The Murray Towns Cricket Association heads into Round Four this weekend, with some big matches in store.
Wanderers v Mannum
In our first match of Round Four, Wanderers play host to Mannum in what should be a closely contested match.
Wanderers are coming off their first win of the season against Karoonda while Mannum also brought up there first win last week with a crushing win against Meningie.
Wanderers Batting will be lead by Ryan Morris, Steve Baltussen and Dillion Hollitt while for Mannum Josh Handcock, Dwayne Krollig, Josh Boylan and Zack Muirhead are all dangourous batsman who got runs last week.
Sam Robinson and Jalen Kowalick are getting better with the ball each week for Wanderers and if Matthew Allan, Ryan Morris and Nathan Pfeilier can contain Mannum’s middle order it will go along way to Wanderers winning.
Having said that, I believe Mannum’s big guns should have to much fire power for an improving Wanderers side and come away with the victory.
Tailem Bend v Karoonda
Tailem Bend will host Karoonda in the second match.
This hit-out as all the makings of an interesting contest because of what looks like two very even teams on paper.
Tailem Bend ran into a red-hot Mypolonga last week and were solid in defeat, while Karoonda lost at home to Wanderers and will be looking to bounce back.
Both teams head into Saturday one win and two losses and the loser of this match could find it hard to play finals so both sides should be at full-strength this week.
Veteran Luke Hocking and Rhys Bullard have started the year well for Karoonda with the bat, while Tailem Bend’s Josh Gerlach and James Dawson are in solid form.
If Paul Baxter can wind back the clock he could be the x-factor Tailem Bend needs to get across the line this weekend.
In picking a winner, if skipper Zakk Bullard fronts up well, Karoonda will be too good for the Tailem Bend boys.
Imperials vs Mypolonga
Mypolonga will travel to Johnstone Park in our next match to take on Imperials in what looks be a one-sided contest on paper.
Jared Marston is the form batsman of the MTCA and with Sam Elliot, Aaron Zrim and Trent Sherman all in good form, it’s hard to see the Tigers dropping this game.
Imperials’ Ben Gilgen is leading well for the Blues in his first year as captain and if he and the likes of Justin Fullgrave and Daniel Leahy can continue to improve, they should have a bright future.
But with Aaron Zrim returning to the wickets last week and brother Lachlan in good form, I expect the men from Mypolonga to be too strong for the young boys from Imperials and remain undefeated, leaving Imperials still searching for there first win.
Meningie v Jervois
Meningie host Jervois in our last match and the home side will be looking to bounce back after a big loss away to Mannum last week, while Jervois are coming off the bye.
Meningie should welcome back Brad Biddle and with James Lawson getting a few runs last week and Stewart Williss having a game under his belt, the Lakesiders should put up a better performance at home this week.
Jervois will be looking to continue its unbeaten start to the season and with captain Andrew Fidge, Lee Spurling and Andrew Penhall all having strong starts to the season with the bat, it’s hard to see the Meningie bowlers containing the strong Jervois batting line up.
Craig Fidge along with Penhall and Daniel Gilmour look to have an edge over the Meningie attack and, unless Meningie can find a way to get more wickets, I'd expect Jervois to continue their unbeaten run.