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Round 2 starts

It was perfect weather for cricket on Saturday as teams took to the field for the start of round 2.

The 1’s played their first game on home turf this week against Nuriootpa, winning the toss and electing to bat. After a shaky start, the innings looked to be stabilised by Sam Colquhoun (35) and Trent Goers (19), but this was short lived and Tanunda found themselves in trouble at 8/71. A handy 27 from Dylan Abinett late in the innings scratched the total up to 104. We had 20 overs at them and they finished 1/26 at stumps, with Mitchell Boschen taking the wicket. Adelaide Brighton Cement players of the week goes to Sam Colquhoun. Special mention to Bailey Smith for making his A grade debut for the club and playing a key role in the partnership with Dylan.

The 2’s traveled to Sandy Creek for what was to a pretty rough day of cricket. After electing to bat, early signs were positive with the foundations of an innings being built by Wayne Akkerman and Lachy Childs. It was all downhill from there though, with a steady flow of wickets seeing Tanunda all out for 59 giving Sandy Creek 24 overs to bat before stumps. They came out aggressively and finished 5/97 with wickets going to Micah Linke, Lachie Miller, Stuart Ratsch and Wayne Akkerman. Ultimate Engineering player of the week goes to Wayne Akkerman for his efforts with both bat and ball.

Gawler Central forfeited in the 4’s, gifting us the points there.

The U16s played on the first game of “pink ball cricket” on Tanunda Oval on Friday night in a T20 against Greenock. Tanunda batted first and got off to a great start with openers Luca Whitelum and Jackson Docherty each making 19. However, runs were hard to come by from there on in, as Tanunda finished on 7/47. Greenock managed the chase well getting to 5/85 after their 20 overs to claim victory. Rikard Czanik took 2 wickets, while Oscar Harms, Luca Whitelum and Angus Blieschke each took 1. A solid effort there with promising signs in both innings, just need to put it all together.

Chateau Tanunda hosted the U14s on Saturday morning where Tanunda won the toss and sent Nuriootpa in to bat. The innings started well with Tomas Heuzenroeder taking 2 wickets opening the bowling, but some strong performances with the bat from Nuriootpa got them to 9/130 after the 40 overs. Mitchell Manning took 1 wicket, as did James Roehr, Sam Noack and Braydan Schaefer, while Harry Lienert picked up 2 late in the innings. A good effort here lads, if everyone contributes to the chase a good win will be had.

Tanunda U12 whites hosted Eudunda/Robertstown at Faith East on a breezy, sunny Saturday morning, with Skipper Walter Kinlock winning the toss and electing to bowl. An excellent effort in the field, with the bowlers quickly adjusting to the swing friendly conditions. Ned McAlister was the star with the ball, not only taking his 1st wicket in cricket, but also his 2nd and then 3rd in 3 consecutive deliveries – a fair start to your cricketing career (even if the third wicket accidentally came off the 7th ball of the over : )). Oscar Dahlitz got a wicket with his 1st delivery of the day, with Jack Underwood the other wicket taker. Walter Kinlock led from the front in Tanunda’s innings, hitting a huge 6 and a 4 on his way to top scoring on 15. Nick Travers and Ned McAlister also hit 4s as the team did a great job of rotating the strike via singles. Another great effort only 2 weeks into the season, well done boys.

The U10 whites took on the Nuri tigers this week. It was a strong performance with bat and ball. Everyone bowled well and with tight fielding Nuri could only manage 27 runs. Well done to Charlie Homburg for taking his first wicket for the club. It was an awesome display with the bat making a total of 150 with the loss of only 6 wickets. Lots of 4’s hit with strong showing from Noah Schulz, Daniel Robinson and Ben Mernagh who also hit a 6. Well done lads for an all round great game.

A somewhat challenging week of cricket overall, hopefully we can bring home some points next week as the two-day games are completed.

Junior Season 2016/2017 Kickoff!

A good weekend of cricket overall for Tanunda, with some positive results coming in.

The 1’s travelled back across to Greenock to defend their total of 173, where Greenock resumed at 1 for 4. There was some early controversy with the team sheets with Christian Gattermayr only being listed in one of the score books, reducing to a sub-fielder. This fired up his partner in crime Mitchell Boschen, who took 5 wickets in a Tundarri Sales & Service man of the match performance as Greenock were all out for 62. Other wicket takers were Trent Goers with 3, and Luke Samain and Dylan Abinett with 1 each.
Skipper Nathan sent them back in to have a crack at outright, but as the pitch flattened out and Dilshan Abinett got hit for a few home runs, this turned out to be a lost cause with Greenock finishing on 2/75. Nonetheless, a solid first round effort from Tanunda to bring home the points.

