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ANGASTON is looking good
to secure its fourth consecutive
Barossa & Light A1 cricket pre-
miership, as it sits undefeated fol-
lowing seven games.
However, the remainder of the
top four is still up for grabs, with
Sandy Creek, A1 newcomers Mal-
lala and South Gawler all separated
by just four points or thereabouts.
Gilbert Valley and Freeling
are knocking on the door, while
2016/17 grand finalist Kapunda
and Gawler Central languish at the
foot of the table.
Here's how The Bunyip rates the
performance of each team so far
Main rank: 1st
One-day rank: 1st
The Blues have been in sen-
sational form this season, and a
31-point lead on the ladder com-
Angaston's depth has been the
reason why it's maintained an
unbeaten record, with Greg Bain
(353 runs), Scott Rathjen (308) and
Shaun Woodards (202) producing
consistent run tallies.
With the ball, Brett Burgess has
taken 16 wickets, while Lucas
Bramberger (11) and Aaron Kurtz
(10) have also contributed well.
Verdict: Despite close calls
against Gilbert Valley and Sandy
Creek, Angaston has proven them-
selves again and again, and will
face South Gawler at the end of the
month in a game which will show
how dangerous it can be.
Main rank: 6th
One-day rank: 4th
The Water Hens have battled
with inconsistency this season, and
find themselves just a couple of
places above the drop zone.
Ben Parish has, again, been
Freeling's best batsman with 203
runs, but behind him is Sam Car-
michael on 105.
Skipper Ian McMillan has had
a decent start to the year with the
ball, taking 12 wickets.
Verdict: Results against Mallala
(a 205-run loss) and Gilbert Val-
ley (a two-wicket loss) show that
Freeling has plenty to work on in
the coming weeks if it is to have a
crack at the finals.
Main rank: 8th
One-day rank: 8th
One win from seven games says
it all for Gawler Central, as it stares
down the barrel of relegation.
That one victory came against
Sandy Creek in round three.
Aaron King has been the Tigers'
best with the bat with 219 runs, and
also with the ball, taking 10 wick-
ets.Verdict: The Tigers are in a lot
of trouble and sit 12 points off sev-
enth-placed Kapunda. If they don't
wake up soon, A1-reserves crick-
et will return to the Dog Track in
Main rank: 5th
One-day rank: 6th
Many would've expected the
Bulls to drop off after Craig Mul-
lins departed in the off-season, but
they've held their own and sit just
outside of the top four.
James Vandeleur (19 wickets),
Tom Vater and Tom Connell (both
16 wickets) have been vital so far.
Meanwhile, Matt Norman has
been delivering with the bat, mak-
ing 238 runs.
Verdict: The Bulls are a side that
can rattle the top four, as shown in
its thrilling match with Angaston.
A win against Sandy Creek this
week and they're in the four.
Main rank: 7th
One-day rank: 7th
Last year's grand finalist is still
yet to hit its stride, and will need to
do so fast before it's dragged into a
shock relegation battle.
The Bombers have been poor,
and their most recent result (a 152-
run loss to Sandy Creek) shows
how far off the remainder of the
competition they are.
Henry Smith has been great with
the ball, taking 13 wickets, while
Kallum Brown leads the run tally
with 153 for the campaign.
Verdict: If the Bombers can't
get out of their current form slump,
they're in serious danger. Round
10 against Freeling will be crucial.
Main rank: 3rd
One-day rank: 3rd
The Magpies are the feel-good
story of the season, and they cur-
rently sit comfortably in the top
Brad Wilson has been the best
bowler in the competition by a
stretch, taking 26 wickets, seven
more than the next highest.
Wilson has embraced top-tier
cricket, as he's also made 289 runs,
the fourth highest total in the com-
The Birchmore boys, Jake and
Matt, have also made 479 runs be-
Verdict: Despite a round sev-
en loss to Angaston, the Magpies
are very much in the question of
premierships. A round nine clash
against Sandy Creek will give it an
opportunity to keep in touch with
the top two.
Main rank: 2nd
One-day rank: 5th
The Cockatoos started the season
beautifully by defeating Gilbert
Since then, it's been two victo-
ries and four defeats.
Rhys Handtke (18 wickets) and
Jamie Diener (17) have been the
dominant duo, again, with the ball.
Diener and Andrew Kokot share
the run tally with 244 apiece.
Verdict: The Cockies need to
work on the inconsistencies in their
game if they want to be a genuine
threat to Angaston's stronghold on
Main rank: 4th
One-day rank: 2nd
The Lions are finally gelling, and
are doing so at the right time of the
Star recruit Chris Graser has be-
come one of the competition's best
batsmen, and leads the B&LCA in
runs with 434, 81 in front of second
spot Greg Bain.
David Golder has, again, been
solid with the ball, taking 17 wick-
ets, as has Darcy Judd-Smith (12).
Verdict: If everything goes cor-
rectly, South is the side that could
crack Angaston. A chance to de-
fend its one-day title is also on the
cards, potentially against the Blues.
The ever-reliable Angaston captain Greg Bain looks set to top the batting charts
again this season.
Gawler Central's Aaron King has been
one of the Tigers' best. PHOTOS: File
Sandy Creek's Rhys Handtke has
caused a number of teams some
trouble this season.
Gilbert Valley's James Vandeleur has
had a solid start to the year.
Kapunda's Kallum Brown has been his
side's best with the bat.
Mallala's Brad Wilson has taken 26
wickets, seven more than anyone else
in the comp.
South Gawler's David Golder has been
sensational with the ball for the Lions,
with 17 wickets.
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