Karoonda vs Monarto
Karoonda hosted Monarto in our first match and it was Monarto who won the toss and elected to bat first.
Daniel Matthews and Riley Vanson opened the batting for the visitors and they quickly advanced the score to 22 before Vanson was dismissed for 15 runs by Rhys Bullard.
Ty Pfeiffer made his way out to the crease to join Matthews and the pair instantly dominated the Karoonda’s bowling line-up.
They combined for a solid partnership of 167 before Pfeiffer was dismissed for a well-made 76.
Matthews continued to smack the ball to every part of the oval, before his innings cam to an end for an outstanding 147.
Monarto ended their 50 overs having totalled 6/278 in a fine display of batting while Rhys Bullard (3/59) was the pick of the bowlers for Karoonda.
Karoonda’s opening batsmen were always going to find the chase hard with the side missing a couple star batsman and they were bowled out in the 39th over for 150.
Rhys Bullard (39) completed a quality double to top score for the home team.
Monarto will face and in-form Mannum next week while Karoonda will host ladder-leaders Mypolonga.
Jervois vs Tailem Bend
Jervois hosted Tailem Bend in our second match and after winning the toss, Tailem Bend elected to bowl first.
Jervois opening batsman Andrew Penhall and Daniel Gilmour got the home side off to a fast start, advancing the score to 40 before Gilmour was dismissed by Jake Prosser, having racked up 21 runs.
After knocking his own 20, Penhall departed soon after.
Andrew Fidge made his way to the crease to join Lee Spurling and from there the pair looked in total control, adding 146 runs to the team’s total.
Spurling eventually departed for a well made 105.
Fidge (38) was next to go before Jervois ended at 5/219 from there 50 overs. Jarrad Cheyne (3/30) was the best with the ball for Tailem Bend.
When Tailem Bend took to the crease, they were quickly in deep trouble at 5/45 before Paul Baxter (57) and Ryan Lloyd (42) added a bit of respect to the score board with some hard hitting.
Their efforts went unrewarded in the end, as Tailem Bend were bowled out in the 41st over for 153.
Craig Fidge (5/23) was the pick of the Jervois bowlers with a dominate display of fast bowling.
Jervois now will travel to Johnston Park next Saturday to play Imperials while Tailem Bend will be back home after two tough away trips and will host Meningie.
Wanderers vs Meningie
Wanderers played host to Meningie in our next match and it was Wanderers who won the toss and elected to bat first.
Stuart Bartlett and Matthew Allen got the home side off to good start, pushing the score to 47 before Allen was run out at 17 runs.
Steve Baltussen joined Bartlett and the pair advanced their tally to 68 before part-time spinner Matthew Herasingh struck.
From there, Wanderers scored steady before being bowled out in the 48th over for 198 with Stuart Bartlett top scoring for the home side with 46, while Tim Appelbee (3/48) was the best with the ball for Meningie.
Meningie’s acting-captain Brad Biddle guided the visitors to the win with a fine 106 which included some huge sixes and fine stroke play.
Meningie reached Wanderers’ total in the 44th over with three wickets in hand.
Matthew Allen (4/43) continued his good form to be best with the ball for Wanderers.
Next week, Wanderers will enjoy the bye while Meningie will be looking to get back-to-back wins at Tailem Bend.
Imperials vs Mannum
Imperials hosted Mannum in our last match where the two sides were playing for the Long Tan Shield in the Murray Towns Cricket Association’s Remembrance Day match.
Imperials won the toss and elected to bat first but it was Mannum who struck early, taking two very early wickets to have Imperials in trouble at 2/8.
Ben Gilgen (22) and Shane Bown (21) managed to push Imperials back into the contest with a 46 run partnership, but when both fell, Mannum took total control bowling Imperials for only 86 runs in the 37th over.
Caden Evans (4/11) was the main destroyer for the Kookaburras while Blake Tabe (2/9) and Jayden Krollig (2/19) picked up two wickets each.
In reply, Mannum looked to be flying at 1/68 before reaching their target seven wickets down with Josh Handcock (35) and Nick Lindner (33) the main run scorers.
Dillion Milloy (3/21) and Shane Bown (3/28) each picked up three wickets in a good fighting effort by Imperials with the ball.
Caden Evens won the Joe Di Santo Medal for best on ground.
Imperials will now head to Tailem Bend next week while Mannum will host an inform Monarto in what should be a good contest.