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A-Grade 2016/2017

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Round 1

Date

12:00pm
8th October 2016

Versus

Pembroke OS

Venue

Haslam Oval

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 8/255 (LA Smith 100 MJ Richardson 45 J Dent 21)

Defeated

Pembroke OS 116 (J Thiele 3/11 J Dent 3/20)

Team

1. Michael Richardson

2. Sam Tyler

3. Samuel Hurburgh

4. Luke Smith

5. William Van Dissel

6. Jack Dent

7. Brad Weidenhofer

8. Samuel Richardson

9. Hamish Latchford

10. Timothy Boucaut

11. Joel Thiele

Report

As per the usual draw, the A Grade faced Pembroke Old Scholars away for Round One. Despite the very wet winter, the usually green Haslam pitch was in excellent condition for batting. The Reds won the toss and elected to bat first in the one day fixture.

A strong start from new opener Jack Dent set the ball rolling, but it was a very classy century from Luke Smith on debut which stole the show. Smithy smashed 100 from 89 balls which put the Reds ahead from early in the game. Smith was ably supported by Michael Richardson, who scored 45 from 70 balls, and some late innings hitting from Hamish Latchford, who made 18. The Reds finished with 255 from their 50 overs.

Pembroke were never really in the game with the bat due to a strong opening spell from Jack Dent and some excellent bowling through the middle overs by Sam Richardson and Sam Tyler. Dent finished with 3 from 20 from 6 overs, Richardson with 1 for 15 from 6 overs, and Tyler with 1 for 24 from 7 overs. Hurburgh came on at the end of the innings to finish the job and did so within his first over. He finished with the remarkable figures of 1 for 0 from 0.3 overs.

A strong start to the season from the Reds but with some tougher games to follow before Christmas.

Round 2

Date

1:00pm
15th October 2016
22nd October 2016

Versus

Walkerville

Venue

Park 9

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians
208 J Dent 67 MJ Richardson 49 TM Ashby 34

Lost To

Walkerville
359 TR Spearman 5/128

Team

1. Michael Richardson

2. Brad Weidenhofer

3. Samuel Richardson

4. Thomas Ashby

5. Luke Smith

6. Sam Tyler

7. Jack Dent

8. Hamish Latchford

9. Joel Thiele

10. Timothy Boucaut

11. Thomas Spearman

Report

Round 2 saw the A Grade match up against fellow finalists from the previous year in Walkerville at Park 9.

With a new curator we were greeted with a pitch that looked like it was straight from Dubai, hard as a cats head and very flat. A far cry from the seemer friendly conditions we are used too. We were very please to win the toss.

As expected, batting conditions were incredible as the top order got us off to a rollicking start. Batting all-rounder, Jack Dent enjoying his promotion to the top of the order was the star of the innings putting together a well compiled 67 at nearly a run a ball and with Asho had the reds in a commanding position at 1 for 105 off just 24 overs. Unfortunately with Jack's departure the wheels quickly fell off. In a hugely disappointing hour of cricket, the reds lost 6 for 41 before tea to blow the incredible start. While the bowling was solid, it was poor batting that was the cause of the collapse.

Michael Richardson and Tim Boucaut were in charge of the rescue mission after tea however a promising partnership of 57 ended when Richo fell for 49. Tim then ran out of partners to be left stranded on 22* with the Reds all out for a very disappointing 208. Never enough runs given the conditions.

Walkerville who got the job done with the ball made sure they didn't miss out with the bat. After finishing day one in a strong position at 1 for 73, piled on the pain on Day 2 batting almost the whole day and amassing 359 runs. English recruit and legspinner Tom Spearman was the only shining light for the reds taking 5 for 128 off 22 overs. Walkerville would likely still be batting if it wasn't for efforts of Tom. Our much respected pace attack was unable to do any damage in the batter friendly conditions.

It was our first loss at home in over three seasons for the A grade, a horrible result in what was a very important game. We face Grange next week needing to deal with the challenge of some unavailabilities and injuries.

Round 3

Date

1:00pm
29th October 2016
5th November 2016

Versus

Grange

Venue

Park 9

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 104 (ZD Richards 28 J Dent 26 HI Latchford 26)

Lost to

Grange 222 (S Sanders 3/42 TR Spearman 3/65 J Dent 2/47 HI Latchford 2/48)

and 7/178 (S Sanders 2/32 TR Spearman 2/50)

Team

1. Brad Weidenhofer

2. Jack Dent

3. Thomas Ashby

4. Samuel Hurburgh

5. Cameron Pritchard

6. Zachary Richards

7. Drew Clayfield

8. Ben Hook

9. Hamish Latchford

10. Thomas Spearman

11. Sam Sanders

Report

After a loss in Round Two, the A Grade faced another tough game in Round Three against an improved Grange. Grange won the toss and elected to bat on a Park 9 pitch that looked beautiful for batting.

Solid bowling throughout the first day from the Reds meant that Grange were bowled out for 222 in the 70th over of the day. Hamish Latchford and Sam Sanders put in a particularly good performances with the ball, with Sanders finishing with 3 wickets and Latchford with 2. Otherwise a good long spell from Tom Spearman was a highlight. He took 2 wickets including a stumping by the fill-in wicket keeper.

Going in to the second day, the Reds were confident that the target was 'gettable'. Apart from a sprinkler issue creating some moisture in the outfield, the conditions at Park 9 again looked favourable for batting. Unfortunately the Reds were outplayed. Apart from another good start from Jack Dent (26), none of the top order were capable of making double figures. Some promising lower order batting from Hamish Latchford (26) and Zac Richards (28) was good to see, but the Reds fell well short, being bowled out for 104.

A very disappointing effort from the Reds mean that there will have to be a rapid improvement, particularly in batting, if the Reds are to play finals in March.

Round 4

Date

12:00pm
12th November 2016
19th November 2016

Versus

Payneham

Venue

Payneham Oval

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 138 (S Tyler 37 J Dent 31)

Defeated

Payneham 135 (J Dent 3/25 SR Richardson 2/24 J Thiele 2/29)

Team

1. Samuel Hurburgh

2. Thomas Ashby

3. Sam Tyler

4. Luke Smith

5. Alex Marantos

6. Michael Richardson

7. Joel Thiele

8. Drew Clayfield

9. Jack Dent

10. Thomas Spearman

11. Samuel Richardson

Report

After some light rain on Thursday evening meant that week one play was cancelled, the Reds faced Payneham for a one day match on the notoriously difficult pitch at Payneham oval. With the Payneham pitch looking as lumpy as ever, the Reds elected to bowl first after winning the toss on what was the hottest day of the season so far.

The Payneham top order begun well and after about 30 overs had progressed nicely to 2/98. From there, superb second spells from both opening bowlers (Dent who finished with 3/25 from 10 overs, and Richardson who finished with 2/24 from 9 overs) ripped through the Payneham middle and lower order to see them all out for 135 in 44 overs.

The Reds commenced the chase positively particularly through the batting of Dent (31 from 42 balls) and put on the first 50 runs in about 15 overs without losing a wicket. However when Payneham introduced spin from both ends, the Reds suffered a very sudden collapse losing 5 wickets for just 4 runs. An important innings from Tyler (37 from 49 balls) kept the Reds in the game, but the odds were stacked against the A Grade when the ninth wicket fell for 122, and all recognised batsmen were back in the sheds. English import Tom Spearman (batting at number 10 due to some poor performance against the part-timers in the nets) was cool under pressure and managed to get the Reds over the line with a match winning 19 not out from 26 balls.

A nail biting victory for the Reds which will hopefully be start impetus for the A Grade to get its season back on track.

Round 5

Date

1:00pm
26th November 2016
3rd December 2016

Versus

Pooraka

Venue

Park 9

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 125 (BJ Hook 37* SR Richardson 25)

and 2/82 (BR Weidenhofer 26)

Lost to

Pooraka 186 (J Dent 3/46 ME Robson 2/23 TR Spearman 2/35)

Team

1. Michael Richardson

2. Jack Dent

3. Ben Hook

4. Samuel Hurburgh

5. Tom Phillips

6. Samuel Richardson

7. Max Robson

8. Luke Smith

9. Thomas Spearman

10. Sam Tyler

11. Brad Weidenhofer

Report

The A-Grade faced up against reigning premiers Pooraka in a Grand Final re-match at home. With Park 9 looking picture perfect on day one, the Reds had little hesitation in electing to bat first after winning the toss.

Unfortunately the Reds could not deliver with the bat. Consistent bowling from Pooraka meant that they were able to build pressure and wickets fell consistently throughout the innings such that the Reds slumped to 5 for 37 and then 9 for 81. A brilliant last wicket partnership between Hook (37) and Sam Richardson (25) helped the Reds to a score of 125, which was always going to be difficult to defend. Pooraka had eight overs to face at the end of day one and finished the day in a dominant position at 1 for 26.

The Reds' effort on day two was much improved. Consistent bowling from Sam Richardson (1 for 24 from 12 overs), Spearman (2 for 35 from 14 overs) and Dent (3 for 46 from 16 overs) meant that Pooraka's scoring rate was able to be restricted. Eventually Pooraka passed the total 6 wickets down, and were ultimately dismissed for 186. The Reds showed some more promise with the bat in a short second innings, finishing at 2 for 82 from 21 overs.

Another disappointing result for the A-Grade, which again demonstrates the need to improvement with the bat.

Round 6

Date

1:00pm
10th December 2016
17th December 2016

Versus

Saint Peters OC

Venue

Caterer Oval

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 205 (J Dent 47 LA Smith 43 BJ Hook 38*)

Defeated

St Peters Old Collegians 163 (S Tyler 4/20 J Dent 4/44)

and

3/96 (J Dent 2/9)

Team

1. Samuel Hurburgh

2. Thomas Ashby

3. Luke Smith

4. Michael Richardson

5. Sam Tyler

6. Jack Dent

7. Drew Clayfield

8. Ben Hook

9. Thomas Spearman

10. Max Robson

11. Samuel Richardson

Report

The A Grade took on the top placed side and old foe SPOC at Caterer Oval for the last round before the Christmas break. With clear skies and the Caterer pitch looking characteristically flat, SPOC unsurprisingly elected to bat after winning the toss.

Things started well for SPOC, as they reached 53 runs before the loss of the first wicket while scoring at a rate of over 4 runs per over. Although the Reds opening bowlers battled well through their first spells, it was not until the introduction of Sam Tyler that things started to turn in the Reds favour. Tyler took the second and third wickets in relatively quick succession in order to peg SPOC back to 3/92. From there, Tyler continued an impressive day of bowling on a pitch that suited his medium pace to finish with 4 for 20 from 11 overs. Dent also contributed significantly with the ball finishing with 4 for 44 from 15 overs. SPOC ended up being bowled out for 163 after 50 overs.

With 23 overs remaining on the first day, the Reds sought to make early inroads into the moderate total. A good start from the openers meant that the Reds made it to 55 runs before the loss of the first wicket. Sam Richardson ably performed his night-watchman role to get the Reds to 1 for 60 at the end of the day. Day 2 did not start as planned for the Reds as Dent fell early for 47 and the Reds slumped to 3 for 68. Luke Smiths contribution of 43 with the bat proved to be the deciding factor in the fate of the Reds as he remained at the creased when the target score was reached for the loss of 6 wickets. Smith was well supported by Ben Hook who finished with 38 not out.

A good win for the Reds against the top side. The A Grade will now look to push for a spot in the top four win continued success after the Christmas break.

Round 7

Date

1:00pm
7th January 2017
14th January 2017

Versus

Para Hills

Venue

Park 9

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 114 (S Tyler 38)

Lost to

Para Hills 9/178(dec) (S Tyler 3/39 J Dent 2/21 TW Phillips 2/27 TR Spearman 2/51)

and

6/63(TW Phillips 4/13)

Team

1. Michael Richardson

2. Jack Dent

3. Ben Hook

4. Samuel Hurburgh

5. Thomas Ashby

6. Sam Tyler

7. Drew Clayfield

8. Thomas Spearman

9. Brad Weidenhofer

10. Tom Phillips

11. Samuel Richardson

Report

The A Grade played Para Hills at Park 9. Para Hills won the toss and, unsurprisingly given the maximum possible playing temperature of 41 forecast for the first day, elected to bat.

Para Hills commenced its innings well on with an opening partnership of 45 on what was a very good batting pitch but slow outfield. From there the Reds fought back well to have Para Hills 4 for 73. However, a strong fifth wicket partnership of 52 and some lower order contributions helped Para Hills to reach 9 for 178, at which point they declared to force the Reds to face 3 tricky overs at the end of a hot day in the field. Unfortunately Para Hills snared the wicket (assisted by a poor umpiring decision) of Weidenhofer cheaply on the first day.

On the second day the Reds were hopeful of chasing down the moderate total on a good batting pitch (but another slow outfield). Unfortunately the top order failed once again to leave the Reds at 7 for 43. From there, despite a valiant effort from Tyler who made 38, the Reds were never in the hunt and were ultimately dismissed for 114.

Some good second innings bowling particularly from Phillips (4 for 13 from 6 overs) helped to Reds to salvage a small degree of pride as Para Hills finished the day at 6 for 63.

Round 8

Date

1:00pm
21st January 2017
28th January 2017

Versus

Hope Valley

Venue

Hope Valley Oval

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 9/148 (MJ Richardson 56 LA Smith 30)
and

6/52 (LA Smith 29)

Defeated

Hope Valley 74 (SR Richardson 4/26 J Dent 3/26 TR Spearman 2/0)

and

203 (J Dent 7/37 S Tyler 2/27)

Team

1. Michael Richardson

2. Samuel Hurburgh

3. Jack Dent

4. Luke Smith

5. Thomas Ashby

6. Sam Tyler

7. Brad Weidenhofer

8. Drew Clayfield

9. Thomas Spearman

10. Nicholas Gregurke

11. Samuel Richardson

Report

The A grade took on Hope Valley Cricket Club at Hope Valley in Round 8. After some rain during the week, the pitch was quite soft. This, combined with its undulating surface, meant that batting was always going to be difficult. Thankfully, Hope Valley won the toss and elected to bat first.

Jack Dent got the Reds off to a good start bowling well and beating the outside edge of Hope Valleys batsman on a number of occasions. The pick of the bowlers, however, was Sam Richardson. He finished with figures of 4 for 26 from 8 overs and was crucial to the Reds bowling attack on the day. Tom Spearman chimed in with two wickets at nil expense from one over late in the innings to help close out the Hope Valley tail. In the end, the Reds managed to bowl Hope Valley out for 74 from just 33 overs.

With the low first innings total on the board, the Reds were keen to close out the first innings victory on day one. Important knocks were played by Jack Dent (23 from 18 balls), Luke Smith (30 from 22 balls) and Michael Richardson (56 from 74 balls) to help the Reds get over the line on day one. Having reached 9 for 148 late on day one, the Reds decided to put the pressure back on Hope Valley declaring the innings and forcing Hope Valley to face out 3 overs at the end of the day.

On day two the Reds were keen to push for outright victory. As Hope Valley slumped to 6 for 56, an outright looked likely. The pick of the bowlers was Jack Dent who finished with 4for 37 from 20 overs. Unfortunately, however, an impressive knock from an academy player saw Hope Valley post a resilient total of 203 from 64 overs in order to make an outright victory difficult for the Reds. With 120 runs needed from 11 overs, an outright victory was always going to be difficult to achieve. In the end, it proved a bridge too far with the Reds finishing at 6 for 52 from the 11 overs.

An impressive performance by the Reds saw them back in the winners circle. However, it was disappointing the Reds could not close out the outright victory on day two.

