The TOS A grade have a task ahead of them at the home ground of old rival Flinders Park when the second weekend of their match resumes on Saturday.
Flinders won the toss and chose to bat and were soon 2/6 with Josh Southwell rocking and rolling.
From there, though, the Parkers rebuilt the innings strongly enough that they could declare at 9/280 and have us face a cheeky little spell before stumps.
After eight overs, we are 2/22 with Ardene Ruhode and Shaun Lay at the wicket.
Of note was that Ruhode playing the crispest back-foot cover drive anyone could recall seeing, Tarryn Matthews kept well on his A grade debut, Jarryd Furnell added four more wickets (plus a run out) to his ever-growing tally and Southwell took three.
At Main Oval, the B grade have given themselves a chance of victory, dismissing Unley for 206.
Stef Lainas added another mark on our Wall of Fame with his fourth fifth-wicket haul (joining Furnell and Moe Walker), while Todd Watt took three wickets.
Having created a club record low score last time out, the C grade redeemed itself with a five-wicket victory over Brighton, which was dismissed for 83 batting first.
Cam Fletcher’s (2/12) knuckleball caused havoc, while Bailey Puvogel took three wickets and Scott Lee had two for none at one point – one of which was indelicately described as a “piece of shit ball” by the bloke it dismissed.
With last week’s collapse fresh in the mind of the batting and fielding side, who had obviously done their research, the run chase was a little tentative at times.
Jacob Snook (19) guided the early stages, Anton Hill (23) then blasted us to within eight runs of the target and was unluckily caught on the boundary off a shot he creamed.
The opposition chirped in with the belief that they could somehow save the match, but a no-nonsense cameo saw the match finished by consecutive boundaries.
In the D grade, we had a crossover match (a PDCA creation that prevents a bye) against LO2 side Smithfield and found ourselves up against it as they made 254 at Blakeview.
Chris Collins and Liam Burke each took three wickets and Michael Nau, on debut, took a creditable 2/17 as those around him copped some tap.
In reply, six an over was always going to be a challenge but Joel Milhench (54) and Adam Thwaites (40), particularly, had a crack.
At 9/153 there wasn’t much hope but Chris (16) and Charlie Collins (21*) gave it a shot, before the final wicket fell on 186 after 36.3 overs.
This week: A grade v Flinders (Flinders); B grade v Unley (Main Oval); C grade v Fulham (LO4 HQ); D grade v One Tree Hill (Uley Road – bottom oval).