ROUND three of Murray Towns A grade cricket matches are set to be thrillers.
Meningie v Wanderers
A cracker of a match should be on the cards this weekend as the form bowlers of the competition in Harley Hansen and Hugh Mason go head-to-head down by the lake side.
Hansen took seven wickets last season against the Lakesiders and with the form of previous weeks he should be all set to get another bag of wickets.
With assistance of his good mate in Ash Brown, the two could be the next big thing if both can get on the park consistently.
Meanwhile Mason is coming off a six-wicket haul last weekend and is meeting a rather mediocre batting line up this weekend so he will be full of confidence to take another bag.
Wanderers will be hoping Noel Hartman will be available for selection this weekend to bolster their stocks, likewise with opening batsman Scotty Harris.
Meningie’s Stewart Williss looks set to be available for the season and with the amount of time the great man spends in the middle, the young batsmen at Meningie will benefit in leaps and bounds.
With the changes both sides have had in the first two rounds it will be a hard match to predict but Wanderers, coming off a good team performance last week, should get the job done.
Monarto v Mannum
This should be the match of the round with both sides capable of making huge scores with the willow and both teams have bowlers capable of defending those big scores.
Ty Pfeiffer and his troops have had a flawless start to this season but with a test in store this weekend, we will find out just where they are at.
Mannum’s Dwayne Krollig has gathered up a similar side as last season and after the upset loss to Tailem they have bounced back with vengeance with the massive win last weekend.
Monarto’s Daniel Mathews is in fine form and if the rest of the Blackcaps batsman fire, then Monarto will be an intimidating opposition this year.
Talented Mannum all-rounder Josh Hancock is coming off a century last weekend and we will know if he can back it up against a quality bowling line up this weekend.
It will be intriguing to see how this match plays out but my first thought is that Monarto have a such a strong team on paper they will head in as favourites. But as Dwayne Krollig is involved, we never know what could play out yet.
Karoonda v Jervois
Jervois are undefeated after two rounds while Karoonda are one win one loss. This will be a good challenge for the big names in either side.
Jervois’ Lee Spurling has started off the year at a mere crawl but knowing Lethal Lee he will come good in a big game. Jervois will want to keep the undefeated run intact and set up there season up with early wins.
While Karoonda’s Zak Bullard has started off the year in good touch, he has got a few guys to the club to help Karoonda make their way back up the ladder.
Magpie Daniel Rankine managed a big score last week at number eight; we have only seen bits and pieces over the past couple seasons from Rankine and it would be handy if Karoonda can get him out each week.
We also seen Bruce Hameister make an appearance last week and if you have been around Murray Towns then you would know Bruce as a big hitting game changer.
Karoonda always produce a good deck to play on each week we should see a cracking match out there and it could go either way. The Bluds have the upper hand with more experience in their line-up and should win.
Tailem Bend v Mypolonga
Mypo are blooding a few quality young cricketers in the early stages of this year which will require a few others to step up to cover the inexperience .
Brothers Brock and Jack Freestone played themselves in to some good touch in the T20s and I think if these two can play a bit more aggressively like they both did, but with a sensible cricket mind, we will see them play the cricket they are capable of.
James Dawson is a massive inclusion for the Eagles; he is a talented cricketer and will add depth to their line up. Tailem haven’t been far off the mark in previous seasons and if they include the O’Connell brothers and Denis Baxter then suddenly they should be right among the top four and a worthy opponent for the Tigers.
Superstar Aaron Zrim has been slow off with the willow and his side will need him to get some runs on the board this weekend.
Tough to call this match; from the outside Mypo are usually a pretty confident side but the Eagles are no push over this year from what we have seen in the first two rounds and can cause an upset. But, we will see if they can put it all together when it counts.
Imperials v Ramblers
Both teams are winless thus far. The Reds were building last year with a couple of emerging juniors and look to be doing the same again.
Bayde Ellis got amoung the runs last week, Keynan Harradine and Joardyn Williams got wickets and these guys are showing us the future of the Rambler side is bright.
Over at Imperials, Tyson Owen is proving to be one tough character and one of the best players that the Blues have with both bat and ball.
Ramblers’ Matt Thompson and Alex Button both have a lot of responsibility on their hands; they need to perform each week and they are trying to get the experience in to the kids.
Imps’ Ben Trenorden got into the runs last weekend and will be looking to build an innings.
Imps need him to lead from the front this weekend.
Who knows how this match will go, but, without a doubt, the loser of this game will be in for a long season.