The 2’s were back at Tanunda oval to chase Truro’s total of 236 on a pitch that played surprisingly well considering the rain during the week (well done to everyone who helped get it up). Schwayne Akkerman and Bailey Smith were early wickets to fall leaving Tanunda in trouble at 2/4, but it was again the youth of Tanunda that came to the rescue. Kyle Graetz anchored the innings making 41 in a nice partnership with Jackson Gray (25). Brodie Robinson (35) provided a late cameo with Adam Norman (21), but Tanunda just didn’t have the run rate to get the win finishing 8/175. A promising result though for a young side to post a competitive total against a side that played finals last season. Lynas Valley Ford man of the match goes to Jackson Gray for his 4 wickets and 25 runs.

The 4’s had the road trip to Mallala where they were sent in to bat. Matt Fechner got us off to a good start with 20 at the top of the order, backed up by Saxon Dswonitzky (28) and Phil Graetz (31). A shout out to Dan and Brad Marshall who somehow put on a partnership of 35 by scoring 20 off the bat between them; those mad skills brought the total to 8/155 from the 40 overs. Early wickets to Jamie Roehr had Mallala at 2/2, from where they never fully recovered being bowled out for 84. Sam Cox and Mark Hoklas also took two wickets. A special mention Wayne ‘Bish’ Bishop who took the last wicket of the day on his first ball, giving him figures of 1/0 from 1 ball! Yourtech Services goes to the bloke who was nothing more than a backpacking tourist on Thursday, Elliot Rich for an excellent effort behind the stumps, welcome aboard.

The U16’s travelled to Gawler Central where they won the toss and elected to bat. Jonah Whitelum (58no) and Riley Westbrook (18) made a good start with a 34 run opening stand. Luca Whitelum retired on 15 to bring Tomas Heuzenroeder to the crease who finished not out on 7 to bring the total to 2/109. Gawler batted well with 2 players reaching 50 to make light work of the chase, finishing 2/152. Jordan Rosenzweig and Angus Blieschke picked up a wicket each, and Luca Whitelum was economical only going for 6 runs from his 3 overs.

With the winter weather the Under 14 game was rescheduled into a 20/20 game at a damp Williamstown oval. Losing the toss we were sent in to bat first looking for a solid batting performance against an extremely experienced and older opponent, but we struggled to get anything away and with some poor shot selections we lost wickets consistently. Liam Cook (6no) showing how it should be done top scoring, with Syd Pick the only other batsman to trouble the scorers. At the end of the innings the Tanunda had only managed a very disappointing 9/16. Tanunda’s bowling and fielding effort was much more to the standard we have set, with some great line and length bowling from Syd Pick (3/11), Braydan Schaefer (2/9) and James Roehr (2/8). Mitch Manning took a screamer of a catch diving forward from the slips, while Sam Tapscott took 2 catches Liam Cook, James Roehr and Hayden Spehr all held onto one. Sandy Creek finished on 9/85. The message from the coach to the players is that they need to value our wickets more when batting and have the patience to keep the good balls out and put away the poor deliveries. This week’s game is against Nuriootpa so the lads will need to bounce back with a strong performance this week. All will be working hard on our batting techniques at training this week!!

The Under 12’s was an “All Tanunda” affair with Tanunda White taking on Tanunda Black at Faith West. Tanunda Black won the toss and had a bat, allowing the White’s to enjoy the “cake of soap experience”. The bowling and fielding effort for the first game of the year was excellent throughout the morning. Mitchell Radzevicius was top scorer for the Black’s, with a real team effort full of singles. Best with the ball for the White’s were Harry Bobinson, Kobi Schulz, Nick Travers and Jack Underwood with 2 wickets each, whilst Sam Roestenburg, Darcy Thompson, Oscar Dahlitz and Drake Desilva each got their seasons underway with a wicket.

