Magpie Chatter – 9th December

The A’s hosted Mallala at home and were sent out to field by the visitors. Mitch Boschen loved the idea of bowling first, and made Mallala pay with 6 wickets, with Dylan Abinett taking 2 wickets and Luke Samain and Shaun Akkerman one each as Mallala was bowled out for only 73. Tanunda were in trouble in the chase at 2 for 0 before Nathan Justin and Brett Grocke got the job done with 22 and 31 respectively. A grade Tanunda Clubhouse player of the week and Mia Pizza senior player of the week goes to Mitch for his match defining spell.

The B’s drove to Willaston to take on the competition’s newcomers. Tanunda were sent in, much to the delight of Pommy Tommy Oliver, who continued to turn his season back on track with his maiden ton for the club, eventually falling for 107. Toby Mifflin and Liam Boschen both joined in the party with 65 and 55 each and Tanunda hit a highly competitive 5 for 290. Willaston gave the chase a shove but ended falling well short on 216. Stuart Ratch proved that his comeback to cricket was well on track with 3 wickets, Wayne Akkerman took two wickets with other support coming from the youngsters in Aiden Radzevicius, Brodie Robinson and Kyle Graetz with a wicket each. Tommy picks up the Richard Miller Conveyancing B grade player of the week for his first triple figure score for the club.

The C’s had a day off with Gawler Centrals unable to fill their side, so easy points and a day off for all.

The D’s headed to the turf at Eudunda and won the toss and batted. Regular wickets didn’t help the cause as the side struggled, posting only 83 in just over 22 overs. Stuart Swan was the best with the bat with 29, with James McMahon next best with 17 and Matt Fechner with 15. A few quick wickets in the middle of the bowling innings made things interesting however the home side won easily passing the score with 6 wickets in the bank. Stuart was best with the ball with 3 wickets. Brad Pech was the other successful bowler. Stuart picks up the BGI Building Group D grade player of the week.

The Under 16s took the field at Tanunda Oval to defend the 184 set last week and did it in style, bowling out the visiting Angaston/Light Pass side for 124. Hugh continued his great form with ball with 4 wickets for only 7 runs off 6 overs. Cooper and Kyle also proved a handful with 3 wickets and 2 wickets respectively. Lachlan also took a wicket.

As predicted the Under 14 local derby proved to be a close encounter with Tanunda White successfully chasing down the 158 set by Tanunda Blacks last week, reaching 4 for 163 off the 40 overs. Riley was the star with 50 not out, with Will and Jordan both making scores in the 20s without losing their wickets. Thomas was best with 2 wickets, Luca and Harry both took a wicket each. Great to see such an even game from Tanunda’s two under 14 sides.

The Under 12 blacks tackled Sandy Creek Green on Friday night in the return bout, with captains Drake and Hayden winning the toss and batting. Harry L put on a batting masterclass of straight driving which gave the team a great start. Harry R, Jack, Malakai, Josh and Nick all contributed well with the bat. The fielding effort was a highlight for the second week in a row, with 4 catches taken including an excellent diving effort by Jack at short mid-wicket. Harry L took 2 catches and also got a run out in another excellent individual fielding effort. James was the best with the ball with 2 wickets. Syd, Drake, Nick, Josh and Malakai each took a wicket.

The Under 10 whites were also tasked with a game of cricket on Friday night, and headed to Good Shepherd to take on the Angaston Panthers. Captain Joshua won the toss and elected to bowl. Angaston’s batting strength was obvious, but everyone bowled well with only 20 wides that restricted the home sides score. Axel took 2 wickets with Josh, Jason, Zavier and Hudson each taking a wicket. Coach Pete changed the batting order this week to give different boys ago at the top of the order. Everyone took to the challenge well, with Tanunda ‘having more fun than Angaston’ and only losing 3 wickets along the way. Hudson and Giles both smashed 2 fours and Ben chiped in with a boundary. Great win boys well done!

The Under 12 whites and Under 10 blacks both had the week off due to the heat policy.