Top three sides too good in Murray Towns cricket

The top sides flexed their muscle in round eight of the Murray Towns Cricket Association A grade competition on Saturday.

Wanderers v Monarto

Wanderers hosted Monarto at the Murray Bridge Showgrounds in the closest A grade match of the day. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first.

Black Caps openers Daniel Matthews (28 runs) and Riley Vanson (23) got Monarto off to a postive start before Vanson was caught and the score was 1/35.

The Woo Hoos quickly got another breakthrough getting the important wicket of Jacob Rance before he could get going and the score was 2/38. When Brock Smith (one run) was out cheaply, Monarto were three down for 52 runs.

However, Harry Webb (77 not out) was soon at the crease and in a run-making mood.

Monarto number eight Sean Samblich (29 runs) and nine Bradley Lienert (19 runs) hung around to build partnerships and the Black Caps finished 8/211 after their 50 overs.

Wanderers' James Beaumont finished with three wickets while Sam Robinson and Jalen Kowalick picked up two each.

Wanderers got off to a positive start in their run chase and Todd Blucher (28 runs) and Sam Robinson (42 runs) on 64 runs before Blucher was removed, caught LBW by Harry Miles.

Wanderers' middle order was shaky but Michael Stapleton (59 not out) was solid in at number seven.

However, he ran out of partners and Wanderers were bowled out for 176 in the 43rd over. Harry Miles took four wins in his side's win.

Mypolonga v Meningie

It was an extremely short day at Mypolonga as Meningie won the toss and went into bat against the highly-rated home side.

The Lakesiders were bowled on in the 18th over for just 26 runs. No Meningie batsman made double figures and five ducks.

Mypolonga bowlers Aaron Zrim and Mitchell Walton took four wickets each in an extraordinary bowling performance by the Tigers.

It only took Mypolonga's openers Lachlan Gotch (10 not out) and Jack Freestone (14 not out) 5.2 overs to reach the target and give the Tigers a 10 wicket win.

Mannum v Jervois

Mannum were far too strong for Jervois at the Mannum Showgrounds, winning the toss, batting first and posting a mammoth total of 4/357.

Kookas' openers Josh Hancock (56 runs) and Max Worthley (47 runs) put on 109 before Jervois struck.

It wasn't long before Nick Lindner (102 not out) was in and he gave the Jervois bowlers grief scoring at century at almost a run-a-ball. Mannum's Josh Boylan took just 55 balls to make his 76 runs before he was dismissed.

Linder and Jayden Krollig (32 not out off 29 balls) steered the Kookas to their impressive 357 total, with just four wickets down. Jervois tried eight bowlers with Grantley Byrne taking two wickets.

In reply, Jervois struggled to build any partnerships and the Bluds were bowled out for just 86 before dirnks in the 22nd over.

Mannum's Josh Boylan continued backed up his solid form with the bat with an outstanding performance with the ball, taking seven wickets for just 19 runs from seven overs. Jack Bormann took two wickets.