Round 9

Date

1:00pm
4th February 2017
11th February 2017

Versus

Brighton

Venue

Park 9

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 171 (SC Hurburgh 90 J Dent 38)

and

0/33(dec) SC Hurburgh 28*

Defeated

Brighton 87 (SR Richardson 4/10 TR Spearman 4/39 J Dent 2/19)

and

7/94 (TR Spearman 4/23)

Team

1. Michael Richardson

2. Jack Dent

3. Samuel Hurburgh

4. Luke Smith

5. Sam Tyler

6. Brad Weidenhofer

7. Ben Hook

8. Thomas Spearman

9. Benjamin Lobban

10. Simon Bean

11. Samuel Richardson

Report

Princes returned home to Park 9 to face lowly Brighton in a match where every point was critical in the chase for a finals berth.

There was a swathe of changes made at selection, with Ben Hook returning to the team, Simon Bean making his A Grade debut and Ben Lobban playing at this level for the first time roughly since WG Grace last waved the willow in anger.

Despite the clash scheduled for the height of summer, brisk, showery weather greeted us before Richo won the toss and opted to bat as the skies began to clear.

90 minutes into play, the Reds had established a dominant position after Jack Dent and Sam Hurburgh put on a 95-run opening stand when Dent selflessly ran himself out.

It was the first of a number of self-inflicted wounds, as our remaining nine wickets fell for the addition of just 76 more runs. Only Hurburgh got on top of the Brighton attack, finishing with a 90 as crisp as the unseasonal weather while regular showers returned to affect the day.

171 was below par by our expectations, particularly after the opening partnership, but we hit the field confident we could defend the score, and wrapped day one having claimed one wicket.

Day two went pretty much to script with Brighton bowled out for 87, only former Red Chad Parrish offered any real fight scoring 22 not out, having taken five wickets the week before.

Sam Richardson bowled so superbly, he had the strut back on show and claimed 4/10, while Tom Spearman also picked up four wickets.

We racked up a rapid 33 second innings runs before declaring to leave us 22 overs to force an outright result.

Everything needed to go perfectly in the last hour, but we finished three wickets short of maximum points.

It was a strong overall performance against a side we should be strong against. But it wasn't quite the killer display we desired.

Man of the match went to Sam Hurburgh, whose new-found swashbuckling manner at the crease was terminal for Brighton, and tremendously entertaining for his teammates.

Round 10

Date

1:00pm
18th February 2017
25th February 2017

Versus

Reynella

Venue

Park 9

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 6/110(dec) (SC Hurburgh 50)

and

5/79 (J Dent 49)

Defeated

Reynella 109 (S Tyler 5/30 SR Richardson 2/14 J Dent 2/27)

and

7/169(dec) (J Dent 3/29 TR Spearman 2/41)

Team

1. Michael Richardson

2. Jack Dent

3. Samuel Hurburgh

4. Luke Smith

5. Thomas Ashby

6. Sam Tyler

7. Ben Hook

8. Simon Bean

9. Drew Clayfield

10. Thomas Spearman

11. Samuel Richardson

Report

Round 10 had us back at Park 9 against Reynella, who, like us, remained a crumby chance for a finals berth.

The loser's race was over, the winner remained an outside chance.

Richo boldly dobbed the Wineflies on a perfect wicket and our bowlers backed him superbly.

We shot out Reynella for 110, with Sam Tyler in irresistible form and spent the late part of the afternoon trying to land the first innings result before stumps.

While we scored freely, we lost regular wickets and Ben Hook and Tyler opted to abjectly disobey team tactics and bat out the day conservatively, leaving us still 13 runs shy of the target.

On day two we breezed past the required total without further incident and closed the innings to set about chasing an outright result with 75 overs left in the match.

We started in ideal fashion, with Jack Dent knocking over Reynella's two most reputable batsmen inside the first few overs, and we headed to the tea break having captured six wickets, ensuring an unassisted outright result was still top of our agenda.

However after tea, we made some elementary mistakes and only claimed one more scalp in the ensuing hour. It left us relying on Reynella to offer a sporting declaration to keep the game alive.

Reynella's sporting declaration was, well, rather unsporting, with 170 required in 22 overs on a pitch and outfield that had realised no more than three runs an over for the entire game.

So, for the third successive match, we were in a position to force an outright result, but fell short. And while an earlier declaration from Reynella would have made the day far more interesting, we have to accept that the match was within our grasp regardless of our opponents' intentions, and ultimately we only had ourselves to blame.

Man of the match was Sam Tyler for his withering 5/30 spell on day one to set up the win.

Round 11

Date

1:00pm
4th March 2017
11th March 2017

Versus

Goodwood

Venue

Goodwood Oval

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 185 (DR Clayfield 77 MJ Richardson 43)

Defeated

Goodwood 179 (J Dent 4/44 MJ Richardson 3/49 SR Richardson 2/38)

Team

1. Michael Richardson

2. Jack Dent

3. Sam Tyler

4. Samuel Richardson

5. Samuel Hurburgh

6. Thomas Spearman

7. Luke Smith

8. Thomas Ashby

9. Drew Clayfield

10. Ben Hook

11. Simon Bean

Report

We arrived at Goodwood for the final round of the year in an unusual position for Prince Alfred A Grade - our opponents could potentially play finals, but results at other games had put them beyond our reach.

The Roos won the toss and invited us to bat first on a wicket that looked dry but uneven.

Again, our batting was poor, although credit to the Goodwood attack, which possesses some genuine firepower at this level.

We limped to tea six wickets down, and our tail set to be exposed to quality bowling on a difficult pitch.

What happened next was remarkable.

Goodwood, for reasons only they will know, shelved the high quality attack that had done all the pre-break damage and opted to toss the ball to a series of bowlers we hadn't seen before tea.

And Drew Clayfield smashed them everywhere.

From a situation where we were unlikely to post a three figure total, Clayfield hauled us to a healthy 185.

With nine overs to bowl on day one, Sam Richardson and Jack Dent each claimed a scalp and our day had leapt from maligned to magnificent.

We began day two with plans to roll Goodwood cheaply, but by tea we had just two more victims.

On a bowler friendly wicket, it was behind where we had hoped to be.

Following the tea adjournment, Richardson again opted to bring himself into the attack, and again the results were immediate. He took two more key wickets and we had the game under control when he landed the seventh scalp of Goodwood's innings still 63 short.

But the day wasn't done there. Not by a long shot. The Roos wicketkeeper walked to the crease with a weapon that looked more like a land-to-air missile launcher than a cricket bat, and he wielded it accordingly.

He made a rapid 38, including 18 off Michael Richardson's last over, before falling to one of Turf cricket's most devastating deliveries: the Tom Spearman wrong 'un.

Spearo subsequently coughed up a few half trackers to keep the game interesting, before Jack Dent wiped out Goodwood's tail to lead us to a thrilling six run victory.

Itwas a satisfying victory for the Reds to wrap what has been a particularly difficult season.

Special note of thanks to Josh Bean for acting as a sub fielder for Drew Clayfield, whose performance on day one was so imperious he opted not to risk tarnishing it. Instead, he claimed an ankle injury confined him to playing catch with his girlfriend in Goodwood Oval's "Colin Nelson" grandstand.

So the Reds finished fifth after defeating Goodwood, with our most influential player award probably going to Clayfield, marginally ahead of their tactically destitute skipper.

B-Grade 2016/2017

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Round 1

Date

12:00pm
8th October 2016

Versus

Flinders Park

Venue

Park 9

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 91 (RA James 28)

Lost to

Flinders Park 8/238 (A Marantos 3/41 ME Robson 2/44)

Team

1. Alex Marantos

2. William Swale

3. Will Hudson

4. Jack Zacker

5. Max Clarke

6. Thomas Simpson

7. Max Robson

8. Robin James

9. Benjamin Lobban

10. Christopher Drew

11. Joshua Clarke

Report

Back in A3 this season, the B Grade hosted Flinders Park.

Losing the toss and being sent in on a good deck, we struggled to get any partnerships going. We slumped to 7 for 40. Jack Zacker (18) and Robbin James (28) put on 47 to have has 7 for 87 at drinks.

After drinks we lost the next 3 wickets for 4 runs to be bowed out for 91.

Max Robson and Alex Marantos opened the bowling. Lexi picked up a couple of quick wickets and the introduction of Robbin James (10 overs 1 for 36) had Flinders Park 3 for 39. Unfortunately we couldn't pick up any other quick wickets and Flinders Park cruised past our total 3 down.

Lexi finished with 3, SK Robson with 2, Robbo, Drewy and Benny Lobban finished with 1 each.

Round 2

Date

1:00pm
15th October 2016
22nd October 2016

Versus

Gepps Cross

Venue

Duncan Fraser Reserve

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 317 (A Marantos 108* SA Colquhoun 75)

Defeated

Gepps Cross 180 (BJ Hook 5/23)

Team

1. Alex Marantos

2. William Swale

3. Ben Hook

4. Nicholas Gregurke

5. Sam Colquhoun

6. Max Robson

7. Robin James

8. Jack Zacker

9. Michael Hackman

10. Will Hudson

11. Samuel Alexander

Report

We ventured down to Duncan Frasier Reserve to play against Gepps Cross on Caulfield cup day and everybody was excited to see TAB facilities and screens in the clubhouse until our skipper decided to go out and lose the toss as per usual. The result of this of course meant we had to go and spend the afternoon in the field. We tussled hard early with not a lot of luck however we managed to pick up our first wicket with a good catch from Sam Alexander off Robin James. Another wicket followed with catch of the century from Jack Zacker off Swine Marantos. From there the game drifted a bit where they managed to get to 4 down for 140. From here we fought back very well and managed to snag the last 6 wickets for 40 runs. Pick of the bowlers was Ben Hook with 5 for 23 off 16.3 overs. Special mention goes to Nick Gregurke who couldnt manage to hit the pitch in his two over spell. We were left with 11 overs to bat out the day and although William Swale fell early we were in a very commanding position at 1 for 50 odd thanks to the good batting of Robin James and Sam Colquhoun.
The following Saturday bought the Cox Plate much to the delight of William Swale who decided to start a food and beverage tab at the bar and managed to spend the whole day eating drinking and gambling. We started well until Robin James departed with our score at 82. Ben Hook made a quick 15 before he was caught at mid-on and Sam Colquhoun batted very well until he eventually departed at 75. Out comes Swine Marantos who played really well and smacked Gepps Cross all over the oval for a very good hundred and finished the day on 108* after Hackman missed a straight one.

All in all a good effort from the guys and a deserved win

Round 3

Date

1:00pm
29th October 2016
5th November 2016

Versus

Pulteney OS

Venue

Morgan Oval

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 184 (ME Robson 56 BN Lobban 38 JA Zacker 30)

Lost to

Pulteney OS 6/344(cc) (RA James 3/121 A Marantos 2/129)

and 7/115 (WC Hudson 4/36 WE Swale 2/10)

Team

1. Robin James

2. William Swale

3. Will Hudson

4. Benjamin Lobban

5. Alex Marantos

6. Nicholas Gregurke

7. Matthew Merrett

8. Thomas Simpson

9. Jack Zacker

10. Max Robson

11. Michael Hackman

Report

We rocked up to Pulteney on a warm day, walked out to the middle and had a look at the concrete pitch. The whole team was foaming out of the mouth to go and have a hit, but as per usual our captain went out the throw the coin and lost for the approx. 15th time in a row so we got second use of the conditions (aka we were bowling). We were lucky enough to get the rock and toiled hard early for absolutely no luck until we got our first breakthrough at 31 when one of the openers held out To Sperm who took a good catch. From there the bowlers had to toil hard again and amongst some poor deliveries and some good bowling we managed to snag the 2nd wicket 100 runs later. Wickets were hard to come by and the batters batted well and were good at picking the middle of three fielders but end of the day they finished with 335 runs after their 80 overs.

Second day came and it was roughly 22 degrees and fine and we looked forward to having a hit on a good wicket. Unfortunately, things didnt go to plan and we slumped very early to 6/54. From there Lobban and Zacker added 47 until Zacker go bowled. Then in stepped Max who showed some power hitting and batted really well to make 56. Ben Lobban also batted extremely well and made a well composed and timed 38 runs. End of the day we were bowled out for 184 in 45 overs with 4 ducks scored.

This left us with 20 overs to bowl to Pulteney to play out time, they batted extremely poorly and we bowled extremely poorly but Will Hudson achieved 4/36 and Will Swale achieved 2/10. After watching these two bowl and get wickets really questions why the hell you want to play cricket.

End of the day, we got flogged and have plenty to learn going forward.

Round 4

Date

12:00pm
12th November 2016
19th November 2016

Versus

Brahma Lodge

Venue

Park 9

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 193 (BN Lobban 57* ME Robson 52 WJ Thomas 29)

Lost to

Brahma Lodge 8/198 (CR Drew 3/32 JA Dalwood3/35)

Team

1. Will Hudson

2. William Thomas

3. Samuel Alexander

4. Christopher Drew

5. Benjamin Lobban

6. James Dalwood

7. Will Dalwood

8. Jack Zacker

9. Nicholas Gregurke

10. Robin James

11. Max Robson

Report

With captain Lex upgraded it was left to Drew to lose the toss. After a rather subdued start to the innings we were able to grab control of the match with some disciplined bowling. Jimmy Dalwood bowled really well through the middle part of the innings to claim 3 wickets, whilst his older brother Will managed to keep a lot of the opposition bats on the back foot. Drew snuck a few past the bat to claim 3 wickets and the two English lads Robson and James played their role extremely well. Unfortunately we let Brahma Lodge slip from 7-130 to 8-198 but we were confident on chasing that down on a true park 9 wicket.
Thumper in his 100th game for the club started comfortably with W Dalwood and we were 35 without loss after 7 overs. Unfortunately after Dags cameo (22 off 20) was cut short we lost regular wickets including Thumper (29) to be left at 7-94. Ben Lobban and Max Robson slowly went to task and cleverly worked the ball around through overs 25 to 45. Their 97 run union was ended when Max (52) was caught at point when the score was 191. Those two batted beautifully and put a high price on their wickets. A lesson for our middle order! When we lost another wicket straight after, we found ourselves behind in the game. With 9 balls left in the match we lost our last wicket and Rosey was left unbeaten on 57. A disappointing end to a game that had plenty of momentum shifts. Junior Hudson must never utter the words We cant possibly lose it from here ever again.

Round 5

Date

1:00pm
26th November 2016
3rd December 2016

Versus

Pooraka

Venue

Lindblom Park #1

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 199 (ST Alexander 72* RA James 35 BN Lobban 27 NL Gregurke 25)

Lost to

Pooraka 4/263(dec)

Team

1. Alex Marantos

2. Samuel Alexander

3. Simon Bean

4. Venkata Dandu

5. Christopher Drew

6. Nicholas Gregurke

7. Robin James

8. Rajasekar Kesavan

9. Benjamin Lobban

10. Aaron Richards

11. Nick Wilton

Report

The B Grade faced the top of the table pooraka away this week. With a few unavailabilities the B Grade debuted 2 players Gowtham Venkata Dandu and Rajeskan Kesavan, while recalling Skipper Wilton and Simon Bean.

After losing the toss (again) we sent out to field. We started very well, bowling 45 overs to tea and restricting Pooraka to 2 for 95. Congratulations to Rajeskan Kesavan who took his first B Grade wicket and Nick Gregurke who found his mojo. After Tea Pooraka accelerated their run rate and eventually declared 4 for 263, with Skipper and Robin James picking up the other two wickets.

We had 7 overs to bat and unfortunately started poorly being 3 for 13 at stumps. James and Gregurke the not out batsman.
Day 2 started very well with James and Gregurke putting a high price on their wicket and punishing the bad ball. Unfortunately we lost James 31 and Drew in quick succession and were 5 for 60. Gregurke and Alexander continued to bat very well, before Gregurke was beaten in flight and dismissed for 25 off 76 deliveries. Alexander continued to bat extremely well, combining with Marantos (22 off 50) and Lobban (27 off 50) to continue to frustrate the Pooraka bowlers. We were eventually dismissed for 199 with Alexander not out, having faced 172 deliveries for his 72.

