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Magpie Chatter – 18th November

After a disappointing game in the last round, the A’s headed to the dog track to take on the top team on their home deck. Tanunda batted first and compiled a very competitive 9 for 179 thanks to the ever reliable Jon Justin with another great innings of 72. Great to see young Nic Burton compile 24, Lachy Scott-Hoy find some form with 25 and Pommy Tom Oliver making 16. A nail biter followed with Gawler Centrals falling 4 runs short at the end of their allotted overs. Luke Samain and Dylan Abinett were best with the ball with a couple of wickets each. Others to take wickets were Mitch Boschen, Sam Dunn, Pete Mernagh and Jon Justin.

Teusner Lawyers A grade player of the week and Mia Pizza senior player of the week goes to JJ for a match defining innings at the top of the order.

With a number of forced changes, the B’s headed back to the turf at Tanunda Oval to take on the ole enemy, Tanunda North (Nuri for those new to the Barossa). Winning the toss, fill in skipper Darren Graetz decided to bat first. Regular wickets fell with Tanunda only able to amass a score of 80, much thanks to middle order resistance from Ben Tucker (18), Steve Lewis and Jamie Roehr both hitting 13 and Phil Graetz 10.

Nuri chased down the total in just over 18 overs, losing 6 wickets along the way. Ben followed up his efforts with the bat by taking 3 wickets, with Nic Mills, Steve Lewis and Nick Norman each taking one wicket.

JAX Sports B grade player of the week goes to Ben Tucker for his all-round performance.

The C’s decided that playing at home again was overrated, so all headed off the BP to fill up the tanks (AGAIN!), this week heading to Mallala (first home game for the year coming up this week – woo hoo). A good bowling performance had the home side in trouble at 9 for 82, before a hard hitting last wicket partnership allowed the hosts to set 122 as the target for the win. Best with the ball was Stuart Swan with 3 wickets, Darryl Hean was his reliable self with 2 wickets for little runs, with all other bowlers (Bailey Smith, Kyle Graetz, Saxon Dswonitsky, Adam Norman and Charles Shaw) taking a wicket each. Regular wickets fell in the chase with the Tanunda Leylands falling short on 103. Best with the bat was Stuart with 25, with Saxon, Clint Hean, Matt Fechner, Kyle and Charles each making double figures.

St Hallett Wines C grade player of the week goes to Stuart for cleaning up the tail and hitting the ball hard a few times.

Due to general player unavailability due to shopping, people away for work, family catch ups, birthday parties, people TAKING A VERY LONG TIME TO FINISH GARDEN PROJECTS, injury and other “stuff”, a lack of players led to a week off for the D’s, with Light Pass taking to points this week.

The Under 16s had their first game for the year on the turf at Tanunda, taking on Sandy Creek. Tanunda won the toss and good efforts with the bat from Jake, Brodie, Kyle and Jordan led to a solid score of around 130 being achieved. Good line and length bowling should see the points secured.

The Under 14s whites took on their mates from Nuri at the Chateau and compiled a highly competitive 137, with Riley top scoring with 35, Jackson making an excellent 30, Zach 28 and Tyson contributing 12 to the total.

The Under 14s blacks headed up the hill to Angaston and also had a hit, making 83 thanks to an amazing individual effort from Luca with 61! To put this innings in context, the next highest score was 4, with 2 other players getting on the score board. Great effort Luca!

The Under 12 whites came up against Sandy Creek Green at Faith East and bowled first. An excellent day with the ball and in the field with all the practice paying dividends. Sam N was exceptional with the ball, bowling 2 overs of fast swing bowling resulting in 3 wickets, Mitch, Darcy and Cam also chipped in with wickets, and James threw down a run out from deep mid-on (great effort). With the bat Sam N was the clear star, deciding attack was the best form of defence with 3 fours, these being his only scoring shots for the day. Great to see everyone getting in behind the good balls and having a go at putting away the bad balls.

The under 12 blacks headed to Good Shepherd on a crisp Saturday morning with skippers Syd and Ben losing the toss, resulting in Tanunda having a hit first. The hosts bowled well pinning Tanunda down early, with Hayden, Harry L, Ben and Harry R best with the bat. The boys had an off day in the field early on with a number of misfields and wides but fought back well. Best with the ball were Syd and Nick and super sub Max. Special mention to Liam for his direct hit from fine leg!

Tanunda’s U10 whites travelled to Freeling and had great game with both bat and ball. ZAVIER and Huddo had a good day with the bat both hitting 4’s. Best with the ball were Giles, Patrick and Tom who all took wickets Special mention to Ben for playing for Freeling to help them out, great sportsmanship! Well done also to Nash who did a great job as Captain.

The Under 10 blacks had a well-deserved week off with the bye.

Magpie Chatter – 11th November

Not the most successful week on the park for the TCC Magpies, but life’s like that sometimes.

The A’s headed to their last day of cricket on the hard wicket at Greenock looking to defend the 161 scored last week. After a couple of early wickets Greenock settled in for the day, easily passing Tanunda’s score on the way to 5 for 241. Christian Gattermayr, Luke Samain, Shaun Akkerman, Dylan Abinett and Brett Grocke each taking a wicket. No real standout performances so we’ll leave the player of the week award in the cupboard for the week.

