West End Men’s 2nd Grade Round 4

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Nov 192017

West End Men’s 2nd Grade Round 3

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Nov 042017

B Grade – Kensington defeated Port Adelaide at Parkinson Oval 

Day 1
A slightly greener then normal Parkinson oval pitch greeted the B grade on day one of their clash against Port Adelaide. Skipper Daniel Burns was under no illusions and had zero hesitation batting first when he won the toss. It wasn’t an ideal start with opener Michael Sullivan snicking off to gully in the first 4 overs. Sully had been working throughout the Southern Flinders over the previous 2 weeks and had driven a total of 7 hours over two successive Fridays to return to Adelaide only to be dismissed two games in a row for scores of 0 and 0. Duck season can be a cruel mistress. Michael Davies, having earned a call up to the B grade after strong performances in the C grade, set about his business with Hugh Crannendonk having come down from the A grade. Davies looked in great touch from the very first ball he faced, a cracking cover drive. Crannendonk was a focused man on a mission showing great controlled aggression and diligent application as he progressed the score at a cracking rate. The two had a 118 run partnership which took control of the game early and helped lay a fantastic foundation for the team. It took and absolute hanger from Port’s Keeper Sheedy to dismiss Davies who made a solid 35 from 80. Crannendonk at the other end was hitting them clean with multiple boundaries and one rather large roof ball. He had the team working in overdrive as he went through 2 bats, 6 pairs of gloves and 3 separate towels as his score raced along to 105 before he was dubiously judged LBW. Cranner’s presented a range of anecdotal evidence as to why he wasn’t out such as the likelihood he had hit the ball and the questionable height, but received no support from his star witness, Charlie Holmes whom he was batting with him at the time. Holmes was quoted as simply saying ‘plum mate, sorry’. Unfortunately a handy 46 by birthday boy Charles Holmes was the only other contribution of significance and despite the extremely strong start the B Grade succumbed to improved balling fielding effort from Port Adelaide and a constant flow of wickets ensued. Holmes was a particularly unlucky one after a bouncer hit him flush on the helmet before the ball, seemingly defying physics, somehow hit the stumps. Looked like a dismissal straight out of stick cricket.  Our total score was 256 all out in the 72nd over and in the end some handy runs from bowlers Burns 12, Lecawasm 10 and Cappulleti 12 were required to be competitive. Was the best 12 not out you’ve ever seen from a number 11 according to Michael Cappuletti.

This gave us 16 overs at Port Adelaide which was a decent chunk of time to hopefully make some inroads. Make some inroads the B grade did with Cappuletti and Eckerman picking up key early wickets including the dangerous Reynolds. Ty Wunderburg was in the game with a sharp catch at Gully adding to his growing number of great catches so far this season. Hiran Lecawasm produced something special throwing down the stumps to give the B grade their 3rd wicket and great momentum leading into next week with Port Adelaide at 3/32 overnight chasing 256 on what is another beautiful pitch for batting. A good game awaits next week, if the B grade can win they will be 3 from 3.    


West End Men’s 2nd Grade Round 2

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Oct 222017

The B Grade lost the toss and were sent in by last years B Grade premiers East Torrens on a trade mark Browny/Aufderhide flatty. An early run out saw Sullivan depart without troubling the scorers in the 3rd over, batting coach Bazz Steele was overheard saying Usain Bolt would have had no chance making the tight single. 17 year old opener Euan Fletcher was undeterred by the early dismissal and set to work with number 3 Liam Scanlon. After a promising start where every ball seemingly came out the middle Liam was unfortunately caught behind leaving the team 2/29. This brought Simon Shwerdt to the crease who worked into his innings, well supported by Euan who continued to tick the score over at a decent click. The two had a great 150 run partnership which helped establish a strong platform for the team and both played some fantastic cricket shots. Shwerty’s trademark one leg down cover drive was in full boom and young Fletcher dispatched the opposing spinner for a big roof ball. Some quick wickets saw our two inn batters and big hitting Sam Williams all depart within 6 ball of each other. Skipper Dan Burns and young up and coming bat Ty Wunderburg chipped in some handy runs before the tail was also able to chip in. the B grade finished with a strong 229 from their 50 overs which was above the 200 par score mentioned at the start of the day giving the group confidence.

The pitch by this stage was superb for batting and the team realized restricting runs was going to be the key to winning. Opening bowlers Scott Aufderhide and Ashley Eckermen worked hard and bowled good areas early without much reward. Michael Cappelutti and Michael Sullivan were able to make scoring difficult well aided by skipper Daniel Burns and his astute field placings. An injury scare to Liam Scanlon, which sent shockwaves in nightclubs throughout Adelaide, caused him to leave the field during the innings. The aptly named D Sub came down from the D grade game after smashing a 40 odd to substitute field and this was sincerely appreciated by Liam and the team. Despite a couple of dropped chances the team fielded pretty well and Braydon Frost up for his first B grade game of the year kept well. The bowlers continued to tighten the screws and the wickets ended up falling in clumps as the run rate got greater and greater which is testament to the bowlers execution and the fielding standards. Scott Aufderheide finished with 3/41 from his 10 continuing his solid start to the season and Ash Eckerman continues his fantastic development with 2/32 from his 10 with the other wickets shared amongst the remaining bowlers.

A great start to the year in the B grade which has helped generate a great feeling amongst the group and hunger for more success.  As always a huge thanks to our much loved scorer Machette for his time and support.