Pooraka had a quick hit for 10 overs, with Gowtham Venkata Dandu picking up his first B grade wicket as well

Many thanks to Venakata, Kesavan and Andrew Heitmann (who sub fielded for 45 overs) for playing in the B grade. Although we didnt get the win, it was an absolute pleasure captaining the boys. I could not be prouder of the B Grade. We worked hard, gave 100% the entire time and had fun.

Round 6

Date

1:00pm
10th December 2016
17th December 2016

Versus

Concordia OC

Venue

Concordia College

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 133 (A Marantos 43 AW Richards 29*)

and

70

Lost to

Concordia OC 7/280(dec) (WN Dalwood 5/97)

Team

1. Alex Marantos

2. Brad Weidenhofer

3. William Thomas

4. Will Hudson

5. Aaron Richards

6. Nicholas Gregurke

7. Benjamin Lobban

8. Jesse Vass

9. Will Dalwood

10. Jack Zacker

11. Samuel Alexander

Report

The B Grade ventured over to Concordia and it was with great surprise and pleasure from the playing group that the skipper won the toss. That is about where the good ended though as Concordia did not have too much trouble ripping through our batting line up. The only batsman who showed any real resistance was Alex Marantos who made a well compiled 43 and Aaron Richards who slapped a few easy runs at the other end before he was left stranded. Overall a poor effort as we were dismissed for 133 and had to take the field for 30 odd overs at the end of day 1.

We bowled well on day 1, were a tad unlucky which left Concordia 3 down for roughly 120 at the end of the days play. This made it difficult for the playing group as we rocked up on day 2 and it was hard to find our groove given we almost lost the game on day 1. We however prevailed and Alex Marantos bowled well without much reward and Will Dalwood bowled well for the most part and ended up getting a michelle! Concordia eventually declared at 7/280 and left themselves a minimum of 51 overs to win outright.

Unfortunately, nobody provided any real form of resistance and we were eventually dismissed for 70 after about 30 overs bowled. A very disappointing performance to lose outright to a team that was good, but nowhere near as good as we made them look.

Highlights (or lowlights) included Will Thomas trying to eat a skied cricket ball rather than catch it. Also 5 second innings ducks and an pair for Jesse Vass was interesting!

Round 7

Date

1:00pm
7th January 2017
14th January 2017

Versus

Old Ignatians

Venue

Atkinson Oval (St Ignatians College)

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 134 (WC Hudson 34 JA Zacker 26)

and

8/104

Lost to

Old Ignatians 241 (AA Brabham 3/46 R Gopal 2/25 CR Drew 2/48)

Team

1. Benjamin Lobban

2. Christopher Drew

3. Aaron Richards

4. Jack Zacker

5. Raja Gopal

6. William Swale

7. Siddarth Rajagopal

8. Matthew Kildea

9. Antony Brabham

10. Will Hudson

11. Simon Bean

Report

The B-Grade took on Old Iggies and after again losing the toss were asked to field. With temperatures exceeding 40C for most of the afternoon this was not ideal but to the credit of all the players they stuck to the task at hand. Raja Gopal opened the bowling with immediate success and with Crazy Jack steaming in from the other end, we soon had Iggies in trouble at 3/15. From there the number 5 took the game away from us. We unfortunately dropped three tough chances and by the time we finally took his wicket for an even 100, the score had progressed to 4/146. From there we did very well to contain the rest of their lineup. A great spell of bowling from Chris Drew was crucial in that finishing with 2/48 from his 22 overs. These figures don't do justice to the job he did in restricting the total to 241. Crazy Jack finished with 3/46, Raja Gopal 2/25 and he also took a juggling catch to give son, Sid Rajagopal, a well deserved wicket.

Chasing 241 on day two didn't go to plan. Unfortunately no-one could really get going and we regularly lost wickets at crucial times. Plenty of blokes got starts but we ended up falling eight runs short of avoiding the follow on. Will Hudson was the mainstay of the innings with a patient 34 while Jack Zacker slapped 26 in pretty quick time. Iggies had no hesitation in sending us back in and we didn't do much better the second time around. An aggressive Aaron Richards made 23 but again we kept losing regular wickets. Simon Bean played patiently for to try and deny Iggies the outright and when he fell at 5.58pm we had 2 minutes to survive and they needed two wickets. Chris Drew had badly pulled his calf earlier in the day so tactically he was sent in as we knew it would take the full two minutes for him to reach the middle. The ploy succeeded after Chris saw of the remaining two balls.

Not a great result and we have a lot of work to do to try and salvage something out of this season. The results so far have been very disappointing and we need to learn to remain competitive in games and make life as difficult as possible for other teams rather than ourselves.

Round 8

Date

1:00pm
21st January 2017
28th January 2017

Versus

Sacred Heart Old Collegians

Venue

Park 9

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 148 (PM King 28 SR Bean 25)

and

3/73

Lost to

Sacred Heart Old Collegians 8/275(WC Hudson 4/45 R Gopal 2/29 S Rajagopal 2/55)

Team

1. Alex Marantos

2. Jack Zacker

3. Will Hudson

4. Benjamin Lobban

5. Ben Siebels

6. Raja Gopal

7. Peter King

8. Siddarth Rajagopal

9. Christopher Short

10. Harry Hockney

11. Simon Bean

Report

The B Grade were proactive on Thursday and put the covers down with impeding weather due to hit that evening. Good thing we did as approx. 10 to 15mm fell overnight and this action saved a game of cricket on Saturday, or so we thought!

We got given an early phone call on Saturday morning advising us that there had been a sprinkler leak at park 9. In good time we arranged a trailer of sand and arrived to discover that the leak was just of the end of the pitch, stretched back 6 meters and covered both of the bowlers run-ups. The worse part was it took until about 12pm for the groundsman to arrive and stop the leak. From there the groundsman with the help of a few players and parents worked really hard to get sawdust down and the oval was in a condition to play come 2pm, only 1 hour late. The wicket was an absolute road and as per usual captain Marantos lost the toss and we were told to put on our whites and grace the field.

Sacred Heart batted really well early and enjoyed the ball coming on. The captain decided to slow the pace down which really slowed up their scoring and bought about eventual wickets. We got them 4/96 with some good bowling from Sid and Raj. From here Sacred Heart really slowed down started playing safe but batting well. We raced through the overs and by the time of the eventual tea break we had got through 51 overs which made up for the delayed start. After lunch, they continued to bat well and really got away from us. Come the end of the overs they finished on 8/275. The pick of our bowlers was Sid and Will Hudson threw a few pies down and was lucky enough to finish with 4/45.

Next week rolled around and we were in a positive mindset hoping to make a good game of it. We started really well With Harry Hockney and Will Hudson managing to add 35 before the blind umpire couldnt see a beamer and adjudicated Harry caught at midwicket when he was trying to avoid the ball. From here things didnt get much better and we lost a heap of cheap and easy wickets. We ended up getting rolled for 148. Will Hudson, Peter King and Simon bean were the only real contributors who dug down and provided resistance.

We assumed they would go for a slog in the last 23 overs to chase quick runs but to our surprise Sacred Hearts captain sent us back in to follow on hoping they could snag an outright. Will Hudson fell for a plumb LBW in the first over but other than that we batted really well to end the day 3/73.

A disappointing game of cricket but we can take some solace out of it given the fact that we dug in and avoided losing outright.

Round 9

Date

1:00pm
4th February 2017
11th February 2017

Versus

Trinity College Old Scholars

Venue

Waldeck Oval

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 165 (A Marantos 74 RA James 32)

and

2/16

Lost to

Trinity College Old Scholars 219 (RA James 4/34)

Team

1. Alex Marantos

2. Jack Zacker

3. Patrick Ryan

4. Christopher Short

5. Matthew Kildea

6. Venkateshwar Lingampally

7. Raja Gopal

8. Max Robson

9. Joshua Bean

10. Antony Brabham

11. Robin James

Report

This weeks round had up playing away against the lads from Trinity. A round like this generally sees many people go from having red hot availability to magically being available one week only, this round did not buck that trend.

On the drive down to Trinity we received a reasonable amount of rain and us hoping to avoid an outright were cheering this on. Unfortunately when we arrived we found the covers firmly on. After a bit of consultation the umpires agreed to have another look at 12:30 to decide what time the game should commence. From here the captains had a toss and as per usual we lost the toss (we have only one 1 out of 9 this year). Only difference being this time is we were sent in to bat as Trinity could smell an outright. The game kicked off at roughly 12:45 and Matt Kildea and Robin James batted really well for an hour and put on 46 before Matt Kildea departed for a patient 11 runs. This brought the ever so youthful Pat Ryan to the crease. Unfortunately Pat played a big shot and was dismissed without troubling the scorers. From here we kept losing steady wickets throughout our innings but Alex Marantos batted very well after struggling early to anchor our innings and ended up making 74. Our last wicket lost was Antony Brabham who got bowled and set off for a run not realising the fact! This saw us make a total of 165 off 50 overs. This left us with 8 overs to bowl at Trinity. We bowled well but unluckily and they finished the day 0/14. A rain interrupted day saw us finish at 7pm so a very late day in foreign lands a long way away!

The next week we arrived rearing to go. We picked up a wicket very early and were in good spirits. This bought out their captain who had clear intent of scoring quick runs so they could try and win outright. He batted well but we had him caught at long off and from here we really had the wood on Trinity for 10 overs. We bowled tight and they were cautious and we had them 5/104. They scored a few runs then we managed another three quick wickets to get them 8/149. Unfortunately they batted tough and got past our total of 165 before throwing the willow and ending up making 219 before we bowled them out. Robin James was the pick of the bowlers who ended up with 4/34 off his 12 overs. Venkat also picked up a wicket off his first ball so this was memorable.

With no chance of an outright after the time calculation gave us 8 overs to face out the day, Trinity decided to bowl and give 8 different bowlers a roll. This is the reason why we struggle to fill 2 day sides as players are sick of playing pointless overs at the end of the days play. If there is no chance of an outright stumps should be called and all clubs in the turf should heed this as playing availability for two day games will continue to drop until it is addressed. We finished 2/16.

All in all we played very well given the cattle made available to us and we avoided an outright victory so hats off to all the players.

Round 10

Date

1:00pm
17th February 2017
24th February 2017

Versus

Golden Grove

Venue

Harpers Field

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 33

and

7/259 (BR Weidenhofer 80 A Marantos 67 JA Zacker 51 R Gopal 25)

lost to

Golden Grove 184 (AA Brabham 4/29 AD Heitmann 2/34 A Marantos 2/36)

Team

1. Alex Marantos

2. Antony Brabham

3. Matthew Kildea

4. Benjamin Lobban

5. Joshua Bean

6. Brad Weidenhofer

7. Jack Zacker

8. Christopher Short

9. Raja Gopal

10. Joshua Morrell

11. Andrew Heitmann

Report

Round 10 had the B grade take on Golden Grove at Golden Grove. We all arrived in good spirts looking forward to what we hoped was going to be a good day of cricket. As per usual our knight in shining armour went out for the toss and lost again (we have lost 9 out of 10 coin tosses) and we were sent in by a side having looked at our recent form and sniffing a potential outright victory. We struggled right from the get go with pretty much all batsman failing and we only managed a dismal 33 off around 20 overs. 7 players ended up getting ducks so only 4 players could manage to score a run.

After what was a terrible batting display, we went into the field and actually bowled really well and had fun in the process. Brabham bowled well early and picked up the first three wickets. We had them 3/34. From here the game drifted a bit and we didnt manage to get another wicket until Chris Short came on and bowled 5 absolute puss balls followed by a ripper the next ball to bowl him. From here we managed to pick up wickets regularly until we finally had them bowled out for 184 early on day two, a deficit of 151 runs.

We did not start the second innings off with Clev falling early to a ball that managed to sneak through his defences. From here though we batted very well. Alex Marantos and Brad Weidenhofer added 93 until Lex held out to midoff for a wellmade 67. Zacker came in and chipped a few around and added 96 until Zacker held out at deep midwicket. Raj came out and slapped a few until he was caught for 25 and Moz batted well for 19* before we called the game off. We finished the second innings 7/259 so a big improvement from the first innings and goes to show we can stand up when we need to. Unfortunately for Josh Bean he managed a pair of ducks this game. Brad Weidenhofer batted really and was the pick of the batters with a well made 80 before he was given out plumb LBW for 80.

A great effort from the lads to save the outright given the first innings and a lot of fun was had.

Round 11

Date

1:00pm
4th March 2017
11th March 2017

Versus

Goodwood

Venue

Park 9

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 92

and

101 BN Lobban 28

lost outright to

Goodwood 7/97(dec) (AA Brabham 2/11 A Marantos 2/18)

and

7/98 (A Marantos 3/32 RA James 2/17 AA Brabham 2/21)

Team

1. Alex Marantos

2. Brad Weidenhofer

3. Max Robson

4. Benjamin Lobban

5. Will Hudson

6. Robin James

7. Christopher Drew

8. Matthew Kildea

9. Christopher Short

10. Antony Brabham

11. Joshua Morrell

Report

The B Grade hosted Goodwood in the final round of the season. Looking to end the season on a high, we won the toss and elected to bat. At 2 for 66 we were going ok, we lost Weed for 24 and from there we were all out for 92.

We had 30 to bowl and Goodwood were cruising at 0 for 67 before Shorty removed one of their openers. Goodwood finished the day at 1 for 72.

We arrived on day 2 thinking if we bowled well we could minimize the lead and bat the day. We started well with Lexi and Robson bowing a tight opening spell and then Crazy and RJ following on from that. Goodwood declared at 7 for 97.

Once again we struggled with the bat and were all out for 101, a lead of 96. Lobster and Drewy rewound the clock briefly, with scores of 28 and 20.

We knew if we struck early and Goodwood were prone to collapses. At 0 for 30 Goodwood started well, before Crazy Jack (picking up his 500th wicket in the process) and Lexi both struck reducing Goodwood to 4 for 37. A couple of missed run outs and some good batting from Goodwoods number 3 and 6 saw Goodwood get to 4 for 93. RJ then struck twice in an over and Lexi in the next to reduced Goodwood to 7 for 93. Unfortunately for us, we missed a couple of chances and Goodwood got the runs.

Although it was a tough year for the B Grade I would like to thank Max Robson and Robin James. These two lads are not only good cricketers with a wonderful attitude and love of the game, but two outstanding young men. Thank you lads, it has been a pleasure.

C-Grade 2016/2017

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Round 1

Date

1:00pm
8th October 2016

Versus

Gaza

Venue

Park 15

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 129 (SR Bean 44)

lost to

Gaza 146 (N Wilton 3/37, CA Short 3/29, MA Hackman 3/27)

Team

1. Simon Bean

2. Michael Hackman

3. William Thomas

4. Christopher Short

5. Samuel Alexander

6. John Gould

7. Matthew Kildea

8. Antony Brabham

9. Alexander Glover

10. Nick Wilton

11. Patrick Sadlier

Report

The C grade kicked of their season with a new look side against Gaza at park 15. Unfortunately for us it was a one-day game, not our strongest format. We won the toss and elected to bowl on a green wicket. Chris Short opened up from one end and bowled a brilliant spell of fast bowling, in the process decimating their top order and finishing with figures of 3/29 off 6 overs. Up the other end the wily veteran Jack 'crazy' Brabham bowled a miserly spell and took a wicket. This left Gaza reeling at 4/32, unfortunately they put together a few good partnerships together with the bat and ended up making 146 off 31 overs. Other stand out bowling performances go to Nick 'Skipper' Wilton who took 3/37 including a couple of key wickets and Michael Hackman also taking 3 wickets and cleaning up the tail beautifully.

We were probably a few top order batsman short this game and it showed, with us struggling for fluency with the bat and making our way to all out for 129 off 38 overs. Unfortunately for us there were few standouts with the bat, Will Thomas started well at the top of the order making 18 and looking good through midwicket. Pat Sadlier and Alex Glover hang around valiantly, both making important contributions to their partnerships with S.Bean who made 44, but sadly it wasn't enough. Onwards and upwards next week for the C grade who will look to gain a number of key contributors back and kick start their season with a win.

