C Grade went down to Trinity Gardens to take on a strong East Torrens team that we’d knocked out of the semi-finals earlier this year.
We won the toss and elected to bowl on a flat wicket that was only going to get better as the day went on. Opening bowlers Steve Tanti and Adam Clements got us off to a decent start but a partnership formed and they got away from us as they made their way to 80 two down. With two batsmen set and a good launch pad to build the rest of the innings the game was swinging in their favour but some tight bowling from James Cleggett and two wickets to Jamie Panelli opened the game right up for us and we managed to keep wickets flowing with Tom Mackenzie bowling an excellent spell and picking up four wickets including a sharp stumping by part time keeper Luke Pedlar. East Torrens managed to make their way to 8/175 after the 40 overs on a pitch that wasn’t offering much for the bowlers and a quick outfield, definitely under par thanks to good all round bowling and tight fielding.
With the bat, we didn’t get off to the greatest of starts losing Alex Chapman early and Michael Cotsios (16) not long after. Dylan Silvy (18) playing his first C Grade game for the club battled hard and worked well with in batsmen Michael Davies as they cruised toward the total. Silvy went first ball after drinks and that brought to the crease young batsman Luke Pedlar. After a shaky start Pedlar looked right at home in the C Grade putting the pressure on the bowling and making use of the quick outfield, hitting two big sixes over square leg off the fast bowling. Pedlar and Davies cruised through the middle overs and put the bad ball away managing to pass East Torrens in the 34th over without much stress, Pedlar and Davies finished with an unbeaten 62* and 60* respectively.
Overall a good display of cricket from the boys, beating East Torrens convincingly with both bat and ball. C Grade are now two from two taking some momentum into the 2 dayers that start next week.