ROUND RECAP: 5 Big Wins this week! A Section 1 century cements our A Grade in top position, Life Membership for one of our greats and an important win for the D Grade.

A GRADE: Round 4 v Cove (Day 2). The Ramblers faced a good challenge this week needing to chase down a total of 240 to secure victory. In the end the lads rose to that challenge finishing the days play at 4/241 in the 71st over of the day. An extremely pleasing performance. The day belonged to Josh Rosman who showed his class throughout the innings amassing 114 runs and leading the side to victory. He and Wilson would put on a 78 run opening stand to get us under way before a few cameos from the rest of the top order. Smith and Work would then get the team over the line securing the win. Excellent application from all batsman with each getting away to start. Best with the bat:
J. Rosman – 114 B. Wilson – 30 M. Smith – 26* N. Work – 25*
Congratulations again to Josh Rosman for notching his first 100 for the club #uptheRamblers

B GRADE: We started day 2 with a team photo for JC’s 150th life membership game. Defending 119 we knew we would need to be at our best with the ball and in the field. We had North Haven on the ropes at 8/59 but they managed to claw their way past our score in what was another game we could have won. Best with the ball were Emil 11 overs 3/25, Charlie 10 overs 3/24 and JC 12 overs 2/30. We learnt the importance of batting out our overs, and how pivotal moments in the field can influence a game. Congratulations to JC on becoming the 37th life member at the Ramblers.

C GRADE: Defending 313 Mitchell Park dug in and batted solidly throughout the day. Whilst they were always behind the required run rate, they valued their wickets and were 9 down at the end of play. Our bowlers toiled hard throughout the day, with encouraging and impressive performances from Alex Manning and Kingsley Smith.Best with the ball:Rochow 1-39 from 11Manning 2-51 from 12Smith 2-15 from 8.Apart from Ashley Strauss’s brilliant run out ,where he chased the ball down to deep mid-on, relayed to Punchy and in turn to Croft, our bowling and fielding wasn’t to the high standard of the previous week, with many extras and dropped catches. This ultimately cost us the opportunity to claim all 10 weeks and dismiss Mitchell Park for many fewer runs than 261. We have some work to do on both our bowling and fielding during the week. Regardless, a strong win & team performance!Next week, we face the challenge of second placed Kenilworth, at home. A challenge we look forward to and are certainly up for, knowing our best will be very competitive.

D GRADE: We definitely had a great week this week in the D’s with our first win for 20/21. The boys all came to play the field with some great catching from Zac Howell and Andrew Goudie “old timer” and Brian Bates. The bowling was some of the most consistent we have seen this year which showed with the win. Ashley Bates was the stand out with figures of 2/27 . Joel Bates 3/41 and Brian Bates 1/9. Milo had by far had his best game so far with the ball, and was very unlucky by having a few catches put down off his suburb bowling 0/46. All in all the boys put in the hard yards and goes to show if we keep fighting the wins will come. Also a huge thanks to Jacssen Fisher who came out to sub field for gringo who on the 11 hour was dying with the man flu “SOFT” and needed a sub. Well done D’s let’s get a few more wins up.

E GRADE: Losing Jude Hunter to an ankle injury was the start to a poor batting performance by the developments squad. Nick Rees opened well and whilst scoring 11 runs looked like a big score is just around the corner. Jack Sullivan 19 batted for a good chunk of time before pushing at a wider ball. Jack would put on over 50 runs with the skipper and again looks to be able to lock in a spot in the top four. The rest of the inning was a procession of wickets and we finished on 99. We had another bowl and had Adelaide Lutheran 6/41. It was pleasing that the 7 bowlers used all had a crack with the best of the bowlers Jones 3 overs 3 maidens 3 for none. Sadler took two and first day hero Hamish Rees took 1. The day was tinged with sadness as we celebrated the life of Peter Berkshire from the Mitchell Park Cricket Club who passed away at the cricket last week. We took time to discuss what belonging to a club really means and followed with a minutes silence. I would also like to thanks Adelaide Lutheran for a game played in great spirit. Go Ramblers

Under 16’s: The message this morning was to finish off the opposition tail quickly and cheaply. We missed a couple of early chances, but still restricted them to 119 all out leaving 39 overs in the day. Highlight was a direct hit runout by Jack Tilly. I put it to the lads, do we want to try and bat out the day or would they like to try for some quick runs to put a lead in the book and then back ourselves in to bowl them out a second time. The lads were unanimous that they wanted to make a game of it and we sent Ryan and Josh in to open with the aim to chase down the 37 run deficit and try for another quick 50 or so. Skipper Ryan led the way scoring a beautiful 47 from only 23 deliveries. The knock included 9 4’s and unfortunately Ryan was caught trying for another. Drinks were called at the 17th over and at 5/91 with a 54 run lead, we declared our innings closed, leaving Sheidow 17 overs to chase us down. Other scores, Ben 11, Sam Tilly 8no and Ashley a quick 17 not out including a towering 6. We started well in the field, restricting the score with the first wicket falling in the 7th over at 1/16. From there a very even contest ensued with Sheidow edging nearer to our score and the overs dwindling away. A great catch from Paddy and another sharp one by Luis behind the stumps, quickly followed by Josh and Ashley combining for a runout had them 4/44 with 6 overs remaining to get the final runs. Unfortunately we gave them a bit much time and Sheidow reached the target in 15 overs taking the outright win. Wickets 1 each to Sam Tilly, Jack Tilly and Ashley.Nothing to be ashamed off in this effort lads. We played the game in great spirits, showed tremendous sportsmanship, are improving with every innings and gelling together as a team. It’s all positive.The Pizza Pan player of the match award with a great fielding and bowling effort backed up by a solid innings in the second dig was Jack Tilly. Cheers and see you at the cricket. Daz

Under 14’s: Defending 2/247 against arch-rivals Coromandel, the boys set themselves some goals of what they wanted to achieve throughout the day led well by captain of the game, Ben. Even the ominous dark clouds and thunder weren’t enough to save Coro with Ramblers bowling them out 10/150. Amazingly the boys took 9 catches for the day with memorable classic catches from Fish, Locky and Josh. The overs were shared as were the wickets with Josh, Rohan, Liam and Fish all taking 2 wickets. It was a comprehensive all round effort with Ramblers on top with bat, ball and in the field.

Under 12’s: This week the team played at Mitchell Park. Captain (Henry) lost the toss and we went into bat first.We started well, however, we quickly were down to 5-35 thanks to some accurate bowling on their behalf.A good batting display by Henry (37 n.o), Elliot 23 (n.o) Bonnie (17 n.o) Aarnav (7 n.o) and Max (5 n.o) saw us post a respectable 5-158 from their full quota of 30 Overs. A great display in the field by the whole team in bowling. Tight lines and a great show with backing up in the field, after training on this, saw us taking consistent wickets. Aarnav bowled 3 overs for only 4 runs and took 2 wickets. Following behind was Henry and Josh, with single wickets. A run out by Josh S also kept the pressure on. They posted 5-148 after 30 overs meaning we won by just 10 runs.A great display in every aspect of the game, as well as playing in the spirit of the game.

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