Collison destroys North’s top order

CRICKET: North batting against Centrals.
CRICKET: North batting against Centrals.

Central Whyalla 2/30 (B. Smith 17*) defeated North Whyalla 10/29 (D. Collison 5/6, Bartel 3/22) 

In what was anticipated to be a close contest, the match-up between North Whyalla and Central Whyalla proved to be a complete waste of a well-prepared Memorial Oval surface.  

Central Whyalla's Daniel Collison smashed the fragile North batting line up with a fiery opening spell which proved to be the wedge between the two sides. Collison completely destroyed the top order, claiming 5/6 with 4 of the wickets being bowled or LBW. Collison has lead the Rooster attack for the last few seasons since Jeremy Edson moved back to Central/Stirling in the Port Augusta cricket association, however, has often completed the grind work with teammates getting the ultimate success.

Saturday proved a real 'stat booster for Collison, with opening partner Josh Bartel chiming in with 3 of his own dismissals to have him pushing the stat leaders in the competition. No highlights for the magpies as their scorecard resembled something more conducive to binary code to that of success. 

The chase was never going to be an issue, Sam Lewis and David Miller both picking up the wickets of Isaac Smith and Jarrad Dunbar in their short spells, however, Brad Smith chipped the deficit with 17*. 

In what was an 'everything possibly went wrong' type game for the Magpies, Centrals just get the job done. They have managed to continue belting sides with Captain Scott Collison only being needed with the bat in three games.  

Westlands United 10/98 (C. Stewart 26; Elldige 4/13) defeated South Whyalla 10/54 (J. Davis 4/14, M. Jaritz 3/13) 

Sunday afternoon's match up was an important one for both clubs, each on two win, South Whyalla was only holding onto the last final's spot by percentage. 

Westlands United was going into the clash minus their skipper, David Dunbar, where South would welcome back spearhead fast bowler Patrick McArthur fresh of his engaging trip through the United States. 

Westlands batted first on a strip that had not seen much action the previous day, looking to see if they could build a formidable total. Opening batsmen Michael Jartiz and Shane Dunbar got the side off to a reasonable start, however, Trezise and Elldige struck back, removing both batsmen in the 'teens'.

From here the middle order struggled, at one stage being 7/46, however Cameron Stewart stood up and guided the tail through some difficult patches, making 26 and taking the Westlands score to 96. Jacob Elldige was the best of the demons bowlers, having his breakout game in Whyalla, taking 4/13. 

South would have backed themselves in to get the total with the Devils missing both Dave Dunbar and Joe Jaritz from their bowling attack, however, with the likes of Mick Jaritz, GIbbs, Cam Stewart and Jon Davis, they would still pose a serious threat.

South never really got going, having none of their batsmen push the total. Jon Davis (4/14) and Mick Jaritz (3/13) made sure that South were never in the hunt, dismissing them for 54 and putting a serious dent in their finals aspirations. 

This weekends matches were not a showcase of the batting talent in the WCA, however, it separated some teams on the table with Centrals now being two games clear on top, followed by North two games clear of Roopena who are on equal points with Westlands united. South now sit at the bottom of the table with 2 wins, needing to win 2 of their remaining 3 games to make the final four.