Monarto (fourth) played host to Mannum (second) in the first match of Murray towns round 15 A grade cricket, where it was the Blackcaps winning the toss and electing to bat first.
Mannum was the first to strike taking the key wickets of Riley Vanson (2) then Ty Pfeiffer (7) who was brilliantly caught by Mannum big man Korey Loechel at short cover.
Harrison Webb then joined Daniel Matthews at the crease where the pair added 24 before Webb (12) was dismissed and when Cooper Bates (1) fell three runs later, Mannum were right on top having Monarto 4/55 after 25 overs.
Ex-Mannum premiership player Simon Williams then joined Matthews at the crease and the pair combined for a match saving partnership of 110 before Williams (76) was dismissed.
Monarto then lost 5/14 including Matthews for a well made 52 to be bowled out for 174 in the 46th over.
Jayden Krollig 4/44 was the main wicket taker for the Kookaburras.
In reply Mannum’s run chase didn’t get off to the best of starts losing Nick Lindner (1). This then brought Josh Boylan to the crease to join Josh Handcock and the pair advanced the score to 37 before Handcock (24) was dismissed by Alex Pfeiffer.
Dwayne Krollig then joined Boylan and the pair combined for an 88-run partnership to swing the match back in Mannum’s favour with the visitors 3/125 after 35 overs.
From there Josh Boylan (76 not out) took control of the match to guide his side home with 3.4 overs to spare for the loss of only five wickets.
Mannum will host Mypolonga next week in a top of the table clash while Monarto travels to Jervois in what looms as a mini final for both sides.
Mypolonga v Karoonda
Mypolonga played host to Karoonda in the second match where it was the Magpies who won the toss and elected to bat first.
Luke Hocking and Zac Bullard opened the batting for Karoonda while Aaron Zrim and Scott Anderson took the new ball for the Tigers with the absents of big man Lachlan Zrim.
The Karoonda openers got off to a solid start advancing the score to 45 before Bullard (24) was dismissed by Anderson.
Veteran Todd Schultz then joined Hocking at the crease and the pair added 25 before Hocking (26) was trapped LBW by Jared Marston.
Karoonda then lost 5/20 with only Tim Berling chipping in with a handy 24 to help them scrap their way to 127 before being bowled out in the 37th over.
Mypolonga captain Jared Marston (5/33) from 10 overs was the main destroyer for the Tigers.
In reply the Mypolonga run chase looked cruising before Marston (18) and Elliot (23) were both dismissed with the total on 51.
Aaron Zrim (9) then came and went and when Sherman (14) and O’Born (15) were both run out the Magpies were a slight chance with Mypolonga at 5/101.
But Jack Freestone (18no) and Jason Daniels (13no) steadied the ship and guided the home side over the line in the 39th over.
Zac Bullard (2/7) from 10 overs was the pick of the Karoonda bowlers. Mypolonga will now travel to Mannum to try and turn the tables from their clash earlier in the season while Karoonda has the bye.
Jervois v Imperials
Jervois won the toss and elected to bat first in front of a large crowd in the game against Imperials.
Daniel Gilmour (8) and Andrew Penhall (0) opened the batting for the home side but it was Imperials who started best, having the home side in early trouble at 4/42 before Lee Spurling (53) and Ben Dawson (29) combined for a 64-run fifth wicket partnership to get the host back on track at 5/106.
Jervois batted well to reach 9/186 at the end of 50 overs including 32 sundries from the Imperial side. Ben Gilgen (2/23) was the best of the Imperials bowlers while three other bowers each took two wickets.
In reply, the Blues’ chase of 187 didn’t begin well, losing 3/16 before Michael Davis and captain Ben Gilgen combined to advance the score to 50 before Davis (24) became Michael Crossers’ first victim.
Wayne Gilgen then joined son Ben at the crease and the pair helped Imperials reach 81 before Ben (15) was dismissed.
Seven runs later Wayne Gilgen (28) was run out by paceman Andrew Penhall and the visitors were in trouble at 6/88.
Imperials reached 9/134 at the end of the allotted 50 overs with Michael Crosser (3/31) the pick of the Jervois bowlers.
Next up for the Jervois is Monarto in a very important match for both sides while Imperials will host Meningie.
Meningie v Tailem Bend
Meningie played host to Tailem Bend where it was the Eagles winning the toss and electing to bat first.
The Tailem innings didn’t get off to the best of starts losing three quick wickets to be 3/14 before Jake Prosser joined opener James McInally.
The pair set about rebuilding the Tailem Bend innings with a fine partnership of 134 before Prosser (35) was dismissed.
James McInally was next to fall four runs later after a well made 83.
Lee Slape (14) was the only other Tailem Bend batsman to make double figures before they were bowled out in the 49th over for 177.
Tyson Bradley (4/7) and Hugh Mason (4/31) were the best with the ball for Meningie.
The Meningie run chase didn’t get off to the best of starts losing 4/31 including danger man Stuart Willis run out for one by James McInally.
Meningie struggled their way to 129 before being bowled out in the 43rd over with captain James Lawson (39) top scoring for the host while Jake Prosser (2/10), Adrian Lloyd (2/15) and James McInally (2/17) all took two wickets for the visitors in a solid win.
Tailem Bend will host Wanderers next in what should be a cracking contest while Meningie will make the trip to Johnstone Park to take on Imperials.