A SOUTH Augusta side inspired by captain Greg Shirley defeated West Augusta on Saturday at ETSA Oval, with the Bulldog’s skipper falling just one shy of 100.
South had many contributions with the bat to help them to 9/254, before bowling West out for 150.
The successful opening partnership of Greg Shirley and Nick Callary got South off to a good start again, with a 55-run stand that was ended in the 10th over by Kale Irvine.
Todd Kernahan took Callary’s place to put on another good partnership with Shirley, but he became Russell Coulthard’s first victim.
Craig Shirley and Jack Muirhead were dismissed in consecutive deliveries by Tom Baulderstone, and Sam Maule fell soon after to Josh Dunstan.
Drinks were taken with South on 5/170 and Shirley on 99, but with the first ball after the break, Coulthard got the big wicket that West were after.
Good contributions from David Robinson (21), Marcus Gill (20) and Travis McNamee (26 not out) saw South finish their 50 overs on 9/254.
West’s run chase started terribly with Travis McNamee claiming the wicket of record-breaking batsman Josh Dunstan with the second ball of the innings.
Luke Davies was dismissed in the fourth over for just three runs. With the next ball, Dwayne Kemp was caught behind and then David Robinson got the scalp of Tom Baulderstone with his first delivery.
At 4/10, West were well behind in the game, but Kale Irvine carried on to make a classy 44.
Veterans Russell Coulthard and Mark Myers both failed with the bat, but Tyson Martin made a handy 18 and Max Jenkins provided some late resistance with a hard-hitting 39.
However, Martin and Jenkins’ late form was not enough to stop South, who marched on to a comfortable 104-run win.
The win was the Bulldogs’ fourth for the season, keeping them on equal points with Central/Stirling, who sit in first place with a greater percentage.
West Augusta have drifted eight points behind the two leading sides with two wins and three losses, while Quorn are yet to register any points.