The Milhench family celebrated Christmas early with Dylan and Joel guiding our D grade to victory, in the process creating a little bit of history along the way in our last match before the mid-season break.
After an ordinary fielding effort in which catches were dropped with awe-inspiring regularity, the opposition made 202.
Kyle Roberts took three wickets and Dylan Milhench two as the Peninsula Pirates surprised themselves by batting out the 40 overs.
The boys were 2/3 in reply before Milhench and Dylan Kilmier (37) took the long handle and guided us to 85.
At 4/102 Joel joined his older brother at the wicket in what was a crucial partnership.
Pirates were keen to maraud through the TOS order, but the brothers weren’t going to let them board this boat.
In the end, the pair formed an unbeaten century stand (the first by brothers in the club’s history?) to sink the Pirates.
Dylan scored his first 100 and Joel made 45, also his best score for the club.
At Scotch, our A grade missed an opportunity to push into the four with a 16-run loss.
Resuming play at 4/66, Ali Forwood and Tim Viner-Smith moved the score to 129, which was a century stand.
Forwood (64), TVS (50*) and Brad Schaper(26), getting a lift up the order, gave us a good chance of getting over the line, but we were unable to capitalise and were dismissed for 180.
Scotch batted a second time and Jace O’Hara picked up three wickets.
The B grade scored a monumental victory with some our young stars leading the way.
Chasing 255, Alex Cotter and Matt Bailey resumed their opening stand and did some great groundwork in reducing the margin, to have us 120 after 25 overs. Cotter scored 78 off 79 and Bails 46.
The scoreboard kept ticking over but the runs came at a cost as we were soon 5/175, including Dom DeRuvo for a thick-edged LBW.
But, here’s where young talent time kicked in with Ben Woods and Taryn Matthews showing staunch batting skills to work the singles and hit the bad balls as they brought us the win.
Woodsy was dismissed for 89 off 124, while Young Navlife (95) was dismissed searching for his century with two balls left of the day’s play.
We finished on 371 after 90 overs and pushed into the top four going into the Christmas break.
Finally, our C grade finished the first half of the season with a loss, going down to Woodville South by 32 runs.
We bowled well with the returning Scott Winkworth (three wickets) and Matt Claughton (one wickets/three catches) having a large say in proceedings, while Nick Paget and Matt Knox each took two wickets as the visitors made 142.
Grady Hudd (21) and Dan Elvin (25) started well to have us 0/40 but from there the run chase ran adrift and we were dismissed for a disappointing 102. Jase Morgan (25) the only other batsman to make an impact.
With the season break here, have a look at our top fives so far:
Runs: 1. S. Lay (236), 2. A. Forwood (224), 3. A. Smith (215), 4. D. Milhench (211), 5. M. Bailey (190).
Averages: 1. B. Woods (47), 2. D. Tanti (45.75), 3. A. Forwood (44.80) 4. D. Milhench (42.2), 5. D. Elvin (42).
Wickets: 1. J. Southwell (18), 2. J. Furnell (17), 3. J. O’Hara (16), 4. S. McMillan (14), 5. L. Stevens (12).
Averages: 1. L. Stevens (8.5), 2. S. Winkworth (9.63), 3. R. Roberts (10.75), 4. S. McMillan (11.5), 5. A. Smith (13).