Batsmen plunder despite the rain as finals approach for Great Southern cricketers

Shot: Port Elliot's number 3, Brodie Whitbourne, spots a loose one and moves down the pitch to hit over cover.
Shot: Port Elliot's number 3, Brodie Whitbourne, spots a loose one and moves down the pitch to hit over cover.

While rain threatened once again over the weekend, the majority of matches got underway across the Great Southern Cricket Association.

In the A Grade, all home teams batted first, with Port Elliot and Willunga both posting scores over 200 against Encounter Bay and Mount Compass respectively, while Goolwa hit 154 against McLaren Districts and Myponga patiently played out 70 overs to hit 4/119 against Noarlunga.

Jesse Consalvo was the standout for Port Elliot, hitting a stunning 108 N.O. to guide his side's total, with some lower order support from Simon Donaldson, who struck 36. Lintern was the pick of the Bay's bowlers, taking an impressive 5 for 25 off 13 overs. A Moller went for 94 off 20 overs, but managed to snare 4 wickets.

Ladder leaders Willunga remain dominant, finishing play on 6/281, led by Brown (77) and Kay (60). Vitkunas was the only multiple wicket taker, snaring 2; the rest were shared by the remaining Mount Compass bowlers.

Ryan Haverty batted out a patient 46 N.O. in Myponga's slow gong innings, while Scarff was the clear strike bowler for Noarlunga, taking 3/30 off 21 overs.

Luke Giddings was unfortunately run out soon after making an impressive 50 and was supported by a 38 struck by Andrew Evans to get Goolwa to 154. David Smith bowled outstandingly for McLaren, taking an impressive 6/42 off just under 24 overs.

Line and Length: Encounter Bay's Dillon Burns attempts to bamboozle an opposing batsmen.

Line and Length: Encounter Bay's Dillon Burns attempts to bamboozle an opposing batsmen.

In the B Grade, rain intervened on the first day of matches at the turf wickets on Burgess Oval and Encounter Bay, meaning matches will be played as one dayers this weekend.

However, elsewhere Yankalilla hold the upper hand over McLaren Districts, having bowled out the Crushers for 67 and sit on 1/126, a lead of 59. Doug Jones took 6/18 to maul the top order, before Lachlan Whittlesea (72*) and James Kerin (30) put on 93 for the first wicket.

Up at Old Noarlunga, the Schofield brothers Keith (5/35) and Michael (4/51) combined to take nine of the ten wickets to fall, as Aldinga dismissed Noarlunga for exactly 150. The Sharks began their chase and sit 0/12 when they start back on Day two this week.

In the C Grade, Victor Harbor find themselves 2/13 in pursuit of Aldinga's 185, and facing an uphill battle to claim the points.

Mount Compass were rolled for 56 at their bottom oval, which gave Rapid Bay plenty of overs to amass 6/137, lead by an unbeaten half century from Dylan Tan (52*), his second for the season. The wickets were shared around in both these games, however, the other two games saw some dominant bowling displays - Bradley Lintern took 5/34 for Encounter Bay, however Port Elliot still managed 9/224, and Tyron Rigney (6/26) took his second haul of six wickets for the season as Goolwa dismissed McLaren Districts for 154. Jett Holberton stood tall with a half-century, and the Crushers were able to claim a late wicket with the Magpies 1/18.

Another week, another century for Samuel Hehir in the One Day Competition. His third for the season (132*) helped Noarlunga to 4/237, a bridge too far for Goolwa who were bowled out for 125.

Much of the other games were relatively one sided. Willunga Red lost only two wickets as they chased down Rapid Bay's 76, Yankalilla 's 8/171 was too much for Aldinga as they were bowled out for just 58, but it was a much closer affair at Victor Harbor, as the Vipers batted first to post 4/107, with Reuben Walker's 57 a stand out. A stunning bowling display saw this total defended as Willunga White could only manage 95 in response.

There were no matches through Senior Colts due to a forfeit and some inclement weather, however in the Junior Colts, Encounter Bay continued strong form to post 3/250, with half-centuries to Kieran Garrett (52*) and Maxwell Collins (51*).

Noarlunga Blue similarly put in a dominant first day performance, as they sit 2/120 with a lead of 60 runs over Aldinga, and Port Elliot bowled McLaren Districts out for 66, and sit 3/76 in response. Finn Hayden's 34 set the tempo late in the morning.