Just as the oval started to dry out the win and rain arrived making it a particularly “wintery” start to the season. Roles were reversed and it was Tanunda White’s turn to bat with Darcy Thompson top scoring with the bat with Walter Kinlock and Sam Roestenburg finding the boundary. Lots of singles with great running between wickets a highlight of the innings. Best of the bowling for the Black’s were Chloe Rozensweig, Remi van der Vanne, and Walter Holmes with a wicket a piece.

The Under 10 White had a great first up effort against Willaston at Faith East on Saturday morning, getting a win by 1 run . It was a solid batting performance and great to see the enthusiasm in the field. Well done Daniel Robinson, Jack Homburg, Will Hansen, Charlie Homburg and Ashton Sherwood for playing their first game for Tanunda. Well done boys for a great team effort.

So, a solid start to the season with 2/3 senior teams bringing home the points, and some promising signs for the 2’s and juniors.

Season 2016/2017 Kickoff!

It’s great to be back into cricket season with the opening round being a two day game for the 1’s and 2’s, while the 4’s picked up some free points due to a Kapunda forfeit.

The 1’s went across to Greenock to try their luck on a brand new pitch where they lost the toss and were sent in to bat. A nice partnership between James Marshall and Brett Grocke got Tanunda off to a great start to be 1/108, before a good old fashioned batting collapse took us to 7/130, and was capped off by Nick Norman rocking back for a pull shot and getting LBW – fair to say that one stayed low. Pistol Pete Mernagh came to the rescue however, making 29 in a crucial partnership with Dilshan Abinett. Tanunda finished on 173, and with the final wicket coming in the 70th over Mitchell Boschen got one over to have a crack at Greenock’s openers. He picked up one wicket which left Greenock 1/4 at stumps, and sets up what should be a great second day. Tanunda Clubhouse A grade player of the week goes to Jimmy Marshall for top scoring with the bat.

With the bad boys of TCC sidelined due to suspension, it was down to Wayne Akkerman and Adam Norman to captain the 2’s at Tanunda oval against Truro. Things started well for Tanunda after winning the toss and bowling, with Stuart Ratsch taking a wicket on the second ball of the day. From there though things got a bit hairy as Truro settled in at the crease. The young bowlers of Tanunda led the way however, with Jackson Gray taking 4 wickets, Lachie Miller 2, and Kyle Graetz, Cooper Ratsch and Nic Burton picking up 1 each. Jackson found himself twice on a hat trick, and he’ll be bowling his hat trick ball next innings as he took the last wicket of the day. Truro finished on 236, but with a decent batting line up the chase could be on for Tanunda next week. Big thanks to Barossa Valley Brewing for providing some of their Indian Summer Ale for after the game, it went down well after chasing balls for 65 overs! Player of the week here was Jackson Gray for his efforts with the ball.

All sides including Juniors will be taking to the oval next week… Best of luck to all sides on Saturday, hopefully we can pick up some points in the opening game of the season!

Magpie Chatter – January 27th

With the ongoing battle to get the Tanunda Oval to the point where cricket can be safely played on it, the A’s headed to Faith East to tackle the Schlungers from Greenock. After losing Brett Grocke early Tanunda were in great shape at 2 for about 100 thanks to a fine 50 from skipper Nathan Justin and 20s from ‘Pommy’ Tommy Oliver and Jon Justin.  At that point the wheels well and truly fell off the apple cart, with the last 8 wickets falling in rather rapid pace, with Tanunda being bowled out for 126 in just the 33rd over.

With every game critical in the lead up to finals a special bowling performance was going to be needed, and that’s exactly what the bowlers delivered.  Christian Gattermayr took 4 wickets and Mitch Boschen and Luke Samain 3 each as the visitors were bowled out for 97 to complete a stirring victory.  Tanunda Clubhouse A grade player of the week goes to Nathan for making the best part of half of the score!

The B’s drove to Nuriootpa with skipper Kym electing to have a bowl.  Micah Linke and Wayne Akkerman both picked up two wickets, with Nick Norman, Adam Norman and Brodie Robinson also taking wickets as the home side reached 7 for 168.   In reply Tanunda fell short with 119.  Brodie and Nick showed their all-round abilities with 25 and 24.  Phil and Darren Graetz also got into double figures with 21 and 17 respectively. WFI B Grade player of the week goes to young Brodie.

