Reviewing the BLCA season so far

Angaston skipper Greg Bain is back to his best with the willow this season.
Angaston skipper Greg Bain is back to his best with the willow this season.

Well with the Ashes Test Match in Adelaide this week and no Barossa and Light cricket being played it gives me a chance to have a review of the season so far.

Angaston are clearly the best performing team in the A1 competition.

The Blues strength comes in their exceptional long and excellent batting line up.

Greg Bain is by far the best opening bat in the competition making 280 runs at an average of 70.

To back up Bainy, Scotty “Too Hottie” Rathjen has scored two hundreds and is averaging a sweet 93 runs per innings.

Throw in Dylan Schmidt, Ben Burgess and Shaun Woodards and there is one powerful run scoring machine.

Their bowling is solid rather than brilliant but when you consistently make that many runs, you are not going to lose too many games.

The other seven teams are reasonably well matched and can beat each other on any given day.

When Jamie Diener fires so do Sandy Creek.

Such is Big Jim’s influence on a game that he is capable of destroying teams with the bat and the ball.

For years, Big Steve Hands has been a strong driving force for Sandy Creek, and although he still scores runs and takes wickets he does seem somewhat out of favour more so this season.

Kapunda are always served well by the Ryan, Johnson and Brown Brothers – they are an aging but still good team.

Mallala have been the surprise packet so far, with Brad Wilson starring with the bat and ball and Matthew Birchmore solid at the top of the batting list.

The only flaw I can see is they do fall away very quickly if you can get these two quickly in the innings.

Gawler Central with Aaron “Still” King are a well-disciplined team which has achieved unexpected excellent results and may just slip into the top four at the end of the season, with luck.

Freeling have failed to fire a shot this season but the side does have Benny Parish who is capable of leading it out of this early season doldrums.

Run machine Jamie Diener has once again knocked teams about with both bat and ball.

Run machine Jamie Diener has once again knocked teams about with both bat and ball.

Gilbert Valley struggle for numbers each week, but when its best team is available it is capable of beating most side.

Perhaps they may need to re-recruit Craig “Boof” Mullins.

South Gawler has slipped back this season and was bottom of the table before defeating Sandy Creek.

South is a talented team which is probably the only side that could take it up to Angaston.

My team of the year so far is, in batting order, Greg Bain, Chris Graser, Scott Rathjen, Brad Wilson, Jamie Diener, Ben Parish, Ben Burgess (WK), Aaron King, Dave Golder, Joey Brown and Brett Woodards.

Not a bad team and I will wait with interest to see who is still performing at the end of the season.

The BLCA 2017/18 season resumes this Saturday, December 9, with the first round of one-day matches.

See ya next week,

Short Legs.