ROUND RECAP: A strong position for our A’s and C’s in the first 2 dayer of the year, with stand out batting in our E Grade side. And a win for our Under 12’s!
A GRADE: Round 3 v Happy Valley (Day 1) – in our first 75 over game for 20/21 the Ramblers travelled to Happy Valley to play the section 2 premiers from last year. Sent into the field again, the Ramblers boys continued on from our strong start to the season with the ball – bowling Happy Valley out in the 55th over for 133. On a big oval with some classy batters in the opposition side it was a tremondous effort by the lads.Best with the ball:B. Kanck – 3/41 from 12 overs.B. Wilson – 2/2 from 6 overs.J. Handke – 2/34 from 10 overs.Having to face 18 overs to close out the day, Rosman & Wilson got the team off to an awesome start with the Ramblers sitting at 1/42 with 91 runs remaining. A solid day of cricket but still some work to be done to get the result next week #uptheRamblers

B GRADE: Up against Sheidow Park we opted to bowl. We started steadily but Sheidow Park batted sensibly at the top of the order, waiting for the bad balls to put away. 1/37 at drinks things were even. The next session went to them, taking the score to 5/150 at tea. We could have been chasing a big score but managed to get the last 5 wickets for only 32 runs. Blenkinsop 7overs 2/15, JC 12 overs 4/49 and Ferris 8overs 3/31 were the pick of the bowlers. Ben Wender, in his first B grade game also showed a lot of potential. Emil and JC navigated a tricky 7 overs at the end of the day without losing a wicket. We need 179 more runs to win.

C GRADE: Winning the toss we elected to bat first. The innings was off to a strong start, with Kingsley and Crofty putting on 60 for the second wicket, before Croft was out for 23. Kingsley Smith and Ben Stallard then partnered for 43, before Stallard was out for a well composed 30. Fish made a quickfire but entertaining 17 from 10 balls. Rick Vale and Nick Spano then batted out the innings putting on an outstanding partnership of 94 runs. Ricko scored at nearly a run a ball for his 43 no and Spano made 63 no from just 48 balls. Spano’s batting was one of the highlights of the innings and is yet to be dismissed this year. A strong finish to the game, which was made possible by some solid team batting and partnerships earlier. Some impressive individual performances from Kingsley (65), Spano (63no), Vale (43no) Stallard (30), & Croft (23). An excellent team performance saw us post 6 for 291 from our 60 overs.A strong Ramblers bowling & fielding performance next week will prove this score extremely competitive. Go Ramblers!

D GRADE: D grade are playing Morphett Vale’s second side at home. Losing the toss we were sent in to bat and once again we struggled to keep our wickets. Only resistance came from Joel Bates scoring a very patient 31runs. Only other batsman to score double figures was Declan Cram (13runs) with some nice boundaries. All out for 87 in the 40th over.Ashley and Joel Bates opened the bowling and one of the opening batters took to Joel, but was lucky to survive his bowling on a couple of occasions. Ashley bowled tightly along with his Dad Brian keeping runs to a minimum. Milo McNicholas came on and at one stage took three wickets in four balls. At stumps our opponents are 5/71. We have an opportunity to continue with tight bowling and hopefully Morphett Vale will feel pressured to score. With that mistakes on their part will occur and wickets will continue to fall.

E GRADE: Winning the toss on a windy and at first wet Saturday afternoon I decided to bat first. After a slow start we were quickly 2 wickets down. Jack Sullivan joined the skipper and after a promising partnership a disappointing runout brought Vansh Sekhon to the wicket. Vansh with responsibilities up the order this year did not let the team down. A little loose early Vansh settled down to play a really good innings smattered with beautiful drives on both sides of the wicket. His defence was excellent also and dictated the bowlers bowl to him. The Skipper lost his wicket on 23 to a loose shot with 29 overs to go.Enter young Luis Riley who would share a 60 plus run partnership with Sekon. Luis played some great shots timing and placing his drives gracefully. This partnership would insure we made a competitive total of 161 and that we would reach our goal of not losing all of our wicketsWe look forward to bowling tightly this weekendGo Ramblers

UNDER 16’s: The U16 team followed up their first round bye with Day 1 of a 2 day game against Coromandel at Home on Hawthorndene Oval in cold conditions with a damp outfield. In a new look side we welcomed, Brad O’Keefe, Sam Murphy and Paddy McGinn up from the last years u14 team and new players to the club Lachlan Miegel and brothers Sam and Jack Tilly. Welcome lads, we hope you enjoy your cricket with the U16 Ramblers.Newly appointed U16 captain, Ryan Drechsler lost the toss and we were sent to the field which was wet and made a mess of the ball in short time. Ryan didn’t put a foot wrong in his captaincy today working with VC Luis, to set good fields and effective bowling rotations.Coro were reasonably placed at the first drinks break on 2/58 and at the 32 over mark were set for a handy score on 5/115. Enter Josh Payne with a blistering second spell taking 4 wickets (1lbw, 3 bowled) to finish with 6 overs, 2 maidens, 4 for 7 and Coro all out for 127 in 39 overs. Other wicket takers, Jack Tilly 1, Sam Tilly 2, Brad O’Keefe 1, Paddy McGinn 1 and a runout to Ashley Bates.We fielded well today and the highlight was a full stretch overhead, one hand catch in the deep by Ben Kean. He ran, he was under it, he wasn’t under it, he was under it again, he threw his arm up, and it stuck!!!In reply, our openers batted out the required 9 overs and are not out, seeing us well placed on 0/17 and with 41 overs left to chase down Coro’s 127. Cheers and see you at the cricket. Daz

UNDER 14’s: Unfortunately the ground was too wet, so there will be a 1 dayer next week. It was a lovely drive down there though.

UNDER 12’s: This week’s game was against Keswick Gold at Immanual College. It was cold and windy, but thankfully the rain held off for the game.This week’s captain -Archie won the toss and elected to bowl first. The team followed on from last week, bowling and fielding well in tough windy conditions. We saw some great fielding efforts, with Josh R taking a great catch behind the stumps and Euan beating the batsman in a foot race to the stumps.We saw a good spread of wicket takers with Bonnie, Henry, Elliott and Archie taking 1 wicket each and James taking 2 .It was a great team effort with the bat. It was pleasing to see players growing in confidence the more time they spent in the middle. We got off to a rock solid start with Bonnie, Aarnav, Elliott and Henry batting well at the tail of the innings. We were able to get a win on the board. Well done.

UNDER 10’s: Under 10s 14/75 v Sheidow Park White 2/133 at Hawthorndene Primary School. On a cold and wet morning we officially played on our home ground home at Hawthorndene Primary School. Thanks to senior players Jarryd, Nick, Fabian and Zach for fixing the pitch surrounds so we could play there. Captain Lucas won the toss sending Sheidow Park into bat. We bowled and fielded ok until one of their batsman hit runs off the last over giving us 77 to chase. Frazer Cummings took 2 wickets. We didn’t start well with the bat losing 3 wickets in the first over and continuely losing more wickets throughout the innings. (14 in total). Frazer batted well making 14 runs out of our score of 67. As you add 4 runs per wicket the score helped Sheidow Park to a big win.

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