From the trials and training experienced coach/manager Jerry Blair knew that the Southern Fleurieu cricket would field one of its most talented, even cricket teams, with great depth in both batting and bowling.
The first game was against Hills at Strathalbyn Oval. Hills batted first and were bowled out for 107 in 33rd of their allotted 45 overs.
The wickets were shared around with eight of the Southern Fleurieu bowlers getting amongst the wickets. This was going to hard for the Hills to defend, on a good wicket, with a lightning outfield.
Southern Fleurieu’s quick fire opening partnership of 53 between Riley Tonkin and Finn Haydon set up the innings and other good contributions followed from most the teams batters with several being retired to give everyone a hit.
Tom Wheaton scored a commanding 44 and Kohen Magor coming in at 12 highlighted the strength and evenness of the team, when he also made the 40 allowed before compulsory retirement.
At the end of the Fleurieu’s overs we scored an impressive 9/266.
Unfortunately after hardly seeing rain for months the next two games were washed out, which according to a few coaches, who have been involved for decades, this was the first time this has happened.
But it did allow the boys and a few parents have a fun game of Indoor Cricket at the Morphett Vale Centre.
Fortunately the team was able to play another full game on Thursday against the top team from the other pool in Division 2, Torrens Valley.
This game was played on the hard wicket at Victoria Park in very cold, windy, and occasionally wet conditions.
Again the teams depth of bowling was on show with Finn Major, Rilee Endersby and Brandon Botroff bowled well to each pick up a couple of wickets, as Torrens Valley compiled a competitive 9/161.
The Fleurieu team felt that if they managed to bat the 45 overs out they had the scoring potential to pass their score but tight bowling saw them fall behind the run rate.
However, Finn Major and Kohen Major batted sensibly to see off their better bowlers and ensure we had wickets in hand when the team needed to lift the run rate.
Both retired having played an important role for the team.
This bought Tom Wheaton to the crease and with great support from Kohen, and then Brandon Botroff, two important partnerships.
Tom again retired after what became a match winning innings of 47.
However, Fleurieu still required a couple of valuable cameo innings at the end by Finn Haydon and Caleb Poulson to get them over the line in the 41st over.
Unfortunately with only half of the scheduled games played Sapsasa did not handout medals for the winners of each pool.
The team wished to give many thanks to the parents who assisted with transport, especially when games were frustratingly washed out, and to the Strathalbyn Cricket Club, and curator Luke Cousins, to allowed the team to use their facilities on the Monday.