Match hangs in the balance

RIVERSIDE will need a massive effort from its bowlers this Saturday, against Dublin, after it was bowled out for 166 in Para Districts grade one cricket over the weekend.

Luke Harris and Steven Hughes opened the batting for Riverside, but the latter was caught for a duck off Tim Macartney.

Aaron Schulz top-scored for Riverside with 40 runs, but the middle order struggled to fire with Josh Farrell (five) and Daniel Jeffrey (two) both dismissed by Luke Walker.

Adam Colbourne did his part to boost the innings with 35, as did Dylan Brennan with 27.

Dublin ended the afternoon at 0/13 in reply.

Meanwhile, Salisbury West has a tough task on its hands as it aims to defend 186 against Craigmore.

Travis McIntyre top-scored for Westies with 39.

Craigmore is 0/33 at stumps with openers Travis Gebauer (17) and Mark Gebauer (11) still at the crease.

Angle Vale looks set to defend its total of 165 against Parafield Gardens after a stinging start with the ball.

The Vale has the Gardens on the ropes at 3/20 at stumps.

Lastly, Virginia is set to heap the misery on One Tree Hill after producing a record breaking innings.

Openers Shaun Lay (139) and Ash Nicholas (83) piled on the runs with an abundance of boundaries to tear apart the Billiegoats’ attack and break the association’s grade one record for the largest opening partnership.

Virginia declared at 8/291, and One Tree Hill is 3/78 heading into day two.

In grade two, Angle Vale has a near impossible task after Craigmore strung together 8/391 from its 70 overs.

Ray Bickle (94) and Dylan Wilson (131) did the damage, with the pair hitting 30 fours and a six between them.

Meanwhile, Ben Knox’s innings saved Riverside’s grade three team from another embarrassing day after it was bowled out for 91 against Dublin.

Knox opened and made a team-high 41 runs, but the remainder of the order struggled as only he and Josh Olszewski made double-digit scores.

However, Dublin only fared one run better off, as it was bowled out for 92.

In grade four, One Tree Hill will be reliant on its bowlers after it was rolled for 178 against Eyre Royals.

Opener Luke Lister smashed a team-high 78 for the Billiegoats.

Eyre Royals is 1/20 at stumps after five overs.

Jack Hudson

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Growing up in Gawler, Jack has taken on a variety of journalistic roles while still studying for his Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing degree. He began his career at The Bunyip as a weekend football writer, before taking on roles with The Footy Budget and The Cricket Chronicle and then earning his first part-time gig at the Barossa Herald. Now returning to The Bunyip, Jack also has a keen interest in footy and soccer, as well as a passion for gaming and reading.

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