Goolwa and Port Elliot face off in 160th cricket anniversary

HISTORY: President of Goolwa Cricket Club Andy Evans presents a framed picture of the report and scorecard of the 1859 match to Port Elliot Cricket Club president Luke Elliot. The clubs celebrated its 160th year of playing each other.

HISTORY: President of Goolwa Cricket Club Andy Evans presents a framed picture of the report and scorecard of the 1859 match to Port Elliot Cricket Club president Luke Elliot. The clubs celebrated its 160th year of playing each other.

Goolwa won the toss in a match celebrating the 160th anniversary of the 1859 game between Goolwa and Port Elliot. A historic event between two of the inaugural teams that eventually led to the formation of the Great Southern Cricket Association in 1920-21.

This would have been one of the earliest country cricket games in South Australia.

The game was evenly contested with the Goolwa batsmen all getting a start against some tight and persistent bowling.

Giddings and Jones were solid early with a mixture of some good shots through the field mixed with the odd play and miss. Both were dismissed just as they looked to have settled in.

Giddings finishing with 22 and Jones 33. Ward and Robertson found scoring difficult, but added valuable runs until Ward was dismissed after the long drinks break looking to hit through the gaps.

Goolwa allrounder Josh Jones plays the ball behind point.

Goolwa allrounder Josh Jones plays the ball behind point.

Evans joined Robertson and these two started to increase the run rate and push past 150. Evans was next out for a polished 33. Burger joined Robertson, who despite giving a couple of chances, persisted well to finish on 47. Burger also continued his good form and together with Crees added some valuable runs at the end.

Goolwa finished the day on 5-204 before the two teams adjourned to the club rooms to mix with many past players from both clubs and repeat the celebrations from 1859.

Willunga on verge of outright

Willunga won the toss and chose to bowl getting the first inning started and finished in just 22 overs, bowling a fragile, but well spirited Myponga outfit out for just 23. S Haverty top scored with five runs.

The Willunga attack was led by Simon Roberts who captured 4/4 off six overs and S McIvor and Goldner who took two wickets each.

Willunga immediately set out to get the required runs and mounted more than a 50 run lead before sending Myponga back into bat.

They finished on 1/88 at the declaration with Docking not out 33 and Allard not our 49.

Myponga had 27 overs at the end of the day to survive an outright in the first day of play.

The Mudlarks definitely found some intent and looked like another side playing with freedom in their second innings, finishing the day 6/88, leading Willunga by 23 runs.

The Haverty boys led the charge for Myponga.

S Haverty scored 33, R Haverty 20 and Jaggard defied the Willunga bowlers, scoring 20.

As much as Myponga performed better in their second innings, the upper hand is very much with Willunga, with only the weather as opposition to gaining a much needed outright victory.