ROUND RECAP: A tough and special round of cricket for the Ramblers. A Monster one-day score in the A Grade featuring two classy Centuries – Two match ending injuries – And the last game before the Xmas break for our Junior sides.

A GRADE: After rain prevented play on day 1, the A grade returned for our first game since the break with a 1-dayer against WYC. Losing yet another toss, we were sent into bat on a sunny day at the dene. The top order set a solid base with the Ramblers going to drinks at 1/58 from the first 20 overs. This allowed us the freedom in the remaining 20 to amass a further 200 runs and finish the innings on 4/258 from 40. Josh Rosman continued his stellar form, carrying his bat and notching up his second 100 in consecutive games. He was assisted by Fabian Saunders who bought up his first 100 for the club of 53 balls. Best with the bat:
J. Rosman – 107* (114)
F. Saunders – 104 (53)
Despite the big score on the board we knew the danger that WYC posed with the bat. However, key wickets early prevented them from getting into any rhythm and they were dismissed for 81 from 25.1 overs. Best with the ball:
N. Work – 3/11 from 4.1
B. Kanck – 2/17 from 4
J. Handke – 2/24 from 6.
An outstanding win by the team which now see’s us sitting a game clear at the top of the table. Still with room for improvement we look forward to finishing 2020 with our next challenge, taking on Glenelg away. #uptheRamblers

B GRADE: Coromandel put on a further 49 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in their remaining 9 overs setting us a total of 253. Zac Venning was the stand out with the ball taking 5/67 from 20 overs. We started the chase well with a few guys looking comfortable and getting starts but not going on with it. Matt Treloar in his return game hit 45 from 36 balls, and combined well with AOK 70 from 74 balls. We were 9/165 in the 43rd over but Pablo and Tom did well to deny Coromandel our last wicket batting out the remaining 8 overs with us finishing on 9/176.

C GRADE: Recommencing our rain interrupted day 1, Southern Warriors started the day at 6 for 144. We had a maximum of 46 overs to bowl, after bowling 30.1 overs last week. Our opening bowlers, Blenkinsop & Spano bowled tightly, each taking early wickets. Spano took 2 out of the 4 wickets for the day, with Blenkinsop and Manning 1 each. Southern Warriors, all out for 182 from 40 overs, an outstanding result.
Best with the ball:
Manning 4 for 24
Spano 2 for 15
Chasing 183 to win from 49 overs we felt confident. After an opening partnership of 32, we lost 6 for 23 to be 6 for 55. Spano joined Morey at the crease and has been the case this year, put on a magnificent partnership of 76. With the required run rate at a manageable 4-5 runs per over, wickets in hand would prove the challenge. O’Keefe and Drechsler batted beatifically and put on 37 valuable runs to get us very close. Both were exceptional, with some big hitting which included 5 boundaries and 2 sixes between them. Ryan Drechsler, still eligible for under 16s is an exciting cricketer with bat and ball and a credit to our junior development program. Ultimately we fell 6 runs short with 21 deliveries left. Again, many positives to be taken from the game, narrowing missing out against the top side.

D GRADE: Having Glenelg ANA at 5/133 we were hoping to restrict them to be under 180runs. Unfortunately for us they had a surge of runs in latter part of their ten overs to face ending up at 8/198. Our opening pair Gringo and Ashley Bates did well by having an a partnership of 48.
Ashley and Chilly steadied the innings middle order to have a partnership of 57runs. Joel Bates and Jordan Rowley almost got us home but we found ourselves six runs short after our maximum fifty overs. Ashley was our top scorer with 55runs after batting for 42overs, Joel hit 42 very handy runs, Chilly on 34runs and Jordan Rowley a very
entertaining 19runs. Dissappointing loss but I am pleased with how we batted. We are improving every game and I look forward to being more successful by winning games such as these.

