Magpie Chatter 4th November 2015

8 weeks until Christmas they keep reminding us all, boy oh boy, time flies! Firstly, a little birdy mentioned that a future star had an exceptional day on the cricket field last Saturday and it failed to make the Chatter, well we’ll fix that one right now! It was mentioned that Zach took a remarkable 4 for 4 for the under 14 White team, but what wasn’t mentioned was that three of those wickets came in consecutive balls, but they were also all bowled, and were the opposition’s number 3, 4 and 5 batters, a great effort. Congratulations on your hat-trick Zach!

Now onto this week’s results…

The A’s headed to Greenock and were asked to have a hit. After an excellent start which saw Tanunda 2 for 90, regular wickets fell with Tanunda eventually being bowled out for 161. Jon Justin continues to make runs at the top of the order week in week out, top scoring with 48. Brett Grocke was next best with 39, with Pete Mernagh making 23. A solid bowling effort required this week to bring home the points.

Tanunda Clubhouse A grade player of the week goes to Jon for yet another excellent knock at the top of the order.

After a lot of hard work by many at the Tanunda Cricket Club over a number of months, the SACA, the Barossa Council, and our curators Scott and Darin, cricket finally returned to the turf at Tanunda Oval with the B’s hosting Truro. Skipper Kym Farley won the toss and elected to have a hit and would have been wondering what he’d done with Tanunda being in all sorts after the first 5 wickets fell cheaply. Kym and Ben Tucker helped Tanunda post a defendable total with 41 and 21, with Tanunda eventually bowled out for 106. In reply Truro lost 2 early wickets to up and coming quick Sam Dunn, with the visitors finding themselves in trouble 2 for 0. Truro rallied to end the day on 2 for 30 off 20 overs. Sam Dunn the star with the ball with the excellent figures of 2 for 3 off 8 overs.

Tundarri B grade player of the week and Mia Pizza senior player of the week goes to Kym Farley for an excellent captain’s knock.

The C’s continued their road trip start to the season, this week travelling to Williamstown to take on Sandy Creek. Skipper Jamie won the toss and decided to have a hit. Regular wickets fell throughout, with an excellent hard hitting 42 from Matt Fechner, supported by 23 from Stuart Swan and 19 from Craig Smith leading to a score of 158 being posted. That would prove to be 20 or 30 short of the mark, with Sandy Creek successfully chasing down the target with a couple of overs to spare and 7 wickets in the shed. Stuart Ratsch turned back the clock with an excellent spell of fast swing bowling which resulted in 2 wickets, with Adam Norman being the other successful bowler.

Lynas Valley Ford C grade player of the week is Matt Fechner.

Unfortunately with a significant number of players out this week the D’s had to apologise to Lyndoch for giving them Saturday afternoon off.

The Under 16s headed to Nuriootpa and bowled against a strong Nuriootpa outfit who ended the day with 5 for 214. Best of the bowlers were Oscar, Cooper, Jake, Tim and Mitchell with a wicket each.

The Under 14 Blacks played Greenock Creek Browns at the Chateau and posted a highly respectable 6 for 120 off the 40 overs. Blake top scored with 23, Harry was next best with 21, with Luca and Angus both making it into double figures.

The Under 14 Whites headed to Sandy Creek and batted first, with the hosts restricting Tanunda to 65, Best with the bat was Riley with 19, with good support from Will on 14 and Zach on 10. The hosts are 2 for 15 in reply, with Jackson taking the 2 wickets to fall.

The Under 12 whites had a day off with the bye, with the Under 12 whites hosting Light Pass on a ripper of a Saturday morning at Faith East with Tanunda taking to the field. Continued improvement continues to be shown with the ball and in the field, with Sam N continuing his “Mr Reliable” efforts taking another 2 excellent catches to keep up his season average. Darcy, Kobi and James were the successful bowlers on the day each picking up a wicket with the most of our bowlers showing continued improvement in the wides column. Best with the bat were Kalan, Ben and James who all hit excellent fours, with a number of batters placing the ball in the field such that 2’s were possible. Well done all.

The Under 10 blacks drove to the ‘perfect for Under 10s cricket’ oval at Kapunda High School, with Kapunda winning the toss and coming out firing with the willow. In response Tanunda applied excellent pressure to restrict the hosts scoring rate, with many of the bowlers unlucky not to hit the wickets of the opposition with narrow misses. The wides column continues to improve with 7 less wides than last week. Excellent fielding saw two direct hits, with the Kapunda batters just managing to make their ground. Tanunda batted exceptionally, with only one wicket falling in our innings. A noticeable improvement was seen in the batting, with excellent stroke play down the ground a feature of the innings.

The Under 10 whites travelled to Nuri this week and had a great game with both bat and ball. It was great to see everyone getting on the scoreboard and the running between wickets improving. Captain Ben showed the way with two 4s, Hudson also found the boundary and well done Noah for hitting his first four. Everybody bowled well with Oscar, Noah, Giles, Tom, Hudson and Nash each taking a wicket. Well done Axel for taking his first wicket. Highlight of the fielding effort was a great catch taken by Nash. Great team effort!

Have a great week and do something nice to someone who wouldn’t be expecting it, go on – make their day.