SOUTH Gawler ensured that Gawler Central would go into Christmas at the foot of the Barossa & Light A1 cricket ladder with a five-wicket victory on Saturday, December 23.
The Tigers batted first and looked good as Aaron King (43) and Elliot Stibbs (61) put together a partnership of 90.
Dhruv Sharma chimed in with 18, while skipper Chris Bilney ended the afternoon on an unbeaten 24.
The Tigers concluded their 40 overs at 8/209.
However, the class of Chris Graser (81) and Jacob Ahern (75 unbeaten) shone through, as the Lions smacked their way to 5/244.
Sandy Creek returned to form with a thumping 152-run win over a poor Kapunda.
The Cockies, without star all-rounder Jamie Diener, were sensational.
Andrew Kokot (57), Rhys Handtke (92) and Stephen Hands (84) all contributed massively as the Cockatoos made 4/263, setting the Bombers a near-impossible task.
Sandy Creek continued its domination, this time with the ball, as Nathan Gum (5/43) and Scott Hill (4/26) made a mockery of the Bombers’ batting order.
Troy Sires top-scored with 28 as Kapunda was unceremoniously bowled out for 111.
Bulls eye top four
Gilbert Valley continued to knock on the door of the top four after it overcame Freeling by two wickets.
The Bulls won the toss and threw the Water Hens in to bat first.
Former captain Ben Parish top-scored with 38, while Rhys Schirmer was a handy contributor at the tail-end with 22.
Freeling was eventually bowled out for just 124.
The Bulls started slowly as Kym Vandeleur was bowled out for a duck, but they soon found their groove through Tom Smith (23) and Andrew Bruce (23).
Tom Vater chipped in late with 22 runs, as the Bulls made 8/128 and then declared to end the day early.
Angaston went into the Christmas break undefeated after it overcame Mallala by five wickets.
The reigning premier won the toss and put the Magpies in to bat.
Matt Birchmore (15) and Brad Wilson (28) put together an opening partnership of 52, but aside from Jake Birchmore (26) coming in at four, it was downhill from there.
The Magpies were bowled out for 120, as Brett Burgess (4/12) did damage with the ball.
The Blues steadied, and thanks to Greg Bain and Ben Burgess (both 44), made their way to 5/124.