Two TOS teams have their matches in the balance, while our C grade smashed out a comprehensive victory in their opening match of the season.
It’s a toss-up for the story of the day, but we’ll go with the greatest love story in our club’s history.
Jacob Snook (50) and Harrison Varley (64*) sealed their bromance with a 90-run partnership in the C grade’s 43-run win over Pooraka at Gawler River.
Coming together at 2/26, the pair poked and prodded their way to take the score to 50 and then piled on the runs from some interesting bowling after that to take the score to 3/114.
Snook will rue getting out, as he missed the opportunity to take full toll and go big when he was dismissed by a rank full bunger.
Varley guided the team to the innings’ completion, enjoying some juicy deliveries in the final three overs, bringing his half-century up with consecutive sixes.
In reply, Pooraka were never in the hunt.
Kyle Roberts came on first change and collected a wicket first ball, while co-skippers Nick Paget and Jase Morgan each took two wickets.
Liam Burke also impressed with some on-the-spot bowling in his debut.
The B grade also saw an unlikely partnership with Brad Matters (57) and Tom Jones (25*) salvaging the innings after it had collapsed to a dire position under pressure from an experienced Grange outfit.
Matt Bailey (33) but with a sticky driver and Nathan Kennedy (27) bulked out the scoring but when the latter was dismissed it prompted a slide from 3/100 to 7/109.
When skipper Stef Lainas became the eighth wicket on 121, it looked like the end was near.
But up stepped Matters and Jonas, the pair eking out a 75-run partnership that frustrated the opposition and stretched the score to something defendable.
The pair were the perfect combination for the situation, with some of Matters’ late cuts particularly stylish.
The innings ended up far better than it could’ve been, giving the visitors a target of 199 on the second day.
Finally, the A grade’s grand final rematch is very interestingly poised after we were dismissed for just 115.
Hosts Marion are 4/71 in reply, giving us a sniff of what would be a remarkable victory if our boys can pull it off when they return next Saturday.
An opening partnership of 41 didn’t suggest anything untoward, but the first wicket of Al Forwood (26) ultimately provided our highest score for the day.
Shaun Lay (23) and Jace O’Hara (24) weren’t far behind, but it just wasn’t enough.
Needing a string of quick wickets to keep the game alive, Josh Southwell and Jace O’Hara broke through early, while two wickets on 71 means that the home side has six in hand and need 45 runs when play resumes on Saturday.
This week: A grade v Marion (Marion), B grade v Grange (Main), C grade v Adelaide University (Gawler River).