Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club’s C grade played their first grand final on Saturday, but there were to be no victory celebrations as an authoritative Marion took the LO5 prize.
Marion won the toss and chose to bat, believing their strong batting line-up the key to victory.
Their performance mirrored their batting efforts the first time these teams met at Marion this season, with the first 20 overs cautious going and then batsmen teeing off strongly in the second 20.
At 1/3 and 2/35 Matt Knox’s side thought they were making inroads, but from there it was pretty much all Marion as a blistering 164-run partnership changed the game’s momentum.
Marion scored 4/229, with wickets going to Scott Lee, Cam Fletcher and Jase Morgan.
To have a chance of chasing down the target a strong opening stand was critical and the partnership of Jacob Snook and Harrison Varley gave positive early indications.
The partnership was broken, however, on 26 and the next wicket fell soon after, from there it was a steady stream as the boys lost wickets trying to increase the run rate.
Eventually we were dismissed for 104, after our lower order held up the victory celebrations for as long as possible, with Kyal Roberts (17) and Varley (12) our top scorers.
Marion went into the match as strong favourites and lived up to that pressure, but our boys weren’t disgraced by their efforts.
It was another impressive season from our C grade, making finals for the fifth straight finals series and gaining a second-straight promotion.
Last year we finished minor premiers, this season we made the grand final – hopefully we can go one better in 2018/19 and win the LO4 flag.