Great news for the Trinity Old Scholars this week as our A grade secured automatic promotion to A2 with a win in the final minor round of the season, while a B grade outright ensured all three men’s grades will contest the finals in 2017/18.
Promotion to the next grade is fantastic reward for the club and a significant achievement under the guidance of president Adrian Zorich, coach Ali Forwood and captain Eythan Barraclough, as well as all of the players who have made it possible.
Now it’s time to take the next step and win the premiership.
On Saturday, it was a tense afternoon as the A grade tried to gain as many points as possible by securing an outright victory.
Having collected first innings points by passing Concordia’s 138 (thanks to 78 from Forwood) we then tried to dismiss the opposition a second time for as cheaply as possible.
Concordia showed more resistance this week and made 238, with Brad Schaper (6/63) finally taking his first five-wicket haul.
Jarryd Furnell took another two scalps to finish with six for the match and a remarkable 50 for the season – a new club record.
That left us 219 for an outright win in an unlikely 16 overs – that wasn’t to be, but the boys put a huge dent in the target and secured enough points to take the all-important minor premiership and secure promotion.
We made 7/153 with Brad Cameron 58* (from 39 balls) and Austin Smith 30 (nine balls) thrashing the opposition around the park.
The B grade also had a significant amount riding on their match, needing big points to slide into fourth on the premiership ladder.
Grady Hudd’s boys achieved their aim, defeating Pembroke outright by seven wickets.
Declaring on the overnight score of 7/122 and 17 runs ahead, the TOSers dismantled Pembroke’s second innings, dismissing them for 93 (Brad Matters 4/18) and leaving us needing 78 for victory.
Dylan Winning (33*) and Zorich (23) got us there with ease.
It was also a winning day for the Thirds, with Ian Bryant (39 and 2/21) leading the way as the TOSers rolled Goodwood. Cam Fletcher (three) and Nick Paget (two) were also amongst the wickets.
Chasing 149, Sam Lee (25) added some top order stability before the loss of several wickets had the TOSers five down with 50 runs needed.
An unbeaten 38-run cameo from a club veteran took the team to victory.
Finally, sadly, our women’s team finished their season with a forfeit, unable to secure the numbers for the drive to Reynella.
This season has provided a great learning curve for our club and our lady players and we look forward to further developing this side of our club next season.
To this weekend’s semi-finals and the A grade host Gepps Cross at Waldeck, the B grade travel to Gaza and the C grade host Ingle Farm at Gawler River.
The club is more than ready to secure its seventh premiership, let’s hope we can also add eight and nine this season. We wish all players the best of luck on the weekend.