River Murray cricket: Monarto, Mypolonga on level pegging in top spot

In our first match of round 16 Jervois, third, played host to Monarto, fourth; Jervois won the toss and elected to bowl first.

It proved to be a poor call with Daniel Matthews and Jacob Rance reaching 89 for the first wicket before Matthews (50) was dismissed.

Ty Pfeiffer then joined Rance and the pair added 42 before Pfeiffer (22) became one of Andrew Penhall’s three wickets.

Monarto then lost 6/20, including Rance for a well made 56, before Sean Samblich (23) and Brad Lienert (12 not out) added a handy 25 runs for the ninth wicket before Monarto finished 9/184.

Penhall (3/28) and Jacob Rushe (3/33) were best with the ball for the Bluds.

The Jervois run chase didn’t get off to a good start as they lost 3/30 before Lee Spurling and Andrew Fidge set about rebuilding the innings.

When Spurling (16) was trapped LBW, Jervois were in deep trouble at 4/49.

From here they continued to lose wickets on a regular basis with only Fidge (39) showing any real fight, and were bowled out in the 39th over for 104.

Dale Leech (3/18) and Harry Miles (3/20) were the main destroyers in a big win for the Black Caps.

Monarto next week will travel to Meningie, where a win would lock away a finals spot, while Jervois host Mypolonga.

Mannum v Mypolonga

Mannum, second, hosted Mypolonga, first, in our next match, won the toss and elected to bat.

Mannum didn’t get off to the best start with Lachlan Zrim dismissing Josh Handcock (4), then the dangerous Josh Boylan (2), while the total was only 19.

Dwayne Krollig and Nick Lindner dug in to bring the Kookaburras back into the contest with a 69-run partnership before Lindner (31) was dismissed.

From here Mannum crawled their way to 9/129 off their 50 overs with Krollig’s 34 not out top score for the home side; Lachlan Zrim (3/15 from 10 overs) was best with the ball for the Tigers.

In reply Mypolonga looked to be cruising at 0/54 before Mannum captain Handcock brought youngster Jack Bormann into the attack.

He didn’t let his captain down with the key wickets of Jared Marston (29), then Mark Oborn (16), to give Mannum a sneaky chance.

When Aaron Zrim (12) fell seven runs later Mannum were up and about.

From here Mypolonga lost 6/16 in a major batting collapse to be bowled out for 119 in the 50th over and hand Mannum a big win which drew them level on the ladder.

Mypolonga will make the trip to Jervois next week while an in form Mannum will travel to Karoonda.

Tailem Bend v Wanderers

Tailem Bend, sixth, hosted Wanderers, fifth, in our third match.

Wanderers won the toss and elected to bowl first.

It seemed a good toss to win after the Tailem Bend side lost three quick wickets to be 3/17.

Paul Baxter and Jake Prosser (14) combined for a fourth-wicket partnership of 34, but Tailem lost 4/3 in a mini collapse which included the big wicket of Baxter (26).

Adrian Lloyd then chipped in with a handy 26 before Tailem Bend were bowled out in the 31st over for only 88.

Todd Blucher (5/21 from eight overs) was the pick of the Wanderers bowlers.

In reply Wanderers, playing for their season, were very disappointing with the bat, being bowled out for 65 in the 28th over.

Robbie Herzich (16) top scored for the visitors while Lloyd completed a good double with bat and ball by taking 4/25 from his 10 overs.

Tailem Bend will now head into the bye after back-to-back wins while Wanderers host Imperials in a must-win for a chance to play finals.

Imperials v Meningie

This match was abandoned due to wet weather.