After a huge effort to get a turf deck prepared (special mention to Kym Farley and Tom Oliver for their efforts) the B’s took to Tanunda oval needing 8 wickets before the Truro reached our score of 103. Despite excellent efforts with the ball from rising star Sam Dunn with 5 for 20 off 22 overs (a great effort) and 3 wickets to Wayne Akkerman Truro managed to get the chocolates, with their last wicket falling on 123. James Marshall was the other successful bowler. NJG Accounting player of the week goes to Sam Dunn, who also picks up the Mia Pizza senior player of the week.

The C’s road trip around the Barossa region continued, with Kersbrook being this week’s stop over location with Lyndoch playing the role of opponent. Skipper Jamie Roehr sent Lyndoch in and would have been delighted when Mitchell Boschen took an early wicket, but steady partnerships saw the hosts achieve a competitive 5 for 165 off of their overs. Mitchell Boschen and Adam Norman were the pick of the bowlers with a couple of wickets each, with the reliable and economical Darryl Hean taking the other wicket.

Things were looking good at 2 for 104 before a steady loss of wickets had Tanunda falling short of the mark on 141. Darryl Hean picks up the Innovative Eyewear player of the week for following his efforts with the ball with 36 at the top of the order, with Matt Fechner, Phil Graetz and Matt Radzevicius all making around the 20 mark.

The D’s hosted new comers to the Barossa and Light Cricket Association, Willaston at Faith East. Skipper Brad Marshall won the toss and decided to have a hit. Things were looking rather dubious at 7 for 36 before hard hitting and “non-classical” batsman James McMahon and young Nick Mills got together to take the score to 82 before James was dismissed for a well made 33. Nick was the last one out for 26 with the score on 91. Willaston made short work of the total, passing the score for the loss of one wicket, with Ben Biagi taking that wicket. MM Electrical Merchandising player of the week goes to James McMahon.

The Under 16s headed to Nuri looking to chase down the impressive 214 the hosts compiled last week. A solid batting display saw Tanunda end the day on 6 for 109, with Jake, Bailey and Brodie all making good contributions. Now onto the first game of turf at Tanunda on Saturday. Good luck.

The Under 14s black got an extra day for Christmas Shopping due to the Chateau still showing the signs of the deluge over the previous days. Tanunda Whites headed to the turf at Sandy Creek looking to defend their 65 from last week and the game looked pretty interesting with the hosts in trouble at 6 for 43, but no further wickets fell as Sandy Creek amassed 131 by the end of the morning’s play. Jackson, Zach both took a couple of wickets, with Riley and Angus being the other successful bowlers with a wicket each.

The Under 12s white took the trek to Nuri on a lovely Friday evening to take on our long term rivals. An excellent display of cricket from both teams, with the game being played in the right spirit. Mitchell was the star with the ball with 3 wickets, and bowled an excellent hat-trick ball. Darcy also took two wickets with Ben taking the other wicket to fall. Tanunda’s batting was terrific throughout, with many great partnerships. Darcy, Mitch, Chloe, Sam R and James all found the boundary with all players running well between wickets.

The Under 12 black team ventured to South Gawler on a “perfect for cricket” Saturday Morning, with captains Liam and Josh winning the toss and batting. As South were short James showed excellent team spirit by agreeing to help South out. An excellent team batting performance with Hayden, Malakai, Liam and Syd being the best with the bat, and only 3 wickets falling overall.

Tanunda’s fielding was excellent, with all 3 catches being taken by Drake, Harry L and Jack U. Best with the ball were Hayden, Harry L, Syd, Liam and Harry R, with a highlight being the run out from Jack U from 3rd man. The focus remains on line and length bowling, but the improvement over recent weeks has been excellent.

The Under 10 black team played Sandy Creek at home at Faith eastern with plenty of enthusiasm shown by both sides. The kids had a chance to put some of the lessons from training into practice with fielders starting to back up throws and getting into position behind the stumps. Well done to Sam who took a spectacular diving catch from his own bowling, while Max and Thomas also took wickets.

With the bat it was great to see players being willing to try some quick singles with better calling and backing up which was good to see even though we didn’t always make it to the other end thanks to some good fielding by Sandy Creek. Well done to Jonte who was our top scorer hitting two boundaries and Henry and Daniel who ran 11 singles without losing a wicket!

The Under 10 white team had a convincing victory over the bye.

Magpie Chatter 4th November 2015

8 weeks until Christmas they keep reminding us all, boy oh boy, time flies! Firstly, a little birdy mentioned that a future star had an exceptional day on the cricket field last Saturday and it failed to make the Chatter, well we’ll fix that one right now! It was mentioned that Zach took a remarkable 4 for 4 for the under 14 White team, but what wasn’t mentioned was that three of those wickets came in consecutive balls, but they were also all bowled, and were the opposition’s number 3, 4 and 5 batters, a great effort. Congratulations on your hat-trick Zach!

Now onto this week’s results…

The A’s headed to Greenock and were asked to have a hit. After an excellent start which saw Tanunda 2 for 90, regular wickets fell with Tanunda eventually being bowled out for 161. Jon Justin continues to make runs at the top of the order week in week out, top scoring with 48. Brett Grocke was next best with 39, with Pete Mernagh making 23. A solid bowling effort required this week to bring home the points.

Tanunda Clubhouse A grade player of the week goes to Jon for yet another excellent knock at the top of the order.

