Encounter Bay has runs on the board in Great Southern cricket

SMACK: Encounter Bay 'Master Blaster' Sam Hoffmann is in a rich vein of form this season and on Saturday he belted 98 runs.
SMACK: Encounter Bay 'Master Blaster' Sam Hoffmann is in a rich vein of form this season and on Saturday he belted 98 runs.

Encounter Bay won the toss and chose to bat on what was proven to be a good batting wicket. A steady start from both sides was interrupted when Parry was shot by a sniper from long range going for a quick single resulting in an injured ankle.

Like Lazarus he rose again to take his place at the crease, however it was short lived as his castle was knocked over by Nairn.

With opening partner Hutchesson also in the sheds, the Bays needed a partnership and Grenfell joined the inform Hoffmann and the pair set about building a good platform for the home side, making it to the first drinks at 2/46.

After drinks it was more of the same until Grenfell spooned a full ball to mid off with the score on 87.

Hoffmann continued to punish the bowling to all areas and was joined by a likely partner in Sam Overall who joined in with a quick 22 before also being caught at mid off going for one too many.

With Hoffmann nearing his ton he pounded yet another ball through cover looking to bring up the milestone, unfortunately finding the forearm, then head, then hands of the cover fielder in what was a bizarre catch leaving the large crowd in disbelief.

Hoffmann out for a superb 98. With 20 overs still remaining in the day's play the lower order cashed in on a good opportunity to spend some time in the middle with Reilly and Magor teaming up for an important late partnership.

Some clean hitting and sharp running between the wickets was ended when Reilly was run out for a well made 25. When Magor found a fielder in the deep it brought a close to the Encounter Bay innings in the last over of the day with the total at 254.

Hoffmann was the star for the home side amassing 98, while Magor, Reilly, Overall and Grenfell also made meaningful contributions to their team's score. For McLaren Districts Nairn and McCurrah battled well, while Howie picked up two late wickets.

Burgess scores first 50

Willunga sent Mount Compass into bat and rattled through the Bulls batting line up. The only shining light was the innings of Sheldon Burgess who opened the innings and nearly carried his bat scoring 55 out of the team's total of 96 all out. It was an innings of determination, as wickets consistently fell around him.

Bryce Garrard was the only other Compass bat to reach double figures hitting 20. Best of the Noarlunga bowlers was Lamz who took 3/5 off 12 overs. In reply, Noarlunga were 0/60 at stumps with J Scarff on 35 not out and Burgess on 23.

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