League’s giants do battle

BLOCK: Meningie's Bradley Biddle plays a safe shot during a recent MTCA clash.
BLOCK: Meningie's Bradley Biddle plays a safe shot during a recent MTCA clash.

Mypolonga vs Jervois

Mypolonga (6-1) host Jervois (6-1) in our match of the round with both sides coming off their first losses of the season last round.

Mypolonga lost to a red-hot Mannum while Jervois were outplayed by an impressive Monarto. 

Mypolonga should regain Sam Elliot, Trent Sherman and Jason Daniels for the clash while Jervois will welcome back Jakob Rushe’s energy and hitting down the order. 

Jared Marston and Aaron Zrim are the key with the bat for Mypolonga and if Andrew Penhall and Craig Fidge aren’t at their best it could be a long day in the field for the bloods.

For Jervois Lee Spurling is in good touch and enjoys batting at Mypolonga and if good mate Andrew ‘Agro’ Fidge can continue his good form the match looms as a ripper. 

I’ll tip Jervois to bowl Mypolonga out then chase down the runs.

LINE: Jervois' Daniel Gilmour will need to be at his very best to help his side take down ladder-leaders Mypolonga. Photo: William Bailey.

LINE: Jervois' Daniel Gilmour will need to be at his very best to help his side take down ladder-leaders Mypolonga. Photo: William Bailey.

Mannum vs Karoonda

Mannum (6-1) host Karoonda (2-5) in our first match of round nine with both sides having plenty to play for.

Mannum will be looking to take top spot from Mypolonga with a big win here, while a loss here for Karoonda could almost end their finals chances at the halfway mark of the season.

Mannum are coming off of a huge win over Mypolonga in round eight. Karoonda are coming back after the bye.

Mannum will be without star batsman Zac Muirhead for the clash, due to a knee injury while Karoonda should welcome back Luke Hocking to strengthen their side.

Josh Handock is leading from the front with both ball and ball for Mannum while for Magpies it’s been Hocking or bust this season.

Mannum should win at home, but if Karoonda can get their full strength side on the park they could upset the Kookaburras.

Having said that, I do think Mannum should be too strong on their home deck.

Monarto vs Meningie 

Monarto (5-2) host Meningie (2-5) in our second match where Monarto will enter the match as hard favourites after disposing of Jervois last week while Meningie would have been disappointed losing to a young Imperials side at home.

Monarto will welcome back an inform Ty Pfeiffer to the side while for Meningie it’s the same old story ‘no Willis, no win’, so if Bids can get the great man to play, they are a silly chance.

However Monarto are just going too well at the moment, with Jacob Rance and Daniel Matthews getting starts most weeks and a big score from Harrison Webb not far away.

Jai Ling is a youngster on the up for Meningie and if Turtle Bradley is up and about they will be competitive but overall I can’t see Meningie beating Monarto on their home deck.

Imperials vs Wanderers

FOCUS: Wanderers' Sam Robinson should be returning to front up for his Wanderers side's must-win clash.

FOCUS: Wanderers' Sam Robinson should be returning to front up for his Wanderers side's must-win clash.

Imperials (1-6) play host to Wanderers (2-5) in our third match which looms as a really good contest with both sides coming off good wins last round.

Imperials toppled Meningie in a quality display of bowling while Wanderers taught Tailem Bend a lesson in how a team should bat.

Wanderers should regain Sam Robinson for the clash while Imperials should welcome back player coach Mark Smyth.

Ben Gilgen is leading from the front well for Imperials and if Bartel and McIntosh continue to support their captain, they look a much better side.

For Wanderers it was a coming-of-age for Ryan Morris last match, with the classy youngster getting his side over the line for a much-needed win. 

If he and underrated Steve Baltussen can back that up, Wanderers should have too much batting power for the young Imperials and will come away with the win to keep their slim finals hopes alive.

QUICK: Mypolonga's Aaron Zrim will be looking to help his side on top of the ladder with a win over Jervois on Saturday.

QUICK: Mypolonga's Aaron Zrim will be looking to help his side on top of the ladder with a win over Jervois on Saturday.