Five local cricketers make State squad

In the South Australian Outbacks squad for the 2019 Australian Country Cricket Championships (ACCC), being held in Shepparton, Victoria, in the first two weeks of January, there are five team members from Barossa and Light cricket.

District cricketer with Tea Tree Gully, Sean Nottle, fellow spinner David Golder and batsman Chris Graser are from South Gawler.

The other two are Freeling veteran Ben Parish, who is the team’s “senior pro”, while Kapunda Bomber Joey Brown will give the squad versatility.

Parish was first selected as an Outback member in 2008, and played in Mackay, Queensland.

Former Gilbert Valley cricketer, now playing for Quorn, Alex Hosking returns to SA Outbacks duties after a hiatus.

"We have 10 players returning from last champs in Geraldton," SA Outbacks coach Coach Pasculli said.

"On paper it is a very versatile squad and I'm confident this side can perform well.

"It is well suited to the T20 game and I'm hopeful of testing the big states in this version of the game.

"We have the capacity to make the final in this and from their anything can happen."

The ACCC first started in 1985 and now is one-day (50 over) and T20 tournament.

B&L TEAM IN U16 COUNTRY CUP

Starting on Monday, the annual SACA Under 16 Country Cup is being played in the Barossa Valley again.

The host is being captained by Jack Mosey, with Stephen Hands again as coach.

The other members of the side are Angus Handke, Eudunda/Robertstown; Luca Whitelum, Tanunda; Isaac Werner Luke Hadju and Riley Greenlees, Sandy Creek; Caleb Schwartz, Gilbert Valley; Austin Poulton, Greenock; Cameron Curnow, Mallala; Thomas Clements South Gawler;  Samuel Woods, Kapunda and Mitchell Carter, Angaston.  

BIG FORWARD RETURNS TO BLG FOOTY

The Willaston Donnybrooks have signed tall forward Jamie Williams for season 2019.

A club junior and Central District underage player, Williams last played for the Donnybrooks in 2014, the year he won the Barossa, Light and Gawler Football Association leading goal kicker with a haul of 69 goals.

He was a member of the last Donnybrooks grand final side, which played Tanunda at Angaston Oval back in 2011.

Previous to that Williams played a handful of seasons with the Riverton-Saddleworth-Marrabel United Hawks, winning a pair of leading goal kicker awards in the neighbouring North Eastern Football League.

He also collected Team of the Year honours on a couple of occasions in the NEFL. 

“Jamie last played for the United Football Club across in the Adelaide Plains competition, since the 2016 season,” Willaston president Kieran Sankey said.

“The year before, he was with the Bute Roosters in the Yorke Peninsula competition.

“He is now an experienced 31-year-old footballer and at 196cm (6' 5") it makes him a strong proposition at full forward.

“We see that Jamie will complement the likes Michael Howson, Scott White, Brayden Coombs in our forward line.

“This gives us a potent attack.”

In his season at Bute, Williams kicked 30 goals and in 2016 he tallied 56 goals for the United Tigers. He scored 60 goals back in 2010 for RSMU, and 45 majors in the Donnybrooks grand final year (2011).

In 2008 and 2009, Williams won the NEFL leading goal kicker award with 61 and 53 goals respectively.

SLICE OF CRICKET HISTORY

Seventy years ago the India touring team of the summer of 1947-48 played the best South Australian country cricketers.

With the Adelaide Test against the current Indian team completed on Monday, it is nice to reflect on this slice of country cricket history.

One of the key members of that team was Claude Schultz, from Tanunda, noted as an aggressive top order batsman and a bowler of quickish leg spinners.

Billed is the “Greatest feast of cricket ever staged in Mount Gambier” the SA Country side took on the Indian international touring team at Vansittart Park, on January 20 and 21, 1948.

The Indians had flown into Mount Gambier on an Ansett Douglas and engaged with members of the local Mount Gambier Cricket Association at Jens’ Hotel, along with the press men and players, being welcomed by Mayor, W.E. Pyne.

The previous Saturday the SA Country side also had played an XI from Mount Gambier, but in the two-day clash, found the touring Indian side far too strong.

India made 7/421, with Schultz taking 1/99 with his leg spinners.

He made 22 runs in the first innings for SA Country, dispatching a quartet of boundaries, before being dismissed just after the lunch interval.

After being dismissed for 184 in the first dig, the hosts were sent back in and could only manage 131 in the second innings, going down by 106 runs.