Willunga fire and maintain top spot, while Goolwa limp over the line to secure second

Shot: Willunga's Luke Harding plays a textbook cover drive, before being run out following a prolonged period of tight bowling from Port Elliot.
Shot: Willunga's Luke Harding plays a textbook cover drive, before being run out following a prolonged period of tight bowling from Port Elliot.

Port Elliot were hoping to secure a top four spot, but it was always going to be a tough ask against the red hot, ladder leading Willunga.

The first day's clash of senor cricket was washed out across the league on February 1, resulting in sides facing off in 40 over one day matches.

Willunga won the toss and elected to bat, but got off to a difficult start. Strong bowling from Simon Donaldson and Ben J Martin on their home deck restricted the run rate and Willunga's top order struggled.

This pressure caused the run out of Harding, before Donaldson took three quick wickets to leave the visitors reeling.

It wouldn't last long however, with Willunga's middle order standing up after drinks. Port Elliot's young bloods attempted to intimidate the opposition by being very vocal in the field, but this played into the hands of S Roberts, who starred for Willunga, hitting 65 N.O. aided by a 38 N.O. struck by S Mcivor; getting the visitors to 5/168 off their 40 overs.

Port Elliot went in to bat and it wasn't long before Willunga spearheads Mcivor and Goldner went to work, making light work of the Bloods top order, with some ruthless bowling tactics and some very tight fielding from the ladder leaders.

One positive for the young Port Elliot side was the resilience shown by Joel Harris, withstanding a barrage of short balls, full balls and everything in between to be the only Port Elliot player to reach double figures.

Willunga's bowlers shared the load with Sean Mcivor taking 3/19 off 8; Luke Goldner continued his brilliant form after a great week of country cup cricket taking 5/17 off 11 and Simon Roberts took 2/2 off 3.5 to bowl Port Elliot out for 48 off 21.5 overs.

Goolwa hang on to pip Myponga as bowlers dominate

Goolwa, who now sit in second, only just managed to hang on in a thriller against Myponga, in a match that was dominated by tight bowling and horrible batting.

The home side Myponga batted first and made a solid start with openers Haverty and Boulden putting on 60 for the first wicket.

It would be the only significant partnership of the game and was eventually disrupted by spin twins Lawrence and Vincent who went on to create havoc for the remaining batsmen, taking nine wickets between them. Lawrence finished with 5 to reach his 350th wicket for Goolwa and Vincent bamboozled his opponents, taking 4-9.

Myponga collapsed in horrible fashion, losing 9-16 with none of the remaining eight batsmen reaching double figures to be all out for 76, with Thomas not batting.

The game looked set for an early finish, however the Myponga bowlers had other ideas. Patterson ripped through the Goolwa top order with 4 wickets before Nizzola chipped in to have Goolwa in hot water at 5-20.

Captain Robertson and Ward steadied the ship taking Goolwa to 50, before these two also fell and Myponga were right on top at 7-52.

Vincent joined Evans and these two slowly crept towards the target with the help of a number of no balls. When Vincent was dismissed, followed by Carter, Goolwa were 9 down and still two runs short of the Myponga total.

Fortunately, Evans won the game with a boundary to finish on 17 N.O. and get Goolwa the points in a unconvincing win. Patterson finished with 5-20 and Nizzola 3-26.