Two day cricket for the Great Southern Cricket Association gives batsman a chance to build a score

OVER THE BALL: Goolwa A grade batsman Luke Giddings shows great technique to caress the ball through the covers on Saturday. PHOTO: Jesse Ehlers.
OVER THE BALL: Goolwa A grade batsman Luke Giddings shows great technique to caress the ball through the covers on Saturday. PHOTO: Jesse Ehlers.

Willunga won the toss and elected to bat. Bailey and Hastings opened the bowling for Encounter Bay, but struggled to find consistent line and length, allowing Harding and Docking to score freely.

A change of pace on the stroke of drinks brought about Encounter Bay's first wicket when Harding (31) top edged a sweep shot caught well by young Rice at short fine leg and at the first break Willunga were 1/76.

Allard joined Docking after the break and looked to continue Willunga's fast start. Burns and Lintern did a better job for Encounter Bay, not allowing as many boundary deliveries, but Docking was seeing them very well and brought up his half century prior to tea and at the main break Encounter Bay had fought back, but Willunga were still in a strong position 1/112.

Encounter Bay continued to fight hard, but couldn't get the break through. Docking had that look in his eye and was eying off his maiden century.

Allard looked to lift the run rate, but Encounter Bay weren't giving up and on the stroke of drinks Williams got the break through, Allard gone for 37 and Willunga 2/166.

Goldner joined Docking and looked to get his eye in before beginning his assault on the final 10 overs.

Docking was looking good until the nervous nighties hit which saw him almost run himself out on separate occasions but on 99 Docking held his nerve, pushing one into the gap at cover, bringing up his first A Grade 100 for Willunga and duly saluted the crowd as they erupted in applause.

Not long after Docking was undone looking to go over the top as was Goldner (37) and at the end of their 70 overs Willunga finished 4/228.

Joel Docking the standout with 105 for the Demons, while Burns was the pick of the bowlers for Encounter Bay taking 3/42 off 19 overs.

Port Elliot on top

McLaren won the toss and elected to bat in the first of two day cricket in the Great Southern Cricket Association.

On a slow outfield the Port Elliot bowlers were able to control the McLaren batsmen all day with consistent line and length bowling and well placed fields.

The Crushers were never able to build a decent partnership and were eventually bowled out in the 65th over for a measly 101.

Best with the bat was Wilcox on 30 and best with the ball was Martin capturing 4/27 of 23 overs, including 11 maidens.

An early scalp in the opening over gives the home side a sniff leading into next week with Pt Elliot finishing on 1/7. Mason the prized batsman dismissed.

A big chase awaits for the young Encounter Bay team still searching for their first win.

Giddings top scores

Noarlunga won the toss and chose to bowl first at Goolwa and it paid off straight away after Matthew Ray got the wicket of Jesse LeRay third ball of the first over.

Luke Giddings and Josh Jones then steadied the ship as they put on 48 for the second wicket before Cam Bullard bowled Giddings for 31. Jones was next to go for 19 as Ben Stewart Tonkin trapped him in front to leave Goolwa at 3/54.

A middle order collapse from the home team after some tight bowling from Bullard (3-29) and Stewart Tonkin (3-24) saw Goolwa fall to 8/79.

Goolwa captain Jayden Crees and all rounder Tyron Rigney combined for a 48 run partnership to get the ladder leaders back into the game before being dismissed for 133 in the 65th over.

Noarlunga openers Mason Parry and David Scarff got through a challenging 5 overs to end the day 0/8 needing another 126 runs to win on day 2.

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