Goodwood v Grange
A dominant hand from former star junior Tom Doimo played a big part in Grange’s win against Goodwood in their A1 season opener at Goodwood Oval on Saturday.
Batting at number three Doimo, in his first game for Grange, made 128 with 11 fours and five sixes as the Dolphins made 9/323 to account for Goodwood’s 176. James Barnes (54, 6/81), Phil Benwell and Jason Walshaw (51) all contributed to the Grange score, while evergreen Peter Judd, recently returned from the over50s Australian team which toured the UK, took 3/40. Jarrad Satanek (31no) and Alan Slater (31) led the way for the Roos with the bat, while Brad Muggleton took 4/82.
Hope Valley v Walkerville
Walkerville welcomed the new season with a run fest at Hope Valley after being sent in to bat. At the end of the compulsory closure at 80 overs the Cats finished with a daunting 9/488 on day one. Opener Zack Fagg blasted 146, while Andrew Westphal, at number four, made 108. Captain Brett Knowles kept the pressure on Hope Valley with 77.
Hope Valley was determined to get something out of day two with a herculean run chase in front of it – aiming to keep the Cats in the field for as long as possible. With several steady efforts the Demons saw out their overs to make 8/250 with Brett Madigan (77) and Aidan Wilkins (52) leading the resistance. Walkerville finished the match on 1/37 in its second innings to take first innings points.
Para Hills v Port District
An even contribution was enough for Para Hills to take the points at home against A1 newcomer Port District.
Port District, which had never competed in the top tier until this season, batted first but was always under pressure and struggled to 83 all out after 38.3 overs. The Hornets had the match in their keeping on day one to finish with 5/164 but lost wickets early on day two to make 9/198 dec with Harvey Box the mainstay on 90. The Magpies made a better fist of their second innings with vice-captain Casey Grocke leading the charge with 101 at number three. Captain Sam Harvey had a solid game with 7/54 from 18.5 overs (four maidens) and 35 in the second dig.
Pooraka v Prince Alfred Old Collegians
Confident, talented and well-structured are some of the attributes that reigning champ Pooraka has shown in recent years. That was again on display as the Bulls had too much firepower for Prince Alfred Old Collegians to win easily on the first innings. The Reds fell away to be dismissed for 166 after being 0/65 with Keagan English the mainstay for his side. That score proved easy pickings for the Bulls which finished on 9/287 with the top order dominating. Rocco Illuminato made 67, Steve Marks, 54, Mark Hanson 38, and Matt Rogers, 37 as the Bulls won well. Siddarth Rajagopal proved a bright light for the Reds with 5/63 in his first A grade game, while the Bulls saw good bowling from Marks and Jack Jarrett with three wickets each.
Reynella v Rostrevor OC
It was a long drive home for Rostrevor Old Collegians which found Reynella too strong in their clash at Reynella Oval. The Wineflies dominated day one with Richard Gabb (116), Matthew Hehner (69no), Jordan Wright (54no), Rob Colville (45), and opener Shaun Newell (37) playing their part in the team’s imposing 5/351. ROC was on the back foot in its innings, stumbling to 129 with Luke Kelly leading the way with 44. ROC gave the Wineflies some stick in the second dig to make 2/124 with Angus Slack making 58 and Kelly a good double with 54no.
St Peters OC v Payneham
Runs were hard to come by in the first innings for both teams but St Peters OC had enough in hand to make 155 which held out Payneham’s 136. Luke Harrington (68) and Nathan Woods (41) enjoyed solid batting for SPOC on day one, while James Stagg (3/33) and Lochlan Roberts (4/48) had good moments for the Dukes. Mark Barber battled well with 32 for Payneham in its first innings as it went from 6/65 to 9/100 before a late rally ended on 136. SPOC batted out the second day to make 9/234 dec with Woods in form again with 78
Brighton v Woodville Rechabites
Big scores from Paul Duffett (129), Adam Crichton (111) and Joshua Rosenthal (99no) played a key part in Woodville Rechabites’ strong win against Brighton. The Wreckers cruised to 8/393 which proved too hard for a gallant Brighton (345) to chase down at Brighton Oval.
The Wreckers looked to be in the driving seat early on day two with their own score and Brighton in trouble in reply with two early wickets down. But Bradley Campbell (149) and David Maunder (77) took up the challenge to have their side at 2/244 at tea and momentum their way. But the loss of Campbell and Maunder in quick fashion proved too much for the home side, although Stuart Martin made 30no late in the day.
Marion v Woodville South
A dominant display by the Stanborough brothers, Russell and Warrick, helped give Marion the edge in its dogged win against Woodville South at Marion Oval.
Batting first Woodville South worked hard to make 133 from 60.5 overs with Adam Johnson leading the way with 31 and James Espagne solid with 29. Warrick Stanborough starred with the ball for the Rams with 6/62 from 18 overs. Marion began day two on 3/61, stumbled to 5/72 and then hit back hard with strong efforts from Russell Stanborough (81 at number six) and Clint Irons (40). The pair combined to make 96 for the sixth wicket, while Steven McAllister was solid with 46.
Unley v Old Scotch OC
An even contribution saw Unley set up a strong win at home against Old Scotch. Batting first the Gunners made 289 with Andrew Niblett (82), captain Chris Geddie (69), Jarrad Enright (38), Ali Fraser (30) and Ross Nicholson (30) showing the way. Old Scotch battled hard before being dismissed for 200 with David Scholz leading the way with 79. The side slumped to 6/131 but a partnership between debutant James Hart (37) and Nathan Fox (23) gave the side some hope.
Fulham v Pooraka
Pooraka’s depth was on show as its A2 team hit the ground running with a win on the first innings. The Bulls made 329 from 69.5 overs with Jamie Jarrett shining with 153 and Paul Cree contributing 75. Fulham batted well to make 9/251 with Luke Adcock topscoring with 116. Nicholas Thompson’s 52 and Jarred Chaplin chipping in to make 35 propelled Fulham’s score to 9/251. Nicholas Hart took 3/55 for the Bulls, while Reece Oliver worked hard for Fulham to finish with 4/78.
Pembroke OS v Hectorville
Hectorville controlled Pembroke OS Scholars for most of their clash at Haslam Oval. The Kings batted first but struggled for momentum to finish with 127. Simon Blaess (3/26) and Lakshitha (3/46) dominated for Heccies to give the side a strong platform. Hectorville then took charge on day two to make 5/279 with dominating games from Naveen Vinod (120n) and Daniel Harper (118 after starting the day on 43).
Ingle Farm v Flinders Park
Outright points came Ingle Farm’s way as it proved too strong at home for Flinders Park. Chris McLean led the way for the Bulldogs with 77, while Matthew Atherton with 70 and Jordan Charles a solid 56 kept Ingle Farm on track for a solid score. Flinders Park was aiming to chip away at that score but was always in trouble with Jarrad Indaratne (4/20) and Maurie Sandery (3/18) dominating for the Bulldogs, the Reds making just 86. Batting again was a similar tale but Sam Cousins made 50 to help his side to 147, although still suffering an outright loss.