The finals race is well and truly in its final stages in the Barossa and Light Cricket Association, with five teams vying for four spots in the big time.
Kapunda v Freeling
Kapunda took home a victory over Freeling on Saturday afternoon, as the two sides wrestle for second spot behind South Gawler heading into the business end of the year.
Kapunda resumed from 5/152, to add 40 more runs to its total and finish all out for 192.
Sam Ryan added a strong contribution with 19 after last week’s remaining batsmen were dismissed, with Kallum Brown’s run cut for 36.
Rob Montgomery was dangerous with the ball for Freeling as it prepared for the task at hand, taking 4/39.
Sam Carmichael and Bart Ryan opened proceedings for the visitors, and played solid cricket.
Ryan was the first to fall however, bowled by Adam Butcher for 21, before Carmichael suffered the same fate from the arm of Matt Ryan for 37.
Ben Parish was sent in and put together a strong personal innings, but Raed Hannun was unable to put out a performance, out for one.
Ian McMillan couldn’t put together a big total, out for 12 as it all began to fall apart for Freeling.
Parish fell for 44, leaving the total at 5/133, putting Freeling in a position to challenge Kapunda’s total.
However, the lower order crashed and burned, as Freeling only achieved 28 more runs, all out for 161.
Skipper Joey Brown was the strongest form of attack for Kapunda, taking 3/47.
Gilbert Valley v Gawler Central
Gilbert Valley resumed from its 2/67 stance at stumps last weekend, to belt Gawler Central, defeating it outright on Saturday afternoon.
Kym Vandeleur carried the Valley performance after it looked like it may be derailed, following Craig Mullins and Justin Shahinger’s early departures for eight and one respectively.
Vandeleur smashed out 57 runs for the hosts, further complimented by Tom Smith for 13.
Valley declared at 7/152 and Gawler Central crumbled in its second innings.
Jack and Tom Connell tore through wickets in a combined effort, as the Central batsmen struggled.
Ben Pfitzner and Michael Burden opened and were gone for 11 and 10 respectively.
Kym Vivian’s game took a dip after an admirable first innings, out for a duck, while Elliot Stibbs attempted to resurrect the effort with 17.
Mathew Taylor-McDonald also managed to smash out 17 runs, but the remaining players were thrashed by the Connells.
Central declared at 9/90, which Valley feasted on.
Tom Connell took 5/37 and Jack Connell snared 4/45 in the second innings, smashing through the Central wickets.
Valley’s second innings was led by Craig Mullins and again Kym Vandeleur, guiding their side to an outright win.
Mullins made 24 before being bowled, while Vandeleur held an unbeaten 29.
Sandy Creek v Angaston
Angaston took home a victory over Sandy Creek on Saturday afternoon to hold onto fourth position, with Gilbert Valley lurking behind.
Angaston won the toss and threw the hosts into bat, with Jamie Diener and Stephen Hands starting up.
Lucas Bramberger was in telling form with the ball for Angaston, taking the wicket of both men.
Diener was dismissed for lbw for 12, while Hands was caught for 11.
Shane McNair fell victim to Bramberger quickly, out for a duck, while young gun Ethan Morrow couldn’t do much more, out for seven from the inform bowler.
The lower order for Sandy Creek stood up in a big way, starting with Rhys Handtke.
He and Daniel Kickel put together an admirable innings, with Handtke gone for 26 and Kickel for 19.
Corey Roberts added 29 to push the total to 138, with Bramberger taking 4/27 for Angaston.
Greg Bain is hitting form at the right time of the season, as last year’s best player held Angaston’s innings up almost individually.
Bain opened with Shaun Woodards, but the latter was out for just 10.
Beau Byster took his place and put together 16 before he was caught.
Bain snagged 64 before he was eventually caught as the prize trophy.
The lower order struggled dramatically, with Rhys Handtke running riot, taking 5/46.
However, Angaston were all out for 143, edging over its opponent’s total to maintain its position in the top four.
Lyndoch v South Gawler
After a frustrating weekend of no cricket for these two sides last weekend, South Gawler finally managed to topple Lyndoch and condemn them to the bottom two.
South won the toss and elected to bat, but it looked problematic early, with Stephen Scally out for a duck at 1/1.
His replacement Tyson Panagioutou could only manage six for his efforts, with South sitting at 2/12 in a precarious position.
Riley Barker was looking strong until he was bowled for 18, while Jacob Ahern could only manage 19 as well.
Brodie Barker and Lachlan Hewett stepped up in a big way to put a respectable total forward for the visitors, registering 35 and 30 respectively.
South was all out for 129, with Ryan Muirhead taking 5/16 for Lyndoch.
Nathan Goulding and Matthew Robinson opened for Lyndoch, with the former putting together his team’s biggest total of 29.
Jacob Ahern’s 4/14 made the Lyndoch batsmen suffer, as the hosts were smashed out for just 87, another put of frustration in a disappointing season.