Sandy Creek returned to the winner’s list in the Barossa and Light cricket A Grade competition with a powerhouse 92-run victory over Gawler Central.
The Cockies batted first and made a massive 321 runs and then dismissed Central for a reasonable 239 runs.
Jamie Diener destroyed Central, bludgeoning his way to 123 runs that the bowlers could never recover from.
“Old man” Corey Roberts brought back some of his yesteryear form to make a good 67 while captain Steve Longman chipped in with a well-made 50 not out.
To Central’s credit the side went after the huge total with aggressive batting, but eventually fell short with Kymmy Vivian (63 runs), Benny Pfitzner (47) and Dhruv “Bob” Sharma (40) being the main scorers.
The bowling honours were shared with Leigh’s little brother, Simon Hill, with four wickets, Nathan “Chewy” Gum, four wickets, Rooster Handtke, two wickets, while Leigh Hill, Jamie Diener and Ryan Stork all hit extremely hard.
Angaston had an easy victory over South Gawler.
South batted first but failed to build a winning total with another sub-standard display.
For such a talented team, South has failed to reach its own lofty heights or individual expectations so far, this season.
Angaston cruised to victory without much trouble.
Freeling continued its resurgence with a solid victory over Kapunda. Big Sam Carmichael got Freeling over the line with a magnificent 101 not out to keep its finals hopes alive.
With Joey Brown back in the team after state duties, Kapunda made 183 thanks to a dashing 60 runs by Joe Brown. Bowlers from both teams took some severe punishment.
Gilbert Valley easily accounted for a disappointing Mallala. Youngsters Tom Vater and Sammy “Stan” McCabe took four wickets each for the Valleys.
In the A1 Reserves, Tanunda brought premiership favourites Eudunda Robertstown back to earth with a resounding 118-run victory.
This was clearly Tanunda’s best team performance of the season with Luke Snowden getting 75 runs and two wickets, Chris Gattermayr (74 not out), Sam “Two Cans” Colquhoun with 40 and two wickets leading the way.
The Saints never took to the chase and serenely batted out their overs to make 162 from their allotted overs. Big Nick Mosey was the best for the Saints with a well compiled 43.
Light Pass fell over the line against Greenock in a low scoring affair.
The Schlungers made a paltry 121 with Danny “Tobias” Kaye taking five wickets.
Light Pass was cruising in its runs chase to be 0/56 before Benny “Barber” Roennfeldt nearly stole the victory with 3/11 off his eight overs.
Nuriootpa accounted for an under manned Lyndoch to record a comfortable 110-run victory. Will Linke was the star of the Tigers show taking five wickets in a fiery display.
See ya next week.
Angaston 5/223 (B. Burgess 56, G. Bain 38, B. Byster 35*; J. Dare 2/36) d South Gawler 8/166 (B. Barker 37, M. Knight 25*; B. Burgess 2/18, A. Kurtz 2/25, L. Bramberger 2/36, B. Woodards 2/39).
Freeling 7/189 (S. Carmichael 101*; M. Ryan 2/24, A. Butcher 2/30) d Kapunda 4/183 (J. Brown 60, K. Brown 39, M. Ryan 27*; W. Serle 2/32).
Sandy Creek 6/321 (J. Diener 123, C. Roberts 67, S. Longman 50*, R. Handtke 30; B. Ward 2/70) d Gawler Central 239 (K. Vivian 63, B. Pfitzner 47, D. Sharma 40, T. Stock 35, A. King 25; N. Gum 4/35, S. Hill 4/39, R. Handtke 2/18).
Gilbert Valley 5/109 (J. Charnstrom 2/19) d Mallala 106 (M. Birchmore 25; T. Vater 4/14, S. McCabe 4/24).