The C’s travelling show headed to Mallala in a crucial game with both sides battling it out for a place in the top 4.  Tanunda batted first and Danny Reu showed that a lack of cricket in recent times hadn’t really mattered with an excellent 82 at the start of the innings, with fellow opener Matt Fechner helping lay an excellent foundation for the team contributing 38.  Sam Cox enjoyed his time in the top 3 with 29, Paul Healy, Stuart Swan and Steve Lewis helped get the total to a very respectable 220 with 21 not out, 18 and 13 not out respectively.

The game was in the balance with Mallala 3 for 120 in reply however the removal of a couple of key Mallala batsmen resulted in a comfortable win for Tanunda, with the last Mallala wicket falling on 176. Sam Cox showed he’s as good with the ball as he is with the bat with 2 wickets.  Ben Linke bowled 2 and a bit highly eventful overs, with a variety of unplayable yorkers and unplayable headhunting deliveries, ending with 2 key wickets, one of the best displays of celebrating a wicket you will ever see (the only thing missing was Ben pulling his shirt over his head), and a “that’ll do you for the day” from the umpire.  Matt Fechner enjoyed finishing Ben’s over and took 2 wickets.  Charles Shaw turned back the clock taking 2 wickets in an over of medium pace.  Steve Lewis and Stuart Swan each picked up a wicket.  Danny Reu takes the Lynas Valley Ford C grade player of the week along with the Mia Pizza senior player of the week.

Unfortunately a significant number of the younger variety of players away on school holidays the Under 16s and Under 14 Black teams were unable to fill their sides, resulting in easy points for their opponents.

The Under 14 White side didn’t have much luck either, with the damp weather conditions last week washing out their game at Chateau Tanunda against Angaston.  A disappointing result for the boys who’d posted a competitive 117 against the top team last week thanks to 39 from Riley and 20 from Zac the week before, but that’s turf cricket.

The Under 12 Whites headed to Kapunda to have a rare game on turf.  The damp conditions meant that the kids would need to be on their guard with both bat and ball.  In his debut game Lachlan won the toss and sent in the hosts which proved a master stroke with Tanunda taking 3 wickets in the first 3 overs. Lachlan and Kalan both took two wickets. Both Sam’s took a wicket, as did Darcy and Mitch.  Ben’s ‘only one stump to look at’ run out further restricted Kapunda’s scoring attempts.

‘Front foot forward’ was the order of the day, with Sam N and Darcy getting Tanunda off to a great start.  Excellent partnerships continued throughout the Tanunda innings with Mitch, Sam R and Nick hitting 4s.  The last partnership of the day proved to the one full of excitement, with Malik hitting his first 4 and Lachlan capping off a dream start to his cricket career hitting a 4 off the first delivery he’s faced.  Well done all.

The Under 12 Blacks took to field at Faith against a well-coached Angaston with captains Nick and Liam losing the toss and Tanunda were sent out to bowl. Tanunda’s great form in the field continued with 2 catches (Harry L. & Jack U.), a great runout and a superb bowling effort with wickets to Nick, Syd, Harry R., Harry L. Drake and Ben.  Angaston showed excellent pressure in the field, with a few of the Tanunda players still in “holiday mode”.

After a great start from the openers Harry L.(13 n.o.) and Hayden (7), Tanunda’s batters started to struggle with Angaston’s continued pressure in the field resulting in some unfortunate run outs.  Some excellent partnerships closed out the innings well.  All in all a solid morning’s effort from all players.

The Under 10 whites took on the Greenock Schlungers at Redeemer. Captain Giles won the toss and sent Greenock into bat with Tanunda putting in a great bowling performance restricting them to 65 with only 12 wides (which is the best for the season). Wickets went to Patrick, Tom, Huddo and Oscar. Oscar also took 2 awesome catches while wicket keeping. With the bat Tanunda chased down the runs quite easily finishing with a total of 91 whilst losing only 5 wickets along the way. Captain Giles was on fire hitting 4 fours.  Oscar, Zavier also hitting the boundary rope. Josh Thompson also hit his first 4 for Tanunda – well done Josh! Overall a great team performance bringing a big smile to coach Pete’s dial.

Magpie Chatter – 9th December

The A’s hosted Mallala at home and were sent out to field by the visitors. Mitch Boschen loved the idea of bowling first, and made Mallala pay with 6 wickets, with Dylan Abinett taking 2 wickets and Luke Samain and Shaun Akkerman one each as Mallala was bowled out for only 73. Tanunda were in trouble in the chase at 2 for 0 before Nathan Justin and Brett Grocke got the job done with 22 and 31 respectively. A grade Tanunda Clubhouse player of the week and Mia Pizza senior player of the week goes to Mitch for his match defining spell.

