Reigning Northern Areas A grade cricket premiers Pekina-Carrieton had a solid win over Booleroo/Willowie by 49 runs on the back of half centuries by Bushrangers captain Kieran Blackwell and all-round sporting talent Denis Redden.
The Pekina-Carrieton Bushrangers won the toss and battered first and lost their first wicket at 40 when Zac Hutchinson was dismissed by Damien Smith for 14.
The other Bushrangers wickets to fall were Blackwell for 70 and young Ollie Dignan for 16, while Redden and young Will Bowman, who remained 15 not out. produced in unbroken 59 run fourth wicket stands.
Redden batting for the first time this year remind 69 not out.
The pick of the Booleroo/Willowie bowlers was Smith with 2/46, while Jordan Arthur collected the other wicket to fall and finished with the tidy figures of 1/30 from eight overs.
This was a contest that was in the balance at 2/93 before Smith was run out for 65, then they slumped from 2/93 to 5/101 and then 7/140 before losing the last three wickets for just two runs.
Three Bushrangers bowlers collected two wickets each.
Added to his batting performance with 2/27 from eight overs, including a couple of maidens, was Dennis Redden.
Young Jed Dignan collected 2/46 from eight overs while Zac Hutchinson also claimed to pair of scalps finishing with 2/42 from an eight over spell.
Sam Kuerschner with 1/32 from four overs and Will Bowman with 1/14 from 2.4 overs were the other Bushrangers wicket takers.
Two run outs of the top of the innings were also important in the Pekina-Carrieton’s win.
Home team captain David Clarke and Dion Foulis, in the middle order, also got starts and were both dismissed on 20.
Bundaleer v Spalding-Booborowie
The Spalding-Booborowie Barebackers continued their outstanding start to the season with a fourth consecutive win in the round four contest against Bundaleer.
In the field they dispatched the Bundaleer batsmen for just 95 and then again collected a 10-wicket victory on the back of a half century by Zac Fielding, with able support from his batting partner Lachlan Wilsdon, who has yet to be dismissed this summer.
Bundaleer batted first and proceeded to 1/66 before wicket started to tumble at regular intervals.
They were eventually bowled out for 95 in the 31st over.
Only keeper batsman Matt Hagger with 16 (two fours), his opening partner Ben Lehmann with 15 (three fours) and Ryan Clark with an aggressive 31 which included four boundaries and a six, got to double figures.
Both Barebackers opening bowlers Matt Longbottom, with 1/26 from five, and Lachlan Wilsdon, with 1/29 from eight overs, started the Bundaleer collapse.
Zac Fielding with three for 25 from his eight overs and last year's NAFA competition leading wicket taker Cam Longbottom with 3/9 from six overs, including two maidens, were the chief-wicket takers.
Tom Wilsdon chimed in with 1/2 from 2.4 overs while captain Mark Shane finished with 1/2 from the six balls he delivered.
Spalding-Booborowrie made short work of the run chase finishing on 0/96 from 17.3 overs.
Fielding produced an aggressive 62 not out, facing 50 deliveries and 57 minutes hitting eight boundaries and a six. Lachlan Wilsdon was a junior partner with 25 from 56 balls faced in 57 minutes as well. His innings included two boundaries and a six.
Burra v Belalie Mannanarie
The Burra Eagles have fallen out of the top four after they were easily beaten by Belalie-Mannanarie in the clash at Burra Oval.
At home the Eagles won the toss through captain Will Brooks and decided to bat.
They were in charge a 1/54 before losing the last nine wickets for 62 runs.
All of the Eagles top five batsmen got to double figures with opener Jason Schuppan top scoring with 24.
The quartet of Geoff Thompson (10), Matt Opperman (16), Daniel Armstrong (13) and Brad Radford (13) all got starts but fail to go on and have a major impact on the game.
Nick Haddow, in the bottom order, also made 15 in the team total of 116 where the Eagles faced 34.4 overs.
Will Seddon claimed career best figures of 5/ 21 of 4.4 overs to clean up the tail.
His victims included the price scalp of Boh Wall for seven, caught James Lang.
Shannon Fielding was impressive with 2/14 from eight overs while captain Shannon Jaeschke claimed 2/12 from eight overs as well, while Cameron Clark chimed in with 1/17 from five overs.
The game was still up for grabs when Will Seddon was dismissed for 23 with the score at 36 and three wickets were already back in the sheds. Sam Young and Clark produced an unbroken 82-run stand for the fourth wicket to ensure victory with 12 overs still remaining.
Young was unbeaten on 43 having dispatched four boundaries in his innings while Clark also sent the ball to the fence on three occasions in his 28 not out.
The Eagles trio of “Digger” Thompson 1/32 from seven overs with three maidens, Jason Schuppan with 1/23 from eight overs and Matt Opperman with 1/22 from six overs were the Eagles wicket takers.
Orroroo won on forfeit in its match with Wilmington/Melrose.
Spalding/Booborowie host Orroroo at home while Belalie Mannanarie versus Booleroo/Willowie, Burra take on Bundaleer and Pekina/Carrieton face Wilmington/Melrose.