After a lot of hard work by many at the Tanunda Cricket Club over a number of months, the SACA, the Barossa Council, and our curators Scott and Darin, cricket finally returned to the turf at Tanunda Oval with the B’s hosting Truro. Skipper Kym Farley won the toss and elected to have a hit and would have been wondering what he’d done with Tanunda being in all sorts after the first 5 wickets fell cheaply. Kym and Ben Tucker helped Tanunda post a defendable total with 41 and 21, with Tanunda eventually bowled out for 106. In reply Truro lost 2 early wickets to up and coming quick Sam Dunn, with the visitors finding themselves in trouble 2 for 0. Truro rallied to end the day on 2 for 30 off 20 overs. Sam Dunn the star with the ball with the excellent figures of 2 for 3 off 8 overs.

Tundarri B grade player of the week and Mia Pizza senior player of the week goes to Kym Farley for an excellent captain’s knock.

The C’s continued their road trip start to the season, this week travelling to Williamstown to take on Sandy Creek. Skipper Jamie won the toss and decided to have a hit. Regular wickets fell throughout, with an excellent hard hitting 42 from Matt Fechner, supported by 23 from Stuart Swan and 19 from Craig Smith leading to a score of 158 being posted. That would prove to be 20 or 30 short of the mark, with Sandy Creek successfully chasing down the target with a couple of overs to spare and 7 wickets in the shed. Stuart Ratsch turned back the clock with an excellent spell of fast swing bowling which resulted in 2 wickets, with Adam Norman being the other successful bowler.

Lynas Valley Ford C grade player of the week is Matt Fechner.

Unfortunately with a significant number of players out this week the D’s had to apologise to Lyndoch for giving them Saturday afternoon off.

The Under 16s headed to Nuriootpa and bowled against a strong Nuriootpa outfit who ended the day with 5 for 214. Best of the bowlers were Oscar, Cooper, Jake, Tim and Mitchell with a wicket each.

The Under 14 Blacks played Greenock Creek Browns at the Chateau and posted a highly respectable 6 for 120 off the 40 overs. Blake top scored with 23, Harry was next best with 21, with Luca and Angus both making it into double figures.

The Under 14 Whites headed to Sandy Creek and batted first, with the hosts restricting Tanunda to 65, Best with the bat was Riley with 19, with good support from Will on 14 and Zach on 10. The hosts are 2 for 15 in reply, with Jackson taking the 2 wickets to fall.

The Under 12 whites had a day off with the bye, with the Under 12 whites hosting Light Pass on a ripper of a Saturday morning at Faith East with Tanunda taking to the field. Continued improvement continues to be shown with the ball and in the field, with Sam N continuing his “Mr Reliable” efforts taking another 2 excellent catches to keep up his season average. Darcy, Kobi and James were the successful bowlers on the day each picking up a wicket with the most of our bowlers showing continued improvement in the wides column. Best with the bat were Kalan, Ben and James who all hit excellent fours, with a number of batters placing the ball in the field such that 2’s were possible. Well done all.

The Under 10 blacks drove to the ‘perfect for Under 10s cricket’ oval at Kapunda High School, with Kapunda winning the toss and coming out firing with the willow. In response Tanunda applied excellent pressure to restrict the hosts scoring rate, with many of the bowlers unlucky not to hit the wickets of the opposition with narrow misses. The wides column continues to improve with 7 less wides than last week. Excellent fielding saw two direct hits, with the Kapunda batters just managing to make their ground. Tanunda batted exceptionally, with only one wicket falling in our innings. A noticeable improvement was seen in the batting, with excellent stroke play down the ground a feature of the innings.

The Under 10 whites travelled to Nuri this week and had a great game with both bat and ball. It was great to see everyone getting on the scoreboard and the running between wickets improving. Captain Ben showed the way with two 4s, Hudson also found the boundary and well done Noah for hitting his first four. Everybody bowled well with Oscar, Noah, Giles, Tom, Hudson and Nash each taking a wicket. Well done Axel for taking his first wicket. Highlight of the fielding effort was a great catch taken by Nash. Great team effort!

Have a great week and do something nice to someone who wouldn’t be expecting it, go on – make their day.

Magpie Chatter 28th October 2015

A pretty good day for the Maggies on Saturday in the senior grades with 3 wins out of 4.

The A’s headed to Faith East looking to defend the 270 they put on the board last week and did it well, with Light Pass dismissed well short of the mark on 147. Star of the bowling efforts was debutant Sam Dunn, taking A grade cricket in his stride, finishing with 5 for 36. He was well supported by Dylan Abinett with 2 wickets, and a wicket each to Luke Samain and Shaun Akkerman saw the job done. Light Pass were asked to bat again and ended the day on 5 for 43. Luke Samain the star in the visitor’s 2nd innings with 3 for 7 off 7 overs, with Connor Peacock and Dylan Abinett taking the other wickets to fall.

YourTech Services player of the week goes Sam Dunn, on his excellent spell of tall fast bowling.

After an excellent start at defending Tanunda’s 126 (having Angaston 3 for 8), the B’s knew they’d have to bowl well to get the job done. The game was evenly poised with the home side 5 for 84 before skipper Kym decided it was time to pull off one of those captains calls that turn into club folklore… in an inspired moment the ball was thrown to Jimmy Marshall, who’s probably more well known for his work with gloves and bat. Over the next 7 overs Jimmy would take a remarkable 5 wickets whilst only giving up 8 runs. Nick Mills took another wicket for a total of 2 in the innings, with Nick Norman the other bowler to take a wicket (his first for the club) on the day.