Round 2

Date

1:00pm
15th October 2016
22nd October 2016

Versus

Golden Grove

Venue

Park 15

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians
9/274 (PJ Sadlier 58 JT Clarke 45 CH Aust 37)

and 7/152 (SR Bean 62 CH Aust 52)

Defeated

Golden Grove 116 (R Gopal 4/36 N Wilton 2/9)

Team

1. Simon Bean

2. Joshua Clarke

3. Raja Gopal

4. Patrick Sadlier

5. Charles Aust

6. Christopher Short

7. Samuel C. Knight

8. Alexander Glover

9. Matthew Kildea

10. Nick Wilton

11. Antony Brabham

Report

This week the C grade had Golden Grove at Park 15. We lost the toss and were sent in to bat. Josh Clarke assisted by Matt Kildea at the top of the order got us away to a blistering start and built a very impressive 50 run opening partnership. Clarke ended up making a quick 45 followed by a composed 16 by Kildea. Sam Knight 22 and Pat Sadlier 58 guided us through the middle overs and set a fantastic platform for our middle to lower order to exploit. Other notable scores where 37 off 24 balls from Aust. With contributions all around we made our way to an impressive 275/9 and managed to bat our full 80 overs.

Thanks to Nick a member of the PAC ground staff we managed to start the following week on time. Golden Grove never really built any momentum with the bat after we applied good pressure with the ball and in the field, meanwhile taking regular wickets. A shout out must go out to Pat Sadlier for a very cheeky run out and probably the last and only of his career. Notable bowling figures go to Gopal for taking 4/36 off 6 and Nick Skipper Wilton for his figures of 2/9 off 8. However all members of the bowling attack were impressively economical and effective throughout the match. This left Golden Grove all out for 116.

29 overs remained in the day and we decided to have another bat. We made 7/152, Notable scorers were Aust with 52 off 51 balls and Bean with 62 off 44 balls.

Round 3

Date

1:00pm
29th October 2016
5th November 2016

Versus

Concordia OC

Venue

Concordia College

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 207 (AE Glover 49 CR Drew 34 PJ Sadlier 31 SR Bean 30)

Defeated

Concordia OC 136 (CA Short 5/22 AA Brabham 3/47)

and 7/116 (CA Short 3/38 CR Drew 2/17)

Team

1. Joshua Clarke

2. Matthew Kildea

3. Alexander Glover

4. Simon Bean

5. Charles Aust

6. Raja Gopal

7. Christopher Short

8. Nick Wilton

9. Patrick Sadlier

10. Antony Brabham

11. Joshua Bean

12. Christopher Drew

Report

Round 3 saw C grade playing Concordia away. We won the toss and elected to Brabham it and bowl. Some fantastic early bowling from Chris Short removed one of their openers and their number 3 very early and ended up with figures of 5/22, great stuff Shorty. Brabham backed up Shorty very well in their bowling partnership and took 3 including a brilliant stumping from C. Aust. Thanks primarily to those two we bowled out Concordia for 136.

This left us with a few tricky overs left in the day to negotiate which we managed fairly well taking us to 2/60. The next day of cricket saw Alex Glover make his top score for the club of 49, after being dropped first ball of the day nonetheless. He and Pat Sadlier took us close to the total after a tense first morning of cricket and Bean and Drew carried us home. Sadlier, Drew and Bean all ended up in the 30s. With a few more contributions down the order we made a total of 207 and sent Concordia back in to bat with a hope we might sneak a second innings victory. Unfortunately, it wasnt to be as we had them 7/116 at the end of the days play. Shorty again was the chief destroyer taking another 3 wickets, leaving him at a total of 8 for the match.

Round 4

Date

1:00pm
12th November 2016
19th November 2016

Versus

Rostrevor Old Collegians

Venue

Park 15

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 92 (JT Clarke 35)

Lost to

Rostrevor Old Collegians 6/185 (TC Hudson 2/20)

Team

1. Matthew Kildea

2. Patrick Sadlier

3. Joshua Clarke

4. Joshua Morrell

5. Timothy Hudson

6. Charles Aust

7. Charles Comerford

8. Michael Hackman

9. Antony Brabham

10. Nick Wilton

11. Albert Robbins

Report

Round four had our C grade up against top of the table ROCCCs, with an under strength side missing it spiritual leader and captain Simon Bean, it was always going to be tough.

Rain meant the first weekend was a wash out turning it into a one day match. On a green pitch we took the initiative and batted first, we had a solid opening partnership and lost the first wicket for 43, a great innings by Josh Sudsy Clarke. Alas then the rot set in we lost the next 9 for 49 and were bungled out for 92.

We decided only a full attack approach could get us back in the game, unfortunately ROCCCs made our total with only two down, that batted out their innings to record 6/185. A valiant effort by the lads next time is sure to be a different result.

Round 5

Date

1:00pm
3rd December 2016

Versus

Port Districts

Venue

Hooper Oval

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 6/265 (DR Clayfield 146* JR Vass 43 TM Ashby 34)

Defeated

Port Districts 4/128 (JL Pearce 2/25)

Team

1. Thomas Ashby

2. Joshua Clarke

3. Drew Clayfield

4. Jesse Vass

5. Jeremy Pearce

6. Will Hudson

7. Matthew Kildea

8. Joshua Bean

9. Michael Hackman

10. Antony Brabham

11. Charles Comerford

Report

Round 5 for the C grade seen our squad venture to Hooper Oval to take on Port Districts in a 1-day game. A flat track was provided by ground staff, and with the outfield looking second-to-none on a delightful summer afternoon, Port Districts won the toss and elected to bat. Jeremy Pearce took the new seed and did a mountain of work from the one end all afternoon, finishing with match figures of 2/25 from his 9 overs. His partner in crime from the other end Jack Brabham, toiled away hard for no reward all day, constantly beating the bat or creating a chance for the inner-ring fielders. Michael Hackman also finished with tidy figures of 1/38.

A good fielding effort was observed by our boys, squeezing the Port Districts batsmen and making scoring very difficult. A particular highlight and shout out goes to Matt Kildea for his direct hit runout from the fine leg boundary! Pure class, the cream always rises to the top in big moments eh, Klev? Port Districts finished their innings 4/128 from there 40 overs.

Chasing this type of total (128) is never easy, and it was vital the top order got us off to a solid start. Opening batsman Thomas Ashby compiled 34 runs from 40 balls to set the run chase up, with Jesse Vass also a solid contributor with 43 runs from 47 balls. However, the game was won off the bat of Drew Clown Clayfield. If we are going to be honest, he literally took the P.I Double S. Clown clubbed 146 runs from 118 balls (20 x 4s, 6 x 6s) and managed to also gain some average-boosting red ink. Nice work Clown.

A solid win by the lads, which now places us in 4th position on the ladder. We look forward to taking on ROCs this week in a 2-day match at Rostrevor College - Main Oval.

Round 6

Date

1:00pm
10th December 2016
17th December 2016

Versus

Rostrevor Old Collegians

Venue

Rostrevor College (Main Oval)

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 125 (MJ Kildea 50 WE Swale 41)

and 8/78

Lost to

Rostrevor Old Collegians 9/302 (AA Brabham 3/77 N Wilton 2/26 CA Short 2/57)

Team

1. Simon Bean

2. Patrick Sadlier

3. Nick Wilton

4. Matthew Kildea

5. Christopher Short

6. Charles Aust

7. William Swale

8. Joshua Clarke

9. Joshua Bean

10. Antony Brabham

11. Robin James

12. Sam W. Knight

Report

Round 6 had the C grade play Rostrevor for the second time this season, unfortunately we didnt perform well enough and were well beaten by the top team. Notable performances came from Antony Brabham with the ball taking 3, with Chris Short and Nick skipper Wilton also continuing their good form taking 2 a piece.

We had two notable perfomances with the bat, Matt Kildea made an extremely solid 50 and blunted Rostrevors bowlers all day. This is conjunction with Will Swales classy 41 had us of to a good start but we were unfortunately not able to go on with it and fell well short of the target.

Round 7

Date

1:00pm
14th January 2017

Versus

Para Hills

Venue

Silver Stream Oval #2

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 7/133(RF Hockney 38* B Siebels 28)

Lost to

Para Hills 3/203(dec)

Team

1. Patrick Sadlier

2. Luke Smith

3. Alex Marantos

4. Richard Hockney

5. Harry Hockney

6. Joshua Bean

7. Timothy Hudson

8. Nick Wilton

9. Michael Hackman

10. Joshua Clarke

11. Ben Siebels

Report

Round 7 never got off to the best start with the first week cancelled due to forty plus degree heat, but going in to week two with a strong side, the C grade was more the optimistic of a strong result.

Unfortunately we lost the toss and found ourselves sent in on a deck with Demons that even Lucifer himself would have been proud of, it didnt start well and we found ourselves in trouble at 5/39, but a great fight ensued from Sur Richard Hockney, although plagued by a dodgy groin he with the help of a runner compiled 38 with valuable late order partnerships, we managed to make 133.

We knew if we took our chances we could still snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, we started well tying down both batsman, but a wicket on a no ball was a big blow, a long with some dropped chances in the field, meant that Para Hills got the chances we didn't get and they capitalised, great bowling from Nick Skip Wilton with fingered of 1/11 off 6 kept us in to the final overs, but we were in the end soundly beaten by the better team in the day.

Round 8

Date

1:00pm
21st January 2017
28th January 2017

Versus

Concordia OC

Venue

Concordia College

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 94 (MA Hackman 32)

and

7/77 (MA Hackman 28)

lost to

Concordia OC 242 (RA James 3/12 ME Robson 2/19 MA Hackman 2/25 MJ Kildea 2/41)

Team

1. Patrick Sadlier

2. Matthew Kildea

3. Rajasekar Kesavan

4. Nick Wilton

5. Joshua Bean

6. Michael Hackman

7. Max Robson

8. Thomas Gray

9. Brent Hillier

10. Andrew Brook

11. Robin James

12. Ben Hook

Report

Round 8 had us take a trip back to Concordia where earlier in the season we had won a convincing victory. With a different team this time we knew it would be a challenge. Sent in to bat we lost wicket all to often and found ourselves bundled out for 94, a great fight back from the lower order led by Michael Hackman with 33 runs. Leaving us 29 overs to bowl at Concordia, we made quick in roads and had them 5/50 at the conclusion of day one, with Robson and James the chief destroyers.

Unfortunately day two didn't see us carry on with our stellar bowling for, Concordia amassed a handy 200 plus runs and sent us in with 27 overs left in the day we, again with dropped like flies although a familiar face in Hackman stood up once again to make 28, we finished the day 9 down, thanks to the experience of Ben Hook batting with the tail to stave off Concordia and an outright loss

Round 9

Date

1:00pm
4th February 2017
11th February 2017

Versus

Old Scotch

Venue

Montrose Oval

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 159 (JT Clarke 50 GC Jones 27)

and

132 (TM Ashby 57 R Kesavan 39*)

lost to

Old Scotch 7/389(dec) (BG Hillier 2/44 MA Hackman 2/120)

Team

1. Patrick Sadlier

2. Michael Hackman

3. Nick Wilton

4. Nick Selth

5. Gavin Jones

6. Brent Hillier

7. Joshua Clarke

8. Clement Ting

9. Ethan Ou

10. Rajasekar Kesavan

11. Bradley Coles

12. Thomas Ashby

Report

Round 9 had our C grade take on Scotch Old Collegians at Scotchs infamous Montrose Oval, possibly the only oval to have smaller square boundaries then our back oval. On what was wet day we were lucky to get a game at all, losing the toss we found ourselves batting on what was a very green deck, you wouldnt know this from a great opening stand led by Josh Sudsy Clarke who preceded to pound the ball to all corners of Mitcham,, notching up his 50 in only 19 balls. The rest of the team batted managed starts but no one went on with it, from 3/100 we found ourselves all out for 159. With plenty of overs left in the day we went in to field hoping to make some early in roads, Brad Coles snared a wicket before we were called the day off due to the rain getting heavier, Scotch finishing the day on 1/97.
Day 2 was a polar opposite to the conditions seen on day 1, 36 degrees and not a cloud in sight, we knew early wickets were the only to see us back in to the game, unfortunately the 2 wicket partnership put on 150 plus and took first innings points, our lads were fetching balls all over the park as Scotch put on a batting clinic, two of their batsman recording centuries in quick fashion, special mentions to Brent Hillier with 2 wickets a long Tom Ashby and Michael Hackman who toiled all day to try to stem the flow, at 7 for 389 Scotch declared, sending us in, a great 50 from Tom Ashby and commendable rear guard action from Raj Kesavan 39 not out couldnt halt the Scotch juggernaut and unfortunately we lost our final wicket with 2 balls remaining in the day.

Round 10

Date

1:00pm
18th February 2017
25th February 2017

Versus

Woodville Rechabites

Venue

Findon High School

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 50

and

110 (PJ Sadlier 39 R Kesavan 35*)

lost outright to

Woodville Rechabites 2/139(dec)(N Wilton 2/22)

and

2/34

Team

1. Patrick Sadlier

2. Nick Wilton

3. Thomas Gray

4. Tom Oliver

5. Rajasekar Kesavan

6. Brent Hillier

7. Venkateshwar Lingampally

8. Edward Thomas

9. Don Kieu

10. Ethan Ou

11. Gregory Keech

Report

Round 10 saw the c grade travel out to Woodville to take on cellar dwellers Woodville Recabites, on a wet day we were sent in and to continue the trend we opened for the second week a batsman who had batted at 11 the previous week, Nick Skip Wilton the lucky recipient of this honour, the going was tough from the get go and we found ourselves bundled out for 50 in the 41st over, not a great total but on this deck we knew chances were possible they just had to be taken. An inspired bowling spell from Skip Wilton with figures of 2/26 off 11 was a great start but Woodville threw caution to the wind and declared at 2/139 leaving us to survive five overs in the last day, which to Ed Thomas and Skips stead fast saw us through for 0/1.

A much more inspired batting performance from the lads in their second dig showed how much it meant to them batting 68 overs to record 110, it wasnt enough to avoid the out right loss, but the courage and determination shown in the face of insurmountable odds like Ed Thomas 7 off of 50 and Wilton 7 off a 100 was a credit to all involved. Special mention goes to Raj for once again batting with skill and determination, shown week in and week out, with 34* off 114

Round 11

Date

1:00pm
4th March 2017
11th March 2017

Versus

Adelaide University

Venue

Park 10 #2

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 52

and

148 (R Gopal 68*)

Lost outright to

Adelaide University 2/159(dec)

and

2/46 (N Wilton 2/14)

Team

1. Patrick Sadlier

2. Joshua Clarke

3. Nick Wilton

4. Rajasekar Kesavan

5. Raja Gopal

6. Joshua Bean

7. Brent Hillier

8. Venkateshwar Lingampally

9. Ethan Ou

10. Tom Oliver

11. Samuel C. Knight

12. Siddarth Rajagopal

Report

The final round of the season saw us take on Adelaide Uni on an over cast day, winning the toss for the first time for the season we went in to bat, a dropped catch off the first ball had us all thinking ominous thoughts, wickets fell steadily and we had ourselves bundled out for 52, ironic on my 50th match for the club, with overs left to spare, Uni went in to bat and from the get go had quick runs on their minds, sharp chances taken from Brent Hillier with a catch of Rag Gopal and a wicket, recording Tom Oliver's first catch for the club, was not enough to restrict them, they declared with 11 overs to spare in the day.

Our second innings started with a bang, Josh Clarke looking to stitch up the batting trophy dispatched their bowlers, falling soon after in the teens, at the end of the 11, we were 2/32. We knew Uni only had thoughts of victory the second Saturday and that could make them complacent, the lads put their heads down and an inspired effort from Rag Gopal 68 not out gave us real pride as we marched on to 148, special mention needs to go to Ethan Ou's 10 off 77, a new man to cricket should fight and determination most of us couldn't or wouldn't in the face of such adversity.

