Here comes Santa Clause…

After celebrating the arrival of Santa on Friday night (well done to all involved in pulling together this terrific event), the A’s headed to Greenock to take on the Schlungers, and for the second week in a row easily took the points. Batting first Tanunda compiled a competitive 8 for 243 from our allotted 40 overs. Jon Justin was the best of the bats hitting another half century, finishing on 62, well supported by skipper Pete Mernagh with 33, Liam Boschen in his return game to the A’s with 33 not out, Nathan Justin 31 and Lachy Scott-Hoy with 21.

The home side were never really in the chase, eventually bowled out for 91 in the 28th over. Best of the bowlers was the skipper with a terrific 3 for 6 off 4.4 overs. Mitch Boschen also picked up 3 scalps, with Luke Samain and Dylan Abinett picking up 2 wickets a piece. Tundarri Service and Sales MVP goes to Pete Mernagh for a terrific all round game.

The B’s took on South Gawler on a dusty and dry TCG pitch. South batted first and were bowled out for 152 with 4 overs to spare (with 27 of those coming from wides and no-balls). Best with the ball was young Fraser Cameron with 4 for 20, with Aden Radzevicius and Connor Peacock both taking 2 wickets. Steve Lewis and Charles Shaw both picked up a scalp.
The extras would prove costly in the end with Tanunda running out of overs, finishing at 8 for 140 off the forty overs. After an early let off skipper Toby Mifflin led the way with 53, with Darren ‘Pres’ Graetz turning back the clock to be the only other batsman to make a score of note with 44 not out. The Clubhouse MVP goes to Fraser Cameron for an excellent return with the ball.

The C’s also took on South Gawler, this time at Faith East. Winning the toss and batting proved to be the right call by skipper Mark Hoklas, with Tanunda putting on 7 for 189, with 3 of those wickets falling in the last over. Darryl ‘Veteran’ Hean continued to dominate the A4 competition with an excellent 75, well supported by ‘half centurion’ Sam Brooks raising his bat on his way to 43. Apologies from the scorers for that one Sam!

In reply South were in real trouble at 6 for 58 odd before a hard hitting 80 run partnership made the game interesting. Darryl Hean continued an outstanding day with 3 for 6 off his 8 overs, young Bailey Smith took the key wicket on his way to 2 for 7, with Paul Healy, Sam ‘Variety Bucket’ Brooks, Nat Magoo, Stuart Swan and Dan Reu all taking a wicket, with some of those coming cheaper than others. There was some excellent fielding efforts, especially from ‘cover magnets’ Bailey Smith and Tim ‘Sub’ Brooks fielding more balls that the rest of the team combined. A few ripper catches, with Craig Smith and Dan Reu taking blinders, only to be outdone by Paul Healy with one of the best gully catches you will ever see. Barossa Valley Brewing MVP easy – Darryl Hean.

The D’s finally had the numbers for an away game and headed to Eudunda for a rare game on the turf, and couldn’t quite come home with the points. Eudunda-Robertstown batted first were bowled out for 155 with a couple of overs to go. Kym Underwood enjoyed the trip back to the old traps with an exceptional effort of 6 overs, 4 maidens, 6 for 2, including 4 wickets off his last 7 balls, remarkable. Tom Eggleton enjoyed the new ball with 2 wickets, with Chris Collins and Bob Smart both taking up a wicket.

Regular wickets hampered the run chase, with Tanunda falling short on 97. Skipper Bob Smart led from the front with 24, Clint Hart with 19 and Louie Neldner with 16. Rogash Windows MVP and Mia Pizza player of the week goes to Kym ‘the wrecker’ Underwood.

The Under 16’s headed to South Gawler looking to defend their total of 6 for 151 on the fast South oval. They managed to do that comfortably, with South being bowled out for 127 in the 37th over. James Madden was the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets, with Ben Biagi and Jonah Whitelum both taking 2 wickets. Jackson Gray and Copper Ratsch both took a wicket each in the win.

The Under 14 Whites also ventured to Eudunda, looking to defend their 5 for 139 against a combined Eudunda/Robertstown – Kapunda side. The game came down to the wire with the home side taking the points in the last over. It was a Birchard kind of day in the field with Jayden and Dylan Birchard taking 2 wickets each with Angus Blieschke also taking a wicket. Jayden also being involved in running out one of the opposition bats.

The Under 14 Blacks headed to the challenging TCG looking to chase down Sandy Creek’s score of 95. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be with the home side bundled out for 73. Skipper Hugh Smart was the star with 20, with no one else able to crack the double figure mark.

On a drizzly Saturday morning Tanunda Under 12’s played Gilbert Valley Maroon at Faith East. Tanunda won the toss and Jack Underwood captain for the day decided to bat first. A solid start with Coan Linke continuing his good form with the willow making 11 runs, complimented by Jordan Rosenzweig who made a well compiled 26. A feature of our innings was the running between wickets, good to see the practise is working. Good bowling by Sydney Pick, Harmon Vears, Coan Linke and Liam Cook who all took a wicket. Some great fielding resulted in 2 run outs, one run out came from the super arm of Samuel Tapscott. Well played boys, see you at training for some more fielding practise.

Across the other side of Faith the Under 10’s were taking on them Panther’s from up the hill. Angaston won the toss and had a bowl. A solid batting performance from many of the players, with Mitch Radzevicius, Darcy Thompson, Sam Rostenberg, Harry Robinson and Jason Tapscott all hitting 4’s.

Nick Holmes got the crowd excited with 2 wickets in 2 balls, with Chloe Rosenzweig and Jason Tapscott both taking a wicket in a generally ‘slightly tired after Santa’s arrival’ bowling effort across the team, but the fielding was exceptional with a great direct hit on a tough angle by Darcy Thompson, with Harry Robinson also getting a direct hit. Award winners this week were Nick Holmes, Jason Tapscott, Ben Swan and Patrick Brooks.

The association has a bye this week for the test match, so a week off for the scribe. Good luck with the Christmas shopping over the next couple of weeks.