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The Courier SPORT Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – PAGE 5
TORRENS VALLEY CRICKET
Your Home of Hills
By Ben Goldfinch
Torrens Valley Cricket Association 2017-18
A-grade action recommenced in style last
Saturday with some hotly contested Round 12
It appears any side in the top seven is capable of winning
the premiership this season.
This was best exemplified last Saturday with seventh
ranked Rose Park accounting for top placed Paracombe
in a nail-biting meeting.
From a Rose Park perspective it was a vital victory in such
a close competition, which resumed following a heat out
the previous Saturday.
In what was an absorbing contest, Rose Park edged over
the line to win by two wickets with five overs remaining.
Paracombe batted first and made 7/212, whilst in reply
Rose Park brought up the winning runs in the 35th over
and finished on 8/213.
Rose Park sent Paracombe into bat first at Houghton
Oval and the visiting Pirates innings was based around the
fourth half century of the season from Simon Barnes, who
batted extremely well.
Barnes ventured to the wicket at 2/48 and was eventually
dismissed with Paracombe’s overall ledger on 212.
During his important batting vigil Barnes raised five
boundaries and seven sixes and was assisted by Rob
Edmon (38) during a 50-run partnership.
Other Pirates batsmen to get starts included Alec Walsh
(38), Travis Williams (10) and skipper Aaron McArdle (10
Leading wicket takers for Rose Park included Mohammed
Abasi (3/28), returning Ian Henderson (2/30) and Muhsin
The run chase by the Parks proved to be a fluctuating
affair and at various stages both sides appeared on top
and the end results could have gone either way.
Ali (48) once again batted well at the top of the order,
whilst Ash MacDonald had a brief cameo for 17.
The key partnerships came later in the innings for Rose
Park, with Ian Henderson (26), Mohammed Abasi (25)
and skipper Jeff Clarke (47) the leading contributors in the
important eventual victory.
Key win for Skunks
Cambrai currently reside in fourth position following a
crucial seven-wicket victory against last season’s grand
final nemesis Palmer last Saturday at Palmer Oval.
In such a tight competition, every victory for the remainder
of the season is like gold.
This was the case last Saturday, with Cambrai and Palmer
both entering the match locked on the same points and
vying for a top four spot.
Palmer batted first and made 163, before Cambrai reeled
in the required runs at 3/168 in the 43rd over.
“It was good to get the win, especially against Palmer,”
outlined Cambrai all rounder Jacob Grieger.
“No-one is safe in the top four at the moment which makes
every game important.”
Craig Paech was missing from Palmer’s top order and the
hosting Bears started their innings in slow fashion at 3/17.
Anthony Cooper (30) then joined Rodney Wachtel (55) for
an important 81-run partnership and it appeared Palmer
were getting on top at 3/98.
The outfield was quick and batsmen got value for shots.
However, Cambrai were able to peg the reigning premier
back with a steady stream of wickets falling once Cooper
Steven Kain (3/25), Lachlan Graetz (2/27) and Scott
Eichler (2/38) were the leading wicket takers for Cambrai.
The Skunks were wary in the run chase, realising the
capability of Palmer’s bowling attack.
Cambrai’s top order knuckled down and worked hard
during the run chase and deserved the victory, losing just
Three batsmen scored more than 20 runs, namely
Jacob Grieger (60), Joel Grieger (44 not out) and Adam
Eden Valley and Mt Torrens/Charleston’s Torrens Valley
A-grade contest at Eden Valley Oval last Saturday finished
in intriguing fashion.
Following a delay to the start of play, Eden Valley batted
first and made 9/147, whilst in the run chase Mt Torrens/
Charleston were 9/144 in the 39th over.
With Eden Valley needing one more wicket and Mt
Torrens/Charleston requiring four more runs, it appeared
one more over would likely to settle the result.
There was some confusion with no official umpire in
attendance and ultimately, both captains agreed to call it
a day as they ran out of time with the match called off at
Earlier in the afternoon Eden Valley batted first and made
9/147 from 45 overs.
It was arguably Eden Valley’s best performance with the
willow for the season.
Michael Fitzgerald (50), Samuel Tucker (31) and Joshua
Orchard-Roesler (16) were the leading run scorers.
The run chase by the visiting combined Eagles was
fluctuating, with both sides appearing in the box seat
throughout the innings.
Battle for places rages
Eden Valley picked up a late wicket, however, in the end
there was no winner with both sides sharing the match
Tristen Orchard-Roesler (4/34) and Tom Fitzgerald (2/23)
were the leading wicket takers for Eden Valley.
The result left the Eagles just shy of breaking into the top
four with six rounds remaining until finals.
Ball in charge
Bowlers dominated last Saturday’s Round 12 clash
between Birdwood and hosting Gumeracha.
In a low scoring contest, the visiting Birdwood Bulls
batted first and tallied 72 runs.
Three batsmen reached double figures, namely Matt
Parkin (14), Shaun Higgins (26) and Mark Rewell (13).
Amid Gumeracha’s attack, Rhys Dutchke weaved his way
to 4/20 from eight overs, whilst skipper Andrew Mapstone
(3/12) and Daniel Wood (2/12) also captured multiple
In the run chase by the northern Magpies, Bradley
Sumner (10) and Mapstone (38 not out) did enough to
steer Gumeracha over the line at 5/80 in the 21st over and
move to mere percentage off top spot.
Evergreen Rewell picked up 3/33 for the Bulls, who
are still searching for their first win to break a mounting
drought of victory.
Round 13 fixtures prior to the Meyer Shield recess will
feature Rose Park hosting Gumeracha at Houghton,
Paracombe meet Eden Valley, Cambrai host Lenswood
which returns from an extended break, and Birdwood have
home ground advantage against Mt Torrens/Charleston.
Torrens Valley A-grade ladder: Paracombe 77,
Gumeracha 77, Lenswood 67, Cambrai 67, Mt Torrens/
Charleston 64, Palmer 57, Rose Park 57, Eden Valley 27,
Ben ‘Digger’ Hanna
made a welcome
return to Torrens
Valley A-grade cricket
ranks with his first
appearance of the
season last Saturday
against visting rival
into equal top points
on the competition
ladder after securing
victory in a low
scoring battle against
Gumeracha wicket-keeper Brad Sumner prepares to glove a ball which passes outside the flaying willow of Birdwood batsman
Joel Organ in Saturday’s Torrens Valley Cricket Association Round 12 match at Gumeracha Oval. The hosting Magpies
ultimately claimed victory by five wickets over the Bulls.
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