Blistering heat one week and rain affected pitches next week, what an amazing round of cricket we have just had.
Seven out of the eight teams have a realist chance of making the finals with only South Gawler and Angaston being guaranteed a spot and five other teams battling for the remaining two spots.
The finals make-up will not be known until the last round of games have been completed.
There was no play in the Angaston-South Gawler game because of a very wet pitch.
Apparently, someone forgot to put the covers on the pitch when the rain started and the match was at an interesting stage.
Also, the amount of trash talking during the games is out of control.
In a time where the Australian Cricket teams are trying to improve their tarnished image; players, umpires and officials in the BLCA must rein in this poor behaviour.
The One Day Final was a good game, played by the best two teams but was ruined somewhat by the verbal sledging by all concerned, this is not good enough as cricket is a great game that does not need this behaviour in it.
Tanunda VS Freeling
Tanunda held on for victory against Freeling in a very tight game and kept their finals hopes very much alive. Tanunda managed thanks mainly to an 8th wicket partnership of 66 by Trent Goers (46) and Dylan “Eagle” Abinett (41) to get past the Freeling total.
Freeling chased quick runs, but they struggled against Tanunda’s tight bowling and in the finish, there was not enough overs to push for victory.
Chris Gattermayr took 11 wickets for the match while Brian Montgomery made 33 runs and took 3 wickets.
Kapunda VS Gilbert Valley
Now to the games that were played, Kapunda pulled off a major upset when Captain Joey Brown took 5 wickets to dismiss Gilbert Valley 59 runs short of the target.
Kym Vanderleur (50), Jimbo Vanderleur (30) and Dylan Busch (29) were the only batsmen to make any in roads into Kapunda’s score.
A well-deserved victory for Kapunda.
Sandy Creek VS Mallala
Sandy Creek punished Mallala by 238 runs thanks to a devastating display of bowling by Jimmy Diener.
Diener bowled with good pace, moving the ball both ways to take 8 for 21 in a man-of-the-match display.
After dismissing Mallala for a miserable 85, the Cockies batted again for some valuable batting practice.
Nuriootpa recorded an 8 wicket victory over Lyndoch.
Chasing the Dockers score of 159, Nuri were soon in trouble at 2 for 48 before Jordan Robinson (148no) and Jake Heinze put on 179 runs to secure victory.
This was Robbo’s highest A1 score and comes at the right time with finals looming.
The victory has moved Nuri to the top of the Premiership table and a move back to the ones is getting closer.
Gawler Centrals defeated Light Pass, who battled hard all-day but fell well short of the required task.
Christopher “Frog” Bilney, Aaron “Run out” King and Ally Crowthers all bowled well to share the wickets while Danny “Tobias” Kaye (49) and Nathan “Mega” Brooks (48) batted well.
The Baggies have the makings of a very good team, they just need to believe in themselves and the confidence will grow.
Eudunda Robertstown gave Angaston a fair touch-up to claim victory by 175 runs.
Cody “Ranga” Reece took 6 wickets for the match, William “Wild Bill” Loffler took 3 wickets and the Saints fielded extremely well.
The Saints with the Baggies have not fulfilled their promise and will need some luck to defend last season’s Premiership.