GAWLER Central may have been out of finals contention, but that didn’t stop it collecting a defiant 109-run win over Lyndoch in the last minor round of Barossa & Light A1 cricket on Saturday.
The Tigers made an impressive 244 runs in their first innings, fronted by a stunning knock by Aaron King (138), leaving the
Dockers plenty of work to do when resuming on the weekend.
A Lyndoch win looked unlikely from the outset, but the team’s chances improved dramatically as Nathan Goulding and James Stanbury combined for a 102-run opening stand.
Stanbury was close to reaching a deserved half-century when he was removed by Jarryd Fisher (4/20) for 48, with the dangerous Matt Robinson failing to score after replacing the former in the middle shortly after.
From there, things took a horrible turn for Lyndoch, as the next two wickets tumbled cheaply.
George Sherrin contributed just two runs, while Goulding reached 70 before being trapped LBW by Ben Ward, who would soon wreak havoc through the Dockers’ batting order.
Ward went on to take a super 6/7 from his 12 and a half overs, including seven maidens, to blow the game wide open.
After Goulding’s dismissal, at 4/125, the wheels well and truly fell off, as the remaining Lyndoch batsmen collectively hit just 10 runs for the rest of the match.
The innings eventually wrapped up with Lyndoch bowled out for 135 in the 47th over.
Lyndoch will now be relegated to A1 reserves after finishing bottom, with only two wins, in a sub-par 2016/17 season.