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.