GILBERT Valley is on the hunt for victory after restricting Gawler Central to just 148 runs on the first day of the sides’ Barossa & Light A1 cricket on Saturday.
After winning the toss, the Tigers elected to bat and, while there were solid contributions throughout the order, the side lacked a big runscorer.
Elliot Stibbs was the first to go, taken by Tom Connell (2/55) for a duck, with the latter striking again soon after to remove Mathew Taylor-McDonald.
Tigers’ captain Ben Pfitzner stepped up to hit a serviceable 21 before Tom Vater (4/20) sent him back to the sheds.
As the wickets started to fall, it was Kym Vivian who provided some form of resistance for the visitors, but he could only manage 27 before becoming another Vater victim.
Michael Davis was another steadying hand in the middle, producing a handy 30, but his run was cut short before he could do any major damage, caught by Thomas Smith off the bowling of Craig Mullins.
The remaining batsmen each failed to surpass 15 runs – Jarryd Fisher was left unbeaten on 14 – as the side finished up out for 148 in the 57th over.
Gilbert Valley wasted no time in formulating a reply, with openers Matt Norman and Andrew Bruce combining for a 58-run partnership, before Fisher (1/12) sent the latter to the sheds.
Captain Norman followed suit soon after, a victim of Pfitzner’s (1/11) bowling.
After 14 overs, Mullins (seven) and Justin Schahinger were left not out in the middle as the Bulls reached 2/67 by stumps.