In memory of Phillip Hughes…

After one of the saddest weeks in cricket history, the mood was very sombre as members of the TCC headed to the field on Saturday to pay their respects to Phil Hughes, and to enjoy the game of cricket the way that Phil did throughout his life. Our sympathy and thoughts are with Phil’s family, his friends, and those near and dear to him in cricketing circles. A talented lad taken far too soon.

The A’s headed to Eudunda on both Saturday and Sunday and had a terrific win. Skipper Pete Mernagh won the toss and had no hesitation on batting on a good batting deck, a decision that was proven to be the right one with Tanunda declaring with 5 overs left in day 1 on 9 for 305. Lachy Scott-Hoy was the best with the bat with 89, Alex Petty showed again that he’s a great additional to the club with 64, and Jon Justin making another 50, hitting 56. Brett Grocke, Wayne Akkerman and Luke Samain all chipped in with 20’s.

Our bowling was excellent with the home side only managing 158 in reply. Luke Samain was the star bowling 4 of the opposition bats. Dylan Abinett took two wickets, with Alex Petty (two) and Blake Lockett both picking up their first wickets for the club and Mitchell Boschen also picking up a scalp. Pete decided to have another trundle with Eudunda / Robertstown having a better time with the willow second time around, ending the day on 4 for 144. Dylan Abinett took another two wickets, with Mitchell Boschen and Luke Samain both taking wickets. Catches win matches as they say, luckily they didn’t cost this one with 6 or so catches put down over the day… a great team effort.

Rogash Windows player of the week goes to Luke Samain for his effort with the ball, with Lachy unlucky to miss out.

The A2's observing a minutes silence in honour of Phillip Hughes before the game

The A2’s observing a minutes silence in honour of Phillip Hughes before the game

The B’s took to the “turf” at the TCG and didn’t quite have the day they would have hoped, with the visitors, Sandy Creek taking the points. Sandy Creek won the toss and sent us in on a dry deck that is struggling to find the green element (not for a lack of trying by the hard working curator!). A competitive score of 161 was compiled with skipper Toby Mifflin being the only one to enjoy the conditions making 66, Liam Boschen making 20, and Jon Farley 14. The visitors chased down the total in 30 overs for the loss of only 3 wickets. Hugh Rogan, Connor Peacock and Shaun Akkerman each picked up a wicket. Mia Pizza player of the week is easy this week, with Toby Mifflin the standout for his efforts with the bat.

The C’s enjoyed another week off with the bye, at least they’ll all be fresh for the game against South Gawler this week.

The D’s headed to Faith East to tackle Light Pass. With a hope of a shorter day, skipper Bob Smart won the toss and sent the visitors in. At first drinks it looked like that decision may have back fired with Light Pass 2 for 83 at the first drinks break. An inspired captaincy call then changed the game with Bob throwing the ball to Charles Shaw, who turned the game instantly, picking up 5 wickets in 5 overs. First 5 wicket haul for Charles – congratulations on the milestone. Bob also picked up a wicket, as did James McMahon (first wicket for the club), Troy Pudney and Stuart Swan.

A careful chase followed, with victory coming with a couple of overs to spare, although it was probably a bit closer at the end that it looked like it would be at the midway point of the innings. Best with the bat was young Jake Hartigan, making his first senior 50 for the club, top scoring 56 at the top of the order well supported by another youngster, Hugh Smart with 17. Bob Smart next best with 16, and Clint Hart saving the day at the end with 14 not out. BV Toyota players of the week is shared between Charles Shaw for his game changing spell of quality leg spin and for Jake Hartigan for his first of many milestone scores in senior cricket for the club.

The Under 16’s headed to South Gawler with skipper Nic Burton winning the toss and electing to bat on the fast South Gawler oval. The lads compiled a defendable 6 for 151 off of the allotted 40 overs, with James Madden top scoring with 46, Nic Burton making 39 and Clint Hean 31. Good line and length bowling should see the points come back to Tanunda next week, but don’t ball short or wide at South Gawler oval!

The Tanunda White Under 14 side headed to Eudunda to take on a combined Eudunda/Robertstown and Kapunda side. Tanunda won the toss and batted, compiling an excellent 5 for 139 off their 40 overs. Best with the bat were Dylan Birchard and Jackson Docherty, with 26 not out and 25 not out respectively. Riley Westbrook also enjoyed batting on the turf at Eudunda hitting 18 not out. Another defendable total with a solid bowling effort.

After observing a minute silence for Phil Hughes, the under 14 white boys made a great start with the ball. Blake claimed two early wickets. Hugh Smart and Oscar Harms came on first change and tightened the scoring up with Hugh finishing with 2/4 of his 4 overs and Oscar’s leggies proving unplayable on the dusty Tanunda pitch. In his first game, Ned Grieves took a screamer of a catch to remove one of the openers, and was later involved in a great bit of fielding that resulted in a run out. The tight bowling by Tanunda had Sandy Creek in trouble at 7 for little over 40, however a late partnership managed to get the score up to 95. Jacob Judd finished off the innings with his first ball, taking a great caught and bowled. A win should be on the way if the boys bat out the 40 overs next week.

After a sombre start to the day the Tanunda Under 12’s were sent in by the Gilbert Valley captain, our captain for the day was Sydney Pick. Some solid batting by all players saw Tanunda reach a total of 86 runs with Coan Linke and Hugo Schild compiling an impressive 33 run partnership, well batted boys. Our bowlers kept the ball full and online only bowling 17 wides for the day. Harmon Vears, Angus Blieschke, Jordan Rosenzweig, Hayden Spehr and Jack Underwood each took wickets. A bit of work on our fielding over the next few weeks is in order. Awards went to Coan Linke and Harmon Vears.

The Under 10’s took on Sandy Creek at Faith East on a warm Saturday morning, with skipper Xavier Dswonitzky spinning the coin the wrong way and out to field Tanunda went. Another excellent fielding effort with Harry Robinson doing a great job as keeper for the first time, with Ben Swan, Xavier Dswonitsky, Giles Button and Walter Holmes all picking up wickets. Tanunda batted well with Ben Mernagh and Hudson Lindner hitting their first fours. Darcy Thomson also hit a great four. Award Winners this week were Ben Mernagh, Giles Button, Walter Holmes and skipper Xavier Dswonitzky.

Santa comes to town this Friday, so time for all of us to pretend we’ve been good all year in the faint hope we’ll get the rewards… Get around him!