The final countdown…

We head to the business end of the season – a couple of our senior sides were hoping for an easy day – and one was fighting for their lives to play a part in the finals.  In the end – the two sides safe in the finals had a tough day in the office that can only help coming into finals, the good ole reality check, and the side fighting for a chance to make the final four making a great start.

The A’s took on Nuri’s B’s at Nuri and have a fight on their hands.   Tanunda won the toss and batted first.  All credit to Nuri’s B’s bowling outfit as they dismissed Tanunda for 134 in under 50 overs.  Nathan Justin again showed his class with 42, with Lachy Scott-Hoy chipping in with 34.  Double figures were only reached by a couple of the other lads.  

In reply, it’s certainly “Game On” with Nuri 4 for 50 at the close of play.   Mitch Boschen picking up 2 wickets so far, and 36 for the season, Luke Samain and Pete Merhagh a wicket apiece.  Good luck on Saturday closing out the minor round with a win.  Barossa Valley Brewing A grade player of the day goes to Nathan Justin for his knock at the top of the order.

The B’s took on Freeling at Faith East, with the winner a certainty to play finals.  Tanunda won the toss and batted, and had a solid day with the willow, closing out the day at 7 for 262.  Skipper Toby Mifflin again showed the way at the top of the order with 62, with President Darren Graetz hitting back to back 70’s.  The innings was topped off with 30’s to Matt Fechner and Phil Graetz.  We hold our catches – we play finals…. simple as that – good luck lads.  

Rogash Windows B Grade player of the day, and Mia Pizza senior player of the week is Darren Graetz, el-Presidente’.

The C’s, sitting pretty at the top of the table headed to the TCG to take on a Freeling side that Tanunda easily accounted for a few rounds back at Faith.  Simply, we were outclassed on the day, losing by 10 wickets.  A couple of players from above for the opposition and the first game on turf for the season didn’t help – however it’s a great reality check for a side that’s been flying to date.  Only Chris Collins, playing on one leg and in under 12 pads (true story) and Andy Edwards could hold their heads high with the willow – and no one really with the ball.  Special mention to Bailey Smith for holding up his end with the bat, fielding well beyond his years, and having a dip with the ball.  A top 2 spot is still safe, but a morale boost will be key against the fellow top 2 side this week.

Barossa Valley Toyota C Grade player of the day goes to the only bloke who’s skipped a 2 at the TCG this year, the ‘Iron Chef’ – Chris Collins.

The Under 16’s took on South Gawler on a must win game at Faith East.  An excellent batting performance saw Tanunda to 181 after the allotted 40 overs.  Nic Burton, and Will Loffler both hit 30’s, with James Madden and Liam Birchard both hitting 20’s.  Another side hitting the field with nothing to lose on Saturday – good luck lads – hopefully a win will see you sneak into that last finals spot.

The Under 14 blacks had a week off, and spend the morning refining their skills in the nets.    

The Under 14 whites headed to Nuri High to take on Greenock.  A hard day out on the park saw Tanunda bowled out for 80 in the 36th over, with Bailey Smith making a fine 37 (chip off the ole’ block).  Good luck to the team defending the score this week – as there’s still the chance of a finals birth if we bring home the points.

The Under 12 blacks faced South Gawler at Faith West on a sunny Saturday morning. Captain Mitchell Radzevicius lost the toss and Tanunda were sent out to field first. A good all round bowling effort saw Spencer Reimann, James Roehr and Neeve Reimann all collecting wickets. Well done to everyone on your fielding performance. Solid batting was demonstrated by all, but this week’s stand out was Jordan Rosenzweig making 20 runs that included 3 fours and a big six. We’re all looking forward to the big showdown next week against the whites to finish off the season.  Tanunda ‘ boys’ are happy hey!

It was cricket at home literally this week for the Under 12 whites, on the turf at the Tanunda oval. Captain Jack Collins (MVP award) lead the way with a tight bowling spell supported by some great fielding with 3 run outs effected. Angus Schild (Team man award) lead the way with the bat with Jack Underwood chipping in with a determined innings.  Special mention to Coan Linke who exhibited true sportsmanship playing for Gilbert Valley to assist numbers and thrived against his team mates.  

The Under 12’s end their year with the “showdown” this Friday night with Tanunda White taking on Tanunda Black.   Get along and check out the future stars in action.

Finals commence in a fortnight, and Tanunda will be well represented at the business end of the year.   Would be great to see the streets of Tanunda coloured in black and white to cheer the lads on.  Go the Magpie!