It was a great weekend for the Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club, winning four matches from four – with the A grade providing the highlight as they jumped to top spot on the ladder with one minor round match left.
Adding further lustre to the weekend was Keegan French smashing a century in the B grade, a century stand in the women’s match and a very successful quiz night.
On Saturday, the A grade won their second successive outright match, with Mitch Dearing (70) and Jaryd Furnell (39) pushing our score to 250.
This meant Walkerville needed to score 140 to make us bat again.
Again it was Furnell (four wickets) and Dearing (three) who led the way, while Austin Smith claimed two scalps as we dismissed Walkerville for 164 – that left us 25 runs to win in 15 overs.
It was an easy task as Daniel Elvin and Moe Walker formed a partnership (despite Elvs nearly being dismissed for a king pair) that took us to the win and secured us a finals spot and put us in top spot.
One point separates the top three sides, while Golden Grove sits fourth, seven points behind.
The B grade knocked up 8/270 as Keegan French punched a six to bring up his century, with Liam Nottle (55 not out) providing added stability, as we pushed for the win.
Nottle has been a handy foil for team-mates in recent matches, giving other batsmen freedom to smack the opposition about.
In search of an outright, we set about rolling St Igs again, but could only reduce them to 8/172 at the day’s conclusion (Stef Lainas, three wickets; Ryan Roberts, Jack Millar, two).
The win leaves Trinity just outside the four and facing a must-win game against Pembroke.
The C grade had a comfortable win over Para Hills at Adelaide High, rolling the opposition for 87 as Jake Martin (???) took three wickets. Two wickets also fell to the wily veterans Matt Knox and Ian Bryant.
In our innings, Marcus Barreau smacked an unbeaten 47, while Matt Knox (24) also contributed as we secured second spot on the ladder.
Finally, the women batted first and, thanks to a 109-run stand from Lisa Panes (48 not out) and Leah Clifton (51 not out), made 1/122 from 20 overs.
Clifton’s milestone came up off the last ball of the innings, and she followed up with two wickets as Gepps Cross were held to 4/113.
The win was the ladies’ first in the second half of the season and was a spirited contest, with Mel Hardy also collecting a wicket.
After a bye this week, they play Reynella in the last game of their inaugural season.
This week: A grade v Concordia (Concordia), B grade v Pembroke (Waldeck), C grade v Marion (Gawler River), Women – bye.