Tanunda headed back to the field for some batting practice, and stumbled to 8 for 54 at the end of the days play, with Darren Graetz and Nick Norman the best with the bat in the 2nd dig.

Adelaide Brighton Cement player of the week has to be Jimmy for a spell that we’ll keep hearing about from him for years to come!

Thanks to an outright at Kapunda last week, a rare home game turned into another away game for the C’s, with this week’s episode of the A4s Leyland Brothers of the Barossa and Light region seeing the C’s take on Kapunda on the turf at Dutton Park.

Skipper Jamie won the toss and decided to bat. Superstar of the A4 competition, Darryl Hean hit a fantastic 74. Strong contributions from new player to the club Ben Tucker (29), Danny Reu (20), Matt Fechner (19), another new player to the club Adam Norman (15) and Sam Cox (18 not out) saw an excellent score of 9 for 194 set. At the half way mark of the chase it was game on, with Kapunda 2 wickets down for about 100, but tight bowling saw regular wickets fall from that point with the hosts being bowled out for 135. Ben Tucker completed an excellent first game for his new club with 4 wickets, Darryl Hean took 2 wickets, as did skipper Jamie Roehr. Adam Norman and Wayne Akkerman both took a wicket in the excellent win.

Ultimate Engineering player of the day goes to Darryl Hean for setting up the defendable score.

The D’s took on last session’s A5 premiers Greenock at Nuri High. Simon Cook’s 32, Saxon Dswonitsky’s 30, Aden Radzevicius’s 20 and good contributions from the younger brigade in Ben Biagi and Will Parker led to the victory target being set at 158. An early wicket from Aden had Tanunda on top early, but regular catches going down along with a few lucky breaks going the wrong way saw Greenock pass the score 3 wickets down. Ben Biagi and Troy Pudney were the other bowlers to take wickets. Special mention to Zavier Dswonitsky and Ben Mernagh for helping out in the field.

Rogash Windows player of the day goes to Saxon for his 30 and his tidy 8 over spell. Many thanks to Brad Marshall for keeping everyone up to date with what was happening on Facebook throughout the fielding efforts.

Mia Pizza player of the week goes to Sam Dunn for his 5 wicket haul in the A’s, with Jimmy Marshall unlucky to miss out.

The Under 16s took to Nuri High knowing a special bowling effort was would be needed to bowl out the hosts for under 50. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be, but the boys put on a great bowling display (especially given some key bowlers were unavailable) to restrict Greenock to 95. Best with the ball was Cooper with 4 wickets. Brodie took 2 wickets, with Oscar, Bailey and Jake each taking a wicket.

History was made with junior cricket being played at Chateau Tanunda on Saturday morning, with our Tanunda Black Under 14 side taking Light Pass in a one day game on the turf. Skipper Angus won the toss and elected to bat, with Tanunda reaching 5 for 89 off our allotted 25 overs. Blake was the star with the bat with 28, well supported by Spencer and Angus with 16 and 10 respectively.

In reply Light Pass batted well reaching 4 for 101 to take the points. Angus completed an excellent captains’ game with 2 wickets, with Jaden and Spencer the others to take wickets.

The Under 14 Whites headed to Lyndoch looking to defend the 70 runs that were scored last week and were looking in great shape with 5 early wickets, however the hosts steadied the ship to pass the score and end on 9 for 119. Zach was the superstar with the ball taking an amazing 4 for 4 off of six overs, with Jackson chipping in with 2 wickets. Scott, Sam and Angus each took a wicket.

The Under 12 Whites decided to go for a road trip on Friday evening, stopping in at Williamstown Oval on their way to the picket fence at Sandy Creek for a game on the turf. Sandy Creek won the “we’re on the way” toss of the coin and elected to bat (which was quite convenient given the situation). Mitch and Malakai were the best with the bat, both hitting 4s. Sandy Creek batted well early, but Tanunda showed excellent commitment throughout our bowling innings. Kobi was the star with the ball with 3 wickets, with 2 of them coming in successive deliveries. The hat-trick ball was well bowled but not to be. Sam R, Cameron and Malik all got wickets, with Sam “Dead-eye” N doing an outstanding job in the field, with 2 run outs (including a fantastic direct hit from side on).

The Under 12 Blacks also had a late venue change for their first away game of the season, taking on Gawler Centrals. 5 players out threw the coach a challenge, but young Max came up from the Under 10’s to lend a hand. Captains Hayden and Drake thought that winning the toss was overrated, with the opposition skipper asking Tanunda to have a bat. Harry was the star with the bat with a hard hitting 18. Hayden, Jack and Nick also batted well (as did the whole team really with only two wickets lost for our innings.

Fielding with 9 players proved a challenged with more gaps than you’d usually expect, however the Tanunda boys did us proud with excellent bowling and fielding. Hayden, Jack and Drake all picked up a wicket, with young Max also showing he’ll be an asset to the club going forward, unlucky not to pick up a wicket.

