On Saturday, our A grade achieved our best victory of the season in the second week of our A1 match against St Peter’s.
With only 181 runs to defend, it was expected the home side would cruise to victory against our makeshift bowling attack and confirm its spot in the top four.
But right from the start our bowlers were on top of SPOC. Ultimately, they made 99 runs and Eranga scored none – thanks to Brad Schaper taking his first Test scalp, removing SPOC’s Sri Lankan Test player for a duck.
From there, wickets fell at a regular clip as Matt Claughton, Josh Southwell and Jarryd Furnell all joined Schaper with two wickets in what was a SPOCtacular performance by our bowling attack.
Furnell took wickets in consecutive balls, sending the scoring app into meltdown (apologies), and might have been unlucky not to collect a further wicket with his hat-trick ball (maybe the cricket gods were making up for the first wicket of the day).
SPOC were one batsmen short, due to a player ending up in hospital during the week – we wish him all the best in recovery.
We batted out the last 35 overs of the day and early on we struggled for runs, particularly against an angry Eranga.
However, by the end of play we were cashing in, particularly Mitch Dearing who hammered an unbeaten 78 off 70 balls. Eythan Barraclough batted determinedly for a hard-earned 22.
Our B grade secured a comfortable victory, although they were forced to field all day as the visiting ROCs sponged a complete day’s play (despite being two batsmen short).
They made 8/189 in pursuit of our massive 366 with second-drop Daniel Marotti batting virtually all innings to be unbeaten on 102 at stumps.
Tom Jones added another five-wicket haul to his enviable record, taking 5/40 from 17.3 overs.
TJ now moves into equal-third on our five-wicket haul list, having achieved it six times, and he now leads the way with the most B grade five fas.
Al Smallwood also took two wickets in a rare visit to the bowling crease, as we used nine bowlers.
It was a crucial win for the lads who now play the bottom side in the final round as we attempt to win second spot and a home semi-final.
Our C grade missed a chance to claim second spot on Saturday, as they lost by two wickets in a contentious result against Adelaide Warriors.
Meanwhile, our D grade gave skipper Brad Ratcliffe a real face ache, with Ratters copping a ball to the pie hole whilst diving for a catch. Don’t let anyone say he doesn’t give his all for the TOSers.
Again, all the news that’s actually fit to print was happening off field – congrats to Brad and Ali Cameron on the birth of their son Xander, a TOSer of the future.
This week: A grade v Pooraka @ Waldeck, B grade v Walkerville (Walkerville), C grade v Hope Valley (St Paul’s College), D grade v Bye, Women v Payneham Gold (Devitt Oval).