Well, it was a long day in the field for our A grade at Grange on Saturday.
If Alex Cotter was a DJ, he’d be playing Lana Del Ray’s Born to Die because that’s how the boys felt after Grange spent the day at the wicket, knocking over our score of 167 and then having a bit of fun in the final 10 overs before finally being all out.
They passed the score five down but missed chances proved costly as their skipper Trav Lane (85) made hay while the sun shined. Further contributions at the bottom of the order saw them make 274.
Ben Woods was the star in the field with three catches, while Todd Watt bowled exceptionally well to take 3/28 off 14 overs.
Josh Southwell also took three scalps, while Jarryd Furnell’s pursuit of Keith Hooker’s wickets record continues apace, with a further two to the cause.
He’ll have his work cut out beating Stef Lainas (182) to the mark, while Brad Schaper (159) is level with him and Brad Cameron (169), Jace O’Hara (167), Mitch Dearing (160) are just ahead.
For the record, Tom Jones’ seven wickets (122) so far this season has seen him move into eighth on the all-time list, ahead of Ben Johnson (116).
Speaking of records, the C grade achieved their equal highest top score in our club’s history on the weekend in making 7/301 against Payneham. We had previously made that same score in 2017/18 when we beat Marion in LO5 with Kyle Presbury going nuts.
Matthew Claughton fell just short of adding another century to our Wall of Fame, scoring 90 (47 balls, 11 fours, four sixes) – it was a case of Dukes smashing the Dukes.
Other contributions came from Jase Morgan (48 from 38), Harrison Varley (42), Matt Bailey (32* off 16 balls), Grady Hudd (31), Brad Matters (26*) and Jacob Snook (21).
Thankfully, Bails had no reason to be angry after his innings this week…
In reply, Payneham made just 85, with Scott Lee taking 4/12 and Liam Beazleigh and Cam Fletcher two each.
Sooty’s had a great start to the year, taking 13 wickets and passing the 50-wicket mark in the process – he’s about to pass Ian ‘Kobe’ Bryant on the bowling charts and move into 21st place on the club’s list.
The D grade had another win, this time against North Pines.
Chasing 158, we knocked it off in the 38th over with Dylan Kilmier smacking 55 from 34 balls and Stef Lainas (24) and Tom Jones (17) both collecting a set in having played in all four TOS grades.
We were looking losers at 9/132 but then Adam Rich came and smacked 31 to get us over the line.
In the Pines innings, Lainas, Charlie Collins and Adam Thwaites took two wickets each.
Meanwhile, we missed this milestone due to the availability of scores, but congratulations to Nick Paget for playing his 50th game for the club recently. Hopefully we’ll see him back in the field soon.
This week: Australia v India (Adelaide Oval); A grade v Old Scotch (Waldeck); A3 v Adelaide Lions (Main Oval); C grade v Eyre Royals (Eyre Sports Park).