Wanderers, Bluds fight for shield

BLOCK: Imperials' Jake McIntosh plays a defensive shot in a recent clash.
BLOCK: Imperials' Jake McIntosh plays a defensive shot in a recent clash.

Wanderers vs Jervois

In our first match of Round 13 Wanderers (fifth) host Jervois (third) where both sides will be competing for the annual Beaumont Memorial Shield.

Wanderers are coming off a big win over an in-form Mannum last round while Jervois easily took care of Meningie at home.

Wanderers will be looking for Ryan Morris (371 runs at 41.22) to again lead the batting for the home side while for Jervois Andrew ‘Old School Fidge (377 runs at 75.40) and Lee Spurling (365 runs at 45.63) have had solid years for the bloods.

The match could be won or lost through which bowling attack performs the best with Wanderers’ Robinson/Hansen/Kowalick and Blucher taking on a dangerous Bluds Penhall/Fidge/Rushe and Crosser.

In tipping a winner, I think the Jervois bowlers should come out on top in a low-scoring game with Andrew Penhall being the best on ground.

PACE: Adam Elphick will be looking to fire in his side's match with Jervois on Saturday.  Photo: William Bailey.

PACE: Adam Elphick will be looking to fire in his side's match with Jervois on Saturday. Photo: William Bailey.

Monarto vs Mypolonga

Monarto (fourth) host Mypolonga (first) in what could very well be a grand final preview.

Monarto are coming off the bye while Mypolonga had a soft win at home against a young Imperials side.

Best with the bat so far this season for the black caps has been Ty Pfeiffer with (317 runs at 39.63) and Daniel Matthews (314 runs at 31.40) and both will need to be at their best if they are to counter Jared Marston (689 runs at 68.90) and Aaron Zrim (591 runs at 65.67).

The big loss of Alex Pfeiffer for the rest of the season could be the difference in the two sides. 

Mypolonga already have the best bowling attack in the Murray Towns Cricket Association with the Zrim brothers Regan Gotch and Jared Marston. 

Monarto will relying on Brad Lienert, Josh Noye and Dale Leech to get the bulk of Monarto’s wickets. In tipping a winner you can’t go past Mypolonga, but it should be a close match at Homburg Oval.

EYES: Jervois' Daniel Gilmour sending some heat down the pitch.

EYES: Jervois' Daniel Gilmour sending some heat down the pitch.

Tailem Bend vs Mannum

Tailem Bend (sixth) host Mannum (third) in our third match and it should be a closer contest then the ladder positions predict.

Mannum are coming off a big loss to Wanderers at home last week while Tailem Bend were solid in their lost to Karoonda.

So far this season for Mannum Dwayne Krollig (337 runs at 67.40) has been solid like every year, while for Tailem Bend Paul Baxter (282 runs at 56.40) continues to hold the Tailem Bend batting together.

Monarto host Mypolonga in what could very well be a grand final preview.

Mannum captain Josh Handcock (27 wickets at 6.19) has been outstanding for the Kookas with the ball while Adrian Lloyd (15 wickets and 15.67) has been Tailem’s best and could find himself a bit unlucky not to have more wickets.

In tipping a winner, I’ll pick Mannum to return to the winners circle but a win to Tailem Bend wouldn’t surprise.

CONFIDENCE: Aaron Zrim will hope his Tigers can push past Monarto to stay clear on top of the ladder.

CONFIDENCE: Aaron Zrim will hope his Tigers can push past Monarto to stay clear on top of the ladder.

Imperials vs Karoonda

Imperials (ninth) play host to Karoonda (seventh) in our last match where you would expect Karoonda to be to strong but they are like a box of chocolates: you never know what you are going to get.

At full strength Karoonda look a premiership side but they always just seem to find ways to have players sitting out. On the other hand Imperials are in a major rebuild with a couple of senior guys playing roles to help them.

Ben Gilgen is getting better each match and with Father Wayne in good form they could post a score for Karoonda to chase but with Corey Knight/Luke Hocking and Zac Bullard available this week, Karoonda should be way too strong.