The big four clubs in Great Southern cricket face off in two day games

TOSS IT UP: Goolwa A grade cricketer Kingsley Vincent shows all his experience to entice the Noarlunga batsman into a loose shot on Saturday.
TOSS IT UP: Goolwa A grade cricketer Kingsley Vincent shows all his experience to entice the Noarlunga batsman into a loose shot on Saturday.

Goolwa took the honours on the first day against reigning premiers Noarlunga at Goolwa on Saturday.

Noarlunga won the toss and batted first with Jason Scarff and Burgess putting on 25 with Burgess leading a charmed life before he was bowled by Jones for 10.

The two Scarff brothers settled in against some tight bowling from Jones, Evans and Ashton Place.

The next wicket fell at 45 in the 27th over as runs were hard to get on a slow Goolwa oval. David Scarff out for 9 and Alderman followed for a duck, to a good caught and bowled to Ashton-Place,

But Jason Scarff and O'Connor steadied the ship taking Noarlunga's score to 3/78 before both these batters fell and when Colo was run out for a duck, Noarlunga had slumped to 6-78.

Jason Scarff had made a good 34 and O'Connor 16.

Youngster Thomas Carter picked up both wickets and the Goolwa bowlers were right on top.

The remaining Noarlunga batters dug in, but made little headway before Evans in his second spell picked up 3/1 in his last 13 balls to see Noarlunga all out for 105.

Goolwa had to face seven overs at the end of the day, which they navigated successfully without losing a wicket to be 0/10 at the close of play.

Noarlunga will be sure to bounce back next week and ensure a tough day's play next week to test Goolwa's resolve.

Encounter Bay v Willunga

Week one saw Willunga win the toss and choose to bat against Encounter Bay in a crucial match for both teams.

Catsiavas and Harding started strongly for the first wicket partnership putting on 56 before Catsiavas danced down the pitch to a Burns turner and was stumped for 23.

Brown joined Harding at the crease and Willunga continued on their steady way, until Brown fell five balls before drinks and Harding fell four overs after drinks to have the game very even at 3/113.

Brown scored 13 and Harding 56.

Goldner showed intent before skying one and it was that man again in Burns doing the damage with four wickets to his name at this stage.

Allard and Austin didn't bother the scorers, only managing one between them, but the rest of the innings relied on Roberts for the Demons.

McPhail stuck with Roberts to put on a further 50 runs before Roberts was caught for a valuable 45 and Butler claiming the key wicket. Butler's effort was getting a reward.

McPhail followed, trapped in front for 21 by Zrim.

The McIvor boys were reunited, but only managed to gather another 18 runs between them to take Willunga to a solid score of 220.

Burns was pick of the bowlers for Encounter Bay with his spin claiming 5/61 off 21 overs and work horse Butler bowled a solid 19 overs for 3/53 to complement the guile of Burns.

What was so promising from the effort of Burns, was the spinner captured five of the first six top order wickets to fall.

It was a finals like batting performance by Willunga, who are currently the ladder leaders and it will take patience and skill from the Encounter Bay batsmen to overhaul the 220 on day two this Saturday.