With a merger 40 to protect, we attacked from the first delivery, Nick Wilton picked up 2 wicket to snare the bowling trophy, the lads turned around a poor first day to show real conviction and fight, ending our season heads held high.

D-Grade 2016/2017

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Round 1

Date

1:00pm
15th October 2016

Versus

Reynella

Venue

Woodcroft College

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 8/174 (PM King 69 SC Hurburgh 50

Lost to

Reynella 7/211(SC Hurburgh 2/47)

Team

1. Benjamin Lobban

2. Peter King

3. Harry Hockney

4. Richard Hockney

5. Samuel Hurburgh

6. Benjamin Allen

7. Andrew White

8. Venkata Dandu

9. Albert Robbins

10. John Keeves

11. Timothy Hudson

Report

A group of varied experience (ages ranged from 16 to 52) turned up to play a strong Reynella team at the Woodcroft Wind Farm.

Unfortunately our fill-in captain lost the toss and Reynella chose to hit with the wind.

We stuck at our job in the field when it looked like a massive score was on the cards at the 20 over mark. Sam Hurburgh and Peter King bowled particularly well into the cyclone, whilst Ben Allen and a sprightly John Keeves did an excellent job bowling with the gale. Andrew White (?) showed promise with the ball and will be better for the run.

A special mention to the chewing gum for keeping the bails on for the whole game.

We were chasing 213, which we thought was gettable.

We looked likely when Harry Hockney and Sam Hurburgh were together, then very likely when Sam and Peter King were doing it easy.

Unfortunately the loss of Sam, triggered a collapse and we came up short.

Congratulations to Sam Hurburgh and Peter King for their excellent fifties.

Overall, a fair effort in tough conditions against strong opposition.

Round 2

Date

1:00pm
22nd October 2016

Versus

Fulham

Venue

Vaughtan Oval

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians

drew

Fulham

Team

1. Tom Phillips

2. Tyson Smith

3. Zachary Richards

4. Nick Selth

5. Andrew White

6. Timothy Hudson

7. Joshua Morrell

8. Drew Clayfield

9. Will Rayner

10. John Keeves

Report

Match abandoned due to rain.

Round 3

Date

1:00pm
29th October 2016

Versus

Fulham

Venue

Park 15

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 7/186(WJ Thomas 75 JT Mitchell 28*)

Defeated

Fulham 93(TR Smith 4/6 BD Allen 3/41)

Team

1. Tom Phillips

2. William Thomas

3. Tyson Smith

4. Albert Robbins

5. Justin Mitchell

6. Andrew White

7. Benjamin Allen

8. Chris Spencer

9. Nick Selth

10. Joshua Morrell

11. Nick Pemberton

Report

The D Grade returned to the Home of cricket and were looking to get their first win of the season. We won the toss and chose to have a bat on a green looking deck. The skipper and Thumper got us off to a solid start, before Phillips dabbled one behind. Thumper continued to push the ball to all parts of the oval and formed solid partnerships with Morrell than Spencer. When Spencer was out after expertly pin pointing a fielder, we were 3/122 and had built a solid foundation to score some quick runs with 10 plus overs remaining. Unfortunately though this wasnt the case with the next 4 wickets falling for 20 runs. This included Thumper who was looking very solid and departed for a well-made 75. Mitchell and Smith managed to salvage some respectability to the solid foundation by contributing 48 off the last 5 overs, which was highlighted by two massive sixes from Mitchell. Overall we finished 7/186 off the 40 overs, which was probably a reflective score for our efforts.

Fulham got off to a quick start, having a swing at any wide balls and running for every single possible. This proved their downfall early, when some agile fielding from Robbins flicked the ball to Selth for an excellent team runout. Mitchell and Allen were bowling a good opening partnership and eventually we got further breakthroughs with Allen producing two quick wickets coupled with his now usual solo celebrations. Allen then produced one of the more interesting overs, with 4 full loopy full tosses all being hit for fours then following it up with an excellent LBW. Phillips decided that we required more pace so rolled over the arm, leaving the spin to Smith who trundled through a few darts. When Smith got their last recognised batter out, then followed by some excellent fielding from Morrell to cause another runout, their tail crumbled quite quickly which Smith took full advantage of with 4/6 off 6 overs.

Overall an excellent team effort, we had 4-5 batters build partnerships around the initial promising start from Thumper then in the field we held all our catches, produced a couple of run outs and the whole team stayed around for a post-game ale.

Round 4

Date

1:00pm
5th November 2016

Versus

Rostrevor Old Collegians

Venue

Back Oval

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 7/235(WJ Thomas 47 JJ Morrell 45 JA Dalwood 29)

Lost to

Rostrevor Old Collegians 3/297

Team

1. William Thomas

2. Edward Thomas

3. Chris Spencer

4. Joshua Morrell

5. Albert Robbins

6. Rajasekar Kesavan

7. Timothy Hudson

8. James Dalwood

9. Justin Mitchell

10. John Keeves

11. George Burford

Report

On the small confines of the Back Oval, we lost the toss and were sent into the field for our Round 4 fixture vs Rostrevor Old Collegians. We started reasonably well with the ball and in the field with little reward before a great catch by James Dalwood at fine leg off the bowling of George Burford. Unfortunately a dropped catch at first slip by Tim Hudson (in fairness it was travelling) proved costly, as ROCS opener peeled off 109 not, coupled with their skipper making 90 before the second breakthrough in the 35th over. Some amazing power hitting by ROCS #4 saw him hit 67 off about 25 balls including 34 off a James Dalwood over, helping elevate the score to 297 at the conclusion of 40 overs. A big, but gettable score on a small ground. Burf the pick of the bowlers, bowling 9 straight and taking 1/35.

We knew wickets in hand would be the key at the first drinks break to give ourselves a chance, so we sent the Thomas brothers out for a display of watchful batting and athletic running between the wickets. Ed was very patient for 12, while Thumper looked good for a run a ball 47 before unsurprisingly being run out after about 6 attempts! At 1/80 odd we were in with a show at the drinks break, however needed someone to get a 100. Moz was looking like he would be the man, however when he was bowled for 45 we were always pushing the proverbial up hill. Solid starts to Dags (29), Spence (28), Albie (27) and Huddo (23 not) saw us make a respectable fist of the chase, 7/235 off our 40 overs.

It was a competitive game of cricket played over 80 overs in good spirit, and the credit must go to ROCS for a great batting effort which set up their victory.

Round 5

Date

1:00pm
12th November 2016

Versus

Flinders University

Venue

Flinders University #2

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians

drew

Flinders University

Team

1. Zachary Richards

2. Tyson Smith

3. Brad Weidenhofer

4. Christopher Short

5. William Swale

6. Simon Bean

7. Sam Sanders

8. Cameron Pritchard

9. Sam W. Knight

10. Brad Crouch

11. Harrison Wigg

Report

Match abandoned due to rain.

Round 6

Date

1:00pm
19th November 2016

Versus

Adelaide University

Venue

Vaughtan Oval

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 4/169 (SP Cox 62*)

Defeated

Adelaide University 9/167 (SP Cox 4/34 TW Phillips 3/26)

Team

1. Tom Phillips

2. Aaron Richards

3. Steven Cox

4. Gavin Jones

5. Nick Pemberton

6. Rajasekar Kesavan

7. Jacob Leak

8. John Keeves

9. Brent Hillier

10. Scot Tyndall

11. Adrian Swale

Report

The D Grade lost the toss against the winless side of Adelaide Uni and were sent in to bowl on the small oval of Vaughtan.

Phillips and Hillier started efficiently with the new rock and runs were kept low. After 10 overs Uni were at the slow going score of 1 for 25. A great opening spell of bowling from Hillier had him finish with 5 Overs for only 8 runs.
To Unis credit they kept wickets in hand, but failed to grasp the most important aspect of LO3 cricket...to score runs.
Cox and Keeves came on to form a great bowling partnership in the middle overs, with Cox finishing as the pick of the bowlers with his tweakers with 4 for 34.
Special mention to Kesavan taking his first wicket in the Ds when the batter decided to leave a straight ball on middle. And to Phillips for getting on a hattrick, and then delivering a juicy full toss for the hattrick bowl to be dispatched to the boundary. Uni finished up at 9 for 167.

Richo and Gav Jones opened us up well, with Richo falling for 16 but getting us off to a prompt run chase. Gav (24) hit one to cover not long after and Uni thought they had a sniff. Enter Steve Cox. Swale and Cox knocked up a 45 run partnership before Swale fell LBW for 24.
Kesavan looked good when he opened his run tally with a 6, only to be bowled a few balls later.

Round 7

Date

1:00pm
3rd December 2016

Versus

International Cricketers Club SA

Venue

Park 15

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 5/163 (WJ Thomas 62 SP Cox 48*)

Lost to

International Cricketers Club SA 6/166 (BD Allen 3/19)

Team

1. Tyson Smith

2. William Thomas

3. Joshua Morrell

4. Jack Zacker

5. Samuel C. Knight

6. Luke Hibberd

7. Nick Pemberton

8. Steven Cox

9. Benjamin Allen

10. Brent Hillier

11. Andrew Culshaw

Report

The D Grade were greeted with an excellent day for cricket at the scenic home of cricket, and decided to have a bat upon winning the toss. Thumper continued his excellent form with the bat this season, giving the team a solid foundation early which was ably assisted by the opposition wicketkeeper twice in two balls. Thumper to his credit put his head down though, and kept ticking along the scoreboard. Him and Knight put on a handy partnership, and did a good job of rotating the strike. When Knight departed LBW, we were in a solid position and Cox continued his good form from his debut match and continued the few runs an over. ICCS to their credit were bowling tight line and length all day which was not allowing the run rate to sneak up, but we were holding out hope for an expression session later having conserved many wickets. Thumper departed for a well-made 60 odd and strengthened his grip on the batting trophy pre-Christmas. Cox tried his best to up the run rate, and finished with an entertaining 46 not out, and we finished up the 40 overs on 163 with a few wickets still left in the shed.

After a good afternoon spread, highlighted by Zacker bringing a whole chook and a loaf of white bread, we set out to defend a reasonable score for Park 15. With some interesting shot selections, coupled with an excellent spell of opening bowling from Ben Allen, we had the opposition 3 down for not many. When Cox took a wicket with the first ball of his spell, and the skipper was mistakenly being told he wouldnt get an LBW as spinning it too much, all the stars were aligning for the D Grade. We had them 5/60 at the drinks break with two big and clean hitters at the crease. Unfortunately we dropped their captain in the first over after the break, and he made us pay by being not out at the end of their innings. We tried differing field placings and bowling options, but with many sixes sailing over our heads, it was proving ever frustrating. Despite straining his bicep, Hibberrd on debut could see the team was in dire trouble and offered to roll the arm over. He got the wicket of one of the big hitters, and was bowling a really tight line and length. Unfortunately they managed to continue ticking over a few runs an over, and passed our score with 2 overs to spare.

A disappointing loss for the D Grade after a positive start with the bat, but with the next 4 matches at the home of cricket, hopefully there is still time to steer the season back on track.

Round 8

Date

1:00pm
10th December 2016

Versus

Goodwood

Venue

Park 15

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 60

Lost to

Goodwood 9/113(JA Dalwood 4/22 TW Phillips 3/24)

Team

1. Tom Phillips

2. Nicholas Brooks

3. Zachary Richards

4. James Dalwood

5. Adrian Swale

6. Andrew Culshaw

7. Richard Hockney

8. Harry Hockney

9. Timothy Hudson

10. Siddarth Rajagopal

11. Bradley Coles

Report

The D-Grade trekked back to Park 15 for it's middle/lower table clash against Goodwood. A real opportunity to push the 4 was on offer, with a very decent side out on the park. But sadly that opportunity wasn't taken...

Two innings and two polar opposite performances. We lost the toss, bowled and bowled well. Goodwood finished off at 9 for 113 after their 40 overs. James Dalwood bowled brilliantly to take 4 for, with great support from all other bowlers. Phillips chipped in with 3, while Rajagopal and Hudson snagged 1 each.

We then went in to bat, quietly confident the job would get done...it didn't. We were rolled for 60 with only Swale and Hudson putting up any form of resistance. To Goodwood's credit they bowled good areas and just waited for us to get ourselves out.

A pretty poor day for the D grade after a solid start. Congrats though goes to Andrew Culshaw for hitting his first run in any form of the game (3 no) and to Swaley for forgetting to let go of the ball in the outfield and throwing it over the boundary for 6.

Looking forward to move on to next week.

Round 9

Date

1:00pm
17th December 2016

Versus

Flinders University

Venue

Park 15

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 7/114 (HW Hockney 37)

Defeated

Flinders University 113 (MH Clarke 3/27 TW Phillips 2/12 TR Smith 2/20)

Team

1. Tom Phillips

2. Tyson Smith

3. Michael Hackman

4. Timothy Hudson

5. Benjamin Allen

6. Nick Pemberton

7. Richard Hockney

8. Harry Hockney

9. Chris Spencer

10. Michael Clarke

11. Nicholas Brooks

Report

Back again to Park 15 for the D-Grade for the final game before the break against Flinders Uni.

A must win game in the context of our season got off to a solid start. We lost the toss, but then bowled well again.

Flinders were all out for the lucky number 113. All bowlers performed but a special mention goes to Pup Clarke who game back and with his dodgy thumbs took a handy 3 wickets. Backed up by 2 each for Smith and Phillips. But a real stand out was the fielding performance. Two direct hit runouts from both Brooks and Smith had the visitors scratching their head. And when Sir Richard Hockney left the turf and plucked one from up high...the Ds could do know wrong.

We went in to bat and unfortunately once again made life very difficult for ourselves. We lost wicket after wicket with Harry Hockney the only batter to stand up. His knock came to an end when he was trapped in front for 37. 7 down and 40 to get was looking a big task...but lucky for us it was one that Smith (15no) and Hackman (17no) were up for. They steered us home to win by 3 wickets.

A good win for the lads that keeps us around the mark leading in to the Xmas break.

Special mention to Hackman who while attempting to throw the ball back onto the field, sprayed the attempt and got it lodged up a tree. Forcing us to use an older spare bowl to finish our overs. Never a dull moment in the Ds.

Round 10

Date

1:00pm
14th January 2017

Versus

International Cricketers Club SA

Venue

Mitchell Oval

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians

Drew with

International Cricketers Club SA

Team

1. Tyson Smith

2. Rajasekar Kesavan

3. Joshua Morrell

4. Trent Smith

5. Nick Pemberton

6. Nick Selth

7. Justin Mitchell

8. David Gerner

9. David Larkins

10. Brent Hillier

11. Gavin Jones

Report

Match abandoned due to rain.

Round 11

Date

1:00pm
21st January 2017

Versus

Concordia OC

Venue

Park 15

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 5/200 (AW Richards 108* WE Swale 37)

Defeated

Concordia OC 122 (MH Clarke 3/24 JT Mitchell 2/15 TR Smith 2/16 TW Phillips 2/34)

Team

1. Tom Phillips

2. Tyson Smith

3. William Swale

4. Nick Selth

5. Aaron Richards

6. William Thomas

7. Michael Clarke

8. Justin Mitchell

9. David Larkins

10. David Gerner

11. Nick Pemberton

Report

The D Grade won the toss and elected to bat on a brilliant day for cricket at Park 15. Thumper could not continue his splendid start to the season and was out early, which allowed Richards to join Swale at the crease. These two put on a hundred partnership with an excellent display of partnership batting, regularly turning over the strike and then making the opportunity of any loose balls. At 1/100 at drinks, they had set the team an excellent foundation and we could sense a big score on the cards. Much to his dismay, Swale was rightly fired LBW for a well-made 37 and left Richards to continue on. Unfortunately from there, we struggled to continue turning over the strike and did not allow Richards to face enough balls. With some late hitting we managed to claw our way to 200 which is a very respectable score for a one day match, but we could have utilised the foundation better. The highlight of the innings though was a sensational run a ball unbeaten century by Richards. It was his most composed innings we had witnessed, consisting mainly of 1s and 2s with the occasional boundary off a loose ball.

