Round 1 2019/20
Welcome to Season 2019/20! The Ramblers had 7 teams play on the weekend and also what must be a club record of 5 father/son’s playing in the same teams!
Andrew and Josh O’Keefe
Peter and Jared Blenkinsop
Justin and Jordan Rowley
Andy and Jacssen Fisher
Ashley and Alex Strauss
(Steve and Sam Davenport playing in different grades)
A GRADE: Round 1 vs Western Youth Centre at home.
Winning the toss we elected to field in the first game of the year on what is possibly the slowest Hawthorndene outfield ever seen.
Our opening combination of Handke and K Smith got us off to a great start and we had WYC 4/6 after 7 overs.
From there it was a tough day in the field with WYC getting on top after a number of catches went down and finished 7/156 at the conclusion of their 40 overs.
Bowling highlights – Handke 2/17, K Smith 2/25, Davenport 1/28 and Venning 1/34.
Fielding votes – Baird 2 and M Smith……1
Not a lot went well with the stick losing steady wickets and getting rolled for 82 with 6 overs remaining.
Notable mentions – Handke 13 from 16 balls, Morey 13 from 31 balls.
Well done to Zac Venning in his first A grade game and contributed with a runout, showed he can bat and bowled well with a number of dropped catches.
B GRADE: We started the first game with lots of positive talk but after 10 overs WYC were 0/85 and we were on the back foot. To our credit we fought back, led by Col Farrell who took out their top order with 4/36 from 8 overs. We had them 9/135 but let them scramble to 174. Our batting started slowly and at the 20 over mark we were 3/50. We hung in the game though led by Will Baird with 34 from 24 balls and Tyson Clark 33 from 79 balls. In the end we finished 15 runs short to be 9/160. We welcomed Laurence, Tyson, Will, Charlie and Brayden into the side for their first B grade game and look forward to their progress over the season.
C GRADE: We were at home against one of last seasons strongest teams Kenilworth and also their A Grade in Section 6 !
We won the toss and decided to have a bowl. Tom Donnelly struck early and we had them 1 for 14. Nick Spano took the second wicket in his first game for the club. In came Kenilworths Captain to who proceed to hit us all over the park partnering with the number 3 for a 158 run partnership and a century innings. Some reasonable bowling was hit over the fence however we weren’t consistent with our line and length for most of the day. Alex Strauss finished with 1 for 35 off 8 overs & Nick Spano 1 for 61 off 8 overs. Kenilworth made 5 for 297 which was going to be a very tough ask. Kenilworth bowled tightly and we fell well behind the required run rate. We struggled throughout the innings to build partnerships. We finished on 6 for 162 with the pick of the batters Ashley Strauss 51no , Handke 27 and Spano 24no. Best bowlers were Donnelly 2 for 65 off 8 overs and Rochow 0 for 32 of 7. Highlights of the day were two magnificent catches from Ashley Strauss , low lights the number of other catches we dropped. I am confident if we work hard at training this week we can bounce back strongly.
Captain Andrew Strunk
D GRADE: Well it is cricket season once more and the class of 2019/20 Development side have narrowly missed a win v South Park.
The game was played in great spirit all day.
Having won a rare toss the skipper elected to bat with Jarred Blenkinsop and Travis Croft opening the inning. Both looked solid on a ground that had plenty of grass on it. Croft got a good one dismissed for 2. Blenkinsop played beautifully fo 7 in 19 overs and looks likely to be a regular at the top of the order. Wender the newly appointed under 16 Captain looks to be a real talent and added 11. Grandpa Jones made a quick fire 15 winding back the clock, whilst McNicholas 10 and under 14 Luis Riley 4 no looked great at the end of the inning. Ramblers 7/127 and more than a season has passed without the side being bowled out, a great effort.
Milo McNicholas opened the bowling with Samuel Cannadine and both bowled some very good balls. Milo made the break through. Jayk Sarovic whilst inconsistent should have had a couple but our fielding let us down for much of the day. Vansh Sekhon looks a prodigious talent and took one whilst having a couple put down and some near misses. Jones and Blenkinsop formed a great partnership pulling us back into the game. Jarred took one and Jones would finish with four. Young Luis Riley bowled the last over of leg spin and took two for one. A great effort from the young fella.
Thanks to Peter Blenkinsop who played his first game for the Ramblers and worked hard in the field.
Plenty of young talent to work with in this side and it is a privilege to be looking after this side.
I look forward to some hard work at practice as we look to improve in al facets of the game.
Thanks to our supportive families for coming out to watch their kids play.
