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Angaston charges in even comp
WITH the Barossa & Light Cricket
Association taking a week off for the
Adelaide Test match, The Bunyip takes a
look at where each team is poised after the
first six rounds.
Four two-day matches and two one-day
matches have been completed, with the five
consecutive one-dayers programmed over the
next month ahead of the final on February 8.
Angaston has charged to the top of the ladder
in the early stages, and certainly looks the team
to beat, winning all but one of its matches.
ANGASTON has been right around the
mark in the previous few seasons and
2014/15 is no different.
The addition of Greg Bain has bolstered
the top order, while Scott Rathjen has per-
formed well since returning to the side, featur-
ing in the association's top 10 run-scorers and
The side's real strength is its versatile bowl-
ing attack: Brett Burgess, Ben Antonie and Sam
Gardham have all taken 10 wickets or more.
Should it keep producing similar performanc-
es each week, Angaston will certainly be tough
to beat come the business end of the season.
THE Cockatoos have shown that their best
can match it with any team in the associa-
tion, and they are the only side to have de-
feated ladder leaders Angaston.
Their early season success has come about
through a well-rounded performance with the
bat and ball, with each player doing their bit.
Spearhead Lee Hill has led the bowling at-
tack, and sits third in the competition's wick-
et tally, while skipper Chris McLean and
Travis Gebauer have together smashed 410 runs
with the bat. Should they keep up their current
form the Cockies will certainly be around the
mark come finals time.
AFTER a stellar start that saw it sweep
aside Gilbert Valley and Nuriootpa with
ease, Freeling has had a shaky past month
that has seen it suffer losses to South Gawl-
er and Kapunda.
Raed Hannun has again been prolific with
the bat, and leads the association with 365
runs, and has been well supported by Ben
Parish and Sam Carmichael.
The Water Hens' bowling attack has found it
hard to hit top gear, however, and is without a rep-
resentative in the association's top 10 wicket-takers.
If last round's demolition of Sandy Creek
is anything to go by, the sleeping giant of the
B&LCA may just be starting to stir.
AFTER being elevated to the A1 com-
petition following last season's success,
Nuriootpa has been somewhat of a
surprise package over the past month,
recording some impressive victories.
Nuri's strength is, undoubtedly, its bowling,
with pacemen Daniel Doecke and Travis Jung-
fer both having standout seasons, taking 43
wickets between them.
There have been few notable performances with
the bat, with Anthony Prior's 64 the top score.
If Nuri can up its output in the runs depart-
ment, to complement its star bowling attack, a
finals berth could well be possible.
KAPUNDA'S fifth positioning on the
ladder is an accurate reflection of its
season so far.
While it has beaten teams below it in South
Gawler and Gilbert Valley (plus an under-
manned Freeling), it has not quite been able to
go toe to toe with teams above it.
Mark Johnson has been the shining light with
the bat, sitting fifth in the competition on 220
runs, while brother Rob has excelled with the
ball to take 17 wickets.
Having lost both its one-day matches for the
season, Kapunda will be looking to rectify that
in coming weeks.
THE Tigers have not got off to the
start they would have liked this year
but, with their more preferred
one-day format taking over for the
next five weeks, things could quickly
Regular changes to the line-up have made it
difficult to develop consistency.
Leading run-scorer Jamie McCafferty has
played just three games, yet still sits 10th
in the competition for total runs, while star
all-rounder Aaron King has only recently
returned to the side after missing the first few
If Central can find a way to get its best 11
on the park each week, it may not remain in
sixth place for long.
SOUTH, much like last season, has found
it hard to get wins on the board, despite
some competitive showings.
Skipper Brodie Barker has led with the bat,
amassing 231 runs so far, while Patrick White
sits second on the overall wicket tally with
18.There is certainly talent within the Lions'
ranks and plenty of upside looking ahead to
the second half of the season.
AFTER being touted as one of the teams
to beat prior to the start of the season, the
Bulls have fallen well short of expectations
in the first six rounds.
At the same time last season the side
was perched atop the ladder -- an obvious
indicator that it is playing well below its ca-
Kym Vandeleur has remained rock solid
with the bat, as has Jack Connell with the
With the gap between the top four
widening, the Bulls will need to pro-
duce a quick turn around in performance
before making finals becomes too difficult a
Daniel Doecke is set to miss
an indefinite number of
games after breaking a bone
in his wrist during last round's
Barossa & Light Cricket
Association match against
Doecke was fielding close to
the batsman when the ball was
struck hard in his direction; when
he attempted to take the catch,
he broke the scaphoid bone in his
The bone is located between the
hand and forearm, on the thumb
side, and helps move the wrist.
Nuri skipper Brett Lydeamore
said there was uncertainty as to
how many matches the paceman
"It's a bit difficult to say," he
"He'll probably be in a cast for
around six weeks.
"From there, I guess, it's just re-
habilitation, so it's a bit hard to tell
at this point."
Doecke has had a ripping start
to the B&LCA season, taking 30
wickets from five matches -- 12
more than anyone else in the com-
During that time he has also
returned the season's best bowl-
ing figures, ripping through South
Gawler in round three to take
9/51 in the first innings.
Before his injury, Doecke had
already taken 2/5 from four overs
and was potentially on the way to
another impressive haul.
Lydeamore said Nuriootpa has a
few options to replace the injured
"There's certainly a few guys
that can cover there," he said.
"Guys like Jonathon
Gerhardy, who's been away quite
a bit, John Lienert and, certainly,
"So there's a number there that
can (fill the hole)."
Doecke out indefinitely Nuri enjoys A1 return
"I think we said at the start of
the year it was just to be competi-
tive with most of the clubs and be
consistent with our performance,"
"So far, so good, but it is a very
close competition and, as you can see
from the ladder, it will be tight and
very close, there's no doubt."
As it sits, three teams -- Nuri,
Freeling and Kapunda -- have regis-
tered three wins, while the top two
sides -- Angaston and Sandy Creek
-- are only one win apart.
"That goes to show you just
how close the competition is,"
"We're sitting fourth, but we're
probably only two-and-a-half games
clear of the bottom side and prob-
ably only a game away from being
One player that has improved out
of sight for the Tigers is opening
bowler Travis Jungfer.
After being back and forth be-
tween the A1 reserves and A2 sides
last season, Jungfer has established
himself as one of the competition's
best bowlers and sits sixth on the
wicket-taking tally with 13.
"Travis has always been a talented
player, but his consistency has been
the difference this year," Lydeamore
"From a bowling perspective he's
probably been given more respon-
sibility with the ball, and that's cer-
tainly had an effect on the way he's
batted as well."
While his side's bowling has been a
standout, Lydeamore is hoping for a
more rounded effort with the bat as
the season progresses.
"We probably need to share the
load a bit more," he said.
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Nuriootpa's Daniel Doecke faces a stint on the sidelines after breaking a
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