After a number of years absence Grange returned to contest the SAMCA Cup in a bid to find the best metropolitan cricket team in the four remaining cricket associations around Adelaide. The games are of 20/20 format and the rules are simple, you lose and you are out (sudden death knockout). We were drawn to play PAOC at Walkerville Oval for an 11am start on Sunday the 5th of November.
The game was highlighted by poor fielding, and some big hitting by both competing teams on a run friendly pitch and smallish boundaries. PAOC batted first and accumulated 3/190 with James Smart being the pick of the bowlers with figures of 1/29 (4 overs) while Kurtis Cox 1/20 (3 overs) and Ryan Fry 1/41 were the other wicket takers. A huge task was before us in the run chase but at the change of innings the boys all remained upbeat. Captain for the day James Barnes (31) and veteran Phil Benwell (34) opened the batting and got us away to the start we needed and along with Tommy Doimo who “smoked” three classical off drives on his way to a brisk 21 put us in a position of hope but at the 10 over mark we were about 20 runs from where we needed to be. In strides the Fry brothers Ryan and Dylan, and with Ryan riding his luck scoring an amazing 62 featuring numerous 6’s in quick time while Dylan (23) ran well between wickets but also hit a memorable 6 with a flick off the hip that finished up two streets away over Smith Street.
Cometh the last over we needed five to win when the drama began with a no ball bowled which resulted in a free hit then a catch (finally) off the free hit which was disallowed then a run out (Jake Weidemann) and the drama became too much and unfortunately the Dolphin boys just couldn’t get across the line to win falling agonizingly one run short of victory. Grange 7/189. Inside the change rooms at games end one could feel the frustration of the narrow loss by the 11 participating players but as captain Barnes said in summing up “we bowled s---, we fielded s---- but we still only lost by one lousy run. They will now take confidence into the upcoming ATCA “ City Holden Smash”series over the coming weeks as we attempt to go back to back in this competition.
A special mention to club stalwart Michael Satterley who was called into the team late Saturday night after excellent form in the B Grade and although he didn’t get a turn to bat he wicket kept extremely well.
Richard Haby (Team Manager for the day, in the absence of Bill “Supermac” McDonald)