Top spot still in dispute as sides jostle for consistency

TENSE: Olly Cosmai races home as keeper Matt O'Shaughnessy races to run him out. In the background is umpire James Congdon holding the bat and Wandearah fielderJack Soutar.
TENSE: Olly Cosmai races home as keeper Matt O'Shaughnessy races to run him out. In the background is umpire James Congdon holding the bat and Wandearah fielderJack Soutar.

Hopefully by the time you are all reading this we have good news that cricket will be returning the weekend of Saturday December 5

A Grade

We have been able to play six rounds of A grade cricket at this stage and Wandearah sit on top of the ladder three wins clear of second.

It has not been all plain sailing though for the Rams who have only just got over the line in all five wins.

The Rams have been unable to find a consistent eleven at this stage of the season and if they are to maintain their place at the top of the ladder they will hope to sort this issue out.

The next three sides are on 15 points, 13 points and 9 points showing how even the competition is.

Port Germein sit second and seem to be building nicely winning two of their past three matches.

Now the Sharks have some players back I expect them to become even stronger.

South Port are currently third but with a small amount of luck could be second after losing a couple of close matches to the Rams.

The Pirates have the youngest team in the competition and as they gain experience they will improve further.

The Panthers sit at the bottom of the ladder currently.

The Panthers were my early favourite for the flag with what looked like a good mix of experience and youth at their disposal. I fully expect combined coach and club captain Ben Brown to steel his side for a big run home.

The leading run scorers so far this season in the A grade are Olly Cosmai (139), Matt Thornton (131), Fraser Wyatt (122) and Dan Pine (108).

The leading wicket takers so far are Liam Dreaver (13), Matt Thornton (11), Ben Brown (9) and Fraser Wyatt (9).

B Grade

The B grade competition is looking very even again with the top four sides separated by only one win.

Risdon and Proprietary are equal top on 21 points although the Tigers do have a game in hand. Solomontown-North sit third on 18 points but have played one less game than the Panthers.

Wandearah are just inside the top four on 15 points. Port Germein, on nine points, sit just outside the top four but have a game in hand of the Rams. Warnertown and South Port are tied at the bottom on three points each with both yet to win a game.

Risdon have been very impressive so far this season and at this stage would be early premiership favourites for the B grade title.

Proprietary and Solomontown-North have been good at times and at this stage are the Tiger's greatest threats.

Mitch Young leads the B grade runs with 179 so far.

Cody Bray (102), Ben Goodridge (94) and Jarryd Anderson (82) round out the top four run scorers. Jarryd Anderson has had a great year with the ball for the Cats taking 11 wickets so far.

Andrew Thorsteinsen (10), Peter Reed (9) and Owen Fuchs (9) are the other leading wicket takers.