We wish you a Merry Christmas…

The A’s took on recently relegated Light Pass on the Dubai like conditions at TCG and had an excellent win by 50 runs.  Batting first Tanunda compiled a very competitive 9 for 175 off the 40 overs with Nathan Justin top scoring with 40 well supported by skipper Pete Mernagh with 36 and 25 by Luke Samain.  In reply Light Pass were looking good at 1 for 90 odd before destroyer Dylan Abinett was introduced to the attack, taking full control of the spin friendly conditions, ending with the terrific figures of 5 for 18.  Pete capped off a great all-round day with 3 for 34, with Mitch Boschen and Luke Samain each taking a scalp.  Barossa Valley Brewing MVP goes to Pete Mernagh for an excellent contribution.

The B’s travelled to Freeling and won the toss and had a hit.  Unfortunately regular wickets fell with the boys leaving over 5 overs in the bank being bowled out for 151.  Kym Farley made a solid 30, with Toby Mifflin, Connor Peacock and Phil Graetz each passing 20. It was game on with Freeling 6 for 100 in reply, but the home side passed our score without the loss of another wicket.  Connor Peacock followed his contribution with the ball with 3 wickets, Charles Shaw took 2 with Blake Lockett being the other bowler to take a wicket.  Tanunda Clubhouse MVP goes to Connor Peacock.

The C’s headed to Williamstown to take on fellow finals contender Sandy Creek.  After a “sprinkler” delay Tanunda were sent in for a hit.  With a number of the regular starters unavailable, skipper Mark Hoklas reinvented the batting line up with good result.  Craig Smith opened and made a fine 27, Darryl Hean another contribution with the willow with 25, Sam Cox enjoying batting 3 making 24, with Mark Hoklas and Clint Hart both making mid double figures in a “lower than par” score of 7 for 143.  In reply Sandy Creek appeared to be cruising at 2 for 72 before a ripper of a finish.  Kyle Graetz turned the game with an exceptional spell at the death, bowling well beyond his years, taking 3 for 9 off 6 excellent overs (adding to his two catches).  With 1 ball remaining scores were tied, but after 25 runs, 3 catches, including 2 blinders at first slip, Craig Smith decided that, cometh the man, cometh the moment.  Kyle again found the outside edge from the opposition batsman, with the ball flying to first slip along the ground, with Craig not only stopping the ball but throwing down the stumps to find the opposition batsman short of his ground by a metre to cap off an excellent fighting effort by the boys, with the points shared.  Barossa Valley Toyota MVP goes to Craig Smith for a ripper of an effort, with a special mention to Kyle for getting the side back into the game.

The D’s took on Truro at Truro, with skipper Bob Smart winning to toss and having a hit.  It proved to be a good decision with Tanunda amassing 5 for 241 off our allotted overs.  Bob led by example with a well made 60, enjoying his first father son 100 run partnership with Hugh who made 45 – now that’s what it’s all about right there!  Justin Thompson continued to enjoy his return to cricket with 35, with Dan Eggleton making a hard hitting 49 not out to close out the innings.  In reply Truro posted a valiant 9 for 210, with Bob Smart continuing his excellent day with 3 wickets, Louie Neldner and Dan Eggleton both took two wickets, with Troy Pudney and James McMahon both taking a scalp.  An excellent win.  Rogash Windows MVP goes to Bob Smart for a fine contribution with both bat and ball.

The Under 16s took on Kapunda / Eudunda / Robertstown on the dusty TCG and game home with the points in a blinder of a game.  The visitors batted first and made a very competitive 5 for 129 off their 25 overs.  Bailey Smith and Nic Burton were best with the ball with 2 wickets each, with Eddy Laucke taking the remaining scalp.  James Madden continued his fine recent for with 57 at the top of the order, with Nic Burton being the only other batsman to get double figures with 22.  All looked down and out before Eddy Laucke and Lachlan Miller made a remarkable 18 off the last over to get the points in an absolute thriller!  Must have been the weekend for it…

The Tanunda White under 14 side hosted Angaston at Faith East and couldn’t quite come away with the win. Angaston batted first making 6 for 80 off 25 overs, with Nicholas Mills the best of the bowlers with 2 wickets. Tomas Heuzenroeder, Angus Blieschke, Jack Collins and Will Meyer each took a wicket.  In reply Tanunda could only manage 7 for 66, with Riley Westbrook top scoring with 19, Nicholas Mills capping off a great game with 16 and Will Meyer 11.

The Under 14 Black’s headed to the pickets at Sandy Creek and also fell just short.  The home side batted first and made 5 for 118, with Oscar Harms, Harry Collins, Lachlan Munzberg, Jaden Graetz and Charlie Collins each taking a wicket.  Tanunda put on a terrific chase, ending the day at 3 for 104.  Hugh Smart got the other half of his 98 runs for the day with got the other half of his 98 runs for the day with 53 not out (retired), Blake Dahlitz made 16 not out with Oscar Harms also retiring on 14.

The Under 12’s also enjoyed a great game of cricket to finish the year. Samuel Tapscott was captain for the day, winning the toss and deciding to bat first. Jordan Rosenzweig and Coan Linke opened the batting making a solid28 run partnership. Running between wickets was a highlight of our batting, Sydney Pick, Haydon Spehr and Hugo Schild making valuable runs highlighted by excellent running between the wickets.   Tanunda’s bowling and fielding was of high quality, with wicket going to Jordan Rosenzweig, Sydney Pick and Hugo Schild.  Excellent catches from Harmon Vears, Liam Cook, Hugo Schild & Jordan Rosenzweig. Good line and Length bowling performances from Harry Lienert and Angus Dohse kept the run rate down through the middle of the innings. Our excellent fielding resulted in 2 great run outs. A huge thanks to Chloe Rosenzweig for filling in and showing the spectators great technique with the bat. 

The Under 10’s headed to Nuri on a lovely Friday evening to cap off the “2014” part of the season against the traditional rivals. Skipper Hudson Lindner won the toss and had no hesitation in batting.  Another good display of patient batting followed, with the star with the bat being Darcy Thompson with 2 excellent fours. Mitch Radzevicius, Sam Rostenberg and James Duff also hit fours.  After setting a competitive total the team bowled and fielded really well, with Ben Swan starring with the bowl balling two opposition bats in the one over.  He was well supported by Mitch Radzevicius and James Duff who both took wickets, with special mention to Ben Mernagh for his excellent caught behind.

On behalf of the TCC we wish everyone a safe, family filled Christmas and start to 2014.  Hope Santa is kind, and we’ll see you in 2015!