• Jason Regan

Slow going costs Orroroo in Northern Areas Cricket

Round three of matches in Northern Areas cricket's A grade competition saw some surprise results with ladder leaders Orroroo failing their first major test of the season.

Orroroo hosted Spalding/Booborowie on Saturday afternoon and elected to bat first after winning the toss. Disciplined bowling from visitors saw the Orroroo batters bogged down for much of the innings. They struggled their way to 3 for 127 from their 40 overs with Matt Kuerschner top-scoring with 41 from 62 deliveries.

In reply, Spalding/Booborowie were prepared to be more adventurous with the bat which paid dividends. They would pass the total in the 36th over for the loss of 5 wickets. Matt Longbottom top-scored for the winners with a well made 38 not out from just 48 deliveries.

At Burra Oval, the hosts won the toss and batted first against Bundaleer. Jason Schuppan was magnificent for Burra, smashing his way to 108 for just 103 balls. He was well supported by Harrison Quinn (73 from 90) with the pair putting on a partnership of 169 for the second wicket. Burra finished their 40 overs with a massive total of 3 for 293.

In reply, Bundaleer struck early trouble and never recovered. They were bowled out for just 129 in the 27th over. Matt Hagger top-scored for Bundaleer with 47 while Geoffrey Thompson did the damage with the ball for Burra taking 3 wickets.

At Booleroo Center the visiting Wilmington/Melrose won the too and chose to bat first. Their uninspiring innings never got going, with only Connor McCallum (30) able to provide any resistance to the string Booleroo/Willowie bowling. They were bowled out in the 34th over for just 102. Guillaume Kruger did the damage with the ball for the hosts, finishing with the great figures of 3 for 4 from 4 overs.

In reply, Booleroo/Willowie had little trouble in the run chase, reaching the target in the 27th over just 4 wickets down. Opener Jordan Arthur top-scored for the winners with 37.

At Victoria Park, Belalie Mannanarie took on Pekina/Carrieton in a game that went right down to the wire. Belalie Mannanarie won the toss and batted first finishing their 40 overs at 4 for 185. Clarke top-scored with a brilliant 83 with the 4 wickets to fall shared by the solid Pekina/Carrieton bowling attack.

In reply, Pekina/Carrieton relied on the Bowans to get get the majority of the total They would combine for a partnership of 99 for the second wicket to help set up victory. Pekina/Carrieton reached the target in the final over 7 wickets down. W Bowman top-scored with 77 while Lachie Bowman collected 72 valuable runs.