It was hot, hot, hot on and off the field on the weekend, with the A grade setting a target in its top-of-the-table clash against Marion.
Winning the toss was always a good move on Saturday, with temperatures over 40 degrees (prompting the cancellation of C grade action).
The boys were in the box seat, batting rather than bowling, but an unresponsive pitch and disciplined bowling combined to make the going tough.
After the early loss of Dan Elvin, Ali Forwood settled in with Brad Cameron (21) before we found ourselves 2/36.
Ali then dominated the run-scoring in the next two partnerships before his luck ran out on 66, leaving us 4/106.
From here, things could have gone either way but strong batting efforts from Mitch Dearing (40) and Tim Viner-Smith (55 not out) saw us score a par 218 from 69.3 overs (in a game shortened to 72 overs a side due to the heat).
A tough day, but not a disappointing one against a side also very keen to take the A2 flag, along with promotion to A1.
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A score of 140 may not suggest it, but the B grade showed some G&D to bat their way through the day, against a grumpy Brighton needing victory if it’s to make the finals.
The scores weren’t large, but Grady Hudd’s 27 was backed up by promising efforts from Liam Beazleigh (28) and Brad Matters (22), who again showed strong signs for our future.
On Saturday, the Biebers return to Brighton with Jace O’Hara making a guest appearance, a fact that could give the team a chance to break through for their first win since October – a critical one at that.
Finally, the ladies gave their finals hopes a big shot in the arm with a massive nine-wicket win over a depleted Northern Districts.
The win puts them in the four with two matches remaining and a final round match-up with Adelaide University that looms as the fourth place decider.
Batting first Jets made a commendable 4/116 with Danni Woods making an unbeaten 81.
Tamra Cross was in everything with two wickets and involvement in two run outs (one from a bit of exceptionally quick thinking).
In reply, Katie Woodrow fell with the score on three, but from there the result was never in doubt with Brooke Moreland’s unbeaten 73 (from 40 balls, including a six) spearheading a century partnership with Audrey Kent (32).
It was a second-consecutive century partnership for Moreland.
Don’t forget we’ve got the 120 Club happening, for $60 there’s a good chance to win some decent prizes.
Also, on Saturday, March 16, we’ve got a Social Night at the club to celebrate the season that was for our B and C grades, as our A grade prepares for the most important fortnight of the season.
This week: A grade v Marion (Marion), B grade v Brighton (Brighton), C grade v Modbury (Gawler River), Women v Payneham (Payneham).