Well they say you can’t trust the weatherman… well it sure did rain, just at the opposite part of the day that they warned us all about! The good news is there was enough play in all grades to ensure that whites still need a scrub and wash…
The A’s headed to the TCG for the clash of the Magpies, with the Tanunda variety hosting the Mallala variety. The Mallala boys won the toss and sent the home side in to see what the deck could do, and would have been delighted to see two of our bats back in the shed very early in the proceedings. Jon Justin and Brett Grocke stabalised the innings, with Brett falling for 29 after an excellent partnership. Another Jon strode the wicket, this time the ‘life member’ Farley variety, with the “Jons” seeing Tanunda safely through to 3 for 124 before the heavens open and the battle transferred to the bar! The game is set up for an enthralling battle next weekend. Barossa Valley Brewing player of the week goes to Jon Justin for his determined knock.
The B’s took the scenic journey to Moculta to tackle Angaston. The home side won the toss and had a hit, ending the day on 6 for 160, having faced 58 overs before the precipitation arrived. Moculta certainly isn’t the competitions largest oval, but probably has Good Shephard covered, so another interesting day ahead next Saturday as the lads look to chase the total down. Sam Dunn was best with the two wickets, well supported by a wicket each to Blake Lockett, Steve “I’m back again” Lewis, Uncle Toby Mifflin and Charles Shaw. Ulitmate Engineering player of the week is Sam Dunn for his 2 wickets.
Gilbert Valley filled up the tanks and headed to Faith East to tackle the C’s, who continue to field a very different side each week due to player unavailability. It was a father son affair with 4 Dads playing with their lads, with 3 others joining in the fun. Skipper Tim Brooks decided to employ pretty unusual tactics which may have worked until his counterpart caught on to Tim’s cunning plan and insisted that the game was played with stumps. After a short delay (due to stumps being inserted into the pitch rather than anything to do with the weather), Gilbert Valley had a hit and made a competitive, but gettable 8 for 160, with Darryl Hean again taking 4 wickets. Kyle Graetz showed he is a player of the future in the senior ranks at the club with 2 wickets. Josh West overcame the initial setback of the selectors forgetting he was playing and showed a good variety bucket of tricks to pick up a wicket, with Dan Reu taking the other wicket to fall.
In reply Tanunda had raced to 1 for 48 off 10 overs with Sam Brooks and Dan Reu hitting 20’s not out before the Smart Phone weather apps had seen the spectators bolt for home. Back to back centuries nipped in the bud for Dan, and Sam robbed of the chance for his maiden century. Maybe next week! Innovative Eyewear MVP goes to Darryl for his effort with the ball.
Unfortunately a combination of university exams, birthday parties, mighty river runs, retaining walls and sheds floors being laid resulting in the D’s having to give Greenock a week off. If the stars align one of these weeks soon we’ll actually have a 5th side sitting on the sidelines supporting the 4ths!
The under 16s played Tanunda North at Nuriootpa Saturday. After a steady start Tanunda lost a couple of wickets. The boys then had a great partnership of 105 between James Madden (who make 79) and Clinton Hean showing that he’s a chip off the old block with a career high of 40. The lads finished our 40 overs on 4/148, with good tight bowling this week and good fielding the boys should break through for their first win. Special mention to Bailey Smith for surviving his one and only ball!
The Under 14 white went into battle against Light Pass at the TCG on a cloudy Saturday morning. Riley Westbrook and Nicholas Mills were the only bats to really settle into the conditions, and both had excellent days scoring 27 and 37 respectively. The conditions restricted our innings to 33 overs, with the side reaching 8 for 109 by that stage. Another game set up for an interesting Saturday ahead!
The Under 14 Blacks kept their whites clean with the bye.
Tanunda played Mallala in the under 12’s on Faith Eastern Oval on Saturday morning. Sydney captained the team with Mallala winning the toss and chose to bat first. Tanunda bowled 7 overs before play was stopped due to rain with Jack Collins getting managing to get a wicket before the rain arrived to call an early end to proceedings.
The Under 10’s took on Kapunda at the “perfect for Under 10’s cricket” Kapunda Primary School. Skipper Max Lienert wanted to bowl, which was good, as he lost the toss and the opposition captain liked the idea of batting. After an early onslaught (which saw the first 6 of the season), the team showed that a willingness to slow it down a little and bowl good lines and length pay off. The wide count continues to reduce each week, well done all. Mitch Radzevicius was the pick of the bowlers with 3 excellent wickets, with Harry Robinson, James Duff, Hudson Lindner, Ben Mernagh all taking wickets.
Our batting was also impressive, with everyone continuing to value their wickets. Darcy Thomson set the challenge for his Dad, hitting 3 excellent boundaries. Sam Rostenberg and Ben Mernagh also hit fours. Award winners were Mitch for his excellent bowling, and Hudson Lindner for getting his first wicket for the club and for doing a great job at his first attempt at wicket keeping.