Goolwa, Noarlunga and Willunga were the winners in the first round of A grade cricket in 2021/22

EYES LIGHT UP: Port Elliot under 14 batsman Harry Knott unwinds to hit the ball for runs on Saturday. PHOTO: Jesse Ehlers.
EYES LIGHT UP: Port Elliot under 14 batsman Harry Knott unwinds to hit the ball for runs on Saturday. PHOTO: Jesse Ehlers.

In a nail biting finish at Port Elliot, Goolwa held on to thwart a gallant home team to win by two runs in the last over of the day.

Elliot won the toss and sent Goolwa in, but the openers Leray and Giddings added 27 before Donaldson removed Giddings and Jones in successive balls. Evans joined Leray and they took the score to 81 before Ling captured three Goolwa wickets and then a run out saw Goolwa slump to all out for 113.

Elliot began disastrously losing 3/4 as Crees and Rigney put Goolwa right on top. Gordge, Harris and Ling kept Elliot in the game before Evans took four wickets in a brilliant spell to have Elliot 8-60 and the match nearly over. However, Somerfield fought a rearguard action with first Hayden and then Donaldson, to get within a whisker of snatching the game putting on 39 for the eighth wicket.

The match got down to the last over with Elliot needing four to win. Goolwa captain Crees got the final wicket on the second ball of the over to get Goolwa home by two runs. Somerfield finishing 31 not out. Evans finished with 4/18.

Noarlunga steam through Encounter Bay

Noarlunga won the toss and elected to sent Encounter Bay into bat. Ray picked up two early wickets.

Under 16 player Jackson produced a third breakthrough and a lucky deflection at the non strikers end had the important wicket of Lintern run out for 0 and Noarlunga was in the box seat with the score at 4/23.

Bailey and Rice put on a mini fight back for Encounter Bay. Burgess was brought on and was able to break this partnership, first picking up Rice (17) then Bailey (33). Encounter Bay was restricted to 8/93 off their 40 overs. Noarlunga started their innings off well, with opening batters Bullard and Parry making a 36-run stand. Noarlunga collapsed to slump to 4/39.

Youngster K Garrett was brought on and contributed with 2 wickets to support the great work of Hastings. Lintern made the breakthrough, leaving Noarlunga still with 35 runs to make. This brought J Scarff to the crease to join Burgess and the pair were able to steer Noarlunga home in the 29th over.

Willunga withstand McLaren challenge

McLaren Districts won the toss and elected to bat. At the 10 over mark McLaren were on top at 0/39. Roberts came into the attack and had Wilcox (14) trapped in front for the first wicket, McLaren 1/43. Goodieson joined Twartz and at drinks McLaren were 1/66.

T. McIvor and Harding came on for Willunga after the break and Twartz and Goodieson liked what they saw, until Twartz top edged on 35. McLaren 2/77 in the 23rd over. Harding struck removing the dangerous Goodieson for a well made 28.

Willunga worked back into the contest and in the 31st over McLaren were 4/94. Petrucci and Nairn looked to put pressure back onto the the Demons. When Harding got his third, bowling Petrucci and Goldner ran out Nairn, Districts were 6/115 with five overs left.

Howie and Worrell batted the majority of the innings and after 40 overs McLaren made a competitive 8/134. Twartz top scored for McLaren with 35. Nairn got McLaren off to the perfect start when Docking hit straight to point and after two balls, Willunga were 1/3. Allard joined Harding and the two set about building a platform for the Demons.

Smith and Fechner came into the attack and Fechner found the outside edge of Harding for 24, Willunga 2/50. Fechner removed Allard (27) and then Goldner for 10, the match was evenly poised Willunga 4/73, needing 60 runs off the last 12 overs. Roberts (30) and Brown (35 not out) did the remaining work for the Demons, but it took to the 39th over.

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