The Under 10 Whites took on the competitions new comers Willaston, who were undermanned but showed terrific sportsmanship being shown by our young cricketers by helping Willaston out in the field. Captain Hudson won the toss and proved he’s a chip off the block, winning the toss and electing to take advantage of the bowler friendly conditions. A good bowling effort followed with the number of wides coming down week by week as the boys continue to improve. Best of the bowlers were Tom, Zavier and Ben who each took a wicket.

An excellent team batting effort by all the lads, with Ben and Zavier showing their all-round abilities hitting boundaries. Great to see the continued improvement week by week.

The Under 10 Blacks played Angaston at Faith West. Best with the bat were Walter, Jonte and Phoenix, with only 3 wickets falling in Tanunda’s innings. An excellent display of bowling and fielding, with the wides column consistent with last week – so more practice to come in hitting the green bit at training, as we want that one getting smaller each week. 8 Angaston wickets fell in the chase with Banjo starring with 2 wickets (including a caught and bowled) and a direct hit runout. Jonte also did well with 2 wickets, with Sam, Daniel and Walker all knocking over one of the Angaston batters. The team had 3 runouts in total, with another one of those being a direct hit. Well done all.

And, we’re off – Magpie Chatter 21st October 2015

Time for the first edition of Magpie Chatter for the 2015/2016 Barossa & Light Cricket Season and boy, do the seasons sneak up quickly! An exciting year ahead for the Club with 4 senior sides and 7 junior sides taking to the field each week to fly the flag and play great cricket in the right spirit.

With the Tanunda Oval repairs work taking the oval out of action for a couple more weeks, the A’s headed to Faith East to tackle Light Pass, with the visitors deciding to bowl. Led by an exceptional effort from “First Game Skipper” Nathan Justin with a hard hitting knock of 102, well supported by brother Jon with 55. Shaun Akkerman, Lachy Scott-Hoy and Luke Samain all made 20’s helping Tanunda to a very competitive total of 270. Light Pass faced 10 overs, making it to 24 without loss in reply when stumps were drawn.

Line and length bowling and a solid fielding effort should see the first win for the year for the A’s. The Clubhouse player of the week goes to Nathan for an excellent start to his captaincy career at Tanunda.

The B’s headed to Angaston to try out impressive new turf deck, with Skipper Kym Farley winning the toss and having a hit. After losing an early wicket, the experienced duo of Toby Mifflin and Darren Graetz saw the score to 72 before Toby was dismissed for 39. Darren was next to fall for a well-made 33, with new player to the club Nick Norman the only other bat to make a significant contribution making 18. Tanunda was eventually bowled out for a patient 126.

In great signs for the future of the club, 5 excellent overs from our up and coming bowlers have Angaston on the back foot at 3 for 8, with Brodie Robinson bowling 2 exceptional overs to end the day on 2 for 1, and Nick Mills backing up from winning the C grade golf in the morning taking a wicket in his only over. Good luck to bringing home the points. Tundarri player of the day goes to Brodie for ripping through the Angaston top order at the end of the day.

The C’s took to the dog track to commence the premiership defence against Gawler Centrals. Batting first Tanunda compiled a very competitive 6 for 199, with comeback kid Matt Fechner with 43, skipper Jamie Roehr 30 not out and young Bailey Smith 23 not out.

Story of the day must go to Nick Lienert, who woke up on Saturday a happily retired cricketer. With a player pulling out of the B’s at 11 am and Nick being near the selector’s eye line, umpiring his lad at square leg during the Under 12’s at Faith, the question was asked if Nick would consider coming out of retirement… “No, I can’t sorry.” 11:10 am, Nick was heard to say “where is the game”, 11:20 am, “what time is the game”, 11:37 am – “Okay, I better go sort out some whites.” Nick’s long retirement was over, much to the amazement of his lovely wife Chris, who nearly fell over when she arrived home to see Nick about to leave the house in his whites. But, boy was it worth it, with Nick making his first 50 in over a decade, looking fantastic on his way to top scoring with 56.

Taking to the field Nick decided that he should really show his new team mates that batting wasn’t the only thing he had to offer, taking a blinding catch at cover to kick things off. Sam Cox had an outstanding day with 7 quality overs yielding 5 wickets for only 7 runs. Stuart Swan chipped in with 2 wickets, Darryl Hean and Matt Fechner 1 wicket each as the hosts finished their allotted 40 overs at 9 for 102. WFI player of the day goes to Sam for his first 5 wicket haul, with Nick an honourable mention for top scoring, taking 2 catches as well as bowling the last over of the day, a fair comeback to cricket!

The D’s hosted Angaston at Faith West and batted first, compiling a competitive 7 for 181 off their 40 overs. Skipper Bob Smart had a great day making 74, with Chris Collins (who also wasn’t playing cricket Saturday when he woke up) chipping in with 33. Another comeback kid Matt Pick was next best with the bat with 15.

Catches win matches, and unfortunately dropped catches can also hurt in the opposite way, with the visitors chasing down the total with a few overs in the bank. Chris Collins completed and solid all-round day with a wicket, with young Cooper Ratsch taking the other wicket to fall. Barossa Valley Brewing player of the week goes to Bob for his captain’s innings.

Mia Pizza Senior player of the week is a tie between Nathan and Sam for their efforts with bat and ball.

