Myponga and Mount Compass fight back to set good scores to chase in cricket

WINDING UP: Noarlunga batsman Alby O'Connor lifts his bat to steer the ball to the off side on Saturday in A grade cricket.
WINDING UP: Noarlunga batsman Alby O'Connor lifts his bat to steer the ball to the off side on Saturday in A grade cricket.

Myponga won the toss against McLaren Districts and elected to bat as they got away to a fast start thanks to Boulden. Hockey claimed Boulden for 23 and Ryan Haverty joined his brother Sean at the crease to take the score to 1/55 at drinks.

Some patient batting after drinks saw Myponga nudge the score to 96 at the main break without the loss of a wicket. The Haverty boys pushed on after tea with Ryan reaching 50 before Sean fell for a well made 28.

Wilson came to the crease to help take Myponga to 2/134 at the last drinks. R. Haverty fell soon after drinks on 73, shortly followed by Wilson as the hosts looked to stem the flow of runs.

An even last session saw five wickets taken while Myponga took the total to 7/180, leaving the game evenly poised for the second day. Best with the ball was D Smith for McLaren Districts taking 4/35 off 20 overs on the trot.

Mount Compass v Port Elliot

Mt Compass won the toss and decided to bat first on a hard turf surface against Port Elliot. It was hard work early on for the Compass opening batting pair as the Elliott openers of Donaldson and Martin continued to bowl tight lines.

Eventually A Dalitz fell for 13 and was quickly followed by Burgess for 23. Bryce Garrard came in at number four and and began to break the Elliott bowlers down.

The spin of Griffiths was hard to handle for the partnership of Barrett and Garrard as the turf wicket showed some grip and promise.

Garrard was dismissed LBW from some smart bowling from Donaldson for a well made 41.

The wickets continued to tumble for Compass and the runs had well and truly dried up. Compass were reeling at 8/96, but then

In the final session the Compass tailenders in J Dalitz and Usher combined with M Loots to take charge and started to put the pressure back on the Elliot bowlers.

Matt Loots found some career form as he dispatched the ball to all parts of the ground, including two very large sixes. Loots finished 53 not out with his first A Grade half century and leaving his team in a dominant position with a score of 172 after 70 overs.

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