Mypolonga v Mannum
Mypolonga won the toss and elected to bat first in the Murray Towns Cricket Association grand final match against Mannum at Johnstone Park on Saturday.
The Tigers got off to a solid start with Sam Elliott and Jared Marston putting on 73 runs for the first wicket when Elliott was ran out by Zac Muirhead.
Elliott made 24 from the 82 balls that he faced.
Jared Marston fell shortly after, he was dismissed by Josh Boylan and managed to make a solid 42 runs from 111 balls faced.
The Tigers were 2/80 at this stage.
Thanks to strong batting from Aaron Zrim and Jason Daniell, Mypolonga finished up with enough runs on the board.
Zrim was the best with the bat making 45 runs from 65 balls faced, he really led the way when it was most important.
Zrim was dismissed by Josh Hancock.
Daniell also made 26 from 29 balls faced.
With plenty of wickets in hand, Mypolonga were set to make the late charge, finishing up 6/154.
Josh Boylan and Josh Hancock took two wickets each, the pair bowled out their 10 overs.
Zac Muirhead took one wicket also but a special mention went out to Jayden Krollig who bowled five overs for seven runs, restricting the Mypolonga batsmen from being able to score too much.
Mannum went in to bat, Dwayne Krollig and Josh Hancock opened up the innings for the Kookas.
Josh Hancock was the first to be dismissed cheaply for 14 runs after facing 44 balls.
Dwayne Krollig was at his best again facing 90 balls but only managed to get 29 runs on the board thanks to some tight bowling from the Tigers.
Josh Boylan was the only other batsman to make it in to double figures.
This saw him make 18 runs from 24 balls.
Mannum’s tail end struggled to get to many runs on the board as the side was bowled out in the 42nd over with only 108 runs on the scoreboard.
“Mannum’s tail end struggled to get to many runs on the board as the side was bowled out in the 42nd over with only 108 runs on the scoreboard.”
Aaron Zrim was exceptional with the ball and took four wickets.
Jared Marston took two wickets and Elliott Lewis, Lachy Zrim, Sam Elliott and Regan Gotch each took one wicket.
Congratulations to Mypolonga and captain Jared Marston for taking out the Murray Towns Cricket Association 2016/17 A grade premiership and capping off a brilliant season.
Ngarrindjeri Swans v Mannum
The Ngarrindjeri Swans won the toss elected to bat first.
Christopher Kropinyeri got them off to a good start, making 20 runs from the 19 balls he faced.
The Swans were 4/34 at this stage of the game at the Showgrounds.
Nathan King was the best with the bat for the Swans.
As his side consistently lost wickets, King was in form making almost a run per ball, he had reached 30 runs when he was dismissed by Tanner Evens.
The Swans’ tail end were able to bat some time which is something that their top order struggled to to.
They struggled to build any strong partnerships, and batted until they were into the 27th over, they managed to get eight runs on the board.
Clint Warhurst managed to claim three tail end batsman, while Tanner Evans was the best with the ball for Mannum, bowling seven overs and getting three maidens and two wickets for just 14 runs.
Caden Evans and Jack Borman each took two wickets also.
It was Mannum’s turn to bat and Ben and Josh Brown opened up the account.
Josh fell early on in the run chase, he was dismissed by Lalo Kartinyeri for just three runs.
Michael Trotter was the next batsman to fall, making just five, the score was 2/18 at this point.
Ben Brown and Tyson Gladigau were the next two batsmen to be dismissed, the pair made nine and four respectively.
Mannum at this stage had a score of 4/29 which proved to be a tight contest at this time of the match.
Clint Warhurst again showed his class, this time with the bat in hand.
He showed the big crowd at the Showgrounds why he is a proven A grade cricketer, he made 22 runs whcih was the best for Mannum.
Tom Worthley finished up on 13, not out ensuring the Kookas got over the line with just four overs to spare.
Congratulations to Tyson Gladigau and his Mannum side on coming from fourth position and becoming premiers in the B grade competition.
Tailem Bend v Perponda
Tailem Bend won the toss elected to bat first.
Denis Baxter and Danny Brumfield opened the account for the Eagles.
The pair put on 30 runs when Baxter was dismissed for 26.
Tailem Bend’s Brumfield and Neil Mount-Stephens then put on 119 run stand together in a brilliant display of batting by the pair.
The big-hitting Mount-Stephens was dismissed next for 56 runs from 55 balls.
