Roo’s Round 1 Wrap
A Grade – A1 vs Brighton
A very entertaining game to start the year with the game ending in a tie. A thrilling finish to a game which looked like it could go either way throughout the entire 2 days.
Brighton batted first and posted a very solid score of 242. The A grade managed to bowl them out in the 78th over with the pick of the bowlers being Brad Muggleton 3-48 & Matthew Keen 2/40. Brighton showed a considerable amount of patience with the bat with their opener batting for 76 overs to post 110. Besides a couple of 1/2 chances in the field the team performed well throughout the day on a relatively good batting wicket.
Day 2 started positively for the Roos with a 44 run opening stand between Stagg & Slater. Goodwood looked in control with Ed Senneck (28) & will Hards (48) putting on 78 for the 3rd wicket. However, Goodwood went from 2-131 to 6-150 mid way through the day. Goodwood captain Tom Barnhurst made 71 and was the last batsmen dismissed with the scores all level
B Grade – A2 vs Hope Valley
B Grade played Hope Valley’s A grade at Goodwood Oval. Goodwood batted first with Matt Ewers at no.3 the stand out performance finishing with 83 not out from a total of 198. We bowled well having Hope Valley 5/87 in the lead up to tea before dropping Watson early in his innings. He went on to make 103 and take the game away from us in the last few overs. Hope Valley finished the innings 7/214. Tim Keen was best performed with a huge effort for round 1, 25 overs, 4/38. Round 2 –Fulham at Fulham
C Grade – B2 vs Para Hills
C grade faced Para Hills B grade at Lockleys. Roo’s batted first and were in trouble at 6/45 before Wray(58) and Miller(50) put on a 92 run stand in a strong 7th wicket partnership to guide the innings to a respectable 167. Para hills were 1/40 overnight after the first day’s play. A few quick wickets on the second day had Goodwood in a good position before 2 solid partnerships allowed Para Hills to pass our total just before tea. A good fightback from the bowlers saw Para Hills all out for 220. Goodwood batted for a second time and lost 9 wickets for 106 runs to round out the second days play. Josh Sale carried on his good form with the ball taking the wickets of the top 3 batsmen with an excellent line & length. Congratulations to Ben Bronner for taking his first senior wicket for Goodwood and finishing the innings with an impressive 3/27.
D Grade – C2 vs Hope Valley
Hope Valley won the toss and elected to bat first. After a fairly patient first seven overs with the bat, Hope Valley got to 13 runs without the loss of a wicket before wickets fell at regular intervals for the remainder of their first innings. Hope Valley were all out for 59 after 27.3 overs. Daniel Szkup was the star with the ball for Goodwood taking 5/16 from 6.3 overs – all his wickets bowled! Harry Laycock picked up 2/18 from 7 overs and Stephen Keen bowled beautifully without any luck – taking 1/18 from 11 overs. Only one batsman made it into double figures for Hope Valley – Kirby making 24 before being bowled by Szkup. In response, Goodwood reached 6/77 after 39 overs at stumps. Daniel Szkup made 34 and Lloyd Cook 20
Goodwood were bowled out for 100 after 51.5 overs on what was a sticky, up-and-down day two pitch after overnight rain. Niko Mitkas-Lambros chipped in with a valuable 12 not out to help give the Roos a 41 run lead on the first innings. Noel Greig took 5/29 from 20 overs for Hope Valley and captain Chinnery took 4/32 from 14.5 overs. Hope Valley began their 2nd innings 41 runs behind and were all out for 59 again after only 22.4 overs. Only two batsmen reached double figures. Stephen Keen was quite wayward throughout his spell but bowled enough cracking deliveries to take 4/34 from 7 overs. Luke Sale (super-subbing for week two) was the pick of the bowlers for Goodwood taking 4/12 from 8 overs. Harry Laycock chipped in with 2/9 from 4.4 overs. This left Goodwood a very small target of 19 runs for the outright win which was achieved by 10 wickets with Lee Smallacombe and Lloyd Cook mopping them up in just two overs.
LO2 vs Marion
The mighty LOD team from last year after falling short at the last hurdle was promoted 2 grades into the renamed LO 2 grade. Not having a clue what to expect in regards to standard, a very similar team to last year rocked up to Flinders Uni expecting to be washed out. To our surprise the pitch was dry and hard, so game on. Skipper Potts won the toss and batted, both of these things happened rarely last season, so the team was both surprised and delighted. With the beers on ice, we went out to bat, not having a clue what to expect from Marion.
Marion opening bowler Brett Bevan proved a real challenge, as did other bowlers, but to Goodwoods credit we batted the 40 overs posting a solid 173 runs. Warwick Potts slogging his way to 56 at the top of the order with great support from Imran Webb (21). After a small collapse, brilliant middle over batting by Tim Munro, Scott Robertson (aka the good Robbo) and Mark Hardham got us to our respectable total.
After an afternoon tea that only Homer Simpson would have enjoyed (umm donuts…), we set out to field with the primary aim being where to hide the guys that can’t run or can’t throw. That left about 2 guys to plug the rest of the field. Despite our lack of physical attributes in the field, we produced 3 run outs, something of a team record. Imran Webb (1/14), Daniel Porter (1/18) and Scott Robertson (1/21) bowled well, but the pick of the bowlers was the Snowman (Andrew Summerton) who bowled with great control and variation to good quality batsmen. Taking 2/21 from 7 overs swung the game back in our favour after a strong start by Marion.
Needing 25 runs from the final 2 overs, Marion proceeded to belt 2 sixes in the penultimate over, reducing the task to 10 runs required from the final over. Imran Webb bowling well but conceding a boundary early in the over left Marion requiring 2 runs to win from the final ball. Imran beat the bat with a fantastic slower ball, but unfortunately the batsmen scurried through for a single and got run out returning for a second. The result a Tie, same as the A grade.
The teams thoughts are with young Thomas Robertson who injured himself during the day while at our game (falling out of a tree), and Tim Sargent who had a minor health scare recently also.
It’s great to be playing cricket again, bring on Glenunga and round 2