Finals begin

A reminder diary note to all to kick off this week’s chatter.  Junior and Senior presentation day is a joint affair – held at Tanunda Oval on Sunday the 30th of March from 11am, including a BBQ lunch.  Please block out your diaries now – we’d love to see everyone there to celebrate the year.

Tanunda headed to Semi-Finals hoping that all 4 sides could get through to the battle for the grand prize, unfortunately we had a 50% strike rate, but if you head into a cricket season saying that 50% of your most senior sides would make the grand final, you’d take that every day of the week.

After a disappointing game the week before, Tanunda’s A’s headed to Eudunda to take on Mallala after a wet and wintery Friday night and Saturday morning.   Winning the toss, skipper Pete Mernagh had little hesitation sending Mallala in on a green deck.  Tanunda’s bowlers made the most of the occasion bowling out Mallala for just 41 in 30 overs.   Best with the ball were Mitchell Boschen with 4 wickets, Dylan Abinett with 3 wickets and Luke Samain 2.  In reply sensible batting saw the outright victory outside of Mallala’s reach, with Mallala shaking hands with Tanunda after we reached 8 for 121.

We’re now in finals, so no player of the week – it’s all about TEAM.  Good luck to the A’s as they take on Lyndoch at Stockwell on Saturday and Sunday for the flag.

The B’s headed to Nuri to take on the top team Gawler Centrals.  Tanunda were in early trouble at 5 for 52 before an excellent partnership between Jon Farley and Tony Swan saw a respectable score of 172 reached by the end of the day.  Jon contributing an exceptional 79, and Tony 37.  Unfortunately the total wasn’t enough against Gawler’s strong batting line up, with the opposition making the score with overs to spare.  Best with the ball were Paul Healy with 2 wickets and bowler of the future Sam Dunn with 1 wicket.  Unfortunately that ends the year for the B’s – but all can look back with pride on making the finals, knowing that a grand final spot isn’t that far off next year.  Well done boys for your season.

The C’s also headed for Nuri to take on a fast finishing Angaston.  As per previous weeks, a tight bowling effort saw Tanunda bowl out Angaston for 124.  Star of the day was the opening batsman, Dan Reu who decided that why stop with your first wicket for the club, you might as well take 5!  Mark Hoklas chipped in with 2 wickets, Steve Lewis, Darryl Hean and Stuart Swan each taking a wicket.

The bowler friendly conditions continued as Tanunda looked to chase down the tricky finals score, and it showed as Tanunda found ourselves in a tad of trouble at 6 for 69, which included a quick fire 19 from Sam Brooks, 16 from skipper George Akkerman and 15 from Dan Reu.  A solid partnership of 51 between Simon Liersch and Stuart Swan saw victory within reach, with Craig Smith hitting 6 to win the game (spread over 2 balls).  Simon top scored with an excellent 30, with Stuart chipping in with 22. The C’s now take on Lyndoch for the premiership on Saturday at Eudunda.

The Under 16’s headed to Sandy Creek to take on top team Angaston for a shot at the grand final.  Tanunda batted first hitting 9 for 109 on Saturday, with James Madden top scoring with 30, Nic Burton 22 and Sam Dunn 14.  Excellent bowling by Aiden Radzevicius saw Angaston in trouble at 3 for 10 in the chase, but that was as close as Tanunda got with Angaston passing the score with 4 wickets down.  For the first year back in the Under 16’s, semi’s is a great effort – and a spot in the grand final and flag will keep the fire burning in the belly’s between now and next season.

All the best to the A’s and the C’s in this week’s Grand Finals – let’s bring two flags back to the home to Tanunda next weekend.

Go the Magpie, may Tanunda Boys Be Happy.