April 6, 2020 by  



Our membership ranks grew somewhat as we enjoyed three cricket games this past summer; one was a one-run loss against our friends at Finniss CC on 17th November, a relatively new fixture at Stockwell in the Barossa on 16th February, and a season-ending game against Adelaide Uni Legends on 15th March.

Finniss CC on the Fleurieu Peninsula

A great start to the game for the Primary SA boys, with Adam Shears capturing a wicket off the first ball of the game!  Finniss captain Jamarley Daley soon took control, dominating the bowling and finishing with 62 after returning from retirement, in Finniss’s total of 168.  Joe Hill and Travis Lynn shared the bowling honours with 3/26 and 2/29 respectively.

Rory Lane and Joe Hill gave us a good start with the bat, with David Clarke and Travis Lynn also contributing in the top order.  However, with Rory’s retirement and a couple more wickets, we slipped back in the run chase.  Fortunately, Joel and Simon Doecke were able to redeem the situation somewhat with a partnership of 40.  Soon after, our veteran tail-enders Peter Herbert and Geoff Lynn scrambled a few singles off the final 2 overs and we finished one shy on 167 after the last delivery.

Light Pass CC in the Barossa

Perfect cricket weather greeted us at the delightful Stockwell Oval in the Barossa Valley for our second encounter with the younger talent of the Light Pass CC.

Led again by our very capable keeper/batsman Andrew Faulkner, who had commandeered the much-credentialled Andrew Rumbelow into our fold.

We were also delighted to have the co–convenor of the Reynella All Abilities In2cricket James Niederer in the side, along with a young member of their group Jimmy Eustance-Smith, a member of the SA Intellectual Disabilities Cricket Team.  Jimmy bowled his mediums in fine style and length, restricting LPCC’s gun bat, who was belting other bowlers to all parts of the ground.

Rumbelow struck a couple of times early on to dismiss both openers cheaply.  However, three others reached the compulsory retirement score of 50 with some good boundary striking, leaving the Primary Club a difficult target of 203 to chase.

Although most of our batsmen looked pretty sound and comfortable, we all managed to find ways to force our departure prematurely; only the skipper (25) showing extended resilience.  Consequently, we were never in the hunt for the target, but thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon in the Barossa sun, and their evening hospitality.

Uni Legends CC at the Uni playing fields

As players from both sides mingled pre-game under blue skies, we knew that the afternoon held promise of some wonderful cricket to savour, enhanced by the addition of 4 debutantes to the Primary Club SA’s side.

When Faulkner called the toss correctly, this gave our batsmen the first use of these perfect conditions and set about posting a competitive score to apply pressure to the talented batting line up of the Uni Legends.  However, our openers did not have an easy start, with very tight medium pacers restricting scoring to around 2 per over.  Lachie Jacobs, Travis Lynn and Joe Hill all reached the compulsory retirement of 30.  First gamers Dean Atkinson and former Tassie player Adam Polkinghorne both made some aggressive contributions in a couple of overs at the crease, which catapulted our total to 194 off our allotted 35 overs!

Polky then took the new ball, with his first 3 lively overs conceding only one run and increasing the pressure on the opposition batsmen.  Travis Lynn and another first gamer Jared Naughton from Scott Creek Ironbank CC were also able to continue reasonable pressure.

St Peters Old Collegians legend Tom Cane with his high action, was able to gain bounce off a good length restricting scoring options for Uni, and teaming with the wily offspin from Joe Hill the asking rate kept increasing.  12-year-old Jake Polkinghorne supplied the dash and ‘slide field’ ability!  Uni did hit the accelerator in the final stanza with a few high scoring overs – but finished 23 runs short.

A great finish to the season!  We shared a drink in the late afternoon sunshine in front of the old stand to assess not only this match, but many more from decades ago!

Derek Grove, SA Cricket Committee