Dry weather produces results across Great Southern Cricket grades

Shot: Willunga opener Rhys Allard gets off the mark with a nice cover drive during his side's victory over Port Elliot on Saturday.
Shot: Willunga opener Rhys Allard gets off the mark with a nice cover drive during his side's victory over Port Elliot on Saturday.

A mainly washed out first week of February meant an extra one day round of cricket across the Great Southern Cricket Association.

In the A Grade, a thriller saw nineteen wickets fall at Myponga as the Mudlarks nearly managed to defend 76 against Goolwa, Noarlunga chased down the target of 117 set by McLaren Districts, while Encounter Bay easily accounted for Mount Compass, and similarly Willunga made light work of Port Elliot.

In the B Grade, Noarlunga and McLaren Districts mirrored the A Grade, whereby the Crushers batted first to post 4/176 from their 40 overs. Jacob Kajanto's 2/43 was the only spell of multiple wickets, while Stone posted a half century, well supported from an unbeaten 48 by Twartz and 41 from Wilcox. In response, Kajanto backed up his bowling with a half-century, anchoring the chase with 68 to see the Shoes home by four wickets.

Yankalilla ran through Aldinga to bowl them out for 93, lead by 4/18 from Billy Hogben. However, despite a patient start, the Tigers found themselves on shaky ground at 5/42. Hogben returned to make runs at the end, and a three-wicket win went to the Tigers.

A dominant display from Seaford Rise saw half-centuries to Jarrod Swain (82) and Dennis Hansford (66) that took the Sea Eagles to 9/243. Willunga were never in the hunt as they lost both openers without scoring, through a spell of 5/14 from Parm Randwana, as the Demons were bowled out for just 91.

A closer match at Burgess Oval saw Encounter Bay defend a relatively low total of 117, mainly thanks to 6/38 from Shane Hastings which contributed heavily to Mount Compass falling from 2/48 to be all out for 107.

As mentioned last week, Port Elliot's C Grade were the only team to walk out to bat with a full 60 overs available, as they set out to chase VIctor Harbor's 128. From 2/80, a sudden collapse of 5/3 sent some nerves through, however Mark Stringer (30) top scored at number 9 to get the Bloods home by two wickets. Well done to the Vipers bowling attack who pushed hard, particularly through the efforts of Harrison Medlen (4/32) and Lachie Hywood (4/41) who shared all wickets to fall.

Elsewhere, a thumping total of 2/363 ensured McLaren Districts had the upper hand against Mount Compass, with centuries from George Beard (117*) and Thomas Thulborn (114*). The Bulls finished 9/120, with Jacob Hill taking 4/15 along with 29 not out, and similarly Bearx took two wickets to round out a 'crushing' day.

At Aldinga, Wayne Johns passed 30 wickets for the season, taking 6/6 in a ball more than seven overs, as he and Jordan Corfield (4/31) took all ten wickets between them to rout Encounter Bay for 37 in pursuit of 5/216, which was lead by a half-century from Sharks' captain Jonathan Piggins (82*) and 45 from Ryan Stewart.

Finally, Rapid Bay maintained top spot on the ladder, with a six-wicket win over Goolwa who were bowled out for an even 100. Jeremy Doyle opened the bowling to take 4/24, and spinner Vinnie Wright took 3/21, while Kris Sparnon top scored with 43.

In the One Day Competition, Yankalilla posted 5/168 from their 35 overs, with each of the top six reaching double figures, which with tight bowling got them the points over Rapid Bay who were bowled out for 157 in the final over.

In contrast, a lone hand from Gary Krasevskis (58) was the only double figure score in Aldinga's 102, which Noarlunga passed with ease, in 26 overs with the loss of only two wickets. Half centuries from Nigel Mack (80) and Neville Wenham (74) took Port Elliot to 7/224, which was too much for Victor Harbor, as Junior Colt Hunter Walton took 3/28 on senior debut.

Meanwhile in Goolwa, the Magpies folded for just 97, which Willunga Red were able to pass comfortably with 14 overs remaining.

In the Senior Colts, Noarlunga White batted first to post 4/75 from their 20 overs, which Seaford Rise/Aldinga passed with three overs to spare, with mason Parry's 30 matched by Rory Long in the chase.

Yankailla similarly were able to chase down the target of 81 posed by Encounter Bay, while Willunga posted a round high score of 144 from 20 overs which got them the points against Port Elliot.

In the Junior Colts, Noarlunga White hit a mammoth 229 runs against Willunga, which the young Demons weren't able to chase down.

A similar story was made by Port Elliot who hit 5/142 against Aldinga and Encoutner Bay who hit 3/197 against McLaren Districts. Noarlunga Blue also had a strong batting day, as they chased down a strong target of 102 set by Mount Compass.