The B’s drove to Willaston to take on the competition’s newcomers. Tanunda were sent in, much to the delight of Pommy Tommy Oliver, who continued to turn his season back on track with his maiden ton for the club, eventually falling for 107. Toby Mifflin and Liam Boschen both joined in the party with 65 and 55 each and Tanunda hit a highly competitive 5 for 290. Willaston gave the chase a shove but ended falling well short on 216. Stuart Ratch proved that his comeback to cricket was well on track with 3 wickets, Wayne Akkerman took two wickets with other support coming from the youngsters in Aiden Radzevicius, Brodie Robinson and Kyle Graetz with a wicket each. Tommy picks up the Richard Miller Conveyancing B grade player of the week for his first triple figure score for the club.

The C’s had a day off with Gawler Centrals unable to fill their side, so easy points and a day off for all.

The D’s headed to the turf at Eudunda and won the toss and batted. Regular wickets didn’t help the cause as the side struggled, posting only 83 in just over 22 overs. Stuart Swan was the best with the bat with 29, with James McMahon next best with 17 and Matt Fechner with 15. A few quick wickets in the middle of the bowling innings made things interesting however the home side won easily passing the score with 6 wickets in the bank. Stuart was best with the ball with 3 wickets. Brad Pech was the other successful bowler. Stuart picks up the BGI Building Group D grade player of the week.

The Under 16s took the field at Tanunda Oval to defend the 184 set last week and did it in style, bowling out the visiting Angaston/Light Pass side for 124. Hugh continued his great form with ball with 4 wickets for only 7 runs off 6 overs. Cooper and Kyle also proved a handful with 3 wickets and 2 wickets respectively. Lachlan also took a wicket.

As predicted the Under 14 local derby proved to be a close encounter with Tanunda White successfully chasing down the 158 set by Tanunda Blacks last week, reaching 4 for 163 off the 40 overs. Riley was the star with 50 not out, with Will and Jordan both making scores in the 20s without losing their wickets. Thomas was best with 2 wickets, Luca and Harry both took a wicket each. Great to see such an even game from Tanunda’s two under 14 sides.

The Under 12 blacks tackled Sandy Creek Green on Friday night in the return bout, with captains Drake and Hayden winning the toss and batting. Harry L put on a batting masterclass of straight driving which gave the team a great start. Harry R, Jack, Malakai, Josh and Nick all contributed well with the bat. The fielding effort was a highlight for the second week in a row, with 4 catches taken including an excellent diving effort by Jack at short mid-wicket. Harry L took 2 catches and also got a run out in another excellent individual fielding effort. James was the best with the ball with 2 wickets. Syd, Drake, Nick, Josh and Malakai each took a wicket.

The Under 10 whites were also tasked with a game of cricket on Friday night, and headed to Good Shepherd to take on the Angaston Panthers. Captain Joshua won the toss and elected to bowl. Angaston’s batting strength was obvious, but everyone bowled well with only 20 wides that restricted the home sides score. Axel took 2 wickets with Josh, Jason, Zavier and Hudson each taking a wicket. Coach Pete changed the batting order this week to give different boys ago at the top of the order. Everyone took to the challenge well, with Tanunda ‘having more fun than Angaston’ and only losing 3 wickets along the way. Hudson and Giles both smashed 2 fours and Ben chiped in with a boundary. Great win boys well done!

The Under 12 whites and Under 10 blacks both had the week off due to the heat policy.

Magpie Chatter – 2nd December

The A grade hosted Eudunda/Robertstown at home in a one dayer on the turf at Tanunda Oval, with Eudunda winning the toss and posting 6 for 133. Mitch Boschen, Luke ‘Economical’ Samain and Jon ‘All-rounder’ Justin each picked up a couple of wickets.

The loss of early wickets hampered the chase, with skipper Nathan Justin and his deputy Brett Grocke steadying the ship to get the chase back on track with 19 and 24 respectively. Brett’s run out was quite controversial, but we won’t go there.

Dylan Abinett showed excellent fight at the end top scoring with 26, but unfortunately the chase ran out of puff on 120. David Franz Wines A grade player of the week goes to Dylan for a good all-round day.

