Mypolonga v Mannum
Mypolonga and Mannum face off in the Murray Towns Cricket Association A grade grand final this Saturday which is set to be a blockbuster affair at Johnstone Park.
Both sides have a great mix of experience and youth.
The two to watch will be Jared Marston up against Dwayne Krollig, the pair have been two of the best batsmen in the competition and both men are as competitive as they come.
The two captains will be hammer and tong at each other for the entire game no matter what their task is at the time, batting, bowling or in the field.
Two young guys to keep an eye on will be Brady Wrigley and Zac Muirhead, these guys are future stars of their sides and will love the fierce contest.
Both teams have x-factor which has shone through during the season, the supporters would love nothing less than to see the best game of this season.
I think we are a good chance of seeing it this weekend, with a big crowd expected to show up, the pressure will be on.
Simon Williams and Josh Hancock are both players capable of winning the game for the Kookas, add Josh Boylan, Zac Muirhead and Tom Worthley to the mix and on paper, the Mannum team should go in as favourites.
Aaron Zrim is the spiritual leader of the Tigers and the side will need his experience to shine through this weekend to be in a commanding position again.
Lachy Zrim, Mark O’Born and Sam Elliott have had great seasons and they will all need to dig in again this weekend.
How this game will pan out; I’m not too sure but it’s going to be the best game for the season, I can tell you that they have been building all season to get to this point and won’t want to disappoint anyone.
I hope they both score 200 plus, I think Mypolonga might sneak home just with their bowling attack being too strong.
Ngarrindjeri Swans v Mannum
The Ngarrindjeri Swans finished up in second position while Mannum finished in fourth spot.
Getting the upset victory last weekend, Mannum would have their sights set to cause another upset win and take home the shield.
While the Swans featured in the grand final last season, they would love nothing less than to bring home the victory to finish up a successful season their second year in the competition.
Laurie Rankine is undoubtedly the big game player for the Swans, and when he is required to step up for his side, he does more often than not.
The reason Mannum pulled off their best upset for the season, the reason the Mannum side are playing this weekend, is because of the efforts of Caden Evens who played havoc for the Wanderers’ batting line up.
He played out of his skin and if he can bring even just parts of that performance this weekend, then Mannum are a huge chance of pulling off another upset this weekend also.
The Swans will be looking to gun all-rounders in Colin Wilson and Christopher Kropinyeri to lead the way with both bat and ball this weekend. The pair have been outstanding this season and now is the time for them to lead the way.
Michael Trotter is a great leader, he isn’t a former A grade skipper for no reason and we will need to see the great man take charge this weekend. The Mannum side is coming up against a side in the Swans that are good enough to beat some of the A grade sides.
Clint Warhurst has been on the verge of playing at the higher level the last few seasons and needs to perform as well this season.
The Swans have been one of the in-form teams all season and that will help them win the shield in their second season in a close match at the Showgrounds.
Tailem Bend v Perponda
These two sides have met three times this past season with Tailem Bend getting the upper hand in two of the three encounters.
Perponda only managed the one win against the Eagles.
During the season, Tailem finished up with 12 wins while Perponda finished up with nine.
The Perponda side are coming off their biggest win last weekend, getting over Monarto, who were favourites to win the C grade competition, with one of their better team performances of the season when it was needed most.
Tailem on the other hand, probably ended up where a team like theirs deserve to be, after knocking off Wanderers Gold last weekend.
Matt Tyler single handily bowled Perponda in to the grand final last weekend after taking a five fa and making 30 odd runs showing his match winning capabilities, his team mates will hope he can replicate that this weekend at Homburg Oval.
Danny Brumfield isn’t shy of getting stuck into the batsman and has been known to get in the opposition’s head which might help his side get over the line, but what Brummy is really strong at, is backing up the yap and has made plenty of runs over his career this experience will be vital in this game.
Tailem’s experience throughout their line up should see them be too strong this weekend.
Rambler Red v Mannum
By Tony Stephens
This game should be an absolute cracker with both sides having performed well in their respective semi-final wins.
In the last time these two teams met, Rambler Red won by 48 runs in a high scoring affair.
Mannum will be full of confidence after their win against Karoonda last weekend.
Chasing a score of 137 to win Mannum, were in early trouble at 5/21.
Max Worthley and Matthew Craig then set about chasing the score down and put on solid partnership of 56 before Craig’s wicket fell for 17.
Worthley and Reschke then combined for a 59-run partnership to get the scores level before Worthley fell for 72.
Reschke and Stagg then held on for the run required to win the game.
Mannum have many batsmen that can contribute to their scoring with Max Worthley, Cody Krollig, Ben Krollig, Blake Krollig, Max Bormann, Kieren Hancock and Chad Reschke having all posted good scores throughout the season.
Their bowling attack has been solid with Jacob Stagg leading the way with 11 wickets.
Ramblers will also be full of confidence after their solid win against Mypolonga.
Ramblers won the toss and elected to bat first.
They got off to solid start with Jack Billing and Cameron Dawson posting 24 before Dawson fell for seven.
Keynan Harradine made 18, Jesse Paech made 12 and Connor Constant made 14 but Jack Billing was the only one that went on to post a score of more than 20 runs, he made 27.
At 5/93, Connor Stephens went to the crease and set about building a solid total for Ramblers to defend.
His 50, not-out, with a last wicket stand of 41 with Cameron Schubert who made 12, not-out, helped Ramblers post a final score of 7/173.
The Rambler bowlers then all bowled well in trying conditions to contain Mypolonga to 5/97 off of their 40 overs.
Jesse Paech got 2/18, Connor Stephens got 1/11 and Jack Billing got 1/18, these boys were the wicket takers.
Ramblers have a lot of depth in their batting line up with Jack Billing, Keynan Harradine, Jesse Paech and Connor Stephens having all posted scores of 50 or more this season, and Cameron Dawson averaging 114, having been dismissed for the first time last game.
Their bowling attack is strong with Jesse Paech on 15 wickets and Connor Stephens on 14 wickets leading the way.
Both sides are capable of winning this game and have many players that can stand up and turn the game in their teams favour.
Given their continued form throughout the season, I will lean toward Ramblers to finish the season on top in a tight affair.