Feats of the Week December 11
Updated: Dec 14, 2021
The weekend saw the bat largely dominate the ball in competitions across our FLOW FM Australia network area.
For our competitions in South Australia, Saturday marked the last game before the Christmas break with most flocking to Adelaide later this week for the Ashes Test.
As a result, many were keen to get their remaining harvest activities out for the way. This didn't stop matches from going ahead on Saturday with many a bat raised in triumph ala Travis Head at the GABBA.
It was a hundred fest on the weekend with bowlers figures left in tatters and that's just the way this scribe likes it. There were so many tonnes scored by batters across the region that one Centurian is on our apologies list for this week.
Wallaroo B grade batter Shane Dalby starred with the bat for his side against Bute on Saturday. He cracked 16 fours and a six in his knock of 101 before getting run out. Shane was run out and his team lost. For both of those reasons, this isn't the list you were looking for.
In Hume cricket, Joe Perryman dominated for Osborne against Walla Walla with bat and ball. Walla Walla batted first with 6 solid overs of work for Joe, netting him figures of 2 for 19. With the Bat, Joe opened the batting for Osborne in a tricky run chase of 124. Joe collected 77* in a patient partnership with brother Ed to see his team home.
And finally, I've got to send a shout-out to the Corny Point Cricket Club lads in Lower Yorke Peninsula Cricket (LYPC). Faced with the daunting task of taking on the best team in the comp in Stansbury, the plucky Corny Point crew refused to go quietly, battling out a nail-biting TIE with the ladder leaders. Our Sports show correspondent from Stansbury Cricket Club Adam Pitt snapped this rippa photo with my Corny Point boys after the thrilling finish.
These performances are all worthy of a pat on the back but not good enough for a mention, not good enough for the list proper. So, let's get started.
10. Jackson stars for Western Districts with Bat and Ball
After a month's break due to harvest, you could forgive a few lads in the Le Hunte cricket Association for being a little rusty. No such dramas for Western Districts Tyson Jackson in their B grade clash with Kyancutta on Saturday.
Jackson came to the crease with his side at 2 for 30 and anchored the rest of the innings. He was dismissed for 79 with the team score at 7 for 186. In defence of the total Jackson opened the bowling and returned figures of 5 for 23 to rout the Kyancutta order. A dominant all-round display.
9. Luke becomes Port Victoria's daddy with the new ball
The famous line from the Star Wars movie "The Empire Strikes Back" was Darth Vader telling Luke he was Luke's father. On Saturday Luke became the father himself, showing the Port Victoria batting lineup he was their daddy in a brilliant 10 over spell.
Just 22 overs were needed to finish the Port Victoria innings with Sunbury's James Luke bowling 10 of them. Luke returned the dominant figures of 5 for 16 with 3 maidens. Luke was prepared to add his dominant display with the blade in hand but wasn't required. Set to come in at number 3, Luke watched on as the Sunbury openers knocked off the 71 required for victory in just 12 overs. Perhaps the force was with him.
8. Atkins feasts on Wycheproof/Narraport middle order
The Wycheproof crew were riding high after a win last week and decided to bat first after winning the toss at Donald Rec Reserve. Daniel Atkins opened the bowling for Jeffcott and looked dangerous right from his first ball. Apparently, Atkins exists on a diet consisting only of middle-order batters.
The first wicket to fall at his hand would be Will Allen who was brilliantly run out by Atkins after lasting 25 balls without troubling the scorecard. From there Atkins collected the next five wickets to fall. Atkins was directly responsible for the removal of 6 Wycheproof/Narraport batters for a combined total of.....zero. Six ducks in a row! He would finish with figures of 5 for 14 in a match-winning spell.
7. Moonta Maidment blasts century in match-winning knock
Moonta travelled to Paskeville on Saturday to take on the hosts in their A-grade clash in Yorke Peninsula cricket. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first and found early trouble at 1 for 1. Andrew Maidment came out at number 3 and watched from the non-striker's end as the second wicket fell with no addition to the score.
Crosby joined Maidment at the crease with the pair needing to build a partnership. When Crosby departed they had taken to score to 114 for 3 and Maidment wasn't finished yet. He would carry his bat through the rest of the innings, finishing unbeaten on 118. Moonta racked up 5 for 220 and went on to win by 68 runs.
