Magpie Chatter – 2nd December

The A grade hosted Eudunda/Robertstown at home in a one dayer on the turf at Tanunda Oval, with Eudunda winning the toss and posting 6 for 133. Mitch Boschen, Luke ‘Economical’ Samain and Jon ‘All-rounder’ Justin each picked up a couple of wickets.

The loss of early wickets hampered the chase, with skipper Nathan Justin and his deputy Brett Grocke steadying the ship to get the chase back on track with 19 and 24 respectively. Brett’s run out was quite controversial, but we won’t go there.

Dylan Abinett showed excellent fight at the end top scoring with 26, but unfortunately the chase ran out of puff on 120. David Franz Wines A grade player of the week goes to Dylan for a good all-round day.

The Bs drove back to the dog track looking to defend the 237 posted last week. After an early break through the reigning premiers settled in make a strong 7 for 294 in reply.

Young Brodie Robinson continued his strong start to his senior career with 2 wickets as did ‘Pommy’ Tom Oliver (who picked up the Heinrich Cooperage B grade player of the week). Stuart Ratsch, Steve Lewis and Liam Boschen each claimed a wicket.

Due to the unfortunate fires, the C grade game against Freeling at Wasleys was called off (so most of the boys headed to the test instead).

Our thoughts are certainly with our fellow cricketers and other fellow South Aussies who were impacted by the events of last week. We hope you all get back on your feet quickly, and know the Aussie spirit (and the support that goes with that) will see you through.

The D’s finally had a team together with a few new recruits and blokes returning from hospital visits, and hosted South Gawler at Faith East. Returning from his hospital bed, skipper Ben Tucker won the toss and elected to bat. Ben showed that he’s well on the road to recovery with a hard hitting 61 at the top of the order, with the only other bat to contribute to any degree being Jamie Roehr with 40. That ensured a reasonable victory target of 150 was set on the slow eastern oval.

An excellent team bowling performance followed, leading to a 14 run win. Ben was also best with the ball with 3 wickets, and picks up both the Chateau Tanunda D grade player of the week and Mia Pizza senior player of the week awards.

Stuart Swan and Ben ‘KFC variety bucket’ Linke both took 2 wickets, with Jamie Roehr rounding out his day with a wicket. Special mention to the other ‘first game Linke’, Micah on 8 excellent overs – the Ds are just hoping to keep you with them but fear the sides above might nick you!

The Under 16s hosted Angaston/Light Pass, winning the toss on the first day of a 2 day game and having a bat. A ripper opening partnership between Jake and Bailey of 165 set up an excellent score of 3 for 184. Jake top scored with 96, with Brodie also raising his bat along the way to 55. Tight bowling should see the 16s claim back to back victories.

It was a battle of the Tanunda sides in the under 14s at Faith West, with the Tanunda Black variety winning the toss and having a bat. Skipper Luca continued his good season with 40 at the top of the order, with Spencer, Mitch and Blake all contributing 20s in the 150 combined total for the team.

Best with the ball for the Tanunda Whites were Zach and Will with 2 wickets each, with Jackson, Jordan, Braydan and Tyson all taking a wicket. Weather permitting the game is set up for an excellent day on Saturday.

The Under 12 Whites played Greenock at Redeemer Primary and batted first. An excellent team effort with contributions throughout seeing the side post their first 100 run score for the season.

Sam N belted an excellent 6 and a couple of 4s, Mitch hit 3 fours, Chloe and James also hit a couple of 4s and Kalan also hit a 4 with the whole team valuing their wickets and rotating the strike with lots of singles in the innings.

The fielding and bowling continues to improve, with only 18 wides bowled in 24 overs. Chloe and Kobi starred with 2 wickets each with Nick and Malik both taking wickets. Ben and Darcy combined for an excellent run out. Well done all.

The Under 12 Blacks hosted Sandy Creek Green at Faith East. Captains Jack and Harry decided to bat. The focus on running between wickets at training is paying off with great improvement, with hard running between wickets resulting in some 3s being run (very rare on the small under 12s ovals).

Malakai, Harry and Hayden topped the scoring, with a special mention to James and Josh for an excellent partnership to close out the innings.

Well done to Sandy Creek for exceptional bowling with 7 wides for the entire innings

Defending the score, Tanunda Black showed excellent pressure in the field with Harry R getting 2 run outs and Liam 1. The wicket takers Jack and Harry R (who took a great caught and bowled).

Great to see all the hard work and listening to the coach at training paying off.