• Rikki Lambert

Angaston and Tanunda to face off in Barossa & Light Cricket grand final


Imposing batting performances on Saturday by both Angaston and Tanunda proved too hard for their opponents on Sunday, with both powering into next weekend's grand final.


At Tanunda Oval, the second-placed home side won the toss and elected to bat against Sandy Creek, losing captain Trent Goers for his first failure of the season, out for a four ball duck. Cornish, Smith, Wall and Snowden fell in quick succession to leave Tanunda reeling at 5 for 29. A fine rearguard effort from Jonathan Justin (30 from 95 balls), Marshall 19 (42), Gattermayr 22 (74) and Graetz 23 (51) supported Tanunda's other opener, Sam Colquhon top-scoring with 54 from 95. Tanunda's impressive 168-runs all-out came despite opening bowling Herculean effort of Sandy Creek's gun allrounder Handtke, claiming a season-best 6 for 36 from 24 overs.


Sunday's run chase never got going, Handtke the key wicket taken for 1 straight after opener Zobel went for a duck. Boschen (4/15) and Goers (4/12) ripped through the Sandy Creek batting order with ease to wrap the match up inside 33 overs - Sandy Creek all out for just 50.


At Angaston Oval on Saturday the top team and home side also won the toss and elected to bat, their top order mercurial with solid opening efforts by Miles (22) and Doecke (27) before Greg Bain and captain Scott Rathjen combined at the crease. The pair feasted on 226-runs from Greenock's bowlers, including Bain's 136 from 164 balls and Rathjen's 101 from 151 balls. By the time the middle-order got a chance to bat, they opened the shoulders out quickly but piling the total up to 7 for 345 from 75 overs. Ben Thiel was the pick of the bowlers for Greenock taking 4 for 101 from 21 overs.


Greenock's Sunday run chase was a horror story with wickets evenly shared between the Angaston bowlers, Henke mopping up the tail to take 4 for 17 from his 7.3 overs. Thiel capped off a solid game for his side, top scoring with 18 runs but only opening battler Sam Nitschke with 13 entered double-figures. A sorry Greenock side were bundled out for 61 runs in the 28th over.


Both Angaston and Tanunda enter the grand final in fine form, arguably Angaston in better shape with their top order getting good batting time in the middle as opposed to Tanunda, who showed frailty against the Sandy Creek bowlers.