Grange v Para Hills
Para Hills only needed one innings to make sure of victory against Grange at Grange in the opening round of the A1 season. Batting first Grange was rolled for 95 with James Finlay topscoring with 44 and Colin Peterson backing up with 34no. Para Hills replied on day one with 6/134 before pushing that out to 8/213dec on day two. Tyler Carroll topscored with 59no, while Dylan Hiscock backed up with 44. Jamie Barnes was the mainstay of the innings for Grange with 5/57. Grange didn’t improve much with the bat in the second dig with 115 and Dylan Fry leading the way with 42. Tyson Roling bowled well for the Hornets with 4/26 and 3/16 for the match.
Ingle Farm v Hope Valley
Ingle Farm’s return to the top top-tier competition was rewarded with a solid home win against Hope Valley. James Carson (110), Chris McLean (93), Jarrad Indraratne (50) and Sathi (43) set the pace for the Farmers to compile 363. Hope Valley struggled in pursuit of that target to fall for 136 with Aidan Wilkins leading the way with 45. Ingle Farm batted again to make 7/121 with Sathi in the highlights again with 47. Lachlan Watts took 3/29 for the Farmers.
Prince Alfred Old Collegians v Pooraka
Run machine Mark Hanson again was the player to watch when he dominated for Pooraka with 185no as the reigning premier cruised to 5/316. Hanson’s prolific scoring added to the five tons he made last season with several other big scores. Jason Nuske (44) and Jake Pocock (37) were handy with the bat for the Bulls. Jack Dent took 4/41 for the Old Reds. Prince Alfred Old Collegians showed plenty of grit to make 262 with Keagan English (44) leading the batting. Steven Marks and Jack Jarrett grabbed three wickets each for the Bulls.
Payneham v Old Scotch
Wickets fell like a collapsing deck of cards as Old Scotch celebrated its entry in to A1 with a strong victory against Payneham at Payneham. Old Scotch made 108 on day one with Payneham 2/35 in reply. On day two the scorers worked overtime as the Dukes crashed to all out 62, Old Scotch fell over for 106 in reply and Payneham finished 6/118 in its second dig. Max Marslen made 39 for Old Scotch, while Michael Silvy added 28 in the second innings. Tom Bourne bowled well for Old Scotch with 6/27. But the performance of the match arguably was returned from the losing team with Mark Barber taking an amazing 13/56 for the match. He also hit 30 from 43 balls to keep his side in the match.
Port District v Goodwood
Jack Foster and Casey Grocke set the early pace for Port District with 101 and 85 respectively as the home side tallied 7/273 at the end of its innings which proved enough to take first inning points against Goodwood. But it was the pressure with the ball which proved the key as Goodwood was knocked over for 112 and 3/107 in its second dig. Hayden Andrews topscored for Goodwood with 34 while Matthew Keen bowled well with 4/62. Chris Beaty dominated with the ball with 5/29 off 14 overs, while Luke Davis took 3/33.
Walkerville v St Peter’s Old Collegians
Neither side made 200 but Walkerville’s 180 was enough to account for St Peter’s Old Collegians which finished with 149. The Cats then stumbled to 9/10 in their second dig with little hope of an outright for both sides. Stuart Norton (47), Jake Roberts (38) Elliott Oates (34) were among the runs for the Cats in the first innings, while Louis Hutchinson (36) and Sam Hutchinson (31) led the scorers in the second innings. Luke Matthews led the SPOC batting with 52, while Ross Powell made 40no with a strong back up with the ball with 5/37. Scott Blackmore and Kamau Leverock dominated with the ball for the Cats to take 5/15 (14 overs) and 4/44 respectively. Mack Bowman and James Sawers did their bit for SPOC with three wickets each.
Flinders Park v Marion
Flinders Park opened its season in the A2 competition with a strong home win against Marion. Marion batted first and made 210 with Daniel Cox top scoring with 68, while Adam Ellis backed up with 41 and Jordan Kilderry with 40. Flinders Park looked in a solid position at stumps on day one with 2/70 and built on that with George Stear bringing up his first half century with 65. He was backed up by several other strong scores with Sam Cousins next best with 32. Jason Stott (4/54) and Tom Cousins (3/37) led the charge for the Reds with the ball. Chirag Shah and Warrick Stanborough battled hard for the Rams with three wickets each. Marion then batted on in its second dig to make 1/94 with Kilderry again in form with 63.
Golden Grove v Hectorville
Golden Grove set up its victory against Hectorville at home with a dominant opening day when it knocked over the visitors for 132 and replied with 3/108 at stumps. Day two proved a good day for the home team as it finished with 321. Alex Higgins led the charge with 91, while Ben Whitehead was strong with 75. Earlier Riley Henriks played a solid hand for Heccies with 38. Bradley Henderson and Luke Fairnington took three wickets each for Golden Grove, while David Hamann toiled hard for Heccies with 4/75.
Pooraka v Woodville South
Woodville South’s season kicked off on a high with a strong win against Pooraka at Lindblom Park. Batting first Pooraka made 132 with Woodville South replying with 6/249dec. Matthew Veprek played a virtual lone hand for Pooraka in its first innings with 53, while Josh Hoffman topscored for the Cats with 93. Ben Vinci (56no) and Adam Johnson (31no) were other key players for the bat for the Cats. Simon Blaess also starred with the ball for the Cats with 6/32 off 10.4 overs. Batting again Pooraka made 8/254 with Andrew Tompkins leading the charge with 91, Rocco Calabria with 51 and Brad Batten adding 42.
Trinity College Old Scholars v Fulham
Newly promoted Trinity College Old Scholars wasted little time leaving its mark on its new program with a strong win at home against Fulham. Trinity batted first and made 9/276 with Tim Viner-Smith (67), Alex Cotter (63) and Austin Smith (63) dominating with the bat. Reece Oliver worked hard for Fulham with 5/64 from 27 overs which included 11 maidens. Fulham was always under pressure in reply with Luke Adcock top scoring with 50. Jace O’Hara and Stefan Lainas took three wickets each for Trinity. Batting again Trinity made 3/150dec with Alex Cotter playing well with 36.
Unley v Reynella
Reynella handled its demotion from A1 with a convincing win against Unley at Kingswood Oval. Batting first the Gunners made 164 with Ross Nicholson (43) and Niclas Junling-Medley (37no) firing with the bat. Cam Pannach (5/41) and Michael Cload (3/16) put the heat on for the Wineflies with the ball. But the star of the match with the bat was Reynella’s Todd Middleton who hit 101 to help his side to 323 in reply after resuming day two on 0/24. Jordan Wright (37) and Mark Nankervis (34) provided handy back up for the Wineflies. James Rudge (3/43) and Sam Burt (3/62) battled well with the ball for the Gunners.
Woodville Rechabite v Rostrevor Old Collegians
A near-complete effort was returned by Woodville Rechabite in its home success against demoted Rostrevor Old Collegians. Batting first the Wreckers made 253 with Josh Rosenthal (92), Paul Duffett (75) and Mark Holton (36) leading the charge. Russell Thomas (3/25) and Gavin Rowe (3/89) battled well with the ball for ROC. Batting proved tough work for the visitors which struggled to 107 with Mitch Simpson scoring 37 and then following on with 2/90 as James Ormandy dug in with 47no. Rowan Pivetta took 3/25 for the Wreckers in ROC’s first innings.