Telling clash for league’s heavy hitters

CATCH: Mannum's Jack Bormann in between bowls in his side's clash with Wanderers on the weekend.
CATCH: Mannum's Jack Bormann in between bowls in his side's clash with Wanderers on the weekend.

Mypolonga v Monarto

Mypolonga (4-0) host Monarto (3-0) in our match of the round. Mypolonga are coming off a thrashing of Imperials while Monarto had the bye in round four.

Mypolonga should welcome back veterans Jason Daniel and Mark Oborn to the line up for the big clash while Monarto should also be at full strength with Riley Vanson back playing after a knee injury.

Jared Marston and Sam Elliot are the best opening pair in the MTCA and throw in the likes of Aaron Zrim, the MTCA’s best player and young gun Trent Sherman, and Monarto will have to be at their best to contain the strong Mypo batting line-up.

Having said that, Monarto have a heap of class with Jacob Rance, Harrison Webb and skipper Ty Pfeiffer all capable of big scores on their day and it wouldn’t surprise me if pinch-hitter Kym Edwards plays to add something different.

Mypolonga are in better form and should get the points at home in a close match.

LINE: Monarto's Sean Samblich in his side's recent clash against Imperials. Photo: William Bailey.

LINE: Monarto's Sean Samblich in his side's recent clash against Imperials. Photo: William Bailey.

Jervois v Wanderers

Jervois (3-0) host Wanderers (1-3) play our second match in what looms as a big match for both clubs.

Jervois are coming off an easy win over Meningie while Wanderers will be looking to bounce back after letting one slip against Mannum.

MTCA great Craig Fidge should return this week for the Bluds while Wanderers will be hoping Steve Baltussen and Dylan Hollitt are back to offer Ryan Morris some much needed support at the top of the batting order.

Andrew Fidge and Lee Spurling are having solid years with the bat for Jervois and throw in the left arm quick Andrew Penhall in great form, I can’t see Jervois dropping this one at home and should take care of a struggling Wanderers side and remain undefeated.

ARM: Tailem Bend's Adrian Lloyd fielding against Karoonda on the weekend.

ARM: Tailem Bend's Adrian Lloyd fielding against Karoonda on the weekend.

Mannum v Tailem Bend

Mannum (2-1) host Tailem Bend (2-2) in our next match with both teams coming off strong wins last weekend it should be a ripping contest.

Mannum were far too good for Wanderers while Tailem Bend had a comfortable win over Karoonda.

Mannum should welcome back big-hitting Korey Loechel to the line up but will be without star wicket keeper Nick Lindner while Tailem’s batsman James McInally will be a key in.

Tailem’s bowlers have started the season really well and if they can repeat last weeks’ effort they are a big show but I can’t see Mannum’s top order failing two weeks in-a-row. They should prove too strong for Tailem Bend at Purnong where they are unbeaten.

FOCUS: Tailem Bend's Brad Kleinig in thought during his side's clash with Karoonda on the weekend.

FOCUS: Tailem Bend's Brad Kleinig in thought during his side's clash with Karoonda on the weekend.

Karoonda v Imperials

Karoonda (1-3) host Imperials (0-3) in our last match with both teams in need of a win to kick start there seasons.

Karoonda are coming off a crushing loss to Tailem Bend while Imperials were totally outclassed by Mypo.

Zak and Rhys Bullard should return for Karoonda this week to strengthen the side while for Imperials Mark Smyth needs to become a playing coach and give his young side some on field leadership if they want to be competitive this season at this level. Karoonda should return to the winners circle.

SPIN: Monarto's Jarrod Lienert in a match before their bye last weekend.

SPIN: Monarto's Jarrod Lienert in a match before their bye last weekend.