Well, TOSCC went down fighting but finished nought from two grand finals on Saturday.
The C grade batted first in their ATCA LO4 match against Pembroke at Gawler River and Grady Hudd and Mick Rutherford got us off to a flying start.
We got to 42 without loss before Hudd was dismissed for 18.
Within 20 runs, Rutherford was gone for 26 and, just like the My Cricket app, we froze and collapsed to 6/84 with the name James Winnard coming to haunt us for the first time in the day as our middle order was wiped out.
Veteran Nathan Kennedy, whose pre-match cap presentation in honour of his 100th game ultimately became our highlight of the day, partnered with Harrison Varley for a 38-run partnership that recovered the innings slightly.
Kennedy (28) became the seventh wicket down and Varley (28), whose innings highlight was a six over cover, soon followed and we were 8/124.
From there, the innings died quick and we were all out for 135.
Our defence started well and we had Pembroke 3/25 before a 77-run partnership put us on the back foot with the batting side needing a run a ball with plenty of wickets in hand.
A well-paced partnership put Pembroke within striking distance of the win but then mighty Mick Rutherford struck with a direct hit run out to open the gate for a brave stab at victory.
The visitors lost 4/10, with Jase Morgan collecting his fourth wicket in that bundle and Jacob Snook catching an absolute flyer on the boundary in front of the support crew, to get us right back in the contest.
An eighth wicket saw the opposition needing 16 off the last 12 balls.
That man Winnard again came to the fore, finishing the game with five balls left. His 24 runs off 11 balls proving the difference in the final wash up.
Meanwhile, at the Back Oval at Gawler our D grade won the toss and chose to bowl against Eyre Royals in the LO2 PDCA grand final.
And we struck early with Andrew Thwaites having them 1/15 after Danyal Malik took a catch.
But the next couple of wickets did not come so easily as Eyre moved comfortably to 3/124.
A fourth wicket soon after still didn’t give us a chance to gain a foothold as we conceded 83 runs in the critical last 10 overs of the innings and Eyre finished with a score of 7/219.
Thwaites and Liam Burke each took two wickets.
Even on a small oval, it was going to be a tough chase, particularly in the furnace of a grand final.
The brothers Kilmier, Lachlan and Dylan, have so much to offer our club and they went hard at the target when they were at the crease.
But it’s hard maintaining that pace and Dylan was the first to fall for 21 (25 balls, three fours and a six), while Lachie’s score of 37 (19 balls, four fours and a six) was eventually our top score.
We had several batsmen getting starts, with Charlie Collins anchoring the innings (25 off 59), Joel Milhench (26) and skipper Brad Ratcliff (17) all making cameos but not providing us with the dig we needed to win.
We were soon 5/105 with our lower order having plenty to do. They made a good fist of it, but eventually the balls to runs ratio became too much and we were dismissed for 176.
It was a disappointing end to the season, in that we didn’t bring back a flag, but we saw so much gain from these two teams – throughout the season they were a tight unit, working together and enjoying their cricket. Thank you for your efforts.