E GRADE: Round 6 showed exactly how clubs will survive into the future with both sides playing many impressive juniors. Congratulations to Coromandel who outplayed the Ramblers development boys and thanks for a game that was played with great sportsmanship. The lads showed much more ticker on week 2 and went out determined to take wickets and restrict runs. Wayne Jones was special once again capping a best on performance with a couple of wickets. Wayne continues to show the boys just how to bowl consistent lines and lengths and always asking questions of the batsmen. Jack Sullivan our emerging leg spinner was asked to open the bowling into a gusty wind and whilst understandably bowling a couple of loose balls early he quickly dropped onto a line and also took an early wicket. Josh Paine and Luis Riley both under 16 boys were very impressive in their spells. Coromandel declared at 5/129 and invited us to have another bat. The skipper was injured early and Sekhon and Sullivan along with Rea and Jones batted out the outright attempt. I think the boys have learnt plenty from this experience and I look forward to the coming weeks to see just what is possible. Thanks to Daz Riley and Ben Kean for filling in the 11th spot this match and thanks to Dave Billett for his excellent scoring, giving our boys an insight into how important this skill is. Congratulations to Josh Rosman on his second A grade 100 and to Fabian on his ton, great effort boys. Go Ramblers

Under 16’s: This Sunday was a 1 day game v Flagstaff Hill at home on Hawthorndene oval. Ryan, won the toss and on the back of our successful run chase on Friday night, put Flaggy in to bat. We started reasonably, having them 3 for 25 after 6 overs, however the next partnership put on 75 before the 4th wicket fell on 100 in the 19th over. We took wickets steadily from then and bowled them out for 131 in the 29th. Wickets to Ben, Paddy, Sam Tilly, Brad, Michael and Luis 1 each and 2 to Ashley. Catches to Jack and Ashley, a great direct hit runout by Brad, with Ryan and Sam Tilly combining for another. Top score for Flaggy today was sundries on 47 and we have some work to do in the field to contain that.
The lads were confident that we could chase down the runs today, however we struggled with the bat and were all out for 63 in 25 overs. 5 ducks and 4 scores in single figures told the story. Lachie and Michael finished not out and the best of the batters were Ben scoring 11, and taking out the Pizza Pan award this week was Luis scoring 22 from 40 balls to go with his 1/8 from 4 overs. Cheers and see you at the cricket. (next game Sunday 17th January- we have the bye on the 10th). Daz

Under 14’s: The boys played their first game of the season on turf. Captain Fish (Jnr) sent Keswick in to bat. We consistently took wickets bowling a 9 player Keswick out for 58. Best bowlers were Callum with 2 overs 2/2, and Locky with 2 overs 2/4. We started well with both openers Fish and Jacob retiring. We had 5 other batsmen also retire with Liam 22 from 18 balls and Thomas 18 from 18 balls contributing well. Our openers came back in as a reward for their job at the top of the order and Jacob finished on 19* from 25 balls. Fish batted very well with 49* from 27 balls. The team finished on 5/186 with a convincing win to go into the Xmas break.

Under 12’s: The day was warm to hot and with the warm strong northerly wind making life VERY tricky for all bowlers we saw plenty of extras/wides. Combined with the Port Noarlunga team hitting with the breeze they put on decent total to chase.
Special mention to Aarnav who bowled beautifully but with no reward!!! And some handy fielding and catching at times by all. We lost many wickets cheaply due to some great bowling and fielding. Mitch, Aarnav, Elliot, Josh managed to hold their wicket, however the tight bowling restricted us in the end as we paid the price for losing too many early wickets. Enjoy the break Ramblers and look forward to exciting fresh start in 2021!

Under 10’s: Coromandel Ramblers 5/78 defeated by Sheidow Park White 1/117.
A Friday night game at Sheidow Park to finish the season before the Xmas break, Captain Ethan Wolfe lost the toss and we were sent into bat. We batted ok against some good bowling only losing 5 wickets for innings. The boys were told to keep the good bowlers out and value their wickets which they did well. Leon top scored with 7, Eamonn 6 and rest scored 3 or the 4 runs each.
This week at training we concentrated on bowling straight and reducing our wides and no balls but this did work out well by conceding 49 runs to the opposition. If we can reduce our extras we might closer to the other teams. Callum was our best bowler with 1/8 getting their best player out when he stepped on his stumps. Max and Lucas were the Players of match.
Overall all the boys had great fun, learnt more and all improved since the start the of the season and as a coach that is all you can ask for.
Hope everyone has a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.

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