The Under 16’s took to Nuri High to tackle the lads from Greenock. Skipper Jake Hartigan won the toss and Tanunda had a hit. Greenock bowled well to restrict Tanunda to 49, with Oscar Harms top scoring with 12. Cricket’s a funny game boys, tight bowling might see you pull off an excellent victory.

After a long spell without rain, the combined Tanunda Under 14’s teams could consider themselves pretty unlucky with their historic match on the turf at Chateau Tanunda being called off due to rain, what are the odds!

Continuing the theme of Tanunda derby’s to kick off the season, both Tanunda Under 12’s took to Faith East to kick off the year. Tanunda White’s skipper James decided that he’d like to bat first. Tanunda Black bowled well taking 9 wickets, with Hugo and Joshua the stars with 2 wickets. Harry L, Syd, Hayden, Nick and Ben (Tanunda Black Variety!) all got amongst the wickets with super sub from the opposition Sam N taking a catch against his team mates. Mitch was the best with the bat for Tanunda Whites hitting an excellent 4.

Tanunda Black followed on from their good bowling performance with a good effort with the bat, with Hugo hitting four 4’s, Harry L two 4’s, and Hayden and Ben hitting a 4 each. Sam “sticky fingers” took another 3 catches for his side (Tanunda Whites), taking a remarkable 4 catches for the day. Darcy showed he’s an all-round talent with an excellent caught and bowled with excellent support from first gamers Malik and Nick with a wicket each. Ben (Tanunda White Variety!) and Chloe both kicked off their bowling seasons by taking a wicket.

Spectators witnessed a great start to the season on Saturday morning at Faith West with both Under 10 teams facing each other in the first game of Under 10 cricket for the season. Exciting to see 15 new players out of a total of 22, with all players playing with great enthusiasm and respect for the spirit of the game.

Special mentions to Oscar, Axel, Noah, Nash, Tom R, Patrick, Thomas, Ned, Banjo, Remi , Henry, Finn and Daniel who all scored runs in their first game. First time wicket takers were Oscar, Noah, Tom R and Patrick – welcome to our great game!

Well done to Jonte who returned to cricket this season after having a break, and scored 11 runs and was amongst the wicket takers. There was some great fielding with 2 run outs achieved which resulted in appropriate enthusiasm all round. Special mention to Tanunda’s Veteran Under 10 players, Ben, Giles, Zavier, Hudson, Max and Walter who all lead the way by showing their new team mates how to play the game.

Great to be back to playing cricket!

The last minor round game…

The A’s drove up the road to Stocky knowing that they were 5 wickets away from securing second spot and would have delighted to see another two Light Pass wickets soon after the day’s play had started, leaving the home side in a spot of bother at 7 for 45. Light Pass put up a fight with each of the last 3 partnerships being good ones, with the final wicket falling at 115. Mitch Boschen picked up another wicket to complete another 5 wicket haul, with great support from fellow opener Luke Samain with 4 for 25. Dylan Abinett was the other successful bowler.

Batting practice was the order of the day as Tanunda reached 6 for 132, with Jon Justin making another half century with 71 (hopefully that conversion to 100 comes in the finals), Nathan Justin hitting 27 and Brett Grocke 23. St Hallett’s MVP goes to Mitch Boschen for another match winning effort with the ball.

It’s a replay in the semi final this week with Tanunda again tackling Light Pass, this time for a spot in the biggest game of the year.
The B’s headed to Faith West needing another 30 odd with 7 wickets in hand to chase down Freeling’s total of 104. The task become more of a challenge with 2 players being unable to get to the venue for one reason or another, and five players failing to damage the scoreboard at all. Luckily for all Phil Graetz’s lone hand of 75 was enough to see the side reach 8 for 120 before the skippers shook hands to end the season, with the win taking Tanunda off the bottom of the ladder just in time! Tundarri Sales and Service MVP and Mia Pizza senior player of the week goes to Phil for his lone hand. Oh, and for the record, Stuart Ratsch would like everyone to know that he definitely didn’t hit the ball he was given out on last week. That ends the year for the B’s.

The C’s were on the other side of Faith taking on Sandy Creek at Faith West, with a win needed for top 2 finish. Sandy Creek got off to a flyer and were 50 before long. Good bowling saw the visitors pegged back to 4 for 68, however steady partnerships and an excellent hand from the young Sandy Creek opener saw a total of 172 set. Darryl Hean was again the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets, with Chris Collins, Paul Healy and Jimmy Marshall all taking a wicket. The chase proved to be a challenge throughout, with conditions better for bowling than batting as the day went on, with Tanunda running out of overs at 9 for 152 at the end of the day. Dan Reu was the best with the bat with a solid “but rusty” 67, Mark Hoklas added 29, Clint Hean a fighting 17 and Craig Smith 16. The loss loses the top two finish, but has made little difference to the Semi Final this week with a replay of last year’s Grand Final, with third placed Tanunda taking on second placed Lyndoch. Barossa Valley Brewing MVP goes to Danny Reu for his efforts with the bat.