The Bs drove back to the dog track looking to defend the 237 posted last week. After an early break through the reigning premiers settled in make a strong 7 for 294 in reply.

Young Brodie Robinson continued his strong start to his senior career with 2 wickets as did ‘Pommy’ Tom Oliver (who picked up the Heinrich Cooperage B grade player of the week). Stuart Ratsch, Steve Lewis and Liam Boschen each claimed a wicket.

Due to the unfortunate fires, the C grade game against Freeling at Wasleys was called off (so most of the boys headed to the test instead).

Our thoughts are certainly with our fellow cricketers and other fellow South Aussies who were impacted by the events of last week. We hope you all get back on your feet quickly, and know the Aussie spirit (and the support that goes with that) will see you through.

The D’s finally had a team together with a few new recruits and blokes returning from hospital visits, and hosted South Gawler at Faith East. Returning from his hospital bed, skipper Ben Tucker won the toss and elected to bat. Ben showed that he’s well on the road to recovery with a hard hitting 61 at the top of the order, with the only other bat to contribute to any degree being Jamie Roehr with 40. That ensured a reasonable victory target of 150 was set on the slow eastern oval.

An excellent team bowling performance followed, leading to a 14 run win. Ben was also best with the ball with 3 wickets, and picks up both the Chateau Tanunda D grade player of the week and Mia Pizza senior player of the week awards.

Stuart Swan and Ben ‘KFC variety bucket’ Linke both took 2 wickets, with Jamie Roehr rounding out his day with a wicket. Special mention to the other ‘first game Linke’, Micah on 8 excellent overs – the Ds are just hoping to keep you with them but fear the sides above might nick you!

The Under 16s hosted Angaston/Light Pass, winning the toss on the first day of a 2 day game and having a bat. A ripper opening partnership between Jake and Bailey of 165 set up an excellent score of 3 for 184. Jake top scored with 96, with Brodie also raising his bat along the way to 55. Tight bowling should see the 16s claim back to back victories.

It was a battle of the Tanunda sides in the under 14s at Faith West, with the Tanunda Black variety winning the toss and having a bat. Skipper Luca continued his good season with 40 at the top of the order, with Spencer, Mitch and Blake all contributing 20s in the 150 combined total for the team.

Best with the ball for the Tanunda Whites were Zach and Will with 2 wickets each, with Jackson, Jordan, Braydan and Tyson all taking a wicket. Weather permitting the game is set up for an excellent day on Saturday.

The Under 12 Whites played Greenock at Redeemer Primary and batted first. An excellent team effort with contributions throughout seeing the side post their first 100 run score for the season.

Sam N belted an excellent 6 and a couple of 4s, Mitch hit 3 fours, Chloe and James also hit a couple of 4s and Kalan also hit a 4 with the whole team valuing their wickets and rotating the strike with lots of singles in the innings.

The fielding and bowling continues to improve, with only 18 wides bowled in 24 overs. Chloe and Kobi starred with 2 wickets each with Nick and Malik both taking wickets. Ben and Darcy combined for an excellent run out. Well done all.

The Under 12 Blacks hosted Sandy Creek Green at Faith East. Captains Jack and Harry decided to bat. The focus on running between wickets at training is paying off with great improvement, with hard running between wickets resulting in some 3s being run (very rare on the small under 12s ovals).

Malakai, Harry and Hayden topped the scoring, with a special mention to James and Josh for an excellent partnership to close out the innings.

Well done to Sandy Creek for exceptional bowling with 7 wides for the entire innings

Defending the score, Tanunda Black showed excellent pressure in the field with Harry R getting 2 run outs and Liam 1. The wicket takers Jack and Harry R (who took a great caught and bowled).

Great to see all the hard work and listening to the coach at training paying off.

Magpie Chatter – 25th November

We start on a sad note with confusion over the juniors and seniors draws resulting in an underprepared pitch at Tanunda Oval, leading to the Under 16s having to bowl from one end all day and the A’s being called off by the umpires due to a number of divots in the just where you don’t want them. Apologies to Eudunda / Robertstown for making the trek to Tanunda – we owe you a carton lads and will make it up this week with a cracker of a pitch for the rescheduled one day game.
The B’s drove to Gawler to take on the Gawler Tigers varietal at the Dog Track and had an excellent day with the willow posting 237. Pommy Tommy Oliver showed he’d touched down in Australia, top scoring with 71, Uncle Toby Mifflin also raised his bat with 57 and Wayne Akkerman fell just short of joining in the raising of the bat ceremony with 46.

