MALLALA’S results since being promoted to Barossa & Light cricket’s A1 grade for the 2017/18 season have been a fairy tale so far, and star bowler Brad Wilson has been a major reason behind the success.
The Magpies were elevated from the A1 reserves in the off-season, and have won four games to currently sit third on the ladder.
Wilson has been one of the side’s standout performers, taking a competition-high 26 wickets.
“We didn’t know how we were going to go this season when we stepped up to the A1s,” he said.
“The season’s been enjoyable so far, and we’ve exceeded expectations so far.”
The Magpies kicked off their season with a 151-run victory over Gawler Central – Wilson dominated, taking 6/39 from his 22 overs.
“It was pretty good to take 6fa, the ball was coming out pretty well, it was an overcast day which helps,” he said.
However, that wasn’t Wilson’s favourite moment of the summer so far.
“It was probably beating South Gawler,” he said.
“Just because they’re one of the teams to beat this season and it made us feel that we’re in it to win it this year.”
Following the positive start, Wilson said that the team’s expectations should be playing finals.
“From here on in, we’ll say make finals and once you’re there anything can happen,” he said.
Wilson hasn’t been the only contributor, however, and he was quick to praise his team-mates, particularly his skipper.
“Matt Birchmore’s been insane this year, he made 150 in the first game and hasn’t put a foot wrong as captain,” he said.
“He’s been awesome for the whole team.”
Mallala will continue its season on Saturday away against Sandy Creek.