Bad weather once again ruined several games in the BLCA last weekend.
There was no play in the Freeling versus South Gawler and no play in the Angaston versus Gilbert Valley.
With teams sharing the points this may be very critical at the end of the season when teams are striving to make the finals.
Tanunda V Mallala
Tanunda won the toss in the clash of the Magpies and sent Mallala into bat on a green wicket.
The Birchmore brothers Matthew (44) and Jake (75 no) played lone hands for Mallala to make a defend-able nine for 161 after 40 overs. Mitch Boechen (three wickets), Trent Goers and Sam “two can” Colquhoun (two wickets) were the pick of the bowlers for Tanunda.
Tanunda’s chase started poorly, losing early wickets to never be in the chase with only Trent Goers making 42. This was another poor batting display from Tanunda, but they can recover from this and win more games this season.
Sandy Creek V Kapunda
Sandy Creek made short work off Kapunda in their clash. Batting first, Kapunda batted extremely slowly to make eight for 120 in their 40 overs with only Robert Johnson making a stubborn 49.
All the Cockies’ bowlers made their mark with Lucky Luke Hajdu taking four wickets.
After the loss of an early wicket, Steve “Wonder” Hands (56), Reece Handke (62 no) and Corey Roberts (68 no) compiled three for 221.
Willaston V Lyndoch
Willaston managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory against the high-flying Lyndoch team.
Chasing Lyndoch’s formidable six for 191, Willaston were cruising at seven for 171 with plenty of overs to go, before two terrible run outs ruined any chance of victory. A good effort by Willaston who have been slowly improving as the season has gone on.
Matthew Robinson (52), Trent Burge (38) and Benny Tanti (40) no were good with the bat for the Dockers while Jammy Quirk (62) led the way for Willaston.
Gawler Central V Nuriootpa
In the clash of the Tigers, Gawler Central again proved that they are the top cats in the competition with a comfortable 71 run victory over Nuriootpa. Batting first, Centrals made a solid eight for 163 with Jake Billing and Adam Byster making a pair of 40s and Danny Doecke and Mitchell Norton taking two wickets each for Nuri.
Nuriootpa were never in the chase falling for 92 with only Mitchell Norton making 42 while Adam Byster completed a great man of the match award with five for 19 to go with his runs.
Angaston V Greenock
Simon Koch (78) and Locky Lade (76 no) rescued Angaston to steal the points in their clash with Greenock. The Slunga’s complied a very defendable 178 with Jamie McCafferty making a polished 87.
The only down side to Greenock’s score was that they failed to bat out all their allotted overs which in the end proved to be very costly. Johnny Roesler (five wickets) and Jack Henke (three wickets) took the bowling honours for Ango.
It was extremely surprising the young Jack Henke was relegated to the A1res, especially when you consider the good form, he has shown in the 1s.
Locky Lades solid batting and young Simon Koch swashbuckling 78 from 48 balls took Angaston to victory by 20 runs in the finish.
There are some interesting games in this Christmas round, Sandy Creek may get over Angaston, Mallala will get over South but only just, Tanunda should be too good for Kapunda and Gilbert Valley should get over Freeling in a close game.
Merry Christmas to all.