With a round to go in Northern Areas cricket the final four is set in stone with Spalding/Booborowie collecting a strong win against Orroroo at home on Saturday.
Left arm spinner Cameron Longbottom was the destroyer for the “Bare-backers”, collecting two wickets in each of his second, third and fourth overs.
He finished with the amazing figures of six wickets at the cost of seven runs, from four overs, including a maiden as Orroroo were bundled out for just 45.
The game was over early in the afternoon as Spalding/Booborowie finished on 2/46, getting the runs in the 14th over.
For Orroroo, only opener John Sheehan, with 14, got to double figures while Cams brother Matt took 2/17 from seven overs and skipper Alex Morgan collected 1/6 from his two overs.
Cameron Longbottom also affected the run out of young Austin Nutt.
Both the Wilsdon brothers Lachlan and Tom remain undefeated both on 13 when the winning runs were scored.
Lachie Willesden dispatched two boundaries in his total.
John Richardson-Neate was the only successful Roos bowler collecting 2/19 from his seven tight overs.
Going into the final round Cameron Longbottom has certainly been the leading bowler in the NACA competition having claim 32 wickets at an average of 9.19 per victim, including three hauls of five wickets or more.
Burra v Bundaleer
At Burra Oval, the Eagles posted a big score against Bundaleer in what proved to be a one-sided affair from the outset on the back of a brilliant and undefeated 161 not out by premier NACA batsman, Boh Wall.
Burra finished with 6/280 from 40 overs with Wall and Jason Schuppan producing an opening stand of 119 before the later was sent packing for 56.
Wall dominated the rest of the innings with a Bradmanesque display which included five sixes and 18 fours.
He has now 897 runs for the 107-18 NACA season at an average of 170.
Wall needs 103 in the final minor round game to pass the 1000-run mark during the regular season.
Wall’s opening partner Schuppan hit seven boundaries and a six in his 56.
The most successful of the Bundaleer bowlers was Max Voumard who sent down eight overs and finished with four wickets, but at a cost of 88 runs.
Daniel Clark finished with 1/48 from his full allotment of nine overs, while Harry Reynolds collective 1/16 from two overs.
In their reply Bundaleer were all out for exactly 100 in 22.4 overs.
Keeper Sam McCarthy top-scored with 24, while Daniel Clark made 19 and in the lower order batsman Chris Beyer got to double figures being dismissed for 13.
Eagles quick Geoff “Digger” Thompson was the destroyer with the ball, grabbing personal season-best haul of 6/31 from seven overs to break the back of the Bundaleer innings.
Conor Lamond (1/26) and Jayden Alderson (1/21) both chimed in with a wicked each for the Eagles cause.
At the end Daniel Armstrong bowl four deliveries and collecting two wickets at the cost of two runs for the Eagles.
Pekina/Carrieton v Belalie Mannanarie
Skipper Kieran Blackwell was lynch-pin to Pekina/Carrieton impressive total of 4/230 in a game that was reduced to 30 overs a side due to the conditions.
At Pekina Oval with the Bushrangers batting first, lost Zac Hutchinson for 17 with the score 32, the Blackwell siblings produced 109-run second wicket stand.
This was before and Riley Blackwell was dismissed for 42.
Kieran Blackwell would go on to make a century – a season-high 112 not out -dispatching 10 fours and a six in his innings, which won the game for the Bushrangers.
For Belalie Mannanarie all-rounder Sam Young was there best bowling option with 2/34 from seven overs and the other wicket taker was Cameron Clark with 1/44 from his allotment of seven overs.
Belalie Mannanarie finished with a respectable total of five for 167 from their 30 overs at the batting crease with a number of players getting starts.
Skipper Shannon Jaeschke made 25, while his opening partner David Williams was dismissed for 18.
Veteran Sam Young produced an accomplished 37, with 24 – two sixes and three four coming in boundaries.
Cameron Clark was dismissed for a team-high 42 including five fours and young Will Seddon made 25 as well. The wickets we shared between the Bushrangers bowlers.
Luke Bowman opening the bowling collected 1/21 from 6 overs while Zac Hutchinson secured the best analysis 2/20 from five overs, with both wickets coming in his final over.
Jack Clark chimed in with 1/9 from his two overs and Kevin O’Dea wound back the clock and took 1/9 from an over.
Wilmington Melrose v Booleroo-Willowie
The match of Wilmington Oval between Booleroo-Willowie and the host Wilmington Melrose bucked the trend of the weekend.
In a low scoring thriller the host got up by one wicket with the last pair needing to make 16 runs to grab victory in a heart stopper.
Josh Robinson was the hero of the day both with the ball and later in the day with the bat.
Booleroo-Willowie batted first and looked like they would produce a strong score, with the total at one for 84 before Damian Smith was dismissed for 4.7
They fell quickly from this point to be all out for 111 with the last nine wickets only producing 27 runs.
Jamie Robinson opened the bowling and took 1/32 from five overs; the wicket of opening batsman Jordan Arthur while Declan McCallum collected the prize scalp of Smith in his figures of 1/ 33 from nine overs.
Des Taylor chimed in with one wicket at the end at a cost of seven runs from four overs at the bowling crease.
Josh Robinson was simply outstanding with the “cherry”, taking 6/14 from an eight over spell, which included a maiden to rip through the opposition batting order.
Wilmington Melrose runs chase spluttered and choked early, going from 2/19 to 5/69 and then 7/71.
With the score at 9/96 Booleroo-Willowie looked likely winners but Josh Robinson had a thing to say about that as well.
He made a match winning 26 not out of the end with number 11 batsman Lamberts at the other end on zero not out.
Young Declan McCallum made 21, while Lachie McCallum chimed in with 12.
Captain Ryan Slee at the top of the innings made 11 and number three, Andrew Milne also got to double figures, making 16.
Smith added to his batting performance with 4/ 23 with a ball while Dion Foulis collected 2/29 David Clarke (1/27) and Jordan Arthur (1/19 from nine) where the other wicket takers for Booleroo-Willowie in this tense and exciting fixture.
In the final round of the season Bundaleer take on Wilmington Melrose at home while Burra host Pekina/Carrieton.
The Roos host Belalie Mannanarie in Orroroo and Booleroo/Willowie take on Spalding/Booborowie.