Walkerville v Reynella
Finals-bound Walkerville fine-tuned for the major round with a strong win against Reynella at Walkerville Oval. The Cats turned up the pressure early in the match to post 8/274 with Mark Reid (83), Gareth Cox (41), and captain Brett Knowles leading the way. Mark Nankervis was the best of the Reynella bowlers to grab 3/85 from 24 overs, while Sam Tugwell and Cam Pannach took two wickets each. When Reynella batted it was dismissed for 146 in 61.3 overs after facing a determined opposition leader in Knowles who dominated with the ball to grab 6/27 with 13 maidens from 23 overs. Nankervis again featured for the Wineflies with 41no, while Robbie Colville made 26.
Goodwood v Rostrevor OC
There was plenty of interest in this match with the loser facing relegation and the winner probably avoiding the drop. This time it was all smiles for Goodwood which continued its strong form since the Christmas break by reeling in ROC’s 208 to finish with 236. Russell Thomas made 80 for ROC, while Harrison Rahaley produced good support with 49. Despite some anxious moments for Goodwood skipper Brad Muggleton his side rallied, led by Joe Hagan-Burt who dominated with 104. James Barnhurst backed up well with 30 to help his side take the points and avoid the relegation zone.
Prince Alfred Old Collegians v Hope Valley
Prince Alfred Old Collegians showed its batting depth by overhauling Hope Valley’s 9/281 at Park 9. The Old Reds saw consistent batting from Jack Latchford (94), Keagan English (72) and Thomas Brinsley (66) to finish with 8/297 to take the points and grab third place on the ladder and a knockout final against Pooraka to come. Aidan Wilkins had a good game for Hope Valley with 4/45 and 49 with the bat, while Andy Steuart (57), Mason Neagle (56), Lachlan Watts (31) and Max Benger (30) provided strong support.
Para Hills v Grange
There was no rest for Grange as minor premier Para Hills proved far too strong with bat and ball to snare an outright win. The Dolphins were rolled for 44 in their first innings, the Hornets replied with 5/133dec and then continued their edge to knock over Grange for 104 the second time around. The Hornets finished 1/16 to complete the big win. Harvey Box (54no), Curtis Wordsworth (45), Tyson Roling (5/24), Travis Wordsworth (3/11) and Grant Carey (5/24) all enjoyed excellent matches, while Grange’s mainstay was evergreen Phil Benwell who made 44 in the second innings.
Pooraka v Payneham
The Mark Hanson show rolled on as the prolific run scorer for Pooraka continued on his merry way with 167no. Jye Bailey also saw plenty of action with 92, while Steven Marks made a handy 34 as Pooraka cruised to 9/385. Payneham was never in the hunt in reply with 165 from 53.4 overs as Ben Cameron led the way with 54, while Tom Predgen made 32. Hanson (3/23) and Pooraka captain Matt Rogers (4/31) kept the pressure on with the ball. On day one Mark Barber toiled hard for the Dukes to take 6/126.
St Peter’s OC v Port District
Port District had only 189 to defend but led by captain Sam Harvey produced an outstanding effort in the field to take the points. Harvey, again, was the prime mover for his side with 7/73 from 29.4 overs which included 11 maidens. He also made 64 on day one. SPOC had even contributors in Sam McLeay (39), James Duncan (37no), Ned Looker (30) and Chis Algie (3/71) but fell short on 174. SPOC finished the season in fifth place, with Port one position behind it in its debut season in A1.
Brighton v Old Scotch
Old Scotch worked hard to protect its 158 and it paid off by holding out Brighton which made 130 in pursuit. Max Marslen again starred with the bat with 67, while David Scholz added 30 to help the finals-bound Old Scotch to its day-one score. Brighton never recovered from 4/28 with Mark Howard playing well for 37 and Alex Davies with 30. Tom Bourne and Nathan Fox bowled well for Old Scotch to grab 4/44 and 3/33 respectively. Old Scotch was 2/45 in its second dig.
Fulham v Hectorville
Fulham enjoyed a free flowing match with the bat to post 349 against Hectorville’s 117 to finish its season on a high. Ryan Bone led the way with 73, Luke Adcock backed up with 70, Reece Oliver added 66, while Tristan Glover finished 59no. Lakshitah Hasith played a virtual lone hand for the Gators with 5/76, 49 with the bat and 63 when his side batted again in its second dig with 6/137. At the time of writing it wasn’t known if Hectorville would face relegation.
Ingle Farm v Woodville South
Ingle Farm saved its best work until the end of the game to grab an outright win against Woodville South after losing on the first innings. Ben Vinci (43), Andrew Coles (36) and James Schebella (33) helped the Cats to 159 in their first dig. Lachlan Sandercock led the Ingle Farm bowlers with 6/48. Wade Matthews was the mainstay for the Bulldogs with 47 as his side made 118 in its first innings. The Cats then batted quickly to make 4/106dec with Coles again among the runs with 51no. A flurry of runs in 14.1 overs saw the Bulldogs make 4/151 with Cameron Sandercock (48) and Chris McLean (47) blasting the runs.
Marion v Woodville Rechabite
Marion Oval saw 623 runs scored between Marion and Woodville Rechabite over two days but it was the visiting side which ended up smiling with 9/346 to hold out Marion’s 277. Cameron Behrendt starred for the Wreckers with 154, while Paul Duffett with 69no and Josh Rosenthal backing up with 56 helped push the score out. Marion showed plenty of grit after falling to 5/93 with Kahl Emerson (82), Steve McAllister (70) and Daniel Cox (50) making a good fist of the run chase. McAllister and Emerson combined for 109 for the sixth wicket.
Pembroke OS v Pooraka
Pooraka ended its season on a solid note by beating Pembroke Old Scholars. The Bulls made 252 on day one with Andrew Tompkins (60), Adam Drew (48) and Jamie Jarrett (37) contributing strongly to the tally. James Winnard toiled long and hard for the Kings to take 6/101. Josh Heenan saved his best innings this season for this match with 80 as the Kings made 170 after falling to 6/68. Dave Hammond took 3/29 for the Bulls. Pembroke was likely to be relegated at season’s end.
Unley v Flinders Park
There was no escaping from the flurry of the Unley batsmen when they clicked into gear to post 3/380 against Flinders Park’s 211. Chris Geddie led the Unley scorers with 103, Ross Nicholson wasn’t far away from that with 93no, Jarrad Enright made 71, Stewart Edwards was 64no, while Alistair Fraser added 34. The five batsmen who came to the crease all made at least 30 with the opening stand of 176 between Enright and Geddie setting the pace. Thomas Kennewell (58no), Luke Crichton (35) and Matthew Warne (37) were among the main scorers for the Reds. Nicholson bowled well for the finals-bound Gunners to complete a top double with bat and ball with 4/61.