6. Stoneyford Love to Love three-figure Love
In another entry from Colac and Districts Cricket, top side Stoneyford had their hands full at Pirron Yallock Recreation Reserve with Alvie batting first and making a competitive total of 7 for 179.
Stoneyford's opening batter Matthew Love wasn't fazed by the task ahead and set about leading his team to victory. An 83 run opening stand with Lincoln Dare set up the run chase. A few minor hiccups followed by Love remained the constant in the innings, finishing unbeaten with a magnificent knock of 108* from just 100 balls.
5. Ballantyne hundred beats Redhill in Rocky River Cricket
At Redhill Oval, the away side Georgetown won the toss and elected to bat first. Opener Shane Ballantyne carried his bat throughout the 42 over innings for the visitors. He belted 13 fours on his way to a brilliants 113 not out from 112 balls. As a result of the Ballantyne knock, Georgetown finished their innings at 2 for 225.
But Ballantyne's day wasn't over yet. In reply, Redhill struggled their way to 8 for 108 from their 42 overs. Shane was tossed the ball for a 5 over spell and claimed a wicket, finishing with figures of 1 for 3 with three maidens. What a day out.
4. Rendelsham Skipper Wight destroys Warriors with big hundred
Rendelsham heads into the Christmas break in complete control of the Millicent and Districts Cricket Association senior competition. Their game on Saturday saw them host the Warriors from Naracoorte who took to the field first.
With the game in the balance at 2 for 64 Rendelsham skipper Jake Wight came to the crease and dominated from his first ball. Wight would lead his team to 5 for 258 from their 40 overs, finishing with an unbeaten 125*. It proved a match-winning knock with Warriors rolled for just 103.
3. Bilney blazes quickfire hundred for Gawler Central
The Barossa and Light A2 clash between Truro and Gawler Central concluded on Saturday with a bang with Tigers star Chris Bilney smashing a brilliant 102 from just 56 deliveries. Bilney whacked 11 sixes and 5 fours in his innings which took Centrals to a massive 169 run win over Truro.
It's worth noting that this was a two-day match that commenced the previous Saturday with Truro bowled out for just 151. Bilney was also the star of the Gawler Central bowling performance with figures of 6 for 34 from 19 overs. Man of the match by the length of the Flemington straight.
2. Samblich makes a mess of Mypolonga bowling
In an important clash in Murray Towns A-grade cricket, Mypolonga headed to Homburg Oval to take on Monarto. In the match of the season so far, it was the home side winning a thriller by just 3 runs. The victory was set up by SANFL Footballer Sean Samblich who scored his maiden century against the best bowling lineup in the competition.
The former Sturt and current Port Adelaide Magpies top-up star looked at home at the crease, smashing his way to an unbeaten 118 in what would prove to be a match-winning knock. Samblich carried his bat and participated in every ball of the thrilling match which lasted 99.3 overs before a winner could be settled.
1. Shannon Terlich monsters top bowling attack
In Hume cricket, The Rock Yerong Creek (TRYC) went into Saturday's first-grade match against Henty on top of the ladder and was undefeated for the season. By contrast, last season's premiers Henty were watching their premiership defence slip away having won just the one match for the season to date.
So when Henty won the toss and batted on the Yerong Creek turf you could have been forgiven for thinking this would be over quickly. Nobody told Henty opening batter Shannon Terlich. After being dropped when on just 6, Terlich took it upon himself to reignite the reigning champs stuttering season by monstering the TRYC bowling attack.
Shannon blasted 15 fours and 4 massive sixes on his way to an imperious 142 from just 117 balls. Henty went on to post 5 for 234 from the 40 overs and would bowl out TRYC for just 80. Henty is now back in the finals race and there isn't a bowling attack in the competition that is safe if Shannon Terlich gets hot after Christmas.
Congratulations Shannon Terlich for collecting this weeks Feat of the Week. To the lad from The Rock Yerong Creek who dropped him when on just half a dozen...... I hope you're doing OK. The words were once spoken by Steve Waugh to Jonty Rhodes in a World Cup semi-final spring to mind. But try not to be too hard on yourself.