A mixed bag of progress scores from Round 5 of the A Grade, as a century from David Scarff dominated Noarlunga's 7/218 against Encounter Bay, while Goolwa also passed 200 against Port Elliot through more even contributions. Mount Compass put in a spirited performance to claim a late wicket to have McLaren Districts 1/6 in pursuit of 137, while Willunga will take to the field in a strong position to claim an outright on Myponga, who find themselves six wickets down in the second innings and only 23 runs ahead.
In the B Grade, Yankalilla claimed first innings points prior to Day 2, as they dismissed Seaford Rise for 77. Senior Colt Oaklee Major took 3/3 while Billy Hogben and Ashley Madden claimed two wickets each, as only two Sea Eagles reached double figures.
The Tigers didn't have it all their own way either though, losing 7 wickets before passing the first innings total, and ending up bowled out for 115. Travis Bartlett fell at 3/57 having hit 47 off his own stick, as one of Jarrad Swain's five victims. He strode back out to face the last 8 overs of the day and a lively finish sees them 0/33.
Elsewhere, Noarlunga were bowled out for 195 just short of their 70 overs, with half-centuries to Oli Rhodes (53) and Cornell Van Der Brink (51). Encounter Bay's Ryan Boyce (5/29) and Zac Thompson (3/19) were the pick of the bowlers. In a round full of five-wicket hauls, Jeff Crosby made it two in two rounds as his 5/35 was critical in Mount Compass keeping McLaren Districts to just 116.
A fightback from the Crushers has set up an interesting Day 2, with the Bulls 4/51. Cam Hockey leading the charge there with 3/24. Finally, Aldinga had the luxury of declaring early on 9/266, and now have Willunga 1/16. Kyal Walton backed up a century in Round 4 with 68, while Keith Schofield also hit a half century at the top of the order.
If we called it a luxury for Aldinga in the B Grade, then take that up a step in the C Grade, as they amassed 5/382 in just 46 overs at Shark Park. Their first partnership set ominous signs, putting on 178 as Myles Noble fell just short of a century with 98, however Ryan Stewart (119) passed three figures, falling at 5/279.
Another century stand of 103 for the sixth wicket brought the declaration, before restricting Mount Compass to 3/26. Goolwa played the declaration card too, as they brought the batsman in at 7/207. Their top three all made valuable starts, with Ben Longmire top scoring with 61.
Dylan Flavel took 4 wickets for Victor Harbor, who also lost a pole prior to stumps. Elsewhere, McLaren Districts were bowled out for 141 but have Encounter Bay 2/38 in response, while Rapid Bay won the toss and sent Port Elliot in with the mind towards repeating their outright heroics of last round. However the Bloods persevered to be 7/149 at stumps. Liam Harris top scored with 41, while Vinnie Wright (3/42) was a clear pick of the bowlers.
That man Samuel Hehir (56) once again lead the charge for Noarlunga's One Day Competition side as they cruised to an easy win over Willunga White by 113 runs. Clint Richards (4/9) was the chief destroyer as the Demons were bundled out for just 62.
Their other team fared better, chasing down Aldinga's target of 115 with nine overs to spare. Greg Ongley had a handy double, hitting 58 not out as well as taking 4/19. Down at Rapid Bay, the bowlers won out, as Goolwa's 101 was just enough to keep Rapid Bay from the points, falling for just 96. Literally every bowler who bowled took a wicket in a rarity!
Meanwhile, Yankalilla, thanks to four players passing fifty, hit 4/291 from their 35 overs. Jeremy Parsons lead from the top with 81, as part of a 149-run opening stand with Christopher Clark (65). In response, Victor Harbor folded to be all out for 69, 36 of them coming from Tony Eden.
Big runs came in the three Senior Colts games, starting with Noarlunga Blue compiling 234 in 38 overs, comfortably the highest of the team scores from the round. Valuable team scores however came down at Yankalilla where Port Elliot made 184, lead by captain Jye Bottroff with 53, and on the turf at Encounter Bay, where half centuries from Ryan Boyce (57) and Joshua Wenham (50) helped the Bays to 5/187.
Their Junior Colts made a similar score, hitting 3/184 against Aldinga, while Noarlunga Blue have found themselves 1/154 after just 15 overs with Clayton Snelling and Scott Graham each passing 50. Noarlunga White bowled tightly to have McLaren Districts finish the morning on 7/72, while Port Elliot had all cylinders firing in making 5/250 against Mount Compass. Finn Hayden scored his second half-century on the bounce, supported by 41 from Sam White and 40 from Hunter Walton.