Chasing the large total, Concordia surprisingly did not come out aggressive in their batting, which is also a credit to the tight bowling of Mitchell who snagged the opener early with a gem. Phillips also bowled tight the majority of the time, but reverting back to his pace after taking 4 wickets with spin in the higher grade, his large out swingers were copping the wrath of the umpire. Smith came into the attack to continue tightening the screws, bowling what was likened to a faster Robbo, to finish with 2/16 off 9 overs straight. He was ably supported at the other end by the returning Larkins who finished with 0/22 off his 9 straight and really bowled Concordia out of the match. Concordia had a little partnership, but Clarke bowled with good heat and combined with Phillips to finish up the match. An excellent bowling effort from the team, even more so when we were down to 9 fielders after Swale succumbed to food poisoning and the next over Pemberton hurt his knee while claiming an excellent outfield catch.

Round 12

Date

1:00pm
28th January 2017

Versus

Rostrevor Old Collegians

Venue

Harris Oval

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 4/202 (DB Gerner 60 S Sanders 55* SW Knight 48*)

Defeated

Rostrevor Old Collegians 7/201(AD Heitmann 2/30 S Sanders 2/32)

Team

1. Antony Brabham

2. Sam Sanders

3. William Swale

4. Timothy Hudson

5. Joshua Clarke

6. Sam W. Knight

7. Adrian Swale

8. David Gerner

9. Gavin Jones

10. Charles Hender

11. Andrew Heitmann

Report

With the D grade captains and other regulars enjoying an extra-long weekend on Kangaroo Island we ventured to Harris Oval for a home game against ROCS. Having been advised the Ds were still a chance for finals and this was a must win we didnt start well losing the toss and ROCS not surprisingly chose to bat.

A solid effort in the field and from our bowlers restricted the opposition to 7/201 off their 40 overs, a very gettable target. Highlights were Sam Sanders returning 2/32 with his death bowling not allowing any boundaries, Andrew Heitmann yet again delivering with 2/30 and Adrian Swale taking his first scalp for the Reds. Best not to mention Tim Hudsons solitary over, he certainly isnt following Wills success with the ball.

Although very gettable 202 was potentially a difficult target. Credit to each of the bats who ensured we had a very controlled and successful run chase achieving the win in the 38th over. Each batsman contributed (other than Tim again not emulating Wills success) with us keeping up with the run rate, batting in partnerships and being patient. Highlights were started with Dave Gerner clubbing sixes down the ground to the cheers of his son yelling out Daddy Daddy on his way to one scoring shot 60. Sam Knight providing a stable platform to anchor our innings with 487mo and Sam Sanders with 57no bring up the winning runs with a combination of patience and aggression. Adrian Swale provided the Nostradamus moment on the sidelines whilst padded up predicting the next ball to be hit over his head for a six, Sam subsequently delivered clearing the boundary about 10m to his left.

Thanks to Adrian Swale and Charlie Hender for playing. Charlie mentioned it has been about 10 years since his previous game of cricket (that would have made him on about 10!) so hopefully it wont be another 10 before he plays again.

A good win and enjoyable day at Harris Oval.

Round 13

Date

1:00pm
4th February 2017

Versus

Adelaide University

Venue

Park 10 #2

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 8/192 (WC Hudson 59 AK Olsson 51)

Defeated

Adelaide University 162 (TW Phillips 3/23 TR Smith 2/27)

Team

1. Tom Phillips

2. Tyson Smith

3. Harry Hockney

4. Will Hudson

5. Chris Spencer

6. Justin Mitchell

7. David Gerner

8. Andrew Heitmann

9. Andrew Olsson

10. Timothy Boucaut

11. Benjamin Allen

Report

The D Grade was all about the wily veterans this round, in particular Ben Allen who was celebrating his 200th match for the Old Reds. Heitmann and Olsson came into the side to assist our push towards finals, combining with the milestone man to bring 800 plus matches of experience to the side.

With a green deck and overcast conditions we lost the toss and were sent into bat. Olsson cracked a glorious cover drive to the boundary on the first ball of the innings, but unfortunately this tone did not continue. Adelaide Uni had a solid opening bowler pair, and Hudson and Olsson went about consolidating the innings. We went into drinks at 0/59, so with wickets in hand were hoping to increase the run rate after the break. Adelaide Uni continued to bowl tight line and lengths, but the opening batters started to pick their balls better to increase the run rate. Hudson fell for a well-made half century, and Olsson also for a similar score while trying to lift the run rate. This gave us a solid foundation to build from, and 12 overs left for the remaining batsmen to have a crack at. Unfortunately the highlights were few and far between with a couple being Boucaut hitting a glorious six than getting out promptly on his return to cricket, Spencer displaying some glorious shot making and Mitchell contributing his usual late order runs. The highlight for the crowd though was milestone man striding out and swiping a boundary on his first ball of his innings. We finished 8/192 which was very competitive, but could/should have almost been better.

With the rain becoming more constant, it was always going to prove difficult to bowl. Allen wound back the clock earlier to trap their opener LBW, while Mitchell also collected another with some good wicket keeping from young Hockney. The rain really settled in after the opening spell, and we turned to spin to work through this period of play. With the ball absolutely soaked it was becoming difficult to grip and just going absolutely straight every ball, which was making life a little easier for the batters. We were managing to chip away with the occasional wicket, but Adelaide Uni were doing a good job of dispatching any loose balls, and these were more prevalent in the conditions. Boucaut was to be our saviour, but when his second ball sailed far over the boundary, we knew the match was getting very competitive. He did manage a nice caught and bowled though, and captain Phillips got a handle on the slippery conditions and took three very important wickets to lead us to a close victory. Special mention to Snr Hockney who sub fielded the last hour for the team in what proved quite valuable in a close finish.

We finished off the match with a couple of red cans, and a celebratory bottle of sparkling red supplied by the milestone man.

Round 14

Date

1:00pm
11th February 2017

Versus

Multicultural Sports and Community Club

Venue

Adelaide High School #4

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 7/141 (DR Clayfield 57)

Defeated

Multicultural Sports and Community Club 140 (AD Heitmann 4/34 TR Smith 2/28 JA Dalwood 2/29)

Team

1. Tom Phillips

2. Tyson Smith

3. Drew Clayfield

4. Joshua Morrell

5. William Thomas

6. Adrian Swale

7. Michael Clarke

8. Aaron Richards

9. Edward Pontifex

10. Andrew Heitmann

11. James Dalwood

Report

In a must win clash to keep their finals hopes alive, the D Grade again lost the toss and were sent into field. Dalwood and Phillips were extracting plenty of movement early, but the batsmen were patient and waited for their deliveries which they dispatched quite the distance. Heitmann and the hooping inswingers than came into the attack to immediate effect with two quick wickets ably supported by solid outfield catches from Clayfield and Phillips. Their opener was proving very difficult to get out however, and after backing up too far at the non-strikers end it took some inspired fielding from Clarke at cover with a superb direct hit to send him packing. Smith came on to try apply the handbrake, while Heitmann continued to bowl an excellent length to wind back the clock and bowl 9 overs straight to finish up with 4 wickets. In warm conditions, it was a superb effort from Heitmann and he definitely looked like he used every last ounce of effort to get there! Dalwood came back at the end to bowl a really good line and length to wrap up the innings, with Smith chipping in for a few cheap wickets to have them all out for 140. Special mention to the entire team for our best fielding effort all season, emphasised by the said runout and the three solid catches from Clayfield.

Our run chase didnt start well with Thumper out LBW early, then Richards produced some fireworks of his own with a few big shots, followed by some fireworks from the opposition after a caught behind was not given. Richards thought the best way to diffuse the tension would be to dispatch the following ball for six, unfortunately the ball collected middle stump instead. Clayfield came to the crease and was given a life before scoring which he greatly took advantage of. Swale played a solid support role, but Clayfield was dispatching the ball to all areas of the ground and was quickly chasing down the target. It was a delight to watch, and the team was relaxing back and enjoying the show before a trademark Reds collapse took hold. At 2/99 off not many overs, we quickly became 7/106 which included the wicket of Clayfield for a well-made 57, and the victory was looking in trouble. The co captains were now at the crease and with 35 runs needed off 20 overs, they were in no rush to ensure the victory. Despite a tense moment or two, they batted very solidly and managed to reach the target with 5 overs to spare.

Interesting match with plenty of highlights, an old fashioned batting collapse and some good post-match ales and banter.

Round 15

Date

1:00pm
18th February 2017

Versus

Ingle Farm District

Venue

Ingle Farm Primary School

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 5/99 (WA Van Dissel 29*)

Defeated

Ingle Farm District 96 (JB Hill 4/15 WA Van Dissel 2/15 PM King 2/24 TW Phillips 2/31)

Team

1. Tom Phillips

2. William Thomas

3. Adrian Swale

4. Samuel C. Knight

5. Peter King

6. Richard Hockney

7. Patrick Ryan

8. Nick Selth

9. William Van Dissel

10. Benjamin Allen

11. James Hill

Report

Round 15 saw the D-Grade march on up to Ingle Farm for a cold and windy arvo of cricket.
Perched atop Ingle Farm Primarys lush oval (outfield hadnt been cut in weeks) we lost the toss and told to have a bowl.

A good bowling performance all round kept the runs down and the steady flow of wickets made it hard for Ingle Farm to make a dent in the scoreboard. The main resistance came from their number 3, who clubbed 39 before he was trapped in front by a devastating spell of mediums from J. Hill. Hilly ended up with 4/15 while Van Dissel, King and Phillips all chipped in with 2. Ben Allen once again did the job with new ball, only going for 9 runs off of his 5. Ingle Farm finished all out on 96.

We went in pretty confident after a decent feed but very quickly realised that there was zero value for shots on this oval. Our openers toiled away but couldnt get going and after the first 10 overs we were only on 15. But the lads dug deep and scratched the runs where we could. Van Dissel came in at 4 and made a hard earned 29no to anchor the innings. And Phillips came in for a sneaky cameo at the end of 21no to help us over the line.

A good 5 wicket win that keeps the D-Grade in check with the top 4.

Round 16

Date

1:00pm
25th February 2017

Versus

Old Ignatians

Venue

Baulderstone Oval

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 144 (NL Gregurke 36)

lost to

Old Ignatians 6/197 (TR Smith 2/23 JA Dalwood 2/31)

Team

1. Tyson Smith

2. Tom Phillips

3. Adrian Swale

4. Samuel C. Knight

5. Peter King

6. William Thomas

7. Nicholas Gregurke

8. Bradley Coles

9. Will Hudson

10. Will Dalwood

11. James Dalwood

Report

To save time, it might be more efficient just allow the opposition captain to choose if they would like to bat or bowl each week after we again loss the toss and were sent into bowl on a good looking batting deck. The openers used the pace of W Dalwoods bowling in the first over to scamper to 15 runs and really emphasised that we were in for a challenge. His older brother was bowling a good line/length at the other end and was rewarded with an early wicket. Their number three was displaying a good array of shots, until an interesting ball from J Dalwood was met with an even more interesting shot from the batter and an easy catch was taken. Smith came on to try apply the handbrake with reasonable success, snaring an LBW when the batter played for spin and stalling the their top run scorer this season. He eventually snared the wicket of him as well with a good catch from Phillips, and with their recognised batters out and the score only past hundred we sensed a good opportunity. To Old Ignatians credit however, there next few batters really applied themselves and just waited for their deliveries. We let the innings slip a bit, with Gregurkes bowling at the death a highlight plus Hudsons amazing catch where the ball was spanked and he somehow caught it once had already passed him. Overall, it was a solid batting effort from the opposition and 197 was going to be a difficult chase.

The run chase didnt start well with Coles getting caught by a blinder in cover. Swale and Thomas looked to consolidate the innings, and did a good job of waiting for the deliveries and ensuring the run rate kept ticking over. Swale fell, and W Dalwood came to the crease with some lusty hitting keeping the run rate in check. After shuffling back and missing their spinner, Thumper walked on an LBW and the trademark collapse this season kicked into gear which saw us lose 4/9. Knight and Gregurke came together to form a valuable partnership of 40 to give the team a slight chance, but it was becoming more difficult with the run rate creeping out. When Knight fell to a good catch, the remaining batters tried to swing us to victory to no avail, and Gregurke was run out for a really well made 36.

Overall a disappointing loss as the push towards finals is now decidedly shaky, but we were just outplayed on the day by an opposition who made more of the opportunities offered on the day.

Round 17

Date

1:00pm
4th March 2017

Versus

Concordia OC

Venue

Schmidt Oval

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 9/139 (AW Richards 27 TW Phillips 26)

Defeated

Concordia OC 79 (TR Smith 3/8 TW Phillips 3/15 BD Allen 2/19)

Team

1. Tom Phillips

2. Tyson Smith

3. William Swale

4. William Thomas

5. Aaron Richards

6. Michael Clarke

7. Benjamin Allen

8. Peter King

9. Nick Selth

10. Ben Siebels

11. Alexander Glover

Report

The D Grade won a rare toss and elected to have a bat. Thumper departed without troubling the scorers, but Richards and Swale then set about building a foundation for the innings. Runs were proving difficult to come by on a lush outfield, but they got us to almost 50 before the ball ever so slightly glanced the bail of Swale and he was shortly joined by Richards after managing to drag a wide ball almost off the pitch back on to his stumps. Selth and King did a good job in the middle overs to keep the run rate ticking over, but with Concordia taking all their chances in the field, they were both back in the sheds and we were a little short of a competitive total with overs and wickets running out. Phillips came to the rescue, scoring a quickfire 26 and with some quick running between the wickets, formed little partnerships to get the side to a more competitive 139.

After a few lacklustre weeks in the afternoon tea stakes, Concordia provided an ample spread for all to enjoy. This really seemed to fuel our opening bowlers Allen and Phillips who both bowled 9 overs straight to finish with 2 and 3 wickets respectively, and were ably supported by some good fielding from Swale and Glover. Phillips reverted back to his off spin and provided the most entertainment, with one wicket bouncing of the batters chest and rolling on to the stumps while another was a very quick stumping after the ball ricocheted off Selths keeping pads. Clarke and Smith then came into the attack to wrap up the remaining wickets, but the highlight was our sub fielder Brooker who pinged a ball directly over the stumps to Selth to find their batter just short. Hes been an excellent assistance in a few grades this season with sub fielding, and he noted that was his first statistic in 7 matches so excellent work!

An overall good team effort managed to get us a 60 run victory and keep us in the race for a finals spot.

Round 18

Date

1:00pm
11th March 2017

Versus

Reynella

Venue

Grange Oval #2

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 166 (BS Coles 51)

Lost to

Reynella 6/240 (TR Smith 2/43 BS Coles 2/51)

Team

1. Tom Phillips

2. Tyson Smith

3. Jack Zacker

4. William Thomas

5. Aaron Richards

6. Benjamin Allen

7. Adrian Swale

8. Justin Mitchell

9. Michael Clarke

10. Bradley Coles

11. David Gerner

Report

The D Grade ventured down to Grange for a home away from home match, with a victory required to keep the season alive. The match started as usual and after losing the toss, we were sent into bowl on an oval with drastically shortened boundaries to alleviate the troublesome creek coming into play (this did not work). We opened up with Phillips spin to try make an early breakthrough of Reynellas inform openers, and Allen was bowling a tidy line from the other end. Both were bowling quite well, but to Reynellas credit the batsman really applied themselves and dispatched any ball which wasnt in the perfect area. Mitchell came into the attack and beat the bat a couple of times, and was ably supported by some good wicket keeping from Richards up to the stumps. We went into drinks without a wicket, and Reynella starting to compile quite the target. With the season on the line, the skipper asked if Coles could send down some thunderbolts off the long run up and he happily obliged to good success in securing the wickets of both openers. Phillips then completed a sensational direct hit runout, and suddenly we had some momentum at 3/140. Unfortunately the next partnership took advantage of the small boundaries and with clean hitting, put on a very quick 90 runs and lost our match ball in the creek as well. It was not our best fielding effort, but the bowlers all applied themselves and Reynella just batted well to finish up 240.

