Date of Event Para Vista Cricket Club: Tue Apr 13, 2021 1:27PM

In the first of our end of season reviews, we look at the LO1 side in their quest for a threepeat. Boasting a final record of 15 wins and just 3 losses, the Para Vista A-grade were the clear standout side in the LO1 competition. A crushing win in their semi-final set up their tilt at the premiership, but circumstances out of the club's control meant that no Grand Final was played. With little other option, the PDCA awarded the premiership to Para Vista, marking a successful title defence, although the players felt a little hollow.


Tim Hodson secured the association batting trophy for the second year in a row, scoring a monster 912 runs at an average of 76 (2 centuries, 7 fifties, HS 113*), with skipper Ian Martin and Luke McLeod also featuring in the top 5. Luke himself secured the association bowling trophy, taking 37 wickets at an average of 6.46 per wicket for the season, with Tim Wilson also featuring in the top 10.


A team high total of 298, a hat-trick, and many even team performances meant that Para Vista were deserved champions. Here's what Captain Iam Martin had to say:


"After Covid ended the 2019/2020 season with a default win for the premiership we were looking forward to playing the season out and defending our title. We know though not everything works out the way you want it to…..

We started the season by winning the first 4 matches with our first loss being to our old foe Salisbury North. We bounced back the next week with another win before Covid reared it’s ugly head once again giving us a drawn result for the next two weeks due to cancelled games. Once we could take to the park again, we continued our strengths and won the next 4 games leading into the Christmas break.


After Christmas we started 2021 with a loss once again to Salisbury North. They were proving to be our nemesis this season. We bounced back to win the next 3 rounds. Coming up against Angle Vale b (“A”) grade we lost in the last over. The steeled our resolve and from there we won the rest of the games including the Semi Final- only to be denied the chance to play to win the Grand Final.


Being denied the chance to play and defend the title and win or loose on our own merit is somewhat frustrating. However we can’t let this taint the season that we had that earned us top spot and finishing the season as minor premiers.


We may have our standout award winning players including 3 batsmen in the top 5 and leading bowler for the association and while they have done a fantastic job, it was everyone’s contribution week in week out that got us the wins. Small contributions with people doing what they needed to with bat, ball and in the field that when put together gave us a standout achievement and result each week. Similarly, the losses were not the result of poor efforts on anyone’s behalf, just better teams on the day.


The accolades are great and show the work and determination put in by the team but getting to play every Saturday with a great bunch of blokes, get some fitness, laughs and making some great memories is what makes our season- the premiership just tops it off."

Last updated: Tuesday April 13, 2021 1:58PM
Author: Brenton Starke