Angaston’s stranglehold over South Gawler continued when they dismissed them for a dismal 33 runs in their A1 match.
It must be said that the pitch was not up to playing standard because of the weather conditions but neither team batted with any authority, which is not good for cricket. The whole match lasted only 44 overs.
Lucky Luke Bramberger took 7/20 in a display that can only be described as simply amazing. There was not one forceful stroke played against Bramberger as he continually beat the bat.
Angaston did not fare much better with the bat, being dismissed for 59 with Jordan Dare taking 5/18, and like South, no Angaston batsmen looked comfortable.
Gilbert Valley v Kapunda
Gilbert Valley made it two wins on the trot when they easily defeated Kapunda, thanks mainly to a brilliant 96no by ‘Storming Normie’ Norman. He was the only person to bat with assurance and poise.
Jake Smedley had his best bowling day for years to finish with 6/24 while Joey Brown took two wickets to go with his 24 with the bat for Kapunda.
Tommy “Two guns” Smith’s four wickets was the best of the Gilbert Valley bowlers as they dismissed Kapunda for 94.
Kapunda’s season is disintegrating and with such outstanding stars in their line-up, they must improve.
Sandy Creek v Mallala
Sandy Creek put their troubles behind them to record a good victory over Mallala. In a match shorten because of the weather, Mallala won the toss and batted and struggled to 9/99 with only Wes Rudd 48 and Jakey Birchmore 24 making it to double figures. The Sandy Creek bowlers took wickets with Stevie Hands taking the honours with 3/4.
The Cockies passed the score with six wickets down and proceeded to bat on in a dead game with several batsman making cheap runs. Cam Curnow was the pick of the Mallala bowlers with 3/29 from his spell.
Tanunda easily accounted for a disappointing Freeling by 72 runs with Martin Brown top scoring for Tanunda with 56no.
Simon Koch led Angaston to an exciting 12-run victory over Eudunda Robertstown. Young Koch destroyed the Saints batting line up taking 4/17 from his overs.
At one stage the Saints were 0/64, only to crash all out for 137. Brad Wilksch top scored with 43 while captain Sammy Nietschke remained not out on 27.
Angaston struggled against the Saints’ tight bowling but managed to get several partnerships together to fall over the line and claim victory.
Nuriootpa defeated Lyndoch by 43 runs in what could be a dress rehearsal for this year’s grand final. Pundits have these two teams as the ones to beat.
Mitchell Norton made a solid 53 to push the Tigers score to a competitive 158.
Lyndoch did not get going when batting to fall to some exceptional Nuri bowling led by Will Linke and Greg Henschke with three wickets each.
It was strange to see Ryan Muirhead bat at number nine this week for the Dockers after starring with the bat last week when opening.
Greenock defeated Willaston by 55 runs in a very entertaining game. Both teams displayed some good moments, but it was Greenock’s even team effort that saw them take the points.
Light Pass returned to the winner’s circle with a good 60-run victory over Gawler Centrals. Brian Norman was easily man of the match, making 58 and bowling well to help dismiss the Tigers for 135.
Keagan Schulz took three wickets, James Braunack grabbed 24no and two wickets and Trae McArthur, 38, starred for the Baggies.
In A1, Freeling takes on South Gawler, Kapunda host Sandy Creek, Mallala versus Tanunda and Angaston at home to Gilbert Valley.