Kensington host Woodville for the Barry Jarman Shield as Saturday/Sunday cricket hits the West End first grade competition.
The north-east rivalry between Tea Tree Gully and East Torrens will be hotly contested as both teams are looking to set up their season. The Bulls moved into second spot on the ladder thanks to match winning performances from Adam Somerfield (6/44), Tim Evans (125) and Patrick Page (100*), as they easily accounted for Woodville and will again be intending to do the same this weekend against the Reds.
East Torrens were left wondering about what might’ve been as rain ruined their match against Prospect last weekend after restricting the Pirates to a modest 269. Joel Logan remains a constant threat with the ball claiming 5/73 and will need to reproduce that to break through an experienced Tea Tree Gully line-up, while Ben Dougall will be key for the Reds with the bat. With the Bulls sitting second and the Reds sitting fourth, a win for either side will play a big role in the shaping of the top four at the end of the year.
Glenelg will be looking to turn its season around when it faces Sturt this weekend after what has been a disappointing start to the season, languishing in tenth position on the ladder. The Seahorses went down to Kensington last round after being bundled out for just 180 despite some heroics from rising star Josh Hoffmann (94*). Glenelg will need more from top order batsmen Jake Winter and Tom Plant, while the bowlers led by Daniel Clarke will have their work cut out against a quality Sturt batting attack.
Sturt will be hoping to jump into the four with a win after they were lucky to share the points last round with rain resulting in an abandoned match. West Torrens piled on the runs on their way to 9/381 with the Blues spin duo Tom O’Connell and Ziggy Kulesza remaining largely ineffective leaving Alex Gregory (4/74) and Stuart Claring-Bould (2/71) to do most of the work. It will be a test for the Glenelg attack to try and restrict the in-form Brad Davis and Jacob Dick who both hit centuries in the West End one-day cup last Sunday and will be a defining battle for the match.
Woodville will be looking to bounce back from a big defeat when they take on Kensington for the Barry Jarman Shield. The Peckers underperformed with the bat in their last match against Tea Tree Gully only managing 229 and were left chasing the ball all over the park as the Bulls went on to win comfortably, posting 2/256. Look for a big lift from the Woodville middle-order and top-order batsmen who will aim to convert their starts into big scores this week, which will be critical if the Peckers are to avoid a similar situation to last round.
Kensington easily accounted for Glenelg thanks to a big performance from David Grant (4/80) who will again look to expose a seemingly fragile Woodville line-up. The Browns were in control all match, bowling the Seahorses out for just 180 before easily chasing down the runs for the loss of only three wickets, thanks to dominant innings from Alex Ross (66) and Jake Brown (44). The Barry Jarman Shield currently sits with Kensington and the Peckers will need to lift if they are to wrestle back the Shield after a long five-season drought.