Great Southern cricket returns from the break

TIGHT LEFT ARM: Goolwa A grade bowler Brody Vincent was frugal on Saturday, bowling five overs for only four runs. PHOTO: Jesse Ehlers.
TIGHT LEFT ARM: Goolwa A grade bowler Brody Vincent was frugal on Saturday, bowling five overs for only four runs. PHOTO: Jesse Ehlers.

Goolwa took on Encounter Bay at Goolwa oval with Encounter Bay winning the toss and choosing to bat.

Goolwa was off to a good start with Jones removing Burns for 5. Vincent and Jones both bowled well to keep it tight, until the bowling change to bring Peach into the attack brought about the valuable wicket of Parry.

The young boys Bailey and Willloughby battled through some good bowling by Evans, Peach and Nissen until Evans removed Willoughby LBW leaving the Bays 3/53 with 15 overs to go.

Lintern and Bailey looked to get things moving along until some brilliant fielding by Peach caused the run out of Bailey for a well complied 35. Lintern finished 38 not out with some good batting in the last four overs taking his team to 5/108 after their 40 overs.

Goolwa's batting was off to a terrible start with Jones caught and bowled first ball to Bailey and LeRay following suit to Hastings. At 2/5 Goolwa were in early trouble, but in form Nissen and Giddings steadied the ship to 39 until Nissen's rush of blood saw his stumps rattled from Acheson.

When Lintern ran out Giddings and Burger falling to Acheson, Goolwa had slumped to 5/42. Consalvo and Rigney tried to undo the damage and played patiently until Consalvo was undone by Acheson, whose fine spell bowling of 8 overs 5 maidens 3/11 had taken the game away from Goolwa.

Rigney batted well for 18 as Goolwa's last hope. A great finishing spell by the young Puckridge and Williams cleaned up the Goolwa tail all to be all out for 82 in a disappointing batting and fielding effort.

Willunga humble Shoes

Noarlunga played Willunga in the top of the table clash at Myponga. Harding won the toss for Willunga and had no hesitation in batting first. D Scarff was bowling a treat for his side and got the first breakthrough thanks to a sharp catch by Ling at point and Harding out.

Altus joined Docking but didn't last long, as Scarff struck again to have Willunga 2/16 after 13 overs. Allard and Docking worked hard to get their side back on track, but Keers struck just on the stroke of of the first break, Willunga were 3/33.

After the break Willunga started to build momentum as Roberts and Docking manipulated the field well to move the score to 91 before Lamz removed Docking for a well made 30. A score of 120 plus would be hard to chase on this outfield and was the goal.

Goldner, Roberts and S.McIvor got their side over this mark and Willunga ended their innings 7/127, Roberts leading the way with 49.

Noarlunga was off to the better start and found the faster pace of the Willunga attack made scoring easier. Willunga changed their bowlers regularly, but couldn't seem to break the Noarlunga wall of J Scarff and Burgess and at drinks the Shoes were well on top at 0/63.

The break was much needed for Willunga and the game immediately turned after the break when Willunga spearhead Goldner had an impressive spell of bowling. Goldner trapped Scarff dead in front in his first over and with the Noarlunga captain on his way, pressure was straight onto Burgess to make sure the impressive start wasn't once again irrelevant come the end of the game.

S. Mcivor was brought back into the attack with immediate success and removed all three of D Scarff's stumps, Noarlunga 2/75. This soon became 3/76 and the Demon Train was gaining unstoppable momentum and the Noarlunga middle order had very little response.

Noarlunga had slumped from 0/63 to 5/93 and were soon all out as they lost their last four wickets for 0. All out for 103.

Port Elliot cruise for win

Port Elliot won the toss and batted first against McLaren Districts. Many of the batsman had starts, but could not go on with it. It was the 86 run fifth wicket partnership between Griifiths and Gordge that turned the game and enabled Elliot to establish a very good score. Griffiths score 66 and Gordge 28 to boost the tally to 187 off the 40 overs.

Nairn captured three wickets for McLaren. Chasing 188 for victory, McLaren Districts had a real go, but fell short on 131. Nairn capped off a very good allround game hitting 39 to go with his three wickets and Howie top scored with 40.