It is probable the celebrations are still continuing after Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club won its fifth A grade premiership, claiming the A3 title in a thrilling grand final against Golden Grove at Waldeck Oval on Sunday.
There was much anticipation around the club on Saturday night after the boys had piled on an impressive 9/307 on the first day’s play, but the celebrations had to wait as the Brumbies took a solid charge at the total on the back of an amazing Brad Anderson innings.
Golden Grove patiently took the score to 31 before Brad Schaper broke through and then followed up soon after to see the visitors 2/51.
The second wicket brought Anderson to the crease and he set about chasing down the target with Wayne Meakin.
Austin Smith eventually ended the 73-run partnership, dismissing Meakin (48), and Josh Southwell soon secured the follow-up scalp.
At tea the match was evenly poised and Ben Lynch (33) provided a good batting foil for Anderson as the pair took the score to 206, before Mitchell Dearing took a diving caught and bowled to end the critical partnership.
The fall of this wicket prompted Anderson to step up the pace even further and he looked entirely capable of running down the score on his own.
However, with the score on 239, Jarryd Furnell struck on consecutive balls forcing the contest into its most decisive period.
With three wickets left, Anderson knew he needed to up the ante and with Brad Cousins he found a willing ally.
The pair took the score to 262, before Anderson was run out, pushing for an unlikely double to retain the strike – a great throw from the outfield by Alex Cotter was retrieved by skipper Eythan Barraclough and the pressure valve was released.
Anderson received a standing ovation from the supporters of both sides as he left the field.
The result became a mere formality the very next ball as Austin Smith followed up to shatter the incoming batsman’s stumps.
Cousins (19) batted bravely but the run rate required was always going to be a challenge for the lower-order batsman, and it was Smith who started the celebrations when he again rattled the stumps to end the chase at 285.
On Saturday, we won the toss and chose to bat.
Daniel Elvin (26) and coach Ali Forwood (31) got us off to the best possible start with a partnership of 61.
Their wickets fell in quick succession, bringing Barraclough and Brad Cameron (22) together to negotiate a tricky period.
After tea we lost a trio of quick wickets and we needed to steady the ship – a role that Barraclough and Mitch Dearing were only too happy to take up, enjoying a 106-run partnership.
This stand proved important as it provided a base for us to attack a huge first day score.
Dearing batted at a run a ball, hitting 12 boundaries and a six.
Barraclough was first to go, his 94 coming from 131 balls, soon followed by Dearing (75).
Furnell and Southwell quickly fell as they tried to keep the runs coming, but Smith had the stage and was not shy about using it, earning the new nickname ‘Boom Boom’ as he smacked our score to 9/307 (with backing support from number 11 Schaper).
Smith’s unbeaten 33 included four sixes, a boundary, and an all-run four (thanks to over throws), from just 15 balls – including an exquisite six over cover that will be talked about for many years to come.
The victory was great reward for a team that had come from the clouds to clinch the minor premiership under the tutelage of returning coach Forwood and captained by Barraclough.
The win followed a successful ATCA presentation night that saw Brad Cameron named the A3 Player of the Year, with spinner Furnell taking out the competition bowling award.
Inaugural women’s team captain Brooke Moreland was also presented with the batting trophy at the presentation.
The premiership team was: Eythan Barraclough, Ali Forwood, Tim Viner-Smith, Alex Cotter, Brad Cameron, Mitch Dearing, Daniel Elvin, Brad Schