Karoonda vs Mypolonga
Karoonda (2-4) host Mypolonga (5-0) in our first match where Karoonda will be looking to bounce back after a heavy loss to Monarto last week while Mypolonga return after having the bye.
Karoonda will be without master batsman Luke Hocking for the clash, but should regain captain Zak Bullard and Corey Knight for the must-win game.
Mypolonga’s batting so far this year has been first class with Jared Marston (432 runs at 86.4) and Aaron Zrim (323 runs at 80.75) as the leading two scorers in the league, while young Sam Elliot is also ticking the runs over nicely with 155 runs at 31, and if these three can get the Tigers off to a strong start again, it will go a long way to them winning the contest.
Rhys Bullard has been carrying the Karoonda bowling for the season with (11 wickets at 12.82) while for Mypolonga Aaron Zrim has (15 wickets at 6.07) and brother Lachlan (9 wickets at 10.00).
In tipping a winner, Mypolonga should be far too good.
Mannum vs Monarto
Mannum (4-1) host Monarto (4-1) in our second match of the round where Monarto will be out for revenge after losing last years semi-final to the Kookaburras.
Monarto were in outstanding form last week in the win over Karoonda while Mannum had a soft kill over Imperials.
Ty Pfeiffer (186 runs at 37.20) is having a solid year with the bat for the Black Caps and generally bats well on the big Mannum oval and with Daniel Matthews coming off a dashing 147 last week, the Black Caps will head into the match with plenty of confidence.
For Mannum it’s been the same old names Dwayne Krollig (208 runs at 104) and Josh Handcock (148 runs at 29.40) leading the way with the bat.
While with the ball it’s been Josh Handcock (10 wickets at 7 runs) and classy off spinner Josh Boylan (8 wickets at 13 runs) doing most of the damage. For Monarto, Sean Samblich (12 wickets at 8.83) is having a great year with the ball for Monarto.
Monarto are just going a bit better than Mannum and will come away with the win.
Imperials vs Jervois
Imperials are coming off a much better performance against last years runners-up Mannum while Jervois had a big win over Tailem Bend.
Jervois should welcome back young star Jakob Rushe and Ben Dawson for the clash, while Imperials should be at full strength.
Lee Spurling (319 runs at 79.75) is winding back the clock for the Jervois side and along with Andrew Penhall (180 runs at 36.00) and Captain Andrew Fidge (131 runs at 65.5) the batting stocks are looking good at Jervois. It’s been all Ben Gilgen at Imperials (110 runs at 22).
Jervois bowlers Andrew Penhall and Craig Fidge are both classy quicks, and throw in Happy Gilmour with his outswingers, and Jervois shouldn’t have too much trouble in containing the young Imperials side and come away with a big win and remain undefeated.
Tailem Bend vs Meningie
Tailem Bend (2-4) host Meningie (1-4) in our last match of the round where Meningie are coming off there first win of the season against Wanderers while Tailem Bend were totally outclassed by Jervois.
Meningie will welcome back captain James Lawson and Jack Richards for the clash but will be without last week’s hero Brad Biddle, while Tailem Bend should regain James Dawson.
Josh Gerlach (186 runs at 31.00) has been the standout batsman for the Tailem Bend side this year and if Paul Baxter (93 runs at 46.50) plays, it should give the home side the edge with the bat with Biddle out for Meningie. If Tailem Bend’s bowlers can’t bowl to better areas than last week, Stuart Williss will be looking to cash in for the Lakesiders.
Meningie’s Jai Ling (9 wickets at 21.44) is having a break-out season with the ball and Tyson Bradley (8 wickets at 22.00) gives 110 per cent every week but, Tailem Bend should be too good for Meningie.