It was the joy of six wickets for Josh Southwell and Brad Cameron in a day of highlights as our top three sides scored important victories in the hunt for a finals berth.
Josh took 6/23 as he dismantled Walkerville in the A grade, while Cammo claimed 6/32 as the B grade snared an eight-run win over Goodwood in the B grade.
Walkerville were 1/25 at the resumption of play, pursuing our 258, but were never in the hunt as Jace O’Hara struck early.
From there it was the Dizzy show, as he had the Cats’ heads spinning like a whirlpool.
Wickets kept tumbling as Josh had five scalps before tea. Struggling to get runs on the board, Walkerville’s defeat was a formality after the break, as Josh returned to collect a final victim, leading the team off the field for the second straight week.
We had a second dig, with Shaun Lay smashing them to all parts to record his first century for the club.
The TOSers made 4/197 in just 32 overs as Milney smacked an unbeaten 121, making him the newest entry on our TOSCC Wall of Fame. Eythan Barraclough also made 46.
Victory has us in the top four, with four wins, just ahead of Para Hills and Ingle Farm who we face in coming weeks.
The B grade had a big challenge ahead of them, with Goodwood needing just 101 runs for victory with eight wickets in hand.
Returning to play with the score 2/53, Goodwood soon found themselves 6/65, having lost 4/0.
From being 0/54, Goodwood 7/16 to be 7/70. Brad Cameron, in his 150th game, had three wickets already and moved into third place on the club’s all-time wicket-takers list, but there was more to be done.
The match swung in each side’s favour with runs scrapped here and a wicket taken there until Cammo took a sharp return catch to set up a scenario where the visitors needed 30 runs with one wicket in hand.
An edge flew between wicketkeeper Grady Hudd and slipper Matt Bailey, neither had a chance to take it but it had everyone’s hearts racing, batting and fielding.
The margin closed to eight runs and Goodies’ last pair looked confident at the crease before Cuddles, who had bowled unchanged, collected the edge of the bat and an easy catch was taken by Bails.
The boys celebrated with good reason, as the win pushed them back into the four, a game clear of their opposition.
Cammo’s five-wicket haul was his ninth, pushing him ahead of Keith Hooker on the all-time list for this club record (he also has the most hundreds in the club’s history).
We had a second bat and had fun doing it, hitting 7/218 from 40 overs.
Grady Hudd was hitting them well, until succumbing for 70, while Matt Claughton hit 61 – being dropped three times by the same fieldsman, who eventually caught him on the fourth attempt. Cammo also hit 30.
The C grade took on Payneham and rolled them for 106 with Moe Walker (four wickets), Scott Winkworth (three) and Dan Elvin (two) amongst the wickets.
There was no mucking around from our batsmen as we rocketed to the total in just 18 overs.
Daniel Tanti hit 22, Nathan Lee made a C grade cameo with a quick-fire 40, including five fours and a six, while Elvin was not out 30.
The D grade received a forfeit from Brahma Lodge, which was probably just as well for the opposition as we had a handy side lined up to face them.
Our women’s side will kick off their season in February – we’re still looking for players. If you know anyone who might be interested, let club committee members know so that we can chase them up.
THIS WEEK: A grade v Ingle Farm (Rowe Park), B grade v SPOC (St Peter’s College Ovals); C grade v Mawson Lakes (Gawler River).