Cricket heats up in the region

Locky Lade powered Angaston to victory over Mallala with a superb 147 not out.

Lade, who had been languishing in the reserves before Christmas, has made every post a winner since returning to A grade.

He made a solid half century in his first game back and to now dominate the scoring for Angaston in his second game.

He was exceptionally strong of the front foot and the Mallala bowlers had no idea how to dismiss the aging star.

Benny Burgess made a return to form with a solid 37 while no Mallala bowler made any in roads in the powerful Cats batting.

Chasing 247, Mallala wickets fell quickly to Ben Antonie, Brett Woodards and Luke Branberger to be dismissed for a paltry 109.

Things would have been even worse for Mallala if not for the lone batting hand played by Josh Diegmann who made a courageous 47.

Gilbert Valley have leaped into the top four with a comfortable 51 run victory over Tanunda.

Jimbo Vanderleur 70 and Tommy “Gun” Smith 55 gave the Valleys a great start.

When batting, Tanunda, put up a solid display but still fell short with Tommy “Gun” Smith completing a man of the match performance with 3 for 39 and Harry Johnson 4 for 33 offering strong support.

South Gawler proved too strong for Sandy Creek to record a 48-run victory.

Batting first, South amassed 150 with Dael Redmond top scoring with 41 while Sandy’s bowlers Luke Hajdu, Rhys Handtke and Andy Baldwin took all the wickets between them.

South’s bowlers quickly took apart the Sandy Creek batting line up with only Steve Hands making 43 while Rob McCard and Daveyboy Golder took 3 wickets each.

Kapunda’s dismal season has continued when the crashed out for just 75 in response to Freeling’s 7 for 175. What makes Kapunda’s miserable score even worse was that Travis Opitz made 49 not out.

Ten other batsmen made 26 runs between them with the extras being the second highest score.

Freeling had many stars, bowlers Brian and Robbie Montgomery shone while Joel Cochrane and Benny Parish led the way with the bat.

In the A1res, Nuri won the clash of the big boys with a 40 victory over Angaston.

Nuriootpa owe their victory mainly to a lion-hearted performance by Dannyboy Doecke. Doecke rescued Nuriootpa’s batting making 40 runs and then taking 3 wickets in a truly great individual performance.

Dylan Sibley 4 wickets and Simon Koch 3 wickets gave Angaston every chance of victory but were let down by Doecke and a poor batting display.

Willaston caused a major upset when they defeated the inconsistent Light Pass by 70 runs.

Willaston amassed a respectable 8 for 191 with Brandon Nottle leading the way with 61 while Daniel Kaye took 2 for 10 from his 8 overs and Keagan Schulz took 3 for 42.

Hayden Moss put Willaston on the road to victory with 3 wickets and the Baggies struggled to make an inroad into the score.

While not getting the rub of the green, several Light Pass Batsmen got starts but failed to go on with it.

Greenock thanks to a 204 run 6th wicket partnership between Jimmy McCafferty 124 no and David Coombes 78 beat the highly fancied Gawler Centrals by 60 runs.

Craig “Crab” Dawe made 44 and Ben Roenfeldt took 3 wickets in the Gawler Central innings. Eudunda Robertstown bounced back into the winner’s circle with a 20 run victory over a gallant Lyndoch.

Batting first, the Saints amassed 225 with Jack Mosey 68 no, David “Teach” Cluse 54 and Blake “Tiger” Launer 40 leading the way while Ben Tanti and Ryan Muirhead toiled hard for the Dockers.

In a lone hand, Trent Burge made a brilliant 104 no to nearly get Lyndoch to victory.

Cody “Ranga” Reece and Ethan Pfitzner took the bowling honours for the Saints.