November to December 2004
22 December, 2004 - Round 6 Results Wrap
The last game before Christmas was another disappointing one for the A grade, losing to Woodville South comprehensively in their one dayer. The boys only managed to make 74 with Andrew Weinmann getting 30, allowing Woodville South to reach the target with no problems. Having had only one win so far, they will need to lift after Christmas. On the positive side, Phil Kowalzcyk made his A grade debut and reportedly bowled very well, while keeper Matt Dean has shown he is definitely up to scratch with the gloves.
The B grade continued their unbeaten run, which now has stretched out to a year, having won all games after Christmas last season to narrowly miss the finals. Bowling first at Kingswood, they restricted Flinders Uni to 137 off their 50 overs, with Danny Ainscough taking 4 wickets. There were also encouraging signs from first gamer Steve Brennan who bowled well after being promoted from the C grade. They then passed the target with only one wicket down and ended up on 4 for 187 after 50 overs. Captain Rob Prime batted through the innings and posted a magnificent 92 not out.
The C grade also posted a win on Saturday, meaning that they have only lost one game before Christmas. They made 236 with captain Michael Lardner continuing his good form to make 86 and Michael Brown scoring 45. Another team effort meant that they were then able to restrict Flinders Park to 8 for 182 from their 40 overs.
The highlight of the round was the D grade winning their first game of the season. They made 8 for 149, with veteran Ric Bowyer scoring an entertaining 55. They then bowled Grange out for 135, Daniel Delawyer defying doctor's orders to take 3 for 18.
22 December, 2004 - Night out a Success
The night out to celebrate the last game before Christmas was a success. It was good to see all of the guys out together and there were a few highlights, but perhaps not as many pink jacket stories as we may have expected. The highlight was no doubt Wilbur's fantastic rendition of 'I Did It My Way' on karaoke upstairs at PJ O'Briens. Wilbur would have been pleased that he managed to stay on the stage for the whole song, a task that Adam Beauchamp seemed to find difficult. Everyone was looking forward to his much vaunted dance moves, and he decided to start them up while singing Khe Sanh on the stage. A couple of jigs and a number of microphone twirls later he was being ushered off the stage before the hostess made a speech about the dangers of twirling the microphone in such a fashion.
22 December, 2004 - Merry Christmas Gunners
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all Unley players and supporters. I'll look forward to seeing everyone back at the club in 2005. There is much to look forward to from an on field point of view. Let's keep the B and C grade rolling along and work hard to improve in the others. There is also the ball on the 29th at Next Generation, which will be a great night so make sure you sell your tickets for that early. So enjoy the break but lets come back pumped up and ready to go.
12 December, 2004 - Round 5 Results Wrap
Round 5 was a disappointing one for the club with all grades losing apart from the B grade and the LOD's. The A grade were particularly disappointing, getting dismissed for 87 chasing Scotch's score of 9 for 216. They had fought hard at Kingswood the week before to keep that score at an attainable level, but quite simply blew it with the bat. The only positive to come from day 2 was the 30 scored by Gavin Dezylvia as he opened the batting for the first time in the A grade. The boys will certainly be looking for a win in the one dayer next week to go into Christmas on a high.
The B grade again had a great result to extend their unbeaten run that stretches back to Christmas last year. Electing to bowl first last week, the B's let an opportunity slip as the lower order from Scotch heavily outscored their top order, allowing their side to sneak to all out for 218 off 78 overs. Phil Kowalczyk, Adam Beauchamp and Richard Reardon all performed well with the ball, while the fielding was again a highlight. But the batting was the real highlight of this match. With the pitch not playing as well as it had the week before and the outfield really slowing up due to the rain during the week the boys really had to put their heads down. They ended up passing 218 with 7 wickets down and 4 overs remaining. Michael Nolan, dropped from the A's for fellow wicket keeper Matthew Dean showed his worth by scoring 79 from number 6 to guide the team home. His innings was highlighted by a couple of huge sixes and he only got out caught on the boundary trying to smash his way to a century after the game was over. Grassy put on 50 for the 7th wicket with Paul Dixon and 40 for the 8th wicket with Peter Safralidis to get the side home after the top order had worn the bowlers down before tea.
The C grade's unbeaten run came to an end as they crashed to all out for 142 in pursuit of the 208 that Hope Valley had set them. Youngster Steve Brennan and skipper Michael Lardner fought hard, scoring 37 each but overall it was a dirty day for them. The D grade again narrowly missed out on winning their first match for the year with dropped catches and some bad luck ruining their chances of defending their score. The LOD's notched up a tidy win scoring 8 for 138, with club president Warren Ainscough scoring his first 50 for the club in his 8th season, smashing his way to 55. The boys then knocked Fulham over for 71 with returning player Ian McNabb taking 5/25.
12 December, 2004 - Gunners Christmas Celebrations
With the upcoming one dayers being the last game before Christmas, everyone is encouraged to celebrate as a club on Saturday night. Lets big numbers back at the club and we will head in to town later on. It should be a great night. Jimmy Dean has promised he will be in flying form, while Adam Beauchamp has vowed to bring out some of his much vaunted dance floor moves. Warren Ainscough has also said he will not be up to his usual tricks, so that should boost numbers while I'm sure Burts will also bring plenty of highlights and will certainly be drinking his beers through the side of his mouth. Most importantly, lets give ourselves 6 wins to celebrate first!
15 November, 2004 - Matches Washed Out
Unfortunately all Adelaide Turf Matches for round 3 were washed out, so no Unley teams got out on the field this weekend. This was a shame especially for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams who all won in round 2 and were keen to keep the momentum going.
The 1st team had a great win, taking their record to 1-1. Stars of the show were young left armer Robin Swift and batsman Ross Nicholson. The B grade turned up to play, responding to Scotch's 228 with a massive score of 415 with keeper Matthew 'Jimmy' Dean scoring an unbeaten 113 as he retired, reportedly to give others a bat. Adam Beauchamp then scored 37 not out to post his highest score for the club. Dean, as well as Daniel Delawyer, who bowled impressively and Gavin Dezylvia, who scored 76 earned their A grade debuts for their strong performances, although they did not end up getting to play and the side will be re-assessed at selections on Thursday night. The C grade are 2-0 after a strong win over RCP in round 2. They posted 228 and knocked the visitors over for 199 at Unley High, so they too would have been itching to play over the last couple of weeks. The other grades are still winless although the D grade came perilously close to pulling off a victory, losing quick wickets towards the end of their run chase.
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