The run chase was always going to be difficult, and seemed to be playing on some of the batsman minds with some interesting dismissals. Coles opened up the batting and did a really good job to provide a foundation for the innings. He scored a half century at just under a run a ball, and allowed us a slight chance early on. With the run rate always creeping further and further out, batsman were not having time to compose an innings and were rushing to get going from the outset. Thomas and Smith both making errors in judgement to get runout off direct hits without scoring was not ideal, and it was some impressive late order hitting which actually salvaged a respectable score. Phillips continued his good form with the bat, hitting a quickfire 23 which included a rare six. Zacker, Mitchell and Clarke then all contributed a similar score with some entertaining hitting to the boundaries. Overall a disappointing way to finish an enjoyable season, and were simply just out batted by Reynella on the day.

Thanks to Grange for allowing us to use the oval, and bringing over tables/chairs for us to use as well.

E-Grade 2016/2017

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Round 1

Date

1:00pm
15th October 2016

Versus

Athlestone

Venue

Vaughtan Oval

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians
4/193(cc) WJ Thomas 66 AK Olsson 36 JJ Morrell 33 PJ Ryan 29*

Lost to

Athelstone 2/194 (WJ Thomas 2/41)

Team

1. John Coop

2. Brent Hillier

3. William Thomas

4. Edward Thomas

5. Jacob Leak

6. Patrick Ryan

7. Venkateshwar Lingampally

8. Andrew Olsson

9. Andrew Heitmann

10. Charles Comerford

11. Joshua Morrell

Report

The sun was shining, the ground was an emerald green. The lads were ready. The nostrils flared at the claxon of battle. Then we lost the toss and got put in on a suspect deck. Pulteney usually flatten and mow with the best of them but the recent rains had made the pre-season preparations quite tough for the lads in the Hard Yakka. All be it, Will Thumper Thomas headed out to the middle with Andrew 'Olly' Olsson, in what is his 40th season playing for the Old Reds. The great man has seen a lot in his time at the club, crease and in the world! Bill McMahon was PM, cars had only had seat belts for a few years and West End came in a steel can. Olly wound back the clock with a breezy, and light hearted 36, accompanied by Thumper, 66, and ably supported by Ed 'Tripod' Thomas (18) and Josh Batting Trophy Morrell (33). BT was unlucky to be given out in the 10th over of one of the Athelstone chaps, prompting a pitch invasion by Venkat The Kat Lingampally, who was scoring at the time. The correct decision was made, and discussed further at length, and BT exited the field. Pat Postman Ryan delivered with a crisp 33, closing the innings at 193/4. With Charlie Comers Comerford and Brent Wolverine Hillier straining in the slips, it looked like a good score, and it was until their openers smashed 156 for the first wicket. One, a classy left hander, the other a cross-bat charlatan, who, having been dropped early, went on to make 75. Andrew Heito Heitmanns call of needing 7 wickets an innings to break the record of 63 wickets for the season did not eventuate. The loss came in the 34th over, bowled by Thump, who also took two wickets with some slow turn. We bowled a bit short and, once the cherry had been retrieved from the swollen creek, the swing was, like a winter sun, gone all too soon. Much bants were had apres jeu and Heito began the presenting of PAOC deck chairs, Olly being the first recipient. Jacob Balloon Knot Leak added to the fun with a video recording from the morning of his good self making his lunch contribution. Erroneously it transpired as the game was an Athelstone home game. The skipper, Johnny 'Skip' Coop, managed to communicate the opposite to the team, thus creating a second tea, which was enjoyed with lashings of ginger beer and a Doberman puppy, which was hungry and enthusiastic. We ride again next week. Cede Nullis!!!

Round 2

Date

1:00pm
22nd October 2016

Versus

Modbury

Venue

Modbury High School

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 7/107 (MH Clarke 36 AD Robbins 33)

Lost to

Modbury 4/184(cc) (AD Heitmann 2/18)

Team

1. John Coop

2. Brent Hillier

3. William Thomas

4. Edward Thomas

5. Jacob Leak

6. Venkateshwar Lingampally

7. Andrew Olsson

8. Michael Clarke

9. Albert Robbins

10. Andrew Heitmann

11. Sam Wood

Report

Another Saturday out I the wilds and the weather held up. We were expecting a dodgy pitch and duly got one. A rolled strip in the middle of a footy pitch is not quite what the lads had in mind but losing the toss and fielding set us up for an interesting contest. A couple of guests in the form of M.H. Clarke (Pup), and S.C.G. Wood (Woody) gave the regulars a sight of the good and the frankly odd, as Woody donned the spare whites, all being too big/small/grey. Pup, ever the consummate pro took the field looking crisp. We started with Leaky this week as The Wolverine and Ed hadnt turned up. That helped. Leaky looked pretty good early and with he and Heito taking a wicket each early on it was looking good.Enter the usual cross bat Charlie, hadnt played for 15 years, borrowed bat etc., etc., ad nauseam and took us to the cleaners, 106 not out. Their skipper accompanied him for a 143 stand where we didnt really get the bounce to be fair. Balls dropped agonisingly short, five balls were chopped down but found there not a wicket. Chasing 184, Thumper and Olly went at the bowling with their customary skill, the pitch playing awkwardly but no real snakes. Olly straying in front of his stumps and being shot by the umpire for 3 didnt help. A couple of unfortunate early wickets brought young tyro Alby Robbins to the crease and, joined by Pup Clarke they started the ball rolling, with a stand of 63. Both men falling in consecutive overs and with the tail pretty thin, Leaky and the Skipper had a bat, until a mini-collapse saw us falter yet bat the overs for 107-8. The Skipper taking the red ink honours. Great bunch of blokes who joined us for a beer afterwards, just before we were asked to leave the premises as there was a function at the school! Again a massive shout out to Heito for getting the numbers for this week, especially with the addition of Woody all the way from Canada, who not only brought his better half out to Modbury, but persevered for a 16 ball duck. Pup and Alby were the pick supported by Heito and Wolverine with the ball, and also with the bat. We need a friendly deck and no first graders dropping down to play with their mates I reckon, as again a first grader was bowling at the middle/tail. Get out to nets, let Heito or myself know your avails and get a sponsor.

Round 3

Date

1:00pm
29th October 2016

Versus

Marion

Venue

Brighton Primary School

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 3/185 (PJ Chapman 57 AK Olsson 55 RJ Thomas 29*)

Lost to

Marion 7/188(VR Lingampally 3/34 JS Keeves 2/15 AD Heitmann 2/32)

Team

1. John Coop

2. Andrew Olsson

3. Andrew Heitmann

4. Rajasekar Kesavan

5. Brent Hillier

6. Venkateshwar Lingampally

7. Venkata Dandu

8. John Keeves

9. Paul Chapman

10. Robert Thomas

11. Don Kieu

Report

The morning started with our fill-in player Dan Manflesh Orken having to withdraw due to a slipped disc. In a mad ring around we got Don The Kieu (current year 12 at PAC) to play in his first game of cricket ever! In a side where the average age is pushing 40, his youthfulness stood out in the field where he saved a number of fours that kept us in the game. Spectator Sam Pontifex asked what we would need, 200 was the call. Correct, as 185 whilst a good score, was not enough, again. With a brisk start after the Skipper won the toss, Olly continued to roll back the clock, scoring his first 50 in 3 seasons with some lusty hitting as well as some more refined cricket.

Paul Chapman was in fine form until being felled by a full toss and having to retire hurt, however he came back on later to notch up a 50 as well. Ed Thomas coming to the rescue and heading off to the National Pharmacy for some butterfly stitch tape. Upon being questioned as to why he needed this it looked like he would come away tape-less, but some quick thinking got him, tape in hand, out of the door and back to ground in time to patch up Chappy. Rob Thomas at 64 years of age, showed he hasnt lost any of his batting prowess being left with red ink and avoiding a Mail Score to avoid promotion to the Ds.

The car load of Venkat Lingampally, Rajasekar Kesavan and Venkata Dandu turned up late to the game (a 100km round trip mind you), which meant Raj was not there to bat when he should have, subsequently John Skipper Coop batted at 3 (dont be afraid Skip) and was looking at home until he was mercilessly run out by Olly.

In defending the total the Skip gave quite a few bowlers a chance, Raj bowled well indicating that he is an all-rounder, however it was John JSK Keeves that gave us a sniff hitting the stumps and turning on some over the top post wicket celebrations you generally only see on a Soccer pitch. On throwing the ball to The, he was asked what did he do, replying Off spin. Not bad for a bloke in his first game for the club. Heito did the job with some control and wickets and The Kat got himself into the Good Read Guaranteed, with some tight bowling at the middle order.

We got close, with the oppo getting the job done with 11 balls to spare, and we possibly could have won if a few more of our players were on Voltaren and moving better in the field.

Apart from Pontifex (Edward Thomas briefly), it was brilliant to have Geoff Pearce come along to watch the game. So we were blessed to have two greatest A Grade bowlers of the last 40 years grace the sidelines. Between them they have taken over 600 A Grade wickets and share all but one of the 15 A Grade bowling trophies from 1983/84 to 1997/98

Round 4

Date

1:00pm
5th November 2016

Versus

Payneham

Venue

Hooper Oval

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 8/122 (AK Olsson 47 SA Butenko 23)

Lost to

Payneham 7/124 (VR Lingampally 2/5 M Van Dissel 2/33)

Team

1. Andrew Olsson

2. William Van Dissel

3. Alexander Butenko

4. Richard Van Dissel

5. Ryan Tromans

6. Don Kieu

7. Venkateshwar Lingampally

8. Brent Hillier

9. Venkata Dandu

10. Andrew Heitmann

11. Shane Butenko

Report

It was a tough week at selection with 8 A and B Grade players unavailable for both weeks. However, in finding 6 fill-in players across the Ds and Es, we were able to create some Club history in the Es.For the first time a side included two father-son combinations; Richard Dr Max and William Van Dissel pus Shane and Alexander Butenko. Dr Max was playing his first game for the Club since his move to Kapunda, at the end of the 1989 90 season, while Will had a bye at his district club Prospect.Dr Max may feature in a few more games, as he tries to notch up his 15 Year ATCA Life Membership by playing 6 one-day games - he played 151 games over 14 seasons for PAOC from 1976 77 to 89 90. Meanwhile Shane Butenko was making his debut for the Club, having last played cricket over 35 years ago, while his son Alex was making a cameo appearance having retired at the end of the 2013 14 season.

As we were missing Captain John Coop, our Vice Captain Andrew Heitmann stepped up and having done all the hard work finding 5 fill-ins, he tossed the coin, elected to bat and then promptly handed the on field leadership over to Andrew Olsson, as this season is all about Olly again. Olly led from the front, scoring a fine 47, however overall we didnt score enough runs from our allotted overs and Payneham despite a scare when they lost 4 wickets for 10 runs, were able to pass our score with 4 overs to spare.

It should be noted that we were kept in the game by the performances of our father-son combos who accounted for; 45 runs, 3 wickets, 4 catches and superb keeping 1 bye.

Round 5

Date

1:00pm
12th November 2016

Versus

Hope Valley

Venue

St Pauls College Secondary Scholl

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians drew with Hope Valley

Team

1. John Coop

2. Gavin Jones

3. Raja Gopal

4. Andrew White

5. Andrew Olsson

6. Brent Hillier

7. Venkata Dandu

8. Edward Thomas

9. Rajasekar Kesavan

10. Andrew Heitmann

11. Venkateshwar Lingampally

Report

Match abandoned due to rain.

Round 6

Date

1:00pm
19th November 2016

Versus

Marion

Venue

Brighton P.S.

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 7/115 (AK Olsson 46 EG Pontifex 26*)

Lost to

Marion 4/117 (PJ Mills 36* JT Hehir 28)

Team

1. Andrew Olsson

2. Robert Thomas

3. Edward Pontifex

4. Charlie Olsson

5. Russell Brealey

6. John Coop

7. Venkata Dandu

8. Don Kieu

9. Andrew Heitmann

10. Venkateshwar Lingampally

11. Christopher Davies

Report

For the second time in a month we journeyed to Brighton Primary School. Unfortunately the same result. Again. With a few new faces and some familiar old, and I do mean old, faces we were reverse Brabhamed and sent in on a belter. With a rejigged line up, Olly, for it is he, strode out to bat with one of our elder statesmen, Rob Matchbox 20 Thomas. Rob heading back to the sheds pretty soon after. Ned Noodles Pontifex brought the score along nicely and at 87/1 we were on our way to a good score. And then it happened. The curse of Brighton P.S. struck. In attempting the pull a shorter ball, Noodles seemed to be hit in the delicate area. Much chortling and guffawing ensued, until we realised there was something really wrong. Noodles had pivoted on his back foot and managed to dislocate his kneecap. Ouch. Fortunately hes a physio, so he was pretty matter of fact about it. This meant the 86 run partnership came to an end, and the collapse began. Chris Silver Fox Davies hit a brisk 11, then Russell Cafe de Brealey was fired on a duck, quickly followed by Charlie Olsson (0), Venkata Gotham Dandu (0), and Andrew Skull Heitmann (0). Whilst all around were losing their heads the calm youthfulness of Don The Kieu who not only made his first runs for the club, batting with the Skipper, but also took his first wicket, made it through to stumps and a score of 115/7. Not enough by half. We bowled okay, Cafe de Breals took a wicket, a sharp chance behind the stumps and Olly rolled back the years by taking a screamer at short cover. They got the runs in the 16th over. Again we enjoyed our day out, but it would be great to win one before christmas.

Round 7

Date

1:00pm
3rd December 2016

Versus

Modbury

Venue

Harris Oval

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 2/233 (AK Olsson 94* JW Walsh 89*)

Defeated

Modbury 3/213

Team

1. John Coop

2. Andrew Olsson

3. Edward Thomas

4. Peter King

5. Russell Brealey

6. Don Kieu

7. Venkateshwar Lingampally

8. John Keeves

9. Jordan Walsh

10. Gregory Keech

11. Thomas Gray

Report

The Skipper, John Coop, had plans to bowl first, however, as it was a special game #College40, he allowed Olly to toss the coin and having won elected to bat. Modbury probably thought they would notch up another easy win and remain in second spot (instead they have slipped out of the four). Having seen Olly grind out 30 balls to score 3 runs and Ed Thomas score 1 run off 24 balls earlier in the season, they probably were considering using Plan A. Otherwise known as the Robbo Plan, whereby you would prefer to not get the batsman out, as it might bring someone to the crease that can actually hit the ball off the square.
Ed and Greg Keech played second fiddle to Olly in their partnerships, a rare occurrence for Olly to be the higher run scorer. Obviously this balance changed when Jordan Walsh (who the Ds refused to take) strode to the crease scoring 89 of the 129 run unbeaten partnership (attached picture is the two lads walking from the field, courtesy John Keeves). A fine cameo by Walsh, but it was Ollys unbeaten 94 that was the highlight on this special occasion, his highest score since a 97 back in season 2001/02.
With only 9 players in the field for the last 45 minutes of the game, there must have been some concern that Modbury would snatch the victory, but thanks to other teams players (Tom Ashby), Facebook recruits (Jacob Leak) and players sons (Cam Brealey) helping out, the Reds held on to record the Es first win of the season.
Looking at the bowling figures, whist a number contributed (dont be afraid Skipper), the standout performer was the original JSK John Storrie Keeves, who heading into the Festive Period is in peak form, having been able to bowl his full complement of 9 overs. Keevesy has been struggling with a knee injury that ended his cricket career in the early 80s, however he has slowly increased his capacity this season bowling spells of 5, 7, 6 and 8 overs in the previous rounds. Enjoy the break Keevesy, youve earned it.

