Grange v Goodwood
Grange returned from the Christmas/New Year on a winning note, accounting for Goodwood at Grange. The bottom-placed Dolphins made 205 to kick off the match with Goodwood 119 in reply. Tom Doimo topscored for the Dolphins with 67, Corey Knight added 44 and Shannon Tubb made a handy 38. Daniel Payne starred for Goodwood with 84, while Ryan Fry (6/34) and Tubb (3/30) dominated with the ball for Grange. Knight shone again with 62no when the Dolphins batted again to make 4/135.
Hope Valley v St Peter’s Old Collegians
St Peter’s Old Collegians just had enough in hand to overhaul Hope Valley’s 181 to finish with 196 in reply. Luke Harrington led the way for SPOC with 48, while Nathan Woods backed up with 46. Chris Algie (4/50) and Harrington (3/22) were handy with the ball for SPOC. Hope Valley had its highlights with the ever-reliable Jarrad Sykes topscoring with 59, Aidan Wilkins backing up with 49 and Mason Neagle strong with 38. Sykes enjoyed a solid match to take 3/52.
Old Scotch v Prince Alfred Old Collegians
Both sides produced a gripping finish to the game with PAOC defending its 204 with the home side dismissed for 203 after losing 4/2 at the end of the innings in pursuit. Thomas Simpson (54), Sam Hurburgh (43) and Michael Richardson (38) played well with the bat for the Reds while Sam Tyler and Nick Clayfield took three wickets each for the Reds. Scotch had its own key players with David Scholz (43), Alex DeCesare (42) and Michael Silvy (40) all in the mix. Max Marslen was steady with the ball for Old Scotch with 3/35. PAOC made 5/162 in its second dig with Keagan English topscoring with 85 and Simpson good again with 54.
Para Hills v Pooraka
Para Hills put the pressure on early in the match to easily defend its day-one 319 at home against Pooraka which made 118. Travis Wordsworth again led from the front with 62, combining with Curtis Wordsworth (58) for a fifth-wicket stand of 105. Dylan Hiscock made 55, while Harinderjit Singh added 39. Virgens was Pooraka’s topscorer with 28, while Travis Wordsworth blitzed with the ball to take 7/60. Virgens had a good match with the ball with 3/65. The Hornets batted again to make 3/146 with Joshua Bald making 57no and Harvey Box adding 40.
Port District v Payneham
Port District started the new year on a high with an outright win at home against Payneham. The Magpies cruised to 3/251 in reply to the Dukes’ 131 and then dismissed the visitors for 152 with just 31 needed for the outright, Port finishing with 0/33. Daniel Mitchell starred for Port with 118no, Chris Beaty made 62 and Casey Grocke added 34. Lachlan Hillier (5/27) and Beaty (3/49) in the first innings and captain Sam Harvey (4/62), Beaty (3/37) and Hillier (3/38) in the second innings completed a dominant match for Port. James Stagg (32 and 29) and Josh Farmer (30 and 49) provided some highlights for Payneham.
Walkerville v Ingle Farm
Walkerville’s 259 proved too much for Ingle Farm’s 216 in their match at Walkerville Oval. Jake Roberts (95) and Matthew Perilli (71) led the batting for the Cats, while Brett Knowles stood tall with the ball with 6/52 with top support from Kamau Leverock with 3/87. Cameron Sandercock was unbeaten on 50 for the Farmers, while Chris McLean (3/26) and Lachlan Sandercock (3/72) had handy games for the Bulldogs.
Flinders Park v Golden Grove
Golden Grove opened its new year with a strong away win against Flinders Park – defending 180 and knocking over the home side for 92. Thomas Neadley topscored for Golden Grove with 64, while Graeme Lynch added 31. Alex Higgins was the star with the ball for the winner with 5/215 while Neadley enjoyed a solid all-round game with 3/18. Liam Bernhardt topscored for the Reds with 31. Batting again Golden Grove made 5/144 with Ben Whitehead strong with 80 and Ben Lynch with 40.
Hectorville v Marion
Marion took the points against Hectorville but not the outright it had aimed for after day one. Batting first the Gators were skittled for 47 while the Rams made 3/221dec in reply with Daniel Cox (80) and Steve McAllister (32) putting on 102 for the opening stand. Jordan Kilderry (41) and Chris Geddie (37no) were other key players with the bat for the Rams. Warrick Stanborough bowled strongly for the Rams to take 3/15 from 14 overs with six maidens. Guy Wamsley topscored with 21 for Hectorville which fared much better in the second innings with 6/140 and William Thwaites starring with 84no. Jake Mazzone took 3/48 for the Gators.
Pooraka v Unley
Unley held its nerve to edge out Pooraka in a gripping finish to make 195 in reply to the Bulls’ 9/193. Ross Nicholson (44) and Sam Powell (34) led the batting for the Gunners, while Brenton Annear (51no), Andrew Tompkins (39) and Mathew Veprek (31) added handy scores for Pooraka.
Reynella v Trinity College Old Scholars
Trinity College OS worked hard to defend its 233 with Reynella dismissed for 174 after a strong start. Ali Forwood led the way for Trinity on day one with 62, while Mitchell Dearing was next best with 42. Tom Jones was the star with the ball for Trinity College OS with 5/43. Reynella’s main contributors included Nathan Turner (43), Shaun Newell (41) and Cameron Pannach (4/50). Trinity was 2/47 in its second innings.
Rostrevor Old Collegians v Fulham
Fulham’s consistent form continued when it reeled in ROC’s 162 to finish with 193. Struggling at 7/70 Fulham dug deep with Dom Croft (40) and Clayton Lynch (44no) playing key parts in the win with the bat and Tristan Glover (4/40) and Reece Oliver (3/32) with the ball. Harry Rahaley (46) and Mitch Simpson (35) gave their side plenty of drive with the bat. ROC was 2/108 in its second innings with Angus Slack leading the way with 62no.
Woodville Rechabite v Woodville South
The battle of the Woodies saw the Wreckers comfortably defend their 231 to hold out the Cats with 135. Joshua Rosenthal again was the star with 103no, while Cameron Behrendt backed up with 39. Behrendt also was excellent with the ball with 5/38. The Cats had few batting highlights with Adam Johnson dominant with 54no. Johnson also bowled well to take 3/73 with Rocco Rugari strong with 4/59. In their second dig the Wreckers made 3/120, led by Jacob Murchison on 59 and Tyler Bishop unbeaten on 30.