga's opening bowlers David Scarff and Ray backed this decision by having Compass 5/28 after 15 overs.

Compass batsmen Bryce Garrard and Num started to build the innings, with Garrard playing the aggressor and Num working the ball around and holding down the other end. The pair had batted for 15 overs and had a partnership of 42 before D Scarff trapped Num LBW in the 30th over, with the score 6/70. Garrard then tried his best to work with the tail, but Noarlunga was able to put pressure on the other end and take regular wickets to bowl Compass out for 112. Garrard was the last wicket to fall for 68 runs.

Noarlunga started off scoring at a good rate, with an opening partnership of 42. Compass was able to pick up a couple more wickets, but was not able to restrict the scoring, as all of Noarlunga's batsmen were able to get small starts and contribute to the win. Noarlunga passed the score in the 28th over with only 3 wickets down, with Anthony Burgess top scoring with 37.

Goolwa defeated Encounter Bay

Goolwa finished the minor round on a high note with a victory over Encounter Bay on the turf wicket in a low scoring match where most batsmen struggled to score. Goolwa batted first with a revised batting order with Kingsley Vincent in his 300th senior game for the club taking the first ball. However it was a short celebration as he and his opening partner Luke Giddings could not revive their halcyon days of Colts cricket.

Both failed to reach double figures and Goolwa were soon in trouble at 2/16. From then on Goolwa batsmen all got a bit of a start, but no one could capitalise and Goolwa could only reach 7/119 off their 40 overs with Zrim and Burns taking 3 wickets each.

Despite the smallish total for Encounter Bay to chase down they got off to a terrible start with Crees and Jones decimating the top order having the Bays 4/5. Crees reached his 41st wicket for the season. Lintern and Bailey steadied the ship and added 42 before Lawrence removed the next three  batsmen to leave the Bays 7/78 with Goolwa back on top. The match petered out with the highlight being Vincent's clever bowling to bowl up a deliberate loose ball and get hit for 6, only to surprise the batsmen next ball with a straight one and end his 300th game with a wicket. Encounter Bay all out for 94.