Murray Towns cricket, January 5, 2019: Webb, Spurling get centuries

A gap is opening up between the three top teams and the rest in Murray Towns A grade cricket.

Mypolonga's 99-run win over Wanderers on Saturday kept the Woo Hoos firmly in their place: fourth.

Mypo won the toss and chose to bat on their home deck.

A few batsmen got starts – notably association run-scoring leader Jared Marston, who fell four runs short of a half-century when he was caught by Phil Scheer off James Beaumont's bowling – and the Tigers made 7/193 off their 50 overs.

Michael Stapleton was the pick of the eight visitors who had a bowl, with three middle-order wickets for 22 off his 10 overs.

In reply, Wanderers got off to the worst possible start, losing both openers for ducks, and didn't fare much better after that.

Only two of their batsmen made it into double figures: Noel Hartman (31) and Jalen Kowalick (12).

They were bowled out in the 32nd over.

Most of Mypo's bowlers returned healthy-looking figures.

Aaron Zrim took 3/11 to tie the association wicket-taking lead, and Sam Elliott took 3/13.

The result kept the home side in second place on the Murray Towns ladder, leading Monarto by percentage.

Tailem Bend v Monarto

Which memory of this match will last longer: Harrison Webb's career-best score of 116 not out, or the ring of buses that encircled Jaensch Park?

If the Scouts were scouting for talent they would have found it in Monarto's opener, who had a jamboree of his own out in the middle.

The Black Caps made 4/233 off their overs.

James Dawson, Adrian Lloyd, Jarred Merritt and James Dawson took a wicket each for the home side.

In reply, Tailem found themselves 58 runs short when they were bowled out in the penultimate over.

Josh Gerlach made a half-century at the top of the order before being bowled by Webb.

Nine different players rolled the arm over for Monarto – Kane Roocke and Riley Vanson must have felt left out.

Austin Johns took 3/11 off five overs, the best figures of his senior cricketing career in his 17th A grade match.

The Black Caps remain in third place after the win; Tailem are still on the bottom.

Mannum v Imperials

A century from Lee Spurling kept Imperials in touch during a competitive and high-scoring match against top side Mannum at Johnstone Park.

The wicketkeeper made 103 with the bat before being caught off the bowling of Josh Boylan, a solid contribution to Imperials' total of 222.

But too few batsmen were able to stick around and support his heroic efforts during the run chase.

Mannum had earlier set the victory target at 264 after batting out their overs with the loss of six wickets.

Captain Dwayne Krollig chipped in with his customary half-century before retiring, while Boylan and Nick Lindner also made 50s.

Daniel Gilmour took 2/36 for Imperials.

Boylan claimed three victims for 63 in the second innings; three bowlers had two wickets each.

Mannum is now two matches clear on top of the table after their 51-run win, while Imperials are half a win out of last place.