It was Halloween on Saturday and for TOSCC the day was all trick and no treat, recording just the one win for the day.
We lost both the A grade and B grade, at home, in the final over of the day and the C grade created a new record for the club’s lowest score, rolled for 37.
With six balls left, it appeared the A grade were headed to a hard-working victory over Pooraka, who needed 18 runs off the final over.
Sadly, one big hit put the fiery Bulls back in the frame and a further six left them needing two runs from three balls. Just like that, it was done.
Liam Beazleigh and Ardene Ruhode each took two wickets.
Earlier in the day, we took advantage of a fast running Waldeck outfield to post a better than a run a ball 6/247.
Shaun Lay was barely ruffled as he scored 64, while Alex Cotter (40) combined with him for an opening stand of 79.
Mitch Dearing (57* off 54), skipper Tim Viner-Smith (29 off 20) and Josh Southwell (26 off 29) put exclamation marks on their efforts.
In the B grade, on Main Oval, we recovered from 5/39 (having lost three wickets on 14) to make a creditable 9/168.
Matthew Claughton (40), Nick Goodman (22) and skipper Brad Matters (38*) led the charge.
In reply, Old Concordians lost regular wickets but not often enough as we battled hard to stay in the game.
After 35 overs, they required a run a ball and this trend continued for the remainder of the innings as they did just enough to stay level.
Matters continued his fine leader’s game with 4/18 from seven overs, while ‘Dukes’ bowled manfully at the death.
Concordians jetted to a win with two balls to spare and celebrated the premiership in just the second match of the season…
If the other two games were nightmares, the C grade match against Adelaide University at LO4 HQ at Gawler River was a real horror show.
Winning the toss, we batted first and wickets tumbled until we were 9/35, six runs short of an infamous record. Dylan Milhench and Cam Fletcher shared the top score of eight.
The last-wicket pair had the task of salvaging a modicum of respect. Two runs later Uni collected the final scalp and a new low was set, knocking over the previous record of 41 set by our C grade in 2014/15 versus Modbury.
We took four scalps before they passed the miserable total and “champed” us off the field.
The D grade salvaged something from the day, recording a one-wicket win over Eyre Royals.
Set 113 to win, we scraped across the line with skipper Brad Ratcliff’s 48* collecting his new highest score.
Coming in at 2/17, Rat found an early alliance with Joel Milhench (19) before we found ourselves 8/89.
Liam Burke (10) backed up his three wickets to support Rat with a 24-run partnership before being dismissed with the scores level.
Chris Collins, the father of Harry and Charlie, ended the Royals’ hope of salvaging a draw, supporting Rat to get the win.
Earlier in the day, the Collins duo of Charlie and Chris took three wickets each, with Chris’ 7.2 overs costing just 19 runs.
This week: A grade v Flinders Park (Flinders Park); B grade v Unley (Waldeck); C grade v Brighton (LO4 HQ); D grade v Crossover Bye (Blakeview).