The start of the new season saw three wins from our opening games, including a historic victory by our A grade.
With the COVID interruption lengthening the footy season, the first game of 2020/21 came at a rush and so did our A1’s victory over Pooraka – collecting a win in 10 overs with no wickets lost.
It was our first win against Pooraka’s A grade side in any competition, as well as the first outing for our new coach Ardene Ruhode and Tim Viner-Smith’s return to the captaincy reins.
Pooraka batted first and looked to be building momentum until reliable Brad Schaper claimed the first wicket in the fourth over with 33 runs on the board.
Aussie Smith stemmed the flow with an over that conceded just three runs and when Jarryd Furnell responded to a boundary by dismissing Jye Bailey following some sharp work behind the stumps from Cain Ryan, the match was finely balanced.
Then, in a flash, it was all but done. The visitors lost four for none (and could have lost five for none) and all direction as our spin triplets of Furnell, Ruhode and Stef Lainas caused havoc.
Furnell took 4/8 while, between them, the other spinners took 2/5 from their eight overs.
We still had to get the runs, but our opening pair of Shaun Lay (25*) and Ali Forwood (39) brought the win up with style.
There was plenty of rust on display from both sides and you can guarantee that we will face a vastly different Pooraka side in future contests – but it was still nice to get a win over them.
In the B grade we headed to Para Hills and came away with what turned out a comfortable win, defending only 107.
On an interesting early season deck, wickets fell regularly but Liam Beazleigh (32) provided the defining innings of the match, with Brad Cameron and Matt Claughton the only other players to reach double figures.
In reply, Para Hills could only score 85 runs from their 20 overs, with skipper Brad Matters taking three wickets and Tom Jones two.
With five new players in our side, the D grade squared off against Peninsula Pirates at Blakeview.
The visitors batted first and made 8/144 after two reasonable top-end partnerships got them off to a good start. Lewis2 (Mannix and De Ruvo) each took two wickets – both on debut.
If the Pirates thought they could contain our batsmen they were to be proved wrong.
Dylan2 (Milhench and Kilmier) each scored 22 runs, before a buccaneering 75* from De Ruvo took us over the top.
It was nice to square off the season start with a third win for the club on the opening day.
This week: A1 – T20 v Walkerville (Walkerville), A3 – T20 v Goodwood (Waldeck), LO4 v Blue Brigade (LO4 HQ), PDCA LO2 v Angle Vale (Angle Vale).