With finals only a few weeks away, Josh Mildwaters previews round 16 of the Murray Towns Cricket Association A grade competition.
Monarto v Meningie
Finals are only a couple of weeks away for Monarto so it’s important for them to pull their side together and touch up their game to ensure everyone is in form.
While for Meningie, it’s all about bettering their ladder position to finish the season on a good note.
Jacob Rance has been back to his best in the past few rounds which is a good sign for Monarto.
In their premiership season, Rance led the way with the bat and looks to be doing the same in the later stages this season.
Brad Biddle and Stewart Williss have been at their best this season when they have been available.
The pair are currently in the top eight of the association for runs scored for the season.
Williss is making a late charge to knock Krollig out of the lead with the form he is in.
It will be a battle of the batsman this weekend I would think.
Hugh Mason against Brad Lienert; the pair are Under 21 representatives and have both had great years.
Mason lies just a head of Lienert in the wicket taking for the association but both lads have been big game players when it has counted and this won’t be an exception.
Monarto might just have a bit too much depth for Meningie to handle.
Tailem Bend v Imperials
This will be a bit of a dead rubber game for both sides with finals out of their reach for this season.
However, it is still expected to be a tough fought game between the two sides which is what usually happens when they play each other.
Ben Gilgen and James Dawson headline the match, each lad is capable of splitting the game open with bat or ball and well, the love between these two is sometimes a worry.
Both men are due with the bat, the pair play a similar attacking style and will be a good match up to come out watch if you are out around Tailem.
Daniel Leahy has been a good contributor for the Blues in his first full season of A grade.
James McInally has had a break out season with the bat for the Eagles, performing extremely well since the Christmas break.
It hasn’t come easy, as a talented bowler from juniors has now transformed himself in to a gritty batsman.
Imperials are looking to get their second win for the season while Taliem are looking to get their seventh win of the season.
Who knows which way this game will go.
After the Eagles almost knocked of Monarto a few weeks ago they might go in as favourites.
Mannum v Jervois
This game is between the third and fourth spots respectively, the last time these two met Jervois won the match convincingly.
After scoring an unbeaten ton last Saturday, Daniel Gilmour will be up and about and doing so in arguably the biggest game in the regular fixture for the Bluds.
In another important game for Jervois, Gilmour will need to mimic that knock from last weekend.
Mannum are coming off of a low scoring affair last weekend against top side in Mypolomga.
With the ball doing a lot of talking, Hancock will need to be back at his best this weekend as the Kookas won’t want to let this game fall through their fingers again.
Andrew Penhall proved to be a tough task for the Mannum batsman last time around, taking five wickets and they were all Mannum’s best batsman I might add.
Penhall has been in good form with the ball, could he set his team up again?
I think there’s a good chance of it.
Tom Worthley is still taking a good amount of wickets in his second season of A grade cricket, it’s defiantly a stand out season for the young gun who has taken 24 wickets to date.
I don’t think Mannum will let this game slip, they will win comfortably.
Wanderers v Karoonda
If the Wanderers are any chance of making finals they will need to win their last three games convincingly.
While Karoonda are looking to gain a couple spots on the ladder in a season that started full of promise.
This season hasn’t quite gone as planned but they have gotten game time in for quite a lot of young promising players.
Luke Hocking absolutely loves playing against the Wanderers.
There isn’t many times that Hocko hasn’t made a ton in previous seasons.
If not a ton, he has made some serious runs against the Woo-Hoo’s and I doubt this week will be much different.
Sam Robinson and Harley Hansen usually perform well against Karoonda.
If the Wanderers are a chance, they will need their two best players to perform well this weekend.
Shane Paech has been developing well this season and weather with the bat or ball, the kid is more than capable at this level.
As is Jack Norman who has taken over the keeping gloves this season and opening the batting.
The future is in good hands if these two hang around.
The Wanderers might be too strong at their home ground.
Ramblers v Mypolonga
It is another big task at hand for the Rambler side after a pretty long season.
The kids have been competing week in week out.
Mypolonga are half a game clear on top of the ladder.
After losing in a low scoring affair last weekend, they will be out to make a huge statement this weekend that they are still the team to beat.
Aaron Zrim has been at his freakish best this season taking 50 wickets to date.
Only 20 wickets clear of second position, when you think about it’s a pretty damming stat, no doubt the superstar will look to keep his impressing record going this weekend.
Matt Thompson has taken 27 wickets to date which has him sitting in fouth positon.
The Reds will be hoping the star all-rounder will be available this weekend.
Jared Marston doesn’t usually fail two weeks in a row.
This season has been a stand out for the Tigers, taking the role of skipper under his wing brilliantly.
I think that the improvement that the Reds have shown this season probably isn’t enough just yet and the Tigers will be too strong.