Finals approach for Great Southern cricketers as 2020/21 minor rounds conclude

Both Port Elliot and Goolwa face uphill battles as the final minor round weekend of A Grade cricket in the Great Southern Cricket Association which begins this weekend.

Encounter Bay have made inroads to the Bloods' 116, and similarly Noarlunga claimed two late Magpies wickets in their defence of 125.

Tyron Rigney's 6/34 was critical in the Shoes' first innings total not being any more.

Similarly, Simon Roberts took 7/31 in the other match to keep McLaren Districts to 129.

The bat wielded strongly across much of the B Grade, with Myponga (8/214), Seaford Rise (9/201), Noarlunga (7/202) and Yankalilla (4/234).

All teams batted through their overs to post 200-plus scores.

Of particular interest though is Encounter Bay, who sit 0/32 against McLaren Districts, in pursuit of 146.

This relates to the Seaford Rise total of 9/201, which Port Elliot will need to bring their absolute best and then some to chase down.

If they do, they'll make finals if Encounter Bay can also score the 105 further runs for their win.

Willunga Red and Victor Harbor's C1 teams solidified their finals spots with wins over the weekend.

Just to make things interesting, the currently placed third and fourth teams (Mount Compass and Willunga White) play one another at Burgess Oval.

So do fifth and sixth (Noarlunga and Goolwa) down the coast, in games that could result in changes to the top four.

Similarly, in the C2s, Rapid Bay and Encounter Bay won comfortably to claim the top two positions.

The rest looks likely to be settled other than the sixth spot, which Mount Compass (6th) and Victor Harbor (7th) will play for.

You can't script this.

After Day 1, Yankalilla's Senior Colts are almost halfway towards claiming the points for the minor premiership, sitting 0/61 heading towards the 128 posted by Encounter Bay.

Port Elliot will need to chase down 140 against Noarlunga to see some finals action.

In addition, Aldinga will be chasing a similar total to guarantee their spot.

In their favour is that the Sharks sit 0/29.

Speaking of the Bloods and the Shoes, their Junior Colts are effectively playing off for the double chance, of which the latter will need to chase down the former's 8/130 to secure second spot.

It's all shaping up for a big finish.

Sunday also brought about Grand Finals of inter-Association matches, with the Under 21 Figg Cup side being outclassed by Alexandra & Eastern Hills.

Meanwhile, the Under 13 Fuller Shield finished in a tie with Kangaroo Island.

It brings an end to a busy month of cricket, with many players, coaches, parents and especially host clubs backing up on the Sunday for matches to make multiple busy weekends.

A big thanks for your efforts.