We have reached the end of another cricket season, a successful one in terms of finals appearances but unsuccessful in reaching the Grand Final across the board. This result is disappointing considering we had 4 of our 5 sides competing in semi finals. To not have any make it through is hard to take but we will learn from this and build forwards into season 2016/17 and beyond. On a positive note, we were able to field 5 senior teams for the first time in a long time with all teams competitive most weeks. Most pleasing from this was the inclusion in several junior players representing our senior sides throughout the season. From singular appearances from the likes of Josh Aulert, Henry McCabe and Kyle Scott to the more regular inclusions of Josh May, James Pretty, Ryan Parry, Jed Jenkins and Lachie Stewart, the future of our club is bright. Along with this we also fielding 4 junior sides in the Under 10s, 12s, 14s and 16s.
The A grade, led for the first time by Chris Farrell went into the season in section 2 after being promoted following last years premiership. We were able to keep the core of our premiership group together, and along with a few new comers pushing for spots the general feeling was that we could give it a good shake. The season got rolling reasonably well with our batting continuing to build while our ever reliable bowling held us in good stead. We comfortably accounted for the likes of Glenelg ANA, Sheidow Park and ICC early and our confidence grew from there. We went into the Christmas break in a good position, going in undefeated with 4 wins, a tie and a draw due to heat. Unfortunately we were hit by injuries and unavailability post Christmas and our form was patchy at best. Our batting struggled but our bowling held firm and we were able to sure up a spot in 4th place. Unfortunately nothing went right in the semi final against top of the table ICC, with the sharks sent in to bat first and posting a very gettable 152 following a collapse of 9 for 62 thanks largely to Mahen Fernandos 4-26 with handy contributions from Nathan Checketts, Chris Jones, Tanzil Muntaqim and Jordie Dienelt. Unfortunately we were never in the chase, only able to compile 113 in reply with Chris Farrell's 30 odd the only highlight. We push into the next season full of hope and determination to get ourselves back to section 1, where we belong.
The Bs had another strong season helping to build the club back up to what we once were. With all sides making the big dance last season the B grade were determined to make amends for their failure the year before and they went about it beautifully. Aside from a late hiccup or 2, the B Grade found themselves competing also in the semi finals with nemesis Warradale. Unfortunately Warradale proved far too good for our boys posting a score of 200+ of which our boys were never in the hunt to chase. Another solid season but need to start taking our opportunities and build into next season.
Our C Grade were also promoted after winning last years section 6 flag and were again extremely competitive all season. Again there were late failures that cost us and saw us sitting 4th heading into the finals against Keswick. They proved extremely strong unit, batting first and compiling 318 for our boys to chase. While we gave it our all, we were 2-12 early and the chase was never really threatened falling over in the end for 196. Again a good season and plenty of positives to build on for the next season.
Our father son team throughout the year built upon dads and their sons with some experienced players littered around them were again a force to be reckoned with this season. They were extremely competitive and probably went into finals in the best form of any of our sides. Again, our D Grade were in 4th place and played the top of the table ICC. We lost an early wicket before a Dylan Pretty and Cliff Asciak 78 runs stand resurrected our innings. Unfortunately we fell away from there to be bowled out for 136 with 6 overs left to bowl in the days play. An early wicket would have been nice but it didn't happen and ICC were 0-8 overnight. We started slowly the following day with ICC cruising at 0-65 at the first drinks but to our sides credit they never gave in. Some tight bowling, great fielding and a never say die attitude saw our side claw its way back into the game with a steady flow of wickets occurring. At one stage ICC required 12 off of 6 overs. This turned into 3 off of the last over. Unfortunately they were able to score 2 runs to tie the match ultimately ending our season due to finishing lower on the ladder.
Our E's were the new boys on the block and dealt some tough hands with player injury and late changes hurting the side being the 5th unit to represent the club. They can hold their heads high for their efforts throughout the season and use this as a platform to propel themselves and be more competitive in the next season.
Our juniors were successful and impressive in different aspects throughout the year. Our under 10s were severely undermanned at various stages throughout the season but were able to fight to the end of every match. Our under 12s had some handy wins and built confidence in themselves, the under 14s had a win littered with some honourable losses and our under 16s were competitive all season. A thank you needs to go out to Peter Scott (PJ), Todd May, Jake Hollis, Steve Chapman, Jordie Dienelt, Stephen (moon) Dixon and Nathan Checketts for coaching these teams throughout the season. Without their help these kids don't play so they are greatly appreciated along with the parents that help and support at various stages throughout the year.
All in all it was a good season for the club on and off the field and one that we can build on and get stronger.