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SOUTH Gawler has staked a claim
on the flag early in the Barossa and
Light A1 season, sitting pretty at
the top of the table having only lost
But there is less than four points
between second and fourth in the
main competition, with seven rounds
to play before finals, while only 1.5
points separate second and fourth in
the one-day competition, with four
games to play before the grand final.
Here's how The Bunyip rates
each team's season so far, as the
competition heads into the pointy
end of the summer.
Main rank: 4th
One-day rank: 3rd
Despite being in finals contention
for both one- and two-day rankings,
the reigning premiers have fallen
well below par this year, dropping
matches many thought they would
Reigning Mosey medallist Greg Bain
(219) has peaked at the right time
after a slow start, rocketing to third
on the association's leader board.
Lucas Bramberger led the charge
with the ball, taking 17 wickets,
while Shaun Woodards (165 runs)
has also been a solid contributor.
Verdict: Angaston faces tough
games against Gawler Central,
Freeling and South Gawler in the
coming weeks, which will show
whether it sinks or swims.
Main rank: 3rd
One-day rank: 6th
The Water Hens have been another
hit-and-miss performer this season,
but have shown great potential
moving into the pointy end of the
Leading association run-taker Ian
McMillan has been a standout with
the willow for the Hens, smashing
331 runs, while Raed Hannun has
been strong in support, blasting 205
runs from just four innings.
Rob Montgomery has led the way
with the ball, taking 14 wickets,
while Troy Scott (12), Ben Parish
and Will Serle (10 each) have also
Verdict: Freeling has the makings of
a great side, but will need to secure
those close wins if it hopes for a
successful finals campaign.
Main rank: 6th
One-day rank: 4th
The Tigers have leapt back into the
A1s with an up-and-down season,
defeating cross-town rival and
premiership favourite South Gawler
early in the summer, while also
letting winnable games slip.
Elliot Stibbs has led the way with
the bat, smashing 197 runs, while
spinner Chris Bilney has shone for
the Tigers with the ball, taking 17
wickets, including an economical
Adrian Connelly (14 wickets)
and Aaron King (eight) have also
chipped in well.
Verdict: Gawler Central could have
a real chance of pushing for finals
and even taking the one-day flag
once again if it can continue to build
on a strong past few games.
Main rank: 5th
One-day rank: 5th
Gilbert Valley has shown glimpses
of greatness this season by
defeating some of the competition's
heavyweights and has been unlucky
to lose other games.
Matt Norman has led the way with
the bat, scoring 200 runs, while
Connell brothers Tom (16 wickets)
and Jack (14) have dominated with
Verdict: The Bulls will need to
focus on turning those close losses
into tight wins, but they are by no
means out of the running for a flag
Main rank: 2nd
One-day rank: 2nd
After two consistent seasons, the
Bombers are once again pressuring
top spot, and look to be one of the
teams to beat this summer.
Skipper Joey Brown leads his
charges well, smashing 137 runs
and taking 19 wickets -- including a
seven-wicket haul -- to be one of the
competition's top all-rounders, while
Mark Johnson (185 runs) and Rob
Johnson (17 wickets) have also been
Verdict: Kapunda faces its toughest
tests later in the season, which will
determine how the side will fare
during crunch time.
Main rank: 7th
One-day rank: 7th
The Dockers have had the rug
pulled out from underneath them
this season, after losing their captain
midway through the summer.
But the side has held strong, taking
a couple of wins against Gawler
Central and Gilbert Valley, and
continues to build going into the
second half of the season.
Resuming captain Matthew
Robinson has once again led the
way for the Dockers, scoring 294
runs with the bat, second in the
association, while Stephen Scally
(105 runs) has been a noticeable loss
for the side.
Verdict: Lyndoch is lacking a
key wicket-taker, despite Stewart
Herring (seven wickets) leading
the charge, but the side looks to be
improving as the season carries on
and should score a few more wins
before its end.
Main rank: 8th
One-day rank: 8th
The Cockatoos are a far cry from the
powerhouse of 2015/16.
They are currently yet to get a win
this summer, in either format, and
are in serious danger of facing
The Sandy Creek side does not have
any players in the top 10 association
batsmen, or bowlers, with a number
of usual suspects failing to get off
Rhys Handtke (176 runs) is the
club's best performer with the
willow, while Corey Roberts (11
wickets) was best with the ball.
Verdict: The Cockies face the
serious threat of relegation -- they
have the firepower, but they'll need
a stellar second half of the season to
remain an A1 side.
Main rank: 1st
One-day rank: 1st
The Lions sit pretty at top spot,
making a name for themselves as
not only premiership contenders, but
also one of the competition's biggest
improvers this season.
Once again, Dave Golder has been
a standout performer with the ball,
taking 25 wickets and topping the
association's leader board, while
Jacob Ahern (201 runs) is the Lions'
Matt Knight (153 runs, nine wickets)
has also been a solid all-round
contributor for the side.
Verdict: The introduction of former
Lyndoch captain Stephen Scally will
only boost the side's artillery, and
South, which is shaping up to be one
of the favourites, will be desperate to
continue its purple patch.
Lyndoch captain Matthew Robinson has led the side with the willow,
belting 294 runs.
Freeling’s Ian McMillan leads the
association run-takers, blasting 331
runs so far this season.
Spinner Chris Bilney has shone for the
Tigers with the ball, taking 17 wickets,
including an economical 4/9.
Kapunda skipper Joey Brown has
led his charges well, smashing 137
runs and taking 19 wickets.
Dave Golder has been a standout
performer with the ball for South
Gawler, taking 25 wickets and topping
the association leader board.
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