A FINALS berth beckons for both South Services and Coutts Crossing in the GDSC Premier League after both sides, who meet in a do-or-die last round next week, secured first innings results at the weekend.

Coutts Crossing who resumed bowling with GDSC Easts on 5-81 went on the attack early searching for an outright victory to leapfrog them into the top four.

Save for wicketkeeper Brad Knight, who resumed his innings on 51, the Easts tail order struggled to mount a fightback and limped to 115-all out following a five-wicket haul to Coutts paceman Zac Page.

Coutts Crossing came out to bat with outright victory in mind and despite the heavens threatening to open up on occasions, the Coutts side scored at a steady rate.

Captain Luke Cox pulled his men from the crease after they found themselves 50 runs ahead to chase the outright.

Easts' top order again struggled to find form with both openers returning to the sheds cheaply. But it was a conservative effort from Easts captain Ben Hill and wicketkeeper Brad Knight which had the side escape the outright loss.

South Services, however, were lucky to hold onto their spot in the top four after receiving a minor scare at the hands of Westlawn.

The efforts of a returning Justin Rainbow (43) last week were backed up by Brendan Cleaver (84 not out), who continued his improved form this season to take his side's total to past the 200 mark.

But a strong start from Westlawn opener Luke McLachlan (53) got his side into the driver's seat early as conditions worsened for Souths bowlers.

"We had posted a pretty good score and Westlawn almost beat us," Souths captain Chris Cleaver said. "That was a really good run chase. They had a couple of good partnerships there with two of them getting half centuries," Cleaver said.

But it was a dogged bowling effort from the captain himself (6-84) and Adam Spies (2-40) at the other end which had the match turn in Souths favour.

"Spiesy started from the end I bowled my overs from but because of the slope into the wicket, he was finding it hard to get his footing," Cleaver said.

"I sort of took him off and put myself on because I knew I would be able to stay upright more and I rotated the pace attack from the other end," he said.

Souths and Coutts will both look to harness the momentum from their respective wins as they head into a do-or-die final round match-up next weekend at McKittrick Park.


Who will win the 2015/16 GDSC Premier League title?

This poll ended on 19 March 2016.

Current Results



Tucabia Copmanhurst


South Services




Coutts Crossing


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



At Ellem Oval


Toss: South Services


South Services 1st Innings


T Kroehnert c Inmon b Vidler32

LJ Sullivan c Inmon b Vidler2

DW Cleaver b Gordon4

B Cleaver not out84

BL Sevil c Simpson b Vidler9

J Rainbow c Vidler b JA Blanch43

CA Cole c Simpson b Vidler0

C Cleaver lbw b Simpson6

M Peterson b JA Blanch8

LR Thompson b JA Blanch4

A Spies c Riddell b JA Blanch8

Extras (b 2, lb 1, w 2, nb 1)6


Overs: 56.4

FoW: 1-9(LJ Sullivan) 2-38(T Kroehnert) 3-38(DW Cleaver) 4-49(BL Sevil) 5-121(J Rainbow) 6-122(CA Cole) 7-141(C Cleaver) 8-164(M Peterson) 9-180(LR Thompson) 10-206(A Spies)

Bowling: PJ Vidler 16-2-63-5, DE Gordon 9-2-23-1, BJ Inmon 1-0-10-0, JA Blanch 18.4-5-53-4, L McLachlan 2-0-13-0, Riddell 6-1-22-0, IM O'toole 4-0-19-0

Westlawn 1st Innings


L McLachlan c DW Cleaver b Peterson53

TJ Blanch c Rainbow b C Cleaver8

K Lawrence c Peterson b C Cleaver7

BJ Inmon c Thompson b C Cleaver53

PJ Vidler b C Cleaver21

AM Clay c Rainbow b Spies0

SM Simpson b Spies13

IM O'toole not out19

A Riddell st Sullivan b C Cleaver1

DE Gordon c Sullivan b B Cleaver7

JA Blanch lbw b C Cleaver1

Extras (b 4, lb 2, w 1, nb 3)10


Overs: 57.1

FoW: 1-45(TJ Blanch) 2-65(K Lawrence) 3-95(L McLachlan) 4-147(BJ Inmon) 5-149(AM Clay) 6-155(PJ Vidler) 7-167(SM Simpson) 8-178(A Riddell) 9-192(DE Gordon) 10-193(JA Blanch)

Bowling: C Cleaver 23.1-3-84-6, A Spies 13-3-40-2, B Cleaver 14-3-37-1, M Peterson 7-1-26-1

RESULT: South Services won on first innings

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