Pooraka v Walkerville
Pooraka’s dominance in the top tier of turf cricket continued last Sunday when it won its third consecutive premiership, accounting for Walkerville in their A1 final at Lindblom Park.
The win equalled the club’s previous and only known three-peat in the 1968-69, 69-70 and 70-71 seasons.
Chasing the Cats’ 143 the Bulls had no worries reeling in the score to finish 2/146 after resuming the day on 2/83. The Bulls needed less than an hour on Sunday to seal the win.
Rocco Illuminato was unbeaten on 72, while Mark Hanson was with him on 69no when the winning runs were hit. Hanson also took 4/22 and was backed up by Chris Amundsen who snared 3/61.
Pooraka captain Matt Rogers said he was proud of the team’s efforts and to be part of an outstanding team.
‘’It was a dominating win against a side which is going to be very good,’’ Rogers said.
‘’It’s a bit surreal and a bit hard to take it in at the moment. When you have been in losing teams you learn to appreciate the wins and to soak that up. We’ve had another top year and to be around the type of players we have is amazing.’’
At one stage Pooraka looked set to chase a smaller target when Walkerville was 9/67 on day one but the last wicket rallied to put on 76.
The match also marked the end of Rogers’ stint as a player and captain. Rogers, 30, said he needed to give more time to his family.
‘’It’s time to step away,’’ Rogers said. ‘’I have more family commitments and need to spend more time with my family. The club is looking strong and we have a number of promising young players we can bring into the A grade. I will have a year off and then see what happens.’’
For Walkerville it was a gallant effort which just fell short at the last hurdle.
The Cats recovered from 9/67 to post 143 which at least gave it some chance but it proved not enough to test the depth of the Pooraka bats.
Sam Hutchinson led the way for the Cats with the bat with 47 at number 10, while Patrick Meaney made 26 at number 10.
Cats’ captain Brett Knowles said it was a disappointing way to finish the season.
Old Scotch v Woodville Rechabite
Old Scotch earned promotion to next year’s A1 Turf Cricket competition after taking out the A2 flag against Woodville Rechabite last Sunday at Scotch College.
In a nail-biting finish Old Scotch (9/255) held out the Wreckers which finished on 8/253.
A 10th-wicket uneaten stand of 65 between James Hart (50no) and Tom Bourne (29no) helped Old Scotch chalk up 255 after sitting at 9/190 on day one. That proved a decisive factor in the match.
Number four David Scholz provided the platform for Old Scotch with 80 from 99 balls, while Nathan Fox took three wickets for Old Scotch to lead the bowlers.
It was the club’s first A grade flag in 11 years.
For the gallant Wreckers it showed an outstanding fighting spirit with its two finals decided on the final or penultimate ball of the match – a win against Ingle Farm and the final loss to Old Scotch.
Chasing 9/255 was always going to be a tough ask with the threat of rain and a strong Old Scotch bowling attack to contend with. But various players stood up in clear weather with the team finishing a fluctuating innings on 8/253 after being 4/91 at tea. It then needed 22 off the last 12 balls, 13 runs from the last over and seven runs off two balls.
Mark Holton (53no) and Rowan Pivetta (18no) tried valiantly to keep their side in the hunt after putting on an unbroken 72 for the ninth wicket.
Earlier Josh Rosenthal (53), Paul Duffett (37) and Cam Behrendt (31) battled hard to keep the score ticking over with Duffett hampered by injury.
Rosenthal (4/69) and Behrendt (3/65) led the way with the ball for the Wreckers.
Despite the narrow loss the Wreckers enjoyed individual success in the lead up to the grand final with Rosenthal taking out the A2 player of the year and Behrendt claiming joint runners up and ATCA under-23 player of the year.