Austin Smith was the star of the round as our four sides played in matches that are critical to our finals chances in 2019/20.
The B grade were taking on Modbury at Gawler River and it was the Boom Boom show as we knocked up an impressive 271.
Aus went large as he hit 145 from just 152 balls, hitting over half of our score in an exceptional effort.
It was the blond bomber’s second century of the season and his score saw him finish level with Brad Cameron on the club’s sixth highest score in its history.
He also became just the ninth TOSer to hit multiple hundreds and only the second player in our club’s history to hit multiple hundreds and take multiple five-wicket hauls – again joining Cammo.
Wickets fell steadily around Aussie with Nathan Lee’s 17 the highest score in the top order but Modbury were unable to translate those successes into ending our innings.
Twelve from Moe Walker, batting at seven, and Nick Hooker’s 17 were valuable at the bottom end of the innings, but it was skipper Brad Matters who really drove home the knife.
Last man in, Matters made an unbeaten 35 which took us deep into the afternoon’s play and helped give Modbury a solid score to chase.
With Modbury five points behind us on the ladder in fifth place, Saturday looms as an important day for the B grade.
In the A grade, the boys were looking to make up for the disappointment of their last start and batted first after winning the toss.
However, we struggled to shake a niggling Para Hills whose discipline at the bowling crease meant our batsman had to look for runs, rather than have them come easily.
Shaun Lay hit 20 and was the first dismissed on 26 and we were soon two down.
Alex Cotter then joined coach Ali Forwood at the crease and they enjoyed an industrious partnership to take us to 92 before Big City was run out by a direct hit for 27.
Alf soon followed for 42 as we lost 4/15.
A patient 24 from Cammo helped us to 158, a score that, with discipline and a bit of luck, we can defend.
Hopes of sneaking a win were lifted slightly as the day closed, with Jace O’Hara and Jarryd Furnell taking wickets to have the visitors 2/57 at stumps.
Play returns to Waldeck on Saturday in what could be a defining afternoon for the finals hopes of both clubs.
The C grade claimed an important win against Woodville South, jumping into second place after defending 192.
We lost eight wickets batting first with Daniel Tanti (39), Liam Beazleigh (66 off 69) reinforcing his talent, Matt Knox (34) doing what he does best and Nick Paget (17*) again acting as the finisher.
In reply, Woody South could only make 169 against our deep bowling line-up.
Keith Hooker’s nine overs for 33 were efficient, but he couldn’t add to his club record tally, which is increasingly under threat, while Sam McMillan and Ryan Roberts each took two scalps.
A win against One Tree Hill, making up for a loss last time we played them, has kept the D grade in the hunt for a finals spot.
Dylan Kilmier and Kyal Roberts both rattled off 42, while Ryan Humphreys made 35 as we scored 7/152.
In reply, the Billiegoats made 123 and were never really in the hunt with the evergreen Scott Lee and Roberts each taking three wickets.
The win puts us 23 points behind fourth spot, due to our late start to the season. But if we can make every post a winner from here, this side’s a real shot of taking the title.
Finally, our women returned to the field on Sunday and took on the always strong Payneham.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t turn around the result of our last encounter against the reigning premiers, despite a brilliant fielding effort that saw four run outs. Beth Wood earned plaudits for her ‘rocket arm’.
Payneham made 4/131, with the fifth-wicket partnership worth an unbeaten 81.
Our girls made 57 in return, with Brooke Moreland (20) and Nikki Cumming (11) on debut.
This weekend: A grade v Para Hills (Waldeck), B grade v Modbury (Gawler River), C grade v Hope Valley (St Paul’s), D grade v Smithfield (Smithfield), Women v Glenelg Gold (Cabra Dominican).