What a round of cricket, Angaston and Tanunda came out on top in their contests with one wicket victories, South Gawler completed Mallala’s dismal end to the season with a 55 run victory and Freeling crushed a disappointing Gilbert Valley by 8 wickets.
Sammy “Two Cans” Colquhoun got Tanunda over the line with an unbeaten 70 thanks to a 36 run last wicket partnership with Bill Bailey Smith (7no).
The Johnson brothers, Robbie (52) and Brett (50) made half centuries to get Kapunda away to a solid start before the lost 7 wickets for 56 runs.
Dylan Abinett continued his fine season with 2 wickets from his 8 overs for Tanunda.
South Gawler claimed their first grade 1 minor Premiership when they defeated Mallala.
Chris Graser top scored in the match with a solid 45 runs for South, while bowlers David Golder 4 wickets, Rob McCard and Johnboy Connelly 2 wickets each to restricted Mallala to a mere 88 runs for their innings.
Young Mitchell “Johnson” Taylor took 4 wickets in a fine display of bowling for the pies to keep South to 143 runs.
Freeling cruised past Gilbert Valley in a game that never reached any great heights or pressure to prepare themselves for their clash with South in next week’s finals.
Kym Vanderleur made a solid 37 for the Valleys, while the Monty’s brothers feasted on the batsmen to take 6 wickets between themselves.
Aaron Summerton (33) and Brian Montgomery (28) got Freeling away to a flyer putting on 64 for the first wicket before Troy Scott (31 no) saw them over the line after just 15 overs.
Angaston clawed out a 1 wicket victory over Sandy Creek in what will be a prelude to their clash again this week in their finals match.
Jamie Diener made a quick fire 66 while Corey Roberts made an undefeated 38 for the Cockies.
With one over remaining Angaston clawed past Sandy’s total in another brave display with Dylan Schmidt (42 no) and Ben Antonie put on 30 runs for the last wicket.
Jacky Miles made a welcome return to the A grade form with a solid 41 for Angaston.
In the A1res..
Light Pass defeated Greenock in a very spirited game. Danny Kaye made a tremendous 125 no for the Baggies and with Sean Schrapels (67) put on 186 runs for the 3rd wicket to push the Baggies to a respectable 3 for 211 (dec.).
Greenock had a fair crack at making the total, with Greg “Cat” Stevens making 37, Jayden Birchard making 34 and Jamie McCafferty top scoring with 39 to fall 8 runs short of their required total.
A 104no by Blakey Biscan-Launer was enough to get Eudunda Robertstown a strong victory over Minor premiers Nuriootpa.
Biscan-Launer blasted the Nuriootpa to all parts of the ground after Danny Doecke made early in roads into the ERCCA’s batting line up. Dannyboy took 2 for 4 off his 8 overs in a masterly display of fast bowling.
Gawler Centrals easily defeated Willaston by 169 runs to confirm their place in this season’s final race. Chris “Frogman” Bilney made 80 and also took 5 wickets to continue his outstanding season for the Tigers.
Dhruv Sharma (75) and Michael Davis (57) gave Froggy Bilney great support to post 6 for 273 declared
The Lyndoch – Angaston game was abandoned due to the matting tearing and making it unsafe to continue to play on.
Angaston managed to bat first and make a paltry 136 with several batsmen getting starts but not going on with it. Ryan Muirhead (3 wickets) and Nathan Goulding (4 wickets) did the damage for Lyndoch before the matting fell apart.
This week’s matches see South Gawler playing Freeing and Angaston clashing again with Sandy Creek.
Both games will be tight but South should get over the line and Angaston will just defeat the Cockies.