E GRADE: For the first time in many years the Ramblers have entered a fifth side in to the competition at section ten. Playing our first match at Frank Smith Park as Hawthorndene Primary School oval is not yet ready for play. Many thanks go to the Fishes (Big Fish, Jacssen and Cody) for being at Frank Smith at 7:30 on game day in preparing the oval for play. Fish brought a ride on mower and was doing laps around the oval for several hours till the grass was at an acceptable length. Then from there Jacssen, Cody and Gringo were blowing the cuttings off the oval with an industrial blower. Without this preparation work the oval would have been a nightmare to play on. Thank you Fishes and Gringo.
Having won the toss we decided to bat with Ricky Vale and Chilly opening up. We batted conservatively and kept the good balls out and hit the ones that needed to be hit. Highlights with the bat were Justin Rowley hitting a patient 76runs and was not out at the end of the innings. Justin had not played cricket for some sixteen years, and even then this was his first bat as he had not yet had a hit at training. Assisting Justin was Michael Sadler scoring a handy 25runs and Chilly at 19runs. Other patient batting from Jordan Rowley, Joel Bates and Zac Howell partnered up to keep the score ticking along. Credit to the Ramblers because after the first twenty overs we were 5/70. We batted for the full forty overs and scored 7/161.
Being one short, Jacssen Fisher agreed to be a sub fielder so that we had eleven on field. Thank you Jacssen. Opening the bowling was Ashley Bates and Michael Sadler who bowled well, following up was Alex Manning and Joel Bates keeping the pressure on. Important wickets were taken with Jacssen catching the opening batsman off of Joel’s bowling, Ashley had the other opening bat out LBW. Jordan Rowley was a little unlucky in being hit in his only over but shows great potential. Unfortunately Joel Bates and Michael Sadler had a nasty collision in catching a skied ball, Joel was unable to put any weight on his knee and had to be carried off. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope he’s good for the next round. With one short in the field, Chilly came on and took three quick wickets in an over, and then Zac Howell, bowling from the southern end bowled perfectly taking three wickets to finish Happy Valley off, all out for 158.
A tight match and we held our nerve to keep Happy Valley short of our score. After the first twenty overs fielding Happy Valley were 2/109. We dug in, and played good cricket to bowl them out in the 33rd over. Well done Ramblers.
UNDER 16’s: Hello everyone. Fantastic weather for our first game against Morphettville Park, playing on the Womens Memorial Playing Fields which is Morphy Park’s home ground while their facilities undergo refurbishment.
New Captain Ben Wender called heads and the opposition won the toss and sent us in to bat. With only 9 players in our side, protecting wickets and getting a couple of lads retired and back in the shed was a priority. It started well with openers Ben Wender and new boy, Ben Kean making a strong start until the Captain was out caught behind for 11 with the score at 19. This brought Aaron Thompson to the crease and he immediately made short work of the bowlers. Kean retired voluntarily at 10 overs with 7 runs, bringing Ashley Bates to the crease. Ashley looked solid and batted for 5 overs before being bowled and we were 2/62 after 16 overs and still well placed. 3 overs later when Jayden Rea was run out for 7, we needed to settle but it wasn’t to be. Aaron made his 50 and retired, however with Ryan Drechsler caught, Joel Austin and Luis Riley both runout, and Ben Kean bowled without adding to his score, we soon found ourselves at 7/89 in the 22nd over and with only one wicket in hand.
Aaron returned to the crease with Josh Payne and they put up a fantastic defensive stand, batting for 16 overs, taking the score to 128 before Josh was unlucky to be caught for a valuable and hard fought 5. Highlight of the innings was Aaron’s 72 not out. Well done to both lads.
Morphettville Park then went out to bat for 11 overs and our opening pair of Ben Kean and Aaron bowled well with figures of 0/1 and 0/2 respectively off their 2 overs. Ashley Bates was first change and very sharp in his first over picking up a wicket from his 6th delivery to an excellent catch by Ben Kean.
After 11 over overs the opposition are 1/34 and with 9 wickets to get and 94 runs to protect we have some work to do next week, but as the lads said after day 1, they love a challenge and with a strong bowling side I reckon they’re up for it.
Cheers and see you at the cricket
UNDER 14’s: Welcome to the 2018/2019 Season for the Under14 CV Ramblers team. Our first game is against Sheidow Park, being played at Sheidow Park Primary School. Sheidow Park won the toss and elected to bat. Brad, as captain for this game, led the lads onto the ground, and with Liam behind the stumps, Thom bowled the first maiden over of the day. Players from both team were very cautious in the initial overs. Our bowling and fielding was quite tight to start with, and Sheidow Park struggled to get going. A few extras crept into the score and Sheidow Park started to build their confidence and their innings. A good catch to Jacssen, off the bowling of Brad, and a run out throw from Ben (to Josh M at the bowler’s end), meant Sheidow Park ended their innings with 2/185. It will be good to see our lads batting next week, and hopefully getting some runs on the board!