Test match weekend has been and gone with all eyes fixed on this weekend’s Saturday/Sunday first grade Premier Cricket.
Adelaide University will be keen to pick up where they left off before the test match and remain undefeated as they host West Torrens this weekend. The Blacks easily accounted for Southern District last round thanks to big performances from Peter Wilson (71), Michael Burgess (118) and Grant Stewart (4/41 & 4/20) but fell shy of another outright win as the Stingrays held out until the close of play. It will be a much tougher contest for Adelaide University this weekend against the Eagles and will need their big guns to continue firing to continue their winning ways.
West Torrens will be looking to bounce back after a heavy defeat to Adelaide last round which saw their bowlers dispatched to all parts of Henley Oval. The Eagles will need to improve in all facets but in particularly their bowling department to have any chance of containing a high run-scoring University line-up with a big lift from Braedon Renshaw key. Additionally, West Torrens need to find support for one of the in-form batsmen of premier cricket in Kelvin Smith. Smith has returned 5 centuries in just two weeks including another 85* last round as batsmen fell around him. Look for Daniel Drew and Leigh Drennan to step up and provide meaningful contributions.
Second place Tea Tree Gully will have the opportunity to put more space in between them and third placed Sturt this round after thrashing their north-east rivals East Torrens in their last game. Brilliant spells of bowling from Ben Atkinson (4/29) and Ben Hutchinson (6/52) followed by dominant batting displays from Patrick Page (32 & 71*) and Joe Gatting (59*) set up a brilliant team victory. The Bulls will be looking for the same team effort this weekend where multiple players step up with match-winning performances.
Sturt breezed past Glenelg last round thanks to brilliant spells from Ulricht van Duyker (5/22) and Tom O’Connell (3/30) who spun through the Seahorses line-up before Jacob Dick (88) and Alex Gregory (64) made light work of the chase. The Blues batsmen will need to be on top form to make runs against a deep and versatile Bulls bowling attack and will look for Dick, Gregory and captain Brad Davis to score the bulk of their runs. Leg-spinner O’Connell will be missing this clash as he represents South Australia at the U/19 carnival but look for Ziggy Kulesza to take up the slack and ensure the Blues don’t miss the presence of O’Connell.
Woodville will continue their quest to break into the top four this weekend as they face Northern Districts after a triumphant win over Kensington last round. Recruit Jacob Dickman (104) continued his consistent form for season 2017/18 with his first century for the Peckers with support from opener Conor McInerney (57). The Peckers bowling attack continues to be their strength as Carl Tietjens and Ben Turley will again lead from the front whilst Cooper Thompson returns to face his former side for the first time.
Northern Districts claimed their second win of the season last round with an upset victory of Port Adelaide thanks to magnificent bowling performances from Mitch Thomas (4/22) and Cameron Williams (3/44) which set up the game in the Jets favour. Mark Cosgrove (72) showed his class with the bat whilst Aditya Dhadwal (68*) will be a key wicket for the Peckers. Woodville remain favourites for this match but do not right off a solid Northern Districts team.