Top four teams jostle for position in Northern Areas

Derek Upton gets some support from Bryce Chapman in the field.

Derek Upton gets some support from Bryce Chapman in the field.

Wilimington/Melrose v Pekina/Carrieton

In a 32-over game at Wilmington Oval, the Pekina-Carrieton Bushrangers batted first and made a highly competitive 5/173 from this allotment.

Young bowler Isabel Bryksy was impressive on her A1 debut for Watervale.

Young bowler Isabel Bryksy was impressive on her A1 debut for Watervale.

Skipper Kieran Blackwell and Josh Lines lead the way with a 67-run second wicket stand where both made scores in the forties.

Blackwell was run out for 42, while Lines was also dismissed in this manner as well for 47.

Todd McPharlin gets bat to ball for Lower North.

Todd McPharlin gets bat to ball for Lower North.

Lines dispatched a six and four boundaries in his total, while Blackwell sent the ball to the fence on three occasions.

Tom Reid chimed in with a handy unbeaten 24, while for the hosts Cody Scutcheon was the leading performer at the bowling crease with 2/26 from seven overs.

The other wicker taker was Declan McCullum who collected 1/24 from four overs.

In their run chase despite a half century by Andrew Milne, Willington-Melrose could only it managed 9/ 141 going down by 32 runs.

Three Bushrangers, opener Tom Reid (2/12 from six overs) skipper Kieran Blackwell (2/14 from six overs) as well as spinner Zac Hutchinson (2/41 from seven overs) were the chief destroyers for the bushrangers.

Milne, who arrived at the crease with the score at 2/1, dispatched a single boundary in his 58.

Opener Cooper Woolford (24) and Cody Scutcheon (27) were the only other two players for Willington Melrose to get to double figures.

Bundaleer v Burra

The Burra Eagles travelled to Bundaleer and secured a commanding 85-run win over their hosts off the back of Boh Wall century.

Batting first, Burra were in trouble early after they lost easy wickets.

Jason Schuppan, (19) Geoff Thompson (3) and Josh Cousins (4) were all removed cheaply.

But the Eagles would go on to make for 4/224 from their 32 overs, setting Bundaleer a competitive target to chase down.

Wall collected his first century of the summer with just two rounds of the regular season still to play.

He finished undefeated on 117 while Ben Hook, the team’s keeper made 46.

Wall dispatched 14 boundaries and a maximum in his hundred, while Hook recorded six boundaries during his time at the crease.

Lachlan Jaeschke remained undefeated on 26.

Since returning home from Tanunda Wall has smashed nine centuries.

The best of the Bundaleer bowlers was Ben Lehmann with 2/33 from six overs while Ryan Clark claimed 1/33 from seven and Luke Clarke 1/46 were the other wicket takers.

Bundaleer received a reasonable start from Des Clark (26) and Paul Hagger (24) at the top of the innings, but besides a 40 from keeper and SANFL footballer Sam McCarthy they were to fall for 139 in the 27th over.

Veteran Jason Schuppan collected 3/41 from six overs while Matt Opperman collected 2/22 from seven overs of off spinner.

Schael Wall chimed in with 2/12 from 3 overs at the end grab the vital wicket of McCarthy and cleaned up the tail.

Orroroo v Spalding/Booborowie

Seen as one of the true contenders this season Spalding-Booborowie was beaten by Orroroo by six wickets in their clash at the Roos’ home ground.

The Bare-Backers batted first and were in early trouble at 3/20 and 5/78 before Matt Longbottom, captaining the side, made an important 47.

Only Will Longmire (17) and Albert Dolphin (14) helped Matt Longbottom out by reaching double figures. 

The side would be dismissed in the 31st over.

Alex Matushik collected early wickets and finished with 3/29 from seven overs while Hudson Davies was equally as effective in the middle and lower order taking 4/24 from four overs.

An 86-run opening stand between John Sheehan and keeper Ollie Dignan set up the Roo’s victory.

Sheehan was the first dismissal on 56 and from there Orroroo lost three wickets for 12 runs before getting home, but they were still strong victors.

Teenager Dignan batted manfully and remained undefeated on 38.

Both the Longbottom brothers collected two scalps each - Matt, who opened the bowling, finished with 2/18 while left-arm spinner Cameron collected 2/23 from his seven overs.

Cameron Longbottom now has 26 wickets to this point of the season, eight ahead of his nearest rival.

Booleroo/Willowie v Belalie Mannanaire

The round 12 match between Booleroo-Willowie and Belalie-Mannanarie finished with a decisive nine wicket win to the visitors.

Hosts Booleroo-Willowie batted first and made a competitive total of 5/187 from 32 overs.

Amazingly extras accounted for 42 of that total.

In reply Bel-Man waltzed to victory finishing on 1/193 in the 31st over.

Belalie Mannanarie is on top of the ladder with nine wins from the first 12 games, a single victory ahead of the Burra Eagles in second place.

The Pekina-Carrieton Bushrangers are third with 7 wins and two draws, while Spalding-Booberowie round out the top four with seven victories, one draw and 4 losses.

The composition of the top four can’t change, but all four teams are jostling for a double chance.

Outside the top four are Orroroo on four victories, Booleroo-Willowie and Wilmington-Melrose both with three wins and Bundaleer sits at the base of the table with one victory so far this summer.

There are two games left in the regular season before finals.