Can Central’s bowlers rise to the occasion?

GAWLER Central has given its bowlers 194 runs to defend when play resumes against Sandy Creek this Saturday in Barossa & Light A1 cricket.
The Tigers batted first with Brandon Swan and Blayke Lane opening up, however the latter made just seven runs before being bowled by Rhys Handtke for seven.
Jake Billing entered at three, but was caught off Stephen Hands for four, which left Central at a precarious 2/41.
However, the Tigers’ middle order stepped up, in support of Swan (40), led by Ben Pfitzner, who top-scored with 45.
Skipper Chris Bilney was also handy with 25, before Central was rolled in the 69th over.
Handtke had another solid day out by taking 4/45.
The Cockatoos have started their innings in style, with Hands (eight not out) and Andrew Kokot (11 not out) guiding their side to 0/20.

Lions enjoy new deck

South Gawler has posted a solid total in its first-ever dig on its new turf wicket against Angaston.
The Lions won the toss and elected to bat at Eldred Riggs Reserve, and it wasn’t smooth sailing to start with as opener Riley Barker was caught for a duck.
Chris Graser and Clayton Cameron then put together a partnership of 53 before Graser (36) was caught by Greg Bain off Brett Burgess.
South had a number of contributors down the order thereafter, with Brodie Barker (52), skipper Jacob Ahern (19), Lachlan Hewett (51) and Dave Golder (20) all chipping in valuable runs.
The Lions finished their 75 overs with 9/217 on the board, and still plenty of work to do this Saturday against an in-form Blues unit.
Burgess led Angaston’s bowling effort, taking 4/39 from his 17 overs.

Better bowling needed

Kapunda must produce an improved bowling performance than it did last round if it is to have success against Freeling this Saturday.
The Bombers are in a reasonable position after day one over the weekend, putting 188 runs on the board.
Opener Brett Johnson was sensational with 51, before he was caught off Ben Parish.
However, the story of the afternoon was Matt Ryan smashing his way to an undefeated 63.
For Freeling, Parish enjoyed the afternoon with the ball and took 3/27, and was supported by Ian McMillan, who finished with 3/51.
The Water Hens are yet to commence their innings.

Magpies eye victory

Mallala looks set to take its second win in A1 cricket on Saturday against Gilbert Valley, needing just one more wicket for less than 57 runs.
The Bulls won the toss and sent the Magpies into bat, where Wesley Rudd and Brad Wilson put together an opening partnership of 40.
Wilson was caught off James Vandeleur for 17, and his replacement, Jake Birchmore, was bowled for a duck by Tom Connell.
Magpie skipper Matt Birchmore then partnered with Rudd for 42, before the latter was, finally, trapped lbw by Vandeleur for 43.
Birchmore was dismissed for 20, as Mallala capitulated for 163.
Vandeleur finished the innings with an impressive 6/37. However, the Bulls were unable to carry their bowling form into batting.
Matt Norman is unbeaten on 26, but Gilbert Valley is 9/106 at stumps.
Brad Wilson has taken 5/29 and Jamie Good has 4/34.

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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