Austin ‘Boom Boom’ Smith came to town on Saturday, bringing his own big bash to the TOSCC and taking down Scotch with his first century for the club.
His 128 providing over half of the B grade’s score of 246 after an early collapse had again seen us in trouble.
Matt Bailey deserves some luck from the cricket gods after being run out for ducks in consecutive weeks, while our first four dismissed batsmen contributed just 19 between them.
In a sea of chaos, Aussie, for the second week in a row, settled in and provided a bulwark, this time going on with it to score big. His big dig including 16 boundaries and four sixes.
Again, as against Brighton, it was Moe Walker who provided the steadying support that allowed the in-charge batsmen to build an innings.
Walker finished with 28, while Nick Hooker provided a steady 37 from 63 balls as we tallied a solid score to defend.
In the A grade, our batsmen never quite settled as we scraped together 214 against a workmanlike Goodwood.
We lost our first two wickets with the score on 20, with a third quickly following.
Skipper Eythan Barraclough (59) provided an anchor around which Mitch Dearing (23 from 20) and Tim Viner-Smith (27) helped provide a mini-rebuild.
When Baz was dismissed, it left the tail to provide a rear-guard and Jace O’Hara played well for a patient 17, while Brad Schaper and Stef Lainas (8*) again combined for a last-wicket partnership (35 runs).
Schaper (37) was the last man dismissed, in the final over of the day, after plonking two big sixes down the ground.
Our defence will need to work hard if we are to secure a second-straight victory when play resumes on Saturday.
In the C grade, Daniel Tanti stole the show with 71 off 40 balls as the boys had a comfortable win over Adelaide University at Park 10.
Jase Morgan also found the middle of the bat with 40, while Harry Collins (18*) made a nice contribution batting at number nine as we made 208.
We made short work of the Blacks who were dismissed for 83, with Jarryd Furnell taking four wickets and Nick Paget and Liam Beazleigh two each.
Finally, our D grade took on Brahma Lodge at Blakeview and came away with a nice win with Ryan Roberts the all-round star.
Robbo scored a quick-fire 47 and took three wickets, while brother Kyle also took two wickets as we defended 177.
Earlier, Dylan Milhench played some lovely cut shots on the way to 32, while Jase Collyer (31) provided a tasty highlight with his top score for the club.
This week: A grade v Goodwood (Waldeck), B grade v Old Scotch (Scotch), C grade v Adelaide Warriors (Gawler River), D grade v North Pines (Paralowie High School, Saturday) & v Eyre Royals (Eyre Sports Park, Sunday).