Well its finals time again in the Barossa and Light Cricket Association and what an action-packed series it should be.
With the all-conquering Angaston leading the way for the flag favouritism, South Gawler, Sandy Creek and Freeling will have to be on their top game if they are to snatch the premiership away from Kocko’s maundering team.
Angaston play Freeling and it will take a big effort from Benji Parish and Ian ‘MacaDack’ McMillian to cause an upset in this match. Angaston for me.
South play Sandy Creek in the other semi-final and while South may start favourites they will certainly remember the heart-breaking loss in last years semi when they were raging favourites. Sandy Creek maybe.
Tanunda, fresh from a promotion-winning game against Nuriootpa, could not possibly lose to Light Pass. Their all-round strength will surely smash the improving Light Pass team and march into the grand final. Tanunda easily.
Eudunda Robertstown versus Nuriootpa will be a classic contest between an ageing, but still extremely capable, Nuriootpa and a youthful mob from Eudunda way. Eudunda for me, but if ‘Danny boy’ Doecke plays then its Nuriootpa.
South Gawler crushed Gawler Central with Ryan “Richard” Head posting a scintillating 107 not out and Jordan Dares taking 5/9 to send the Tigers back to the reserves competition next season.
Angaston kept their unbeaten season in tact with a comfortable victory over Mallala. It was a solid team performance by the Cats, while Mallala’s miserable post-Christmas form did not reflect on the season overall.
Sandy Creek had a comfortable victory over Kapunda and the only question to come out of the game is why didn’t Rodney “Rocket” Brown play in this match for Kapunda? Brown, a match winner on his day, was sorely missed.
Freeling stitched up Gilbert Valley to have winning form for their finals clash to be played next week.
Eudunda-Roberstown held onto defeat Light Pass by three runs in the reserves. Jimbo Braunack 73, Sean “Enid” Schrapels 72 and Bill Nitschke 36 batted well but failed to get Light Pass over the line. Ranga Reese was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets.
Lyndoch finished the season on a high to defeat Greenock and hand the wooden spoon to the Slungers. Nathan Goulding made a 107 not out to make short work off the Greenock total.
Tanunda won the right for promotion with a comfortable victory over Nuriootpa.
The winner of this clash was guarenteed promotion to the Ones but after posting 250 last week, Tanunda dismissed the Nuri Tigers easily and the celebrations begun.
It’s been a while since Tanunda have been in the A1 division but they should handle themselves extremely well.