Tailem Bend’s Hayden McInally made 12 runs before he was dismissed by Chris Rudiger.
Tailem Bend finished up making a massive total of 7/194 after 40 overs.
Chris Rudiger was the best with the ball for Perponda taking three wickets for 26 runs from eight overs in a spell that included two maidens.
Perponda’s Peter Leedham took two wickets while Chris Kruger and Matt Tyler both contributed and took one wicket each.
It was Perponda’s turn to bat and they lost Simon Clothier for none after he was unfortunately ran out by Tailem Bend’s Luke Medlow.
Peter Leedham managed to knock up 12 runs before he was bowled by Eagle Adrian Lloyd.
Continuing his all-ropund good form, Chris Rudiger was the best with the bat making 43 runs from 73 balls faced.
“Rudiger starred in the grand final with both bat and ball but he was unable to get his side over the line. Perponda’s Rhys Erickson also dug in deep to almost get his side across the line, he made 28 runs from 63 balls.”
Rudiger stared in the grand final with both bat and ball but he was unable to get his side over the line.
Perponda’s Rhys Erickson also dug in deep to almost get his side across the line, he made 28 runs from 63 balls.
Anthony Parsons also made 23 runs from 13 balls while Matt Tyler and Thomas Howson made 15 runs and 11 runs respectively as Perponda batted out their overs but unfortunately fell 31 runs short.
Adrian Lloyd was the best with the ball for the Eagles, he took four wickets from seven overs.
Tailem Bend’s Jake Prosser, Blake Zadow, Hayden McInally and Harvey Merritt took one wicket each.
Congratulations goes to Neil Mountstephens and his side on becoming the C grade premiers in the first season back for the C grade competition.
By Tony Stephens
Rambler Red v Mannum
The Murray Towns under 15 grand final was held over two days of play on Saturday March 18 and Sunday March 19.
On Saturday, Rambler Red won the toss and elected to bat first.
The Reds posted an impressive final score of 6/252 from their 40 overs.
The high total cameon the back of a 129-run score from the man of the match, Rambler opener Jack Billing.
The Ramblers Red duo of Jack Billing and Cameron Dawson opened the batting and got their team off to a great start with a partnership of 85 when Cameron was dismissed for 27.
Ramblers’ Keynan Harradine then joined Billing and they took the score to 142 when Harradine was dismissed for 27 runs.
Jesse Paech made eight runs, Connor Constant was dismissed for none and Noah Vivian made 11 runs.
Each of these players had a partnership with Billing before he was dismissed, when the score was at 224.
Connor Stephens ended up on 12 runs not out and Lual Kelei ended on 11, not out and put together a quick fire partnership of 23 off of the last nine balls of the innings to get the score over 250.
Cody Krollig was the stand out bowler for Mannum conceding only 20 runs from his eight overs in a very good display.
Max Worthley took two wickets whilst Ben Krollig, Max Bormann, Blake Krollig and Matthew Craig took one wicket each.
It was Mannum’s turn to bat on Sunday and the Kookas took up the challenge to try and chase down the score that Ramblers had posted.
It was a big task as the total required Mannum to score at more than six runs an over if they were to chase down the impressive total from the day before.
Mannum’s Max Worthley and Ben Krollig got the team off to a flyer with an opening partnership of 47 from five overs before Ben Krollig was dismissed for 24 runs.
Max Bormann was then dismissed for five runs, trying to keep the scoring rate up.
Cody Krollig joined Bormann at the crease and they took the score to 70 off of only 11 overs when Bormann was dismissed for 23 runs.
Kieran Hancock then joined Cody Krollig and they continued to score heavily until Krollig was dismissed for 29, with the score at 106 in only the 15th over.
Kieran Hancock made 19 runs, Blake Krollig made 12 runs, Matthew Craig made 19 runs and Chad Reschke made nine runs.
All of these players contributed to the score however Mannum were all dismissed for 170 in the 30th over.
Ramblers’ Cameron Dawson was the standout bowler for Ramblers taking two wickets for nine runs from his 4.4 overs.
Cameron Schubert took two wickets for Ramblers Red while Jesse Paech, Jack Billing and Connor Stephens all took one wicket each.
The grand final match was an excellent game of cricket with both sides giving their all for their clubs.
Anyone who watched this game got to see more than 400 runs scored and 14 wickets fall over the two days.
The future of the Mannum and Rambler cricket clubs looks good with the quality of the juniors that played in this game.