The Browns have finished 2016 on a high, winning all four grades against Tea Tree Gully.
The Gullies have been one of the strongest grade clubs in recent times, winning the last three club championships. They have not lost all four grades in a round since November 2012.
We now have a two week break before resuming against Southern District on January 7th and 8th.
A Grade – at Parkinson Oval, Jake Brown lost the toss (again) but we were surprisingly sent into bat on a flat, white wicket. We lost a wicket in the first over but Adam Hose quickly took charge, crunching 37 runs from just 32 balls including 8 fours. John Dalton then combined with skipper Jake Brown for a 92 run partnership to set up the innings. Dalts went on to make an excellent 54, his fifth half century of the season. John is striking the ball well and it feels like a big ton is not far away.
James Seward played a bright cameo (23 off 24 balls) and then experienced duo Brown and Simon Schwerdt wound the clock back, putting on 62 runs in just 8 overs . Browny was unfortunately run out in the last over for 98 but the Browns racked up a healthy 8/261 from our 50 overs.
TTG came out aggressively but Elliot Opie picked up two key wickets early, cart-wheeling Tim Evans’ off stump and then removing their skipper Matt Weaver. The second wicket was courtesy of a diving one handed catch to Simon Schwerdt at short fine leg. When that catch stuck you had a feeling it was our day.
The run rate was still healthy but we picked up another wicket through Jake Brown, with Tim Davey well caught by James Seward up to the stumps. Unfortunately Browny tweaked his quad after that and was out for the game.
At 3/122 at the 25 over mark the Gullies were well placed to have a crack at the target. Vice captain Elliot Opie took over the reins and the other bowlers rallied in the absence of their skipper. Hugh Cranendonk bowled an excellent spell and was rewarded with a wicket. Hiran Lecamwasam nagged away and was proving difficult to score off. Then Lloyd Pope chimed in with 3 quick wickets to effectively end the contest. David Grant grabbed one himself and Hiran took a couple as TTG lost their last 6 wickets for just 27 runs. All out for 179.
The win means that Kensington finishes on top of the one day ladder and will host Port Adelaide in the quarter final on Sunday January 29.
Not a bad place to watch the cricket
A couple of errant warm up deliveries from Elliot Opie ended up in the creek
At Pertaringa Oval the B Grade were looking to put the disappointment of last week’s loss behind them against the 1st placed Tea Tree Gully team. We lost the toss and were sent into bat. Openers Liam Scanlon and Michael Sullivan negotiated a tricky opening spell, putting on 36 for the first wicket.
Several batters made starts but a steady stream of wickets frustrated our attempts to build a big total. Will Montgomery and Michael Davies put on an important partnership of 48 for the 5th wicket and then Eddie Steele blasted 23 from just 16 balls. The wickets continued to tumble though and we were 9/171 with 4 overs to go. Cameron Fatchen then started launching them all around the ground, including 20 off the final over. We made 75 from the final 10 overs and pushed our score up to 9/206.
Our bowlers then destroyed the TTG line up. Cameron Fatchen took 3 wickets in his opening spell, Ash Eckermann grabbed a couple and Scott Aufderheide chipped in with 2. Our fielders caught everything and we also picked up 3 run outs in a pretty complete display. TTG were all out for just 74.
The C Grade fielded first at Colonel Waite Oval. Wickets were hard to come by and a few catches went down but we managed to keep on top of the run rate. We lost a couple of balls in the duck pond as they threatened to get on top of us but Eddy Greeves slowed things down with 2 wickets. Adam Clements changed his pace well at the death and was rewarded with a couple of wickets. Tea Tree Gully finished with 6/210 from their 50 overs.
Our reply started poorly and we fell to 3/30 before Alex Chapman was joined by Ty Wundenberg. The pair batted beautifully, ran well between wickets and pounced on anything loose. Chappy went on to make 85 but there was still work to be done. Sean McCullum came in and struck a fluent 29. He and Ty knocked off the remaining runs. We got over the line 5 wickets down with 4 overs to spare. Ty finished with 75 not out. It was an important win as the C’s have missed out on points due to two washouts.
Interested onlooker at the C Grade
At Bulkana Oval the D Grade batted first and found the going tough. We fell to 7/71 but a crucial 50 run partnership between Curtis Montgomery (46) and John Bliss (23*) for the 8th wicket pushed us up to a semi-competitive score. We finished all out for 135.
Our bowlers needed to be on the money right from the start and they delivered – three early wickets in his opening spell to John Bliss and two to James Duncan saw TTG slump to 5/26. We had to work harder after that but eventually ground them down, all bowlers chipping in as they were rolled for 76. James Duncan finished with four.
At Cabra West the LOA’s were playing MSCC. The pitch (above) was a little ‘rustic’ and MSCC did well to make 160 batting first. In reply Ryan Sparrow got to 36 quickly before getting fired lbw and Alex Buckby made 38 but it wasn’t enough as we were bowled out for 142, 18 runs short.