Setting up victories

In the round five clash of Pekina Oval – the 2016-17 grand final re-match at the same venue in March - the host won the toss and elected to bat with SA Outbacks prospect O’Dea collecting his third century of the summer in Pekina/Carrieton’s total of 7/219.

O’Dea peeled off a brilliant 140 before being dismissed in the final over of the innings. He had made 103 not out in his first match of the season against Orroroo then followed that up with 111 against Booleroo-Willowie in round three.

After four games he is averaging 119.33 with the bat. His high score so far season of 140 included no less than 22 boundaries. O’Dea produced an 83-run association with skipper Kieran Blackwall for the second wicked and had another 54-run partnership with Josh Lines (26) for the fifth wicket. The pick of the Spalding-Booborowie bowlers was captain Alex Morgan who finished with 4/44 from is nine overs, which included three maidens while Ryan Fitzgerald was the other wicket taker with 3/37 from six overs. Spalding-Booborowie’s run chase looked on target at 2 /121 with 14 overs remaining but they lost three wickets for 13 runs to be 5/137 in the 32nd over. The visitors would finish on 7/184, going down by 35 runs. Skipper Alex Morgan return to form with the bat at the top of the order as well making a top score of 73 which included five boundaries.

Other recognised batsman Lachie Wilsden made an important 31, which included just one boundary, while Liam Fitzgerald remained undefeated on 33 at the end.

Lachie Bowman and Billy Tapscott were among the more successful bowlers each claiming two wickets as did young Charlie Luckraft.

Bowman was frugal at the bowling crease finishing with 2/25 from his eight over spell, while spinner Tapscott took 2/16 from five overs and young Luckraft finished with 2/13 at the end from his 12 balls bowled.

O'Dea added to his batting heroics with 1/20 from five overs with the ball.

Burra v Belalie Mannanarie

A brilliant and unbeaten 97 by evergreen veteran Jason Schuppan helped Burra continue its winning run in this round.

In this top-of-the-table clash with Belalie Mannanarie the visitors won the toss and batted first. Openers Shannon Jaeschke and Ryan Simpson got the Navy Blues off to a solid start before both were dismissed LBW to Harrison Quinn for 20 and 21 respectively.

The Navy Blues dropped three quick wickets and were 3/51 before all-rounder Sam Young prove to be the backbone of the innings with an impressive 69, which included a trio of sixes and half a dozen boundaries .

Darren Woolford also made an unbeaten 26 in the competitive total of six for 179. Both Quinn and Matt Opperman collected the best analysis. Quick Quinn, who plays SACA District Cricket for Woodville as well, finished with 2/29 from six overs while off-spinner Opperman collected 2/28 from his full nine overs.

Both Geoff ‘Digger” Thompson (1/16 from six overs) and Schuppan finished with one wicket at the cost of 35 from is full nine over spell were the other wicket takers

The Eagles run chase started well with opening pair of Schuppan and Boh Wall producing a 112-run opening wicket stand.

Wall was dismissed for 56 caught behind by Will Seddon off the bowling of leg spinner Ryan Simpson.

Brad Radford was quickly sent back to the Pavilion, bowled by Zac Mead and the score was 2/115.

Schuppan, in sparkling form and averaging over a hundred as well currently and Matt Opperman who remained 25 not out saw the Eagles to victory with four overs to spare. Schuppan finished undefeated on 97, an innings which included 11 boundaries and a six.

Booleroo/Willowie v Bundaleer

A brilliant and equally unlucky 99 by Paul Hagger was the backbone of Bundaleer’s strong total of eight for 204 against Booleroo-Willowie at the Booleroo Centre Town Oval on Saturday.

Before being caught on the boundary by Joe Arthur off the bowling of Matt Hanish, Hagger hit 17 boundaries in his better than a run-a-ball 99 from 74 deliveries faced. He produced a 53-run second wicket stand with Clayton Pycroft and then had an 86-run association with Daniel Clark who made 45. Left arm opener David Clarke was the most productive of the Booleroo-Willowie bowlers collecting 3/29 while Damien Smith, Lucas Hombsch, Joe Arthur and Hanish secured a single scalp.

In Booleroo-Willowie’s run chase they were 1/69 before Lucas Hombsch was dismissed for 12 and 2/110 when their top scorer Smith was sent to the pavilion for 52. Clarke made 23, to adding to his bowling effort, but the team would go down by a large 81-run margin with plenty of overs to spare.

All-rounder and off spinner Clayton Pycroft was the leading wicket taker in the game with 4/37 from eight overs while brisk teenage left arm quick Ryan Clark collected 2/30 from nine overs. Developing seamer Max Voumard collected the impressive figures of 2/11 from six overs including three Maiden.

Wilmington/Melrose v Orroroo

Orroroo travelled to Melrose Oval and had a solid 30-run win over their hosts.

Batting first the Roos made 6/186 from their 40 overs with contributions down the order. Opener John share made a handy 25 while skipper Matt Kuerschner produced his high score so far this season being dismissed for 40. Roos batsman John Richardson top-scored in the middle order with 57, while Kade Ackland produced a very important 32 not out in the Roos total.

Wilmington-Melrose opener Cody Scutcheon was penetrating across is nine overs taking 3/27, which included a couple of maidens.

Andrew Milne chimed in with 2/29 from his full allotment while Shannon Jones was the other wicket taker with 1/52.

The hosts were 2/61 before losing three quick wickets and then after a partnership between Cody Scutcheon and Milne, who both made 37, they lost two quick wickets and the final wickets fell for nine runs.

Aiden Lee had the most successful figures of 4/28 from nine overs while Richardson added to his half century with 3/15 from eight overs in a “man of the match” display. Wilmington Melrose skipper Ryan Slee the top of the order made 29 while keeper Jake Scutcheon compiled 22 batting in the number four position. Opening bowler Corey Finlay, 1/39 from nine overs, opening the bowling and Kate Ackland 1/20 were the other wicket takers for Roos.