Central fights back

VICTORY: Centrals batsman Brad Smith plays a shot on his way to scoring 42 against South Whyalla.

VICTORY: Centrals batsman Brad Smith plays a shot on his way to scoring 42 against South Whyalla.

Central Whyalla 7/202 (S. Collison 72, B. Smith 42, Dyson 33; Irvin 3/50) defeated South Whyalla 10/95 (Kelly 26; B. Smith 3/6, I. Smith 3/25): Memorial Oval set the scene for the meeting between South Whyalla and dominant Central Whyalla. After the comprehensive defeat at the hands of the Magpies last week, the Demons would be looking to putting in a more consistent performance as Centrals powerful batting line up could potentially make an uncomfortable afternoon. 

Winning the toss and batting first, Centrals were in early trouble, losing in-form batsmen Jarrad Dunbar and Isaac Smith, both caught behind off the bowling of Simon Trezise and Jacob Elldige. This brought veteran run-machines Scott Collison and Bradley Smith together, who both, like many previous times, were presented with a difficult scenario. For the up-tenth time, the Collison-Smith combination proved vital, putting on 85 for the 3rd wicket, taking the roosters to a more comfortable position. Collison (72) and Smith (42), however, late hitting from new player, Michael Dyson (33) and a swash-buckling 27 from Daniel Collison helped the Roosters to 202, which would be difficult to chase. Chris Irvin took the most wickets for the Demons with 3/50, although he did receive a bit of stick from the middle of Collison's bat. South's inexperienced batting lineup was always in for a tough time, particularly with Centrals having Bartel, Daniel Collison and Isaac Smith, all who are leading the way, statistically, in the competition. Souths took the slow and steady approach, looking to frustrate the bowling and spend time at the crease. Sean Kelly in his second A Grade game, top scored with a quick 26, along with Joel Matacin who made 16. South's have struggled without Parker and McArthur, and their total of 92 demonstrated their need for more experienced batsmen. The Smith brothers were the better bowlers for the Roosters, both taking three wickets. 

North Whyalla 10/140 (Quist 28, Clothier 27, Dekuiher 21; Chenoweth 4/20, Todd 3/23) defeated Roopena 10/137 (Smith 26, Chenoweth 24; Perialwar 3/20, Dekuijer 2/14): North and Roopena have played out some memorable matches over the last few seasons, both teams often facing off in important games. This weekend would be particularly important with a Magpie victory putting them 3 games ahead of third spot, with a Roopena win keeping them just one game behind the double chance. Roopena were without Captain Greg Fiebig and North without Sam Lewis, David Atkinson or Gary Branford, meaning both sides would be tested for depth. Quist won the toss and elected to bat, hoping to pose an imposing total, however, when youngster Scott Crowhurst edged a ball to Chenoweth's boot, which popped straight up to Johns at first slip, luck looked to be going to be going Roopena's way. Continued: P27