Port Elliot and McLaren Districts need the points to stay in touch with top four in cricket

READY TO CUT: Noarlunga star batsman Jason Scarff rocks on the back foot to hit the ball onto the offside on Saturday. Photo: Ryan Finlay.
READY TO CUT: Noarlunga star batsman Jason Scarff rocks on the back foot to hit the ball onto the offside on Saturday. Photo: Ryan Finlay.

Two day matches returned to the respective grades in the Great Southern Cricket Association, bringing with it some interesting chases this weekend in the A Grade.

Goolwa are underway in their pursuit of Noarlunga's 105, Port Elliot and McLaren Districts will both need to score upwards of 170 to claim the points in their matches, while Willunga have set Encounter Bay 220 for the win.

In the B Grade, all second halves of the first innings are underway across the four matches. Aldinga leads all comers in weight of runs, declaring 8/278 after Rob Lishmund (76 and Chris Richardson (71) combined for a partnership of 136 that was complemented by some late swinging.

McLaren Districts' pursuit is already off to a shaky start, having lost a resource to be 1/17 at stumps from the seven overs faced.Willunga (0/8) and Seaford Rise (0/11) got through the late overs unscathed in their matches, the Demons looking to chase 152 against Encounter Bay, with 56 from Todd Kelly a highlight for the batting side, and 7/27 from skipper Mal Radford similarly for the bowlers.

The Seaford Rise wickets were a bit more shared around, as the Bulls' of Mount Compass charged through a half-century from Alex Num (61), which featured nine boundaries. Lastly, Noarlunga return on the second day 1/91, having bowled Yankalilla out for 148.

Joe Tyllis (56) and Kym Hosking (39) showed some roar, but will rue a late collapse at the hands of Liam Neshoda (6/30). Bill Hogben fought back with a wicket at 1/0, however they face an uphill battle in this one.

To the C Grade, where Encounter Bay were one of the few across all grades to bat through the whole day, amassing 4/270. Tim Watson hit his fourth half-century for the season, top scoring with 75 in a partnership of 125 with Elijah Hutschinson (69).

Mount Compass were skittled for 106, with the majority of that coming from Will Dalitz, who carried his bat for 63 not out, while he watched ten single figure scores at the other end. Tyron Rigney took 4/16 in a miserly performance nearing ten overs. while the evergreen Dave Tuckwell took 2/17.

The response was rapid, as Scott Day (91) set about ensuring the first innings points were claimed on day one. Day's innings lasted just 40 balls, but included 13 fours and 1 six, as he did most of the work in a 135-run opening stand with Harry Nissen (31 not out). Lastly, Aldinga were bowled out for 134 by Port Elliot, having progressed to 4/120 at the last break. Enter David Ling (5/23) who turned the game like the leg spinners he bowls, to clean up the tail. The Sharks did bite back, claiming Arbon with two balls left in the day to have the Bloods 1/5 at the close.

Two one sided affairs lead the One Day Competition's results, as Goolwa made light work of Victor Harbor to cruise to an eight-wicket win. The Vipers were bowled out for 64, with Greg Bald's 3/12 at the top bettered by Cameron Steele's 4/11 as third change.

Bald followed this up with 43 off the bat. A century from Christopher Clark (103*) helped Yankalilla to 2/223, with Michael James hitting 62 and Matthew Wilson 36* at the end. Willunga White were no match, boweld out for just 81, Clark doing the damage also with the ball to take 3/12, with skipper David Barnes also claiming three wickets.

That man Samuel Hehir (102) also brought up three figures, properlling Noarlunga to 4/194 against Rapid Bay, a bridge too far as they were restricted to 9/143, which on many other days would be a great score.

It's unlikely Port Elliot are the first or will be the last to draw the one-two draw of the Noarlunga Blue teams in the same rounf of Junior and Senior Colts, as the Shoes' younger side amassed 5/164 and bundled the slightly more senior 'Bloods' for 84 in the other game.

The only other game in the Senior Colts sees Willunga with a 44 run lead after day one against Yankalilla, which should make for an interesting morning this coming week.

The remaining Junior Colts games saw Encounter Bay hit 4/250, Finn Magor bringing up 500 runs for the season in hitting 90 not out, with Kieran Garrett (82) opening up with a half century. In reply, Noarlunga White are 1/26. Rilee Endersby hit a century for Mount Compass, finishing exactly 100* with twenty boundaries, as the Bulls made 176 and then restricted Willunga to 4/10 in response. And finally, Aldinga batted close to their full overs to finish on 92.

We'll see you next week as we round up the results from this round, and also take a look towards the Meyer Shield on the Australia Day long weekend.

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