Congratulations to Matt Potts and his troops on winning the Adelaide and Suburban T20 title yesterday.
In their 3rd T20 Grand Final in as many years, South Road held Keswick to 103 off their 20 overs with an exceptionally tight bowling and calm catching display. The boys chased the runs down in their 19th over on the big, slow Edwardstown Oval.
A well-rounded team effort – Anthony May, Jason Muir, Adam Willson, Matt Potts and Dan Vertue all bowled well through their 4 overs. Wade Ryan and Andy Hyland the batting stars, maturely guiding South Road home.
The win capped off a very successful day for the club and the Leukaemia Foundation. Thank you to everyone who contributed, supported and participated.
I know we are probably 10 minutes into the last quarter rather than at 3/4 time, but we can still regroup and take stock in where we are and what lie ahead in our already ground-breaking year.
By the end of our heated Round 9 – 4 of our 5 teams stare down a finals birth, and the E’s great recent form has them still capable of making the 4 with some opposition help.
Since Round 5 as a club, we’ve either won or drawn 86% of our games. An incredible achievement! Proving what we can achieve when we stand together, commit to being team / club orientated and have a strong will to compete and succeed. Well done to everyone involved throughout this period.
It is possible some of us may never play cricket again.
For the third week in a row, the majority of clubs didn’t get on the park. This time wet pitches and ovals. Naturally turf sides copped it worse.
Now when you have a few thousand fellas sitting around doing nothing with finals looming, things can get testy. This was certainly the case in an email exchange I had with one particular club official.
Two weeks in a row of no cricket. This is nuts!
Once again the heat policies of most associations were activated – in some cases handing out draws for an entire two-day round.
It also very quickly tightens up the races for finals when a round suddenly disappears toward the business end!
It’s mid-February and most Turf sides have played only six premiership games.
One enthusiastic local club organised an internal trial which admittedly started earlier in the day, but finished mid-afternoon in “warm but comfortable conditions with a nice breeze.”
Can’t say I’m a great fan of the heat policy that saw most cricket cancelled last weekend.
It’s a summer sport.
I’m not aiming a brickbat at the assocations – who sadly have their hand forced by the litigious world in which we now live.
I know I’ll get some flak for this, but surely compromise is the solution, rather than just scrapping everything.
This could be the all-round performance of the season so far.
In ASCA Section 4, Woodcroft’s Scott Chamberlain took 6 for 53, but it wasn’t enough to stop Morphettville Park racking up an imposing 9 for 302. Michael Henley led the way with 121 in what appeared to be a winning score. Chamberlain had other ideas. Opening the batting, he belted 161, taking his side to a superb win. With help from Anthony Nobes (112 not out) they finished at 4 for 341.
Fresh from not training for 11 consecutive weeks, South Road’s Anthony May put on a one-man show against Coromandel Ramblers in ASCA Section 1. Defending 248, Ramblers were making a good fist of the chase, but May was too good at the start and end of the innnings. This despite a ton from Jon Ferris (102) which the boys tell me was one the best they’ve ever seen.
Happy New Year to all – and congratulations to all the comps who actually resumed playing last weekend.
I can’t recall this happening before – if anyone does, please let me know – two double tons and 20 bowlers used in the one game.
In Turf’s C2, Pooraka were in all sorts of trouble at 5 for 11 against Mawson Lakes, but recovered to an imposing 333 thanks to an amazing 206 from Zane Kirkwood. Coming at number five, his innings was so dominant, he was only seventh man out with the score at 292.
Not to be outdone, Mawson Lakes’ Scott Cartwright belted 214 not out as his side cruised home by four wickets.
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