The D’s drove to Eudunda to take on Eudunda / Robertstown with a top 2 spot also up for grabs. At 2 for 57 it looked like Tanunda would be setting a strengthened Eudunda with a reasonable target. However it wasn’t to be with regular wickets and falling to see Tanunda all out for 105 with a few overs left in the bank. Clint Hart was best with the bat with 43, well supported by Mark Hartigan with 37. Lean pickings for the remainder of the scorecard with the next highest score being only 5! Good tight bowling early by Dan Eggleton had the home side in trouble at 3 for 15. Mark Hartigan rounded out an excellent all round game with 2 wickets that saw Eudunda 5 for 67, but that was as close as Tanunda would get to a win, with the Eudunda / Robertstown hitting the winning runs with 5 wickets in the bank. Special mentions to Louie “Hamstrings” Neldner who may have finished his season a couple of weeks early, and for the barefooted Anthony Roestenburg for sacrificing his support of the Cooper family to help out in the field after Louie limped off. The loss sees the D’s end the regular season in 4th spot, with the Semi Final opponent being the reigning premier Morgan. Tanunda Clubhouse MVP goes to Mark Hartigan for his efforts with both bat and ball.

The Under 16’s enjoyed their week off having won last week and securing 4th spot, resting up for their Semi Final against Gawler Centrals.

Both Under 14 sides ended their seasons on a high with both sides having a win. Tanunda Black headed to Riverton looking to chase down finals bound Gilbert Valley’s 135. An excellent 60 not out from Jonah Whitelum and solid 30 from Hugh Smart were the foundations of Tanunda Blacks total of 144. An excellent way to end the year – well done.

Tanunda Whites took to Faith East with a massive challenge in front of them, with Sandy Creek Gold posting 4 for 196 last week. A wonderful chase followed, with Tanunda passing the score only 2 wickets down. A few late wickets resulting in Tanunda Black ending at 6 for 210 at the end of their allotted overs. It was a great day for the Birchard boys, with Jayden top scoring with 52 and Dylan next best with 43. Nicholas Mills and Riley Westbrook also starred at the top of the order with 36 and 22 respectively. A terrific end to the season.

The Under 12’s finished off with a great game Saturday with special mentions go to Jordan Rosenzweig for a good all round game, excellent batting from Harry Leinert and a ripper catch for Harmon Vears. A great bowling effort from all bowlers, showing their continued improvement. A highlight was the sight of all the boys using correct bowling techniques, resulting in the ball to carrying through to the wicket keeper on a regular basis. Congratulations to all the Under 12 boys for a great season, even if it was a bit shorter than you had all hoped due to the weather (and a special thanks from the coaches to Karen for her organisation throughout the year and the parents for helping through the year).

The Under 10’s played Sandy Creek in their final game of the year, with the visitors winning the toss and having wanting Tanunda to have a bat first. All players showed just how much they have improved over the season, with excellent partnerships throughout, patient batting and excellent running between wickets. Ben Swan hit an excellent 4, and Walter Holmes hit a classic cover drive well beyond his years. Much like the batting, Tanunda’s bowling and fielding was excellent, with the wides tally ½ of what it was in the first game of the year. Ben Mernagh, Hudson Lindner and James Duff each took wickets, super-sub Sam Roestenburg took an excellent catch in the covers, and Patrick Brooks, Chloe Rosenzweig and Walter Holmes all playing key roles in run outs. As a sign of appreciation the players presented coaches Stuart Swan and Pete Mernagh with gifts in the form of water balloons, taking the time to place them with reasonable force to all parts of both coach’s bodies. Revenge will be sweet – sleep with your lights on kids!

The run home…

With finals a couple of weeks away with the results key to a few of the sides chances of making finals, and the results couldn’t have gone better for the black and whites.

The A’s drove up to Stockwell to take on Light Pass in a game that will determine who will secure the all important top two position on the ladder.  The home side won the toss and sent Tanunda in for a hit and would have been quietly happy with their working having bowled Tanunda out for 144.  Skipper Pete Mernagh led with way with an excellent 40, with Jimmy Marshall and Luke Samain making 22.  Brett Grocke contributed a patient and important hand with 18 not out.  Knowing it was going to take an excellent bowling performance to take the points, Tanunda made an excellent start with the ball having Light Pass’s top five batsmen all in the shed by the time the score reached 19.  Mitchell Boschen was the star with the ball taking 4 wickets, with fellow opener Luke Samain taking the other scalp.  Tanunda Clubhouse player of the week goes to Mitch Boschen for his fine spell of left arm pace bowling.  Good luck this week taking the remaining 5 wickets.

The B’s took on Freeling at Faith East in what will be the last game of the year for both sides.  Skipper Toby Mifflin won the toss and decided that having a bowl was the order of the day, which turned out to be a great call thanks to an excellent team bowling performance which saw the last Freeling batsman call an early close to their innings at 9 for 104.  Sam Dunn and Oscar Harms showed that the future is bright in the bowling stocks, picking up 3 wickets and 2 wickets respectively, with Aiden Radzevicius, Charles Shaw, Steve Lewis and Stuart Ratsch each taking a wicket.  The run chase could not have started any worse than it did, with the first three batsmen out without contributing to the score.  This brought together Phil Graetz and young Oscar Harms, who went on to bat out the day to put victory within reach, at 3 for 73, with Phil  reaching his half century, undefeated on 58, with Oscar contributing a valuable 13 not out.  Barossa Valley Brewing player of the week goes to Phil Graetz, although Oscar’s all-round performance is worth a note for someone who also represents the club at Under 14 level each week.