Barossa Valley Hire player of the day is Pommy Tommy – welcome aboard mate!

The C’s hosted Gilbert Valley at Faith East, with skipper Jamie Roehr winning the toss and having a hit. The mainstay of the innings was Matt Fechner with an excellent 53, but he was well overshadowed by a man who looked like Chopper Reid but batted like Bradman on his best day, Sam Cox. After years of waking up on a Saturday wondering if today would be the day, with tears in the eyes and emotion like you will never see again at a game of cricket, it happened… yes, Sam Cox, despite a number of nervous moments on the nervous 28s, followed by nail biting moments in the 29s it happened, Sam Cox made a 30, eclipsing his “bowlers century” on 35 not out. Brothers Craig and Bailey Smith shared 24 between them to be next best with the bat.

An all-round team bowling performance followed with young Nick Mills showing his potential again, leading the way with an excellent display of fast bowling finishing with 3 for 7 off his 8 overs, with the other Nick, Norman style taking 2 wickets at the other end. Sam, Darryl ‘Stork’ Hean, Clint ‘Mini-Me’ Hean, Jamie Roehr and Stuart Swan shared the remaining wickets.

Valley Power Equipment player of the match is shared between Matt and Nick Mills for setting up the win with bat and ball.

Steve Bradbury style, Sam Cox takes out the Mia Pizza Senior Player of the week for living his childhood dream. A great example to the next generation, aim for the stars kids.

Another week of gardening projects, injury, ACDC and garage sales left the D’s a few short of a decent number again, so unfortunately Morgan was gifted the points. When we get everyone on the park the A5s will be a force .. we just need to make it happen!

The Under 16s bowled well from the one end of Tanunda Oval and held on to defeat Sandy Creek by 4 runs with Hugh taking the final wicket on his way to 3 for the day, well supported by Kyle and Jordan with 2 wickets each. Brodie and Miller both took a wicket in the hard fought victory, with special mentions to Mitchell, Lachlan for their efforts in the field and to Jake for a ripper slips catch.

The Under 14 Black’s drove to Chateau Tanunda looking to defend the 137 posted last week, and did it well, winning by 10 runs. Jordan took 2 wickets with Jackson, Zach, Angus, and Tyson all chipping in with a wicket each with a couple of run outs in a great team fielding performance.

The Under 14s Whites headed back up the hill to Angaston with the goal of bowling out the hosts for under 83, but it wasn’t to be with Angaston ending the day on 3 for 161. Blake, Angus and Mitch all took took a wicket.

The Under 12 whites also decided that Angaston was the place to be on Saturday morning, taking to the “hard to defend a score on here” Good Shepherd Lutheran School oval to tackle Angaston White. Skipper Malik lost the toss and Tanunda were asked to have a hit. A good solid batting performance followed with James and Ben both hitting a couple of fours (including a pull shot through the slips by Ben), with Kalan, Sam R, Sam N and Kobi also hitting the ball to the boundary.

The team bowled well, although the wides column got a tad of a hammering. Ben and Mitch both took a wicket, there were a couple of great direct hits throws from tough angles a highlight of the fielding.

The Under 12 blacks took on Kapunda at Faith East in their first home gear of the year (the A4s know the feeling). Malakai and Harry decided winning the toss was overrated, resulting in Tanunda having a bowl. The wides column was excellent and a couple of tough chances going down and a few run outs being missed. Best with the ball were Syd, Liam with a wicket each, with Nick, Jack and Josh keeping things very tight.

Batting was excellent with Ben, Nick and Liam the stars, with the players focus on quick singles resulting in a few run outs – but there is only one way to learn after all!

The Under 10 whites travelled to Lyndoch Primary School this week. Axel was given the duties as captain and won the toss and elected to bat first. The team’s batting was very solid all the way down the order. Giles was the only one to smash a 4 and it’s great to see the running between wickets is improving.

A strong bowling performance followed with the least amount of wides for the year so far, and eight boys took wickets this week. Well done to the wicket-takers Nash, Noah, Patrick, Hudson, Tom, Giles, Jason (welcome back!) and Axel who was on a hat-trick.