Goodwood v Hope Valley
It has taken most of the season but Goodwood finally broke through for its first win of the season by beating Hope Valley at home. The Roos posted 8/259 on day one and that proved enough to account for the Demons’ 121 and 6/104. The Roos' top order in Grant Lovering (37), Ed Senneck (57) and Rowan Stagg (86no) gave their side the platform needed to record a strong score. Goodwood captain Brad Muggleton bowled well to take 4/40, while Brad Tanner (4/23) and Joe Hagan-Burt (3/19) also stood tall. Hope Valley captain Jarrad Sykes had a solid game with 3/64 and 33.
Prince Alfred Old Collegians v Grange
Grange’s 143 always looked light on against the class of Prince Alfred Old Collegians and that was the way it panned out at Park 9. The Reds finished on 209 after resuming at 4/91 with Sam Tyler (38) and Greg Carmody (45) leading the way with the bat. Dylan Fry (44) and Tom Doimo (37) had good moments for the Dolphins, while Kurtis Cox, Jamie Barnes and James Smart took three wickets each for the Dolphins. Hamish Latchford also bowled well for the Reds to take 4/31 in Grange’s first innings. The Dolphins were 8/108 in their stint at the crease.
Port District v Walkerville
An inspirational spell of bowling on day two propelled Port District to a solid win against finals-bound Walkerville. The Magpies made 166 on day one with Daniel Mitchell topscoring with 65. Andrew Westphal was best of the Cats’ bowlers with 5/46 off 15 overs. Resuming at 1/41 Walkerville was skittled for 105 with Port captain Sam Harvey (4/25 off 23 overs) and James Barns (4/27) doing the damage – the Cats dismissed before tea. Port batted again to make 6/120 with Michael Hales scoring 44 and Harvey 20.
Reynella v Payneham
Payneham, and in particular number 10 batsman Lochlan Roberts, enjoyed a sense of theatre when the team recovered from 8/119 to make 240 in pursuit of Reynella’s 169. Roberts blasted 86 from 52 balls and combined with Ben Cameron (58) to put on 109 for the ninth wicket. At one stage late in the innings Roberts had scored 42 runs straight without Cameron troubling the scorers. Robbie Colville (32), Richard Gabb (31) Matt Hehner (28), Cam Pannach (5/79) and Sam Tugwell (3/42) all had good moments for the Wineflies. Mark Barber (3/36 and Alex Donald (3/39) bowled well for the Dukes. Reynella was 5/108 in its second innings with Hehner (36) and Mark Walters (49) leading the way.
Rostrevor OC v Para Hills
In a game of fluctuating fortunes Para Hills beat Rostrevor Old Collegians on the first innings. ROC batted first to make 168 with Angus Slack topscoring with 73. The Hornets replied with 186 with Dylan Hiscock (54), Harvey Box (54) and captain Travis Wordsworth (43) the stars with the bat. ROC made 7/121dec to set up an interesting chase of 104 to win outright for the Hornets. After some attacking play they finished on 5/81 with Harrison Rahaley taking 3/38 after making 34 with the bat for ROC. Wordsworth again enjoyed plenty of action with eight wickets with the ball in the two innings he bowled. Slack also grabbed 4/8.
St Peter’s Old Collegians v Pooraka
Pooraka was back in its batting groove when it posted 290 to beat SPOC’s 142 from 39 overs. Mark Hanson was brilliant again for the Bulls with 138, while Jason Nuske made 41. Nicolas Algie was outstanding for SPOC to lead the bowlers with 7/76, while James Sawers grabbed 3/55. Steve Marks also had a purple patch with the ball for Pooraka to take 6/31 from 13.2 overs. Pooraka batted again to make 2/139 with Hanson compiling 54no and captain Matt Rogers making 45no.
Brighton v Unley
Steady batting from Unley saw it take the points comfortably against Brighton at Brighton Oval. Batting first the Bombers again struggled with the bat to post 148 with Jacob Fishwick leading the way with 42. In reply the Gunners made 229 after being 6/101. Ross Nicholson topscored with 55, while Chris Geddie backed up with 34. Dave Maunder took 3/18 for the Bombers.
Flinders Park v Woodville Rechabite
A dominant Woodville Rechabite chalked up 8/294 on day one and that was good enough to knock over Flinders Park for an outright win after the Reds scored 89 and 84. Cameron Behrendt was the star for the Wreckers with 147, while Paul Duffett made 53. Behrendt also took 3/27 and 3/29, while Duffett grabbed 3/14 in the Reds’ second innings. Rowan Pivetta also starred with 4/41. Thomas Cousins was one of the few highlights for the Reds with 33 in their first innings.
Fulham v Old Scotch
Few teams will lose if they post 354 and Old Scotch wasn’t one of those to suffer when it proved too much for Fulham’s 209. Tony Scott (78), Max Marslen (77) and Alex Decesare (42) led the batting for Old Scotch, while Clayton Lynch (48), Ryan Bone (40) and Luke Adcock (38) were solid for the Falcons. Harry White (5/46) and Marslen (3/29) bowled well for Old Scotch. Batting a second time Old Scotch was 5/121 with Marslen making 40 and Hugo Twopeny 41.
Hectorville v Marion
Marion took the points against Hectorville in a game where an outright result was still possible on day two. The Rams made 9/219, the Gators replied with 135 and Marion had a dash in the second dig with 5/71 to set 156 for victory. But after early trouble the home side dug in to finish on 6/87. Warrick Stanborough (65no and 3/59), Daniel Gill (42 and 31) Chirag Shah (3/8) were among the key players for Marion, while Lakshitha Hasith (6/54 and 40) and Daniel Harper (32) had solid games for the Gators.
Pembroke OS v Ingle Farm
The gap between the sides on the premiership ladder was big and so was the score at the end of the game with Ingle Farm winning outright. Batting first the Bulldogs made 2/242 with James Carson compiling 107 and Chris McLean 100. It was a sad and sorry response from the Kings which made just 38 and 161. Jake Dinan-Gillman made 31 in the Kings’ second innings while Lachlan Sandercock took 4/23 for the Bulldogs.
Pooraka v Woodville South
Woodville South’s winning run and high scores continued when it made 7/314 against Pooraka’s 156. Liam Hennessy led the charge on day one with 144, while Adam Johnson made 51no. Brad Batten (51) and James Mapstone (35) were solid for the Bulls, while Julian Kubisz starred for the Cats with the ball with 5/37. The Cats sit fifth with two rounds to play and face a tough test to make the finals with all sides above them winning.