The A Grade chased some leather on Day 1 with Sturt racking up a huge total of 8/408 from 98 overs. We didn’t take a wicket in the first session and on a flat pitch were fighting an uphill battle after that. Scott Aufderheide fought hard during three spells and was rewarded with 4 wickets. Lloyd Pope toiled through 29 overs and improved strongly after copping some stick early. He finished with three wickets and could have had a couple more.
James Seward receives his first A Grade cap from Gavin Jarman
Sturt declared overnight and we set about the run chase on Day 2. John Dalton breezed his way to 29 in quick time before edging a cut shot. Fellow opener Henry Dall and Adam Hose took us safely to 1/89 at lunch. We felt that a solid first session would give us a strong foundation to have a crack at the target. After lunch Adam Hose took control and put together a brilliant century. He had been sick all week and was struggling for energy but held it together in professional style. He also wore a jumper the whole innings on the 30 degree day, hoping to sweat out the fever. Not sure about the medical science behind this but it seemed to work! At the other end Henry Dall compiled his first A Grade half century in just his second match. It was a composed innings from the young left hander against an attack that has troubled us in the past.
Henry was dismissed in the last over before tea for 73 which left us 2/222 with 32 overs to make 187 runs in the final session. Hose and Dall had put on 182 for the 2nd wicket. Unfortunately we lost Alex Ross straight after tea but Hose and Jake Brown put together a good partnership to give us hope. Just as he reached 150, Hose was adjudged lbw and was on his way. It was a brilliant innings and Adam looks to be a class player. The run rate required ballooned out to 8 per over but Brown was continuing to find the boundary on his way to 48. When Browny fell lbw we were 6/329 and with time running out, decided to shut up shop. James Seward (36*) and Daniel Burns (3*) steered us to 6/355 at the close. So a drawn game but a valiant run chase.
The B Grade completely dominated Day 1 at Parkinson Oval. Skipper Liam Scanlon chose to bowl first and at 0/44 was perhaps wondering whether that was the wisest decision. Enter Hiran Lecamwasam… three quick wickets turned the game. Our spinners Eddy Greeves and Hugh Cranendonk took over after that, taking three wickets each as Sturt were skittled for 122. A run-a-ball 45 from Sam Williams and 39* from opener MIchael Sullivan saw us reach 3/96 at stumps and in sight of victory.
Day 2 the plan was to build up a lead in the first session then try to bowl them out again. Sully and Hugh got us safely to the target three wickets down before Hugh cut loose. He hit three sixes including one onto the clubhouse roof on his way to 67. Simon Schwerdt blasted 48 off just 36 balls as we extended our lead. Things were going well until we collapsed at the end of the first session, losing 4/14. We had to settle for a lead of 101 before declaring at lunch.
David Brown lifted hopes with a wicket first ball but a second wicket partnership of 73 and several costly missed chances stymied any thoughts of an outright win. Play was eventually called off with Sturt 4/160 in their second innings.
The C Grade battled hard on a wet pitch last week to make 212. Skipper Michael Davies played an excellent innings of 79 at the top of the order in what was his first game captaining a senior team at the club. Michael is the grandson of club legend David Parkinson who had sadly passed away just before the game. It was an excellent innings in what was an emotional week. The going was slow early before Dylan Mosey blasted 44 in the final hour to help us reach 212 from our 80 overs.
Conditions were more challenging for the bowlers this week. Ashley Eckermann took an early wicket before Harvey Box chipped in with two – 3/48. Wickets were harder to come by after that as their skipper Benno Schlicker played a good innings. A double breakthrough to leggie Tom MacKenzie and Eckermann saw Sturt fall to 5/92 but Schlicker was still there.
The next partnership of 84 runs threatened to take the game away from us. At 5/176 Sturt looked home but T-Mac grabbed two wickets in an over (both the set batters) and Ash grabbed his 3rd shortly after to make it 8/186. Sturt still required 27 runs. Unfortunately we couldn’t take any more wickets. It was an excellent game of cricket but we came up just short.
Batting coach Gary Wright getting ready to head on as sub-fielder in the C’s. He tweaked his calf chasing the first ball he was out there but soldiered on in the gully
The D Grade had a one day game after being washed out last week. We fielded first and had Sturt in all sorts at 5/36. Adam Clements bowled a lethal opening spell taking 3 wickets. We couldn’t cash in on that start though and Sturt managed to put together 9/172 from their 50 overs. Adam came back to take a couple more wickets finishing with 5/44.
A few of our batters got starts and at 3/109 we were looking well placed. Unfortunately no one was able to go on with it and the wickets started tumbling. At 3/109 we lost Brayden Frost for 36 and that soon became 8/130. Some fight from John Bliss (10) and James Risby (14*) wasn’t enough to get us home and we fell 9 runs short. So another good game of cricket but again with us on the wrong side of the ledger.
The LOA’s had to scramble to get a full team together but managed to get 11 on the park. We were playing the International Cricketer’s Club SA at Adelaide High School. Batting first we managed to make 5/181 on the back of half centuries to Ryan Sparrow and Scott Bassett. The other team demanded that Abraham Tomich be removed from umpiring after just one delivery.
Rob Muir was back after a two year absence and bowled well despite a plumb lbw being turned down early. Tomich managed to pick up four 4 wickets with bowling described by skipper Andrew Faulkner as “toilet” and we ran out winners by 50 runs. Three from three for the LOA’s.
Finally a bit of decent weather around and the practice wickets have been belters! Great job Jake Brown and new No 2 Scott Aufderheide