Murray Towns cricket has had an interesting start to the season, with some big scores put up by some of our best batsmen.
Jared Marston already has two tons – 123 and 109 – in the first and third round, while Aaron Zrim, 108, and Jacob Rance 105, are the others to go past the century.
Others to do well are Brad Biddle with 93, Sam Elliott, 90, Zac Muirhead 87, Harrison Webb 86 and Josh Gerlach 83.
Karoonda v Monarto
Karoonda (2-3) hosts Monarto (3-1) in the first match where Karoonda is coming off an easy win over Imperials and Monarto is looking to bounce back after a big loss to ladder leaders Mypolonga last week.
Monarto should regain Harrison Webb, Brad Lienert and Dale Leech for the big clash while for Karoonda the word around the town is Corey Knight will play his first match back in the MTCA to help strengthen the Karoonda line-up.
Ty Pfeiffer and Riley Vanson were both good with the bat last week for Monarto and if Alex Pfeiffer can turn some magic they could come away with the win, but with Luke Hocking in great form and throw in the Bullard brothers, Knight and a inform Jason Bennett I’m tipping Karoonda in a close contest.
Jervois v Tailem Bend
Jervois, at home, (4-0) play host to Tailem Bend (2-3) in the second match with the Bluds coming off a strong win over Wanderers last week, while Tailem Bend were disappointing in losing to Mannum.
Jervois will go into the match without Ben Dawson and Jakob Rushe, while for Tailem Bend, James Dawson will miss but they should regain star batsman Paul Baxter for the clash.
Jervois haven’t put a foot wrong yet this year and with Lee Spurling, Andrew Fidge and Andrew Penhall all looking good with the bat and Penhall and Craig Fidge bowling well, Tailem Bend will need to improve on last week’s effort if they are to get close.
Captain Josh Gerlach is having a solid year with the bat for the Eagles but needs more support. In tipping a winner it should be Jervois, which has the form and should remain undefeated.
Wanderers v Meningie
Wanderers (1-4) play host to Meningie (0-4), with both teams in desperate need of a victory. Wanderers are coming of a loss to Jervois while Meningie return after having the bye last week.
Wanderers will head into the clash without captain Jayden Kowalick and Harley Hanson but should regain Dillon Hollitt for the clash, while for Meningie Brad Biddle will return to bolster the batting.
Ryan Morris has been Wanderers’ shining light with the bat this year and if he can turn his twenties and thirties into a big score it will go a long way to Wanderers winning a game.
But, in picking a winner I think Meningie has a couple more wildcards and will get its first win of the season to get off the bottom of the ladder.
Imperials v Mannum
Imperials (0-4) host Mannum (3-1) in the last match, where cricketers will play for the Joe Di-Santo medal on Remembrance Day.
Mannum is coming off a win over Tailem Bend last week while Imperials went down to Karoonda.
Mannum will welcome back star wicketkeeper Nick Lindner while for Imperials, Anthony Bartel, Jayden Smith and Daniel Leahy should return while Justin Fullgrabe will miss.
Mannum’s Dwayne Krollig returned to the top of the batting order last week and looked is really good form and along with Josh Boylan the Imperial bowlers will need to strike early if they are to be a chance in this game.
In tipping a winner Mannum should take care of a young Imperials side and Josh Boylan to win the Joe Di-Santo Medal.