Round 8

Date

1:00pm
10th December 2016

Versus

Para Hills

Venue

Silver Stream Oval #2

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 85 (JJ Morrell 28)

Tied with

Para Hills 85 (JJ Morrell 3/26 VR Lingampally 3/26 T Gray 2/4)

Team

1. Andrew Heitmann

2. Andrew Olsson

3. Venkateshwar Lingampally

4. Edward Thomas

5. Venkata Dandu

6. Peter King

7. Thomas Gray

8. Gregory Keech

9. Richard Van Dissel

10. Joshua Morrell

11. Gavin Jones

Report

Acting Captain Andrew Heitmann lost the toss and Para Hills elected to bat. Once again Andrew Olsson took on the on-field leadership role and opened up the bowling with Richard Van Dissel and Thomas Gray. Whilst Van Dissel wasnt happy with his bowling he took 1/7 off his 5 overs. At the other end Gray was also creating problems for the batsmen who could on score 4 runs off his 8 overs and he claimed 2 wickets. The biggest find of the day was Joshua Morrell who not only took his first wicket for the Club, he went on to get in the Sunday Mail. Venkateshwar Lingampally took a catch off his own bowling, only his second caught and bowled and 4th catch in over 90 games.
In response the Reds were not travelling too well at 6/45, however Morrell and Gray put on 34 runs in 5 overs until Gray got out. From there the wickets fell in quick succession and when Morrell was the 9th wicket to fall all hopes rested with Lingampally who came in to join Heitmann with the scores tied. After keeping out two balls, Lingampally hit one in the air that looked to be going over a fielders head, however, he managed to tap just get one hand to it, knocking it up in the air to then take safely in both hands.
The Para Hills captain had played in a tie before, while for the rest of the players it was their first tied game and significantly the first in 30 seasons for Heitmann and Olsson claimed he didnt recall one in his 44 season career.

Round 9

Date

1:00pm
17th December 2016

Versus

Hope Valley

Venue

St Pauls College Secondary School

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 9/132 (R Gopal 48 GC Jones 48)

Lost to

Hope Valley 7/197(R Gopal 6/30)

Team

1. Andrew Heitmann

2. Andrew Olsson

3. Gavin Jones

4. Joshua Morrell

5. Edward Thomas

6. Venkata Dandu

7. Don Kieu

8. Raja Gopal

9. Rajasekar Kesavan

10. Brent Hillier

11. Venkateshwar Lingampally

Report

Hope Valleys Captain Kiwi Chinnery (the grades second highest wicket taker) hesitated for some time after winning the toss, before electing to bat.
The Valleys amassed a huge total, with a not out centurion and Kiwi smashed a quick 39 which devastated the Reds as he was dropped very early on.
Acting Captain Heitmann made some inspired bowling changes, but they didn't change the overall result. Thomas bowled a great spell, but was unlucky to have three catches put down. Gopal bowled two awesome spells taking 3 wickets in each.
In response the Reds lost run machine Olsson cheaply for 2. There was no leaving balls this week, as Jones looked in great touch, but fell soft of a half century. Similarly Gopal scored 48 to complete a huge day individually.
At the halfway mark in the season we are sitting second bottom with just the one win, the only shinning light is Olsson leading the grade batting aggregate with 300 runs.

Round 10

Date

1:00pm
14th January 2017

Versus

Mawson Lakes

Venue

Harris Oval

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians

Drew with

Mawson Lakes

Team

1. John Coop

2. Andrew Heitmann

3. Lachlan Pontifex

4. Patrick Ryan

5. Thomas Gray

6. Venkateshwar Lingampally

7. Edward Thomas

8. Don Kieu

9. Andrew Brook

10. Gregory Keech

11. Russell Brealey

Report

Match abandoned due to rain.

Round 11

Date

1:00pm
21st January 2017

Versus

Athelstone

Venue

Harris Oval

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 131 (C Brealey 81 JJ Morrell 25)

lost to

Athelstone 4/135(DA Kieu 2/3)

Team

1. John Coop

2. Andrew Heitmann

3. Gregory Keech

4. Joshua Morrell

5. Venkateshwar Lingampally

6. Don Kieu

7. Edward Thomas

8. Russell Brealey

9. Cameron Brealey

10. Clement Ting

11. Ethan Ou

Report

After a successful rained off weekend in round 10, we took the field full of confidence at Harris, against the Raggies. New faces in Clem Clem HillTing and Ethan Ou, and first full game for the reds for Cameron Other Breals Brealey meant we had to juggle a few positions to get the right set up. Winning the toss, it was Ed and Mozzie into the fray and looking good until at 2/42 we looked okay. Unfortunately this rapidly became 6/52, with Moz making a run-a-ball 25. Other Breals got his eye in and ticked the scoreboard over to 7/128, a 76 run partnership with the Skipper. Some great hand-eye coordination sent several balls into the trees, creek, bushes for an entertaining 81 off 56, with 8 fours and 5 sixes. We were never going to have enough though and at close we ended on 131, four overs short of the allocated two-score. Their bowling had a touch of A grade about it, as did their batting, which yet again we worked manfully to counter, Moz getting his overs in in one spell of 8, 34 for 1. Heito dragged himself and, after some confusion with the prospective attack, the ball was thrown around to give some of the new guys a go. They knocked off the runs in 19 overs, pretty much demolishing anything, short, full, wide, pads. A positive was that we restricted their best to 49*. Our bowling wasnt the worst but our batting needs greater concentration and application. Lessons to learn.

Round 12

Date

1:00pm
28th January 2017

Versus

Gepps Cross

Venue

Park 15

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 94 (C Brealey 27)

lost to

Gepps Cross 6/191 (VR Lingampally 2/18 C Brealey 2/35)

Team

1. John Coop

2. Andrew Olsson

3. Edward Thomas

4. Venkateshwar Lingampally

5. Paul Chapman

6. Clement Ting

7. Ethan Ou

8. Cameron Brealey

9. Russell Brealey

10. Mitchell Brealey

11. Tony Redmond

Report

This was one we could win. A mid ranked team, who looked flakey last week. We lost the toss and had a bowl, Skipper taking the new rock with Venkat The Kat Lingampally. This initially threw them as they were tentative early, and only on 15 after 10 overs, The Kat picking up booth the openers and with newbie Tony Big Tony Redmond on loan from Yorkshire showing us his sliding skills, and the newly formed inner ring of Cam Brealey and debutant Mitch Brealey, runs were hard to come by. As wickets fell to Cam and Mitch, we looked like getting them all out, but for one bloke, a junior who batted for 39 overs for his 93, they were in trouble. Again dropped catches hurt us. Junior dropped on about 15 didnt help. Ed Eddie Hemmings Thomas provided good support at the end when they showed the long handle, to restrict Geppies to 191. A reasonable score at The Home of Cricket but very gettable. They opened with another A grader on a wedding week off and we didnt really get going after that. Andrew Olly Ollson stuck around for 26 overs entertaining the crowd with some dashing stroke play for his 21, Cam got going but was snaffled by a screamer at point for 27. Three ducks including two goldens, didnt help. Ethan Wu Tang Ou got his first runs for the club, Big Tony didnt. The Skipper, done, first ball, stumped, not playing a shot to a slow ball half way back to the sheds before checking the umpires call was a low point and signalled to end and early drinks for the second week in a row. Hectorville will be uphill next week.

Round 13

Date

1:00pm
4th February 2017

Versus

BYE

Venue

BYE

Results

BYE

Round 14

Date

1:00pm
11th February 2017

Versus

Hectorville

Venue

Vaughtan Oval

Results

PAOCCC FORFEIT

Report

PAOCCC FORFEIT

Round 15

Date

1:00pm
18th February 2017

Versus

Gepps Cross

Venue

Duncan Fraser Reserve #2

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 5/290 (TE Brinsley 210* HA Olsson 29)

lost to

Gepps Cross 5/293 (MT Clarke 2/40)

Team

1. John Coop

2. Andrew Olsson

3. Henry Olsson

4. Clement Ting

5. Thomas Brinsley

6. Ryan Tromans

7. Max Clarke

8. Russell Brealey

9. Ben Cunningham

10. Nicholas Brooks

11. Aaron Richards

Report

Good grief Charlie Brown!! Some big names into the Es this week after our disappointment of the, say it softly, forfeit. We travelled up to Duncan Fraser Basheer Hannon Oval, in deepest darkest Gepps Cross. Winning the toss allowed our batting heavy side to set out their stall and lay waste to the bowling on a bit of a road, on a small ground. It is in fact the forward fifty of their footy ground. True story. The effervescent Ollssonn opened up with Aaron Aaaaaron Richards and put on a respectable 12 against some reasonable bowling. A couple of wickets and again the alarm bells sounded, at 45 for 4 it could have gone horribly wrong. However.....

Tom Bomber Brinsley has played a bit of cricket. This was his first run out in the E grade. A few tricky balls that kept low, or popped, troubled the young right hander, until he found some much needed form. His fifty off 32 balls was a welcome respite from the usual scurrying to pad up at 10 overs down. His ton (off 52) full of classy shots along the ground, impressive yet restrained. At 150 (70) the crowd sensed something. A partnership of 179 with the youthful, and still jet lagged, Henry Ollssonn, who hit an aggressive 29, was the backbone of the innings. The advent of Nick Brooksy Brooks to the fray at 224 for 5 seems to slow things, as Brooksy hogged the strike, and a remarkable 200 was almost a pipedream. The last two overs proved us all wrong, being dispatched for 49. Not a bad knock from the big lad, finishing on 210*.

Cock-a-hoop we took the field to bowl, opening with Max The Other Clarke, and Ryan Rhino Tromans sending down some good heat. Short boundaries are unforgiving as are dropped catches at this level and a seemingly unattainable score was with the bounds of belief. Plenty of scurrying and fetching the ball from Cow didnt help as they approached a seemingly unassailable total. It was, as for us, one bloke who hit out, scoring 147*, taking apart some reasonable heat from Bomber (0/43 off 5.5) and some exquisitely controlled slow bowling from Andrew Olly Ollssonn (1/51 off 8). Clem Hill Ting took his first wicket for the club and we then legged it back to town for Popeye.

Round 16

Date

1:00pm
25th February 2017

Versus

Glenunga

Venue

Schmidt Oval

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 124

lost to

Glenunga 6/224 (AE Glover 2/32)

Team

1. John Coop

2. Patrick Ryan

3. Joshua Clarke

4. Ben Siebels

5. Alexander Glover

6. James Hill

7. Benjamin Newbery

8. Russell Brealey

9. Andrew Culshaw

10. Christopher Davies

11. Michael Hackman

Report

The Mighty Es travelled to Schmidt Oval, courtesy of the Clipsal/building works etc. In what posed a challenge against the second placed Glenunga, the addition of 9 new blokes might prove the difference. Losing the toss, we bowled with pace but little accuracy (pitch it up lads!!). Josh Clarke and James Hill taking the new ball. An over or two from Pat Postman Ryan, in what was to be his last game, took a wicket with a rank wide half volley, snared at cover point by Hilly. Some tighter bowling before drinks by Ben Siebels and Alex Danny Glover sent us in for the cordial having them 120 odd for 2. Two spectacular caught behinds from the skipper slowed the onslaught as Michael Snackney Hackman, who brought 50% of the travelling support. We fought it out to have them 224/6, a stunning run-out executed by Russell Cafe de Brealey and Hilly the highlight of the 2nd quarter effort. After a muted tea break, Andrew Culshaw and Ben Juddy Newbery strode to the middle. Juddy returning not long after. Andy notching a respectable 23, taking his total career runs to 27 apparently. Siebs and the Postman got starts but no cigar. Some decent bowling by their 14 year old demon slow bowler devastated the middle order and we were done by 100 runs. The Postman was presented with his to the adulation of all concerned. Chris CSIRO Davies providing the longnecks of Sparkling and VB! Mmmmm, refreshing!

Round 17

Date

1:00pm
4th March 2017

Versus

Payneham

Venue

Harris Oval

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 79 (A Culshaw 25)

Lost to

Payneham 8/175 (DA Kieu 3/51 AK Olsson 2/4)

Team

1. John Coop

2. Andrew Heitmann

3. Andrew Olsson

4. Michael Siciliano

5. Richard Van Dissel

6. Paul Chapman

7. Don Kieu

8. Gregory Keech

9. James Hill

10. Andrew Culshaw

11. Henry Olsson

Report

Only 8 changes this week. Top of the league at Harris! Excellent. We lost the toss and decided to have a trundle. With the return of The Don and Michael 'Prez' Siciliano as a guest this week, confidence was high. Again. A couple of their usual suspects got starts but some insightful captaincy got an early break with Prez taking a simple catch on the point boundary. With James 'Hilly' Hill and 'Dr Max' Van Dissell bowling some great geography. The Prez chipping in with 9 straight from the Hockey Club end, slowed the progress. Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Don 'The Don' Kieu, spun a web, taking a well deserved Good Read Guaranteed mention with 3/51, bowling their superstar hitter for an egg, second ball, a highlight. Some canny bowling changes by the skipper, and innovative fielding changes by the other skipper, 'Olly' Olsson, playing in his record club game, restricted the Payneham side to a meagre 175/9. Olly taking junk time wickets, finishing with 2 wickets for 4 runs off 2 overs.

Olly, in his 8 millionth game, strode once more to the middle, this time with Andrew Culshaw, coming off the back of runs against Glenunga. A crisp 25 showed that he has arrived. Greg Keech was unlucky and others succumbed to some adequate full pitched medium pace. Dr Max collecting a diamond duck for the first time in his career, and Chappy getting his thang on with 15 off 15 where highlights. Presentations were suitably enjoyed at the ground, the skipper and the other skipper playing their final games for the season, dishing out Becks and longnecks to the subdued lads. A great effort to restrict the top side to stuff all on Harris, a shame we didn't really get going.

Round 18

Date

1:00pm
11th March 2017

Versus

Glenunga

Venue

Harris Oval

Results

Prince Alfred Old Collegians 5/149 (CA Spencer 48 RF Hockney 42)

Defeated

Glenunga 9/148 (EJ Thomas 4/32)

Team

1. Andrew Heitmann

2. Richard Hockney

3. Harry Hockney

4. Michael Siciliano

5. Trent Smith

6. Chris Spencer

7. Nick Selth

8. Alexander Glover

9. Edward Thomas

10. Andrew Culshaw

11. Gregory Keech

Report

A very interesting closure to the season for the E Grade. No Captain Coop, no leading run scorer Olsson, only four players from previous game (three of them fill-ins), no match ball and no spare old match balls.
Fortunately Nick Selth, who was playing in his Life Membership qualifying game, collected a match ball from Park 9.
We lost the toss and opened the bowling with Harry and Richard Hockney. Unfortunately on the third ball of the game the match ball ended up in the creek never to be seen again. Acting Captain Heitmann delved into his kit bag to get his last personal training ball.
From there on the Acting Captain employed ten bowling changes, letting the bowlers set their own field with special movements by Acting Vice Captain, Sir Richard. The stand out bowler was Edward Thomas who took 4 wickets from his 9 overs. Eight bowlers were used, with five claiming wickets mostly thanks to seven catches being held. One of the key wickets was the dismissal of the opposition Captain Chris Zaltron, who had put us to the sword two games earlier, but for Andrew Culshaw advising to stack the offside field. Sure enough two balls later Zaltron swung to cow corner only to have Culshaw take a superb running catch.
The Hockneys backed up opening the bowling, by opening the batting, however Harry fell early. From there Chris Spencer and Sir Richard put on a fine partnership. After drinks Culshaw had to run for Sir Richard who had done his customary hamstring. A few more wickets fell quickly, however Trent Smith and Culshaw steadied the innings and got us over the line with three overs to spare.
Post-match Michael Siciliano was presented with the PAC deck chair for filling in for the last two games and Sir Richard presented a longneck to Culshaw for running for him, the all critical catch and hitting a 6 to get us home.
Despite only 2 wins, 1 tied game and having to forfeit a game, it has been an enjoyable season.
Many thanks the 30 fill-ins that have helped fill the side over the season.