The C’s headed to Gawler High School to take on South Gawler in a must win game fielding a side with the perfect blend of experience and youth.  Tanunda fielded first and an excellent team bowling performance restricted the home side to 112, bowling South out with a couple overs to spare.  Star with the ball was Darryl Hean, picking up 5 wickets with Sam Cox and Kyle Graetz both picked up 2 wickets with Bailey Smith taking the remaining scalp.  A few easy chances went down, but skipper Mark Hoklas showed all how it was done taking 4 catches.  Despite the loss of regular wickets the win was secured with 11 overs to spare, with Craig Smith being the best with the bat with 24.  Mark Hoklas backed up his fielding with a hard hitting 21 with Sam Cox and Stuart Swan both contributing 18.  Tundarri Sales and Service player of the week goes to the regular award winner, Darryl Hean.

The D’s hosted Light Pass at Faith West in a game that would secure a finals berth for one of the sides with Light Pass batting first and compiling a steady 5 for 123.  Skipper Dan Eggleton was the best with the ball with 2 wickets, supported by a wicket each to Anthony Roestenburg, Kym Underwood and Kieren Smith.  Special mention to Justin Thompson for a great display with the gloves (despite Tim Brooks trying to sabotage Justin’s game on Friday night) which included a “just like the Gary Vogt photo at the Greenock Creek Tavern” catch  which still has first slip George Akkerman smiling. Another slightly tricky chase on a must win game that took 36.4 overs to complete, with Jamie Roehr deciding that someone else should hit the winning runs leaving the field for a well made 24 with the scores level.  George Akkerman made a welcome return after a long injury layoff with 37, with the best with the bat being Kieren Smith with 40 not out.  Kieren Smith picks up the Rogash Windows player of the week along with the Mia Pizza senior player of the week awards.  Finals are now something the D’s can look forward to – well done all. Rumours of a road trip to Eudunda this week, so publicans  between Tanunda and Eudunda will need to stock up just in case.

Much like the C’s and D’s, the Under 16s headed to Kapunda to tackle Kapunda / Eudunda in a must win game.  An outstanding bowling performance by the Tanunda lads saw the home side restricted to just 44 in the 17th over.  Kyle Graetz was the star with the ball taking 4 for just 13, Ben Biagi took 2 wickets, with Lachlan Miller and Jackson Gray both taking a wicket.  Nic Burton contributed the other wicket with a run out.  Tanunda easily secured victory and an unexpected week off reaching 6 for 90 at stumps.  James Madden finished an excellent minor round contribution with bat, reaching 400 for the season (at an average of 50) whilst top scoring for 38.  Brodie Robinson was the other batsman to make a score of note with 18.  Well done on reaching the finals, now to bring home the points when it matters the most!

In the Under 14s, Tanunda White hosted Sandy Creek Gold at Faith East with finals not a possibility.  The visitors had an excellent day with the bat, reaching 4 for 196 at the end of the 40 overs.  Dylan Birchard, Angus Blieschke and Bryan Stevenson-White each taking a wicket.  Good luck with the chase next week.

The Tanunda Black Under 14 team took the trip to Riverton to tackle Gilbert Valley.  The home side batted first and amassed 6 for 135 off of the allotted overs.  Lachlan Munzberg was the standout with the ball taking 3 wickets, Oscar Harms took 2 wickets and Hugh Smart the other wicket to fall.  Good luck with a patient chase this week to close out your year.

The Under 12’s were back at Faith for our last home game of the year, with Angus Dohse and Hayden Spehr the joint captains for the day. The boys won the toss and decided to give Sandy Creek Gold the chance to bowl first. Opening bats Hugo Schild and Jack Collins started well with a 22 run opening stand from the Justin Langer lookalikes. Jordan Rosenzweig and Hayden Spehr complemented the start with a further 40 run partnership. Other good batting performances came from Jack Underwood and Chloe Rosenzweig, Chloe hit her second four in consecutive weeks, well done and thanks for filling in. Our bowlers started well keeping the run rate down, Harmon Vears, Jack Collins, Sydney Pick, Liam Cook, Hugo Schild and Chloe Rosenzweig each took a wicket. Some excellent work in the field with captain Angus Dohse amd Coan Linke showing the way and Harry Lienert taking a great catch. One game to go!

The Under 10’s got to experience playing on turf at Tanunda, with many of the players having their first experience of “real cricket”.  Skipper Jason Tapscott decided that losing the toss and letting the opposition decide who was doing what was the way to go, with Tanunda sent out to bowl first against Lyndoch.  Sam Roestenburg instantly found out he could cut a ball 6 inches on turf which tested out keeper Nick Holme’s reaction time.  Darcy Thompson was the best of the bowlers taking a wicket, with Ben Swan having a good day in the field with a stumping and a run out.  Skipper Jason Tapscott also contributed an excellent run out, but really didn’t know what all the fuss was about, calming turning to return to his spot in the field whilst the remainder of his team celebrated what he’d just achieved without him.

Lyndoch showed how to bowl on turf, keeping the ball on the stumps, resulting in Tanunda losing quite a few more wickets than in recent times, with most being bowled with the ball passing under the batters bats.  No real highlights with the top score being well and truly the wides column.

Good luck to the A’s, C’s and D’s this week closing out their finals spots.  Well done to the Under 16s for securing yours, and to all other players, enjoy your last week of cricket before the focus quickly turns to Football and Hockey.