Tie sees Tanunda advance

TANUNDA has advanced to the Barossa & Light A1-reserves cricket grand final as the highest-placed side after recording a remarkable semi-final tie against Light Pass over the weekend.
The Magpies, led by Jon Justin (88), put together 242 runs on Saturday, setting their opponents a very tough chase.
Former South Gawler player Danny Kaye was Light Pass’ best with the ball, taking four wickets.
However, Lighties, led by Matthew Mattner (64), rose to the challenge set by Tanunda, but couldn’t find the extra run at the end of the day, finishing their innings level with the Magpies, on 9/242.
In the other semi-final, Eudunda-Robertstown belted Nuriootpa by 93 runs.
Sam Nietschke (41), Nick Mosey (71) and John Mosey (27) contributed the bulk of the runs for the victors, as they were bowled out for 168.
However, Cody Reese was the hero for Eudunda-Robertstown, taking 7/15 as the Tigers were skittled for a paltry 75.
In A2, South Gawler caused the upset of the season by defeating Willaston by 66 runs.
The Lions were sent in to bat by Willaston, and embraced the challenge.
Jarrod Kroon top-scored with 74, while James Nas (32) and Ben Washington (30) were also handy as South made 9/225.
It looked as if the Donnybrooks would reach the total comfortably, with Max Bornholdt and Brandon Nottle putting on a 65-run partnership, but it all fell apart quickly thereafter.
South’s Lachlan Hewett was the catalyst with six wickets, as the Donnybrooks were bowled out for 159.
Meanwhile, Angaston ended Gawler Central’s season with a 75-run win.
Nick Pech (62) led the Blues to a commanding total of 244.
The Tigers’ batting depth let them down in the end, and they were all out for 169.
In A3, a dominant Tanunda surged into the grand final by defeating Angaston by 134 runs.
The Magpies had three batsmen score over 50 runs as they made 9/257.
The Blues were poor in reply, and were skittled for 123.
Meanwhile, Kapunda accounted for Greenock by 64 runs.
Travis Opitz top-scored for the Bombers with 74 runs as they made 157.
The Schlungers made only 93 in reply, largely due to Chris Ryan, who took 5/10.
In A4, Mallala put on a clinic as it belted Tanunda by eight wickets.
The losing side was destroyed by Jake Charnstrom and Adrian Buckley, who took three wickets each, as it was dismissed for 69.
Mallala accounted for the total easily, taking just 18 overs to make 2/72.
In the other match, Gawler Central booked its place in the decider by beating Greenock by eight wickets.
Jason King was lethal with the ball for the Tigers, taking four wickets, as they bowled out the Schlungers for just 58.
Brad Hunt made 33 as Central reached the target two wickets down.
In A5, Willaston eased past Light Pass by seven wickets, while Eudunda-Robertstown knocked off Nuriootpa by six wickets.

Jack Hudson

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Growing up in Gawler, Jack has taken on a variety of journalistic roles while still studying for his Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing degree. He began his career at The Bunyip as a weekend football writer, before taking on roles with The Footy Budget and The Cricket Chronicle and then earning his first part-time gig at the Barossa Herald. Now returning to The Bunyip, Jack also has a keen interest in footy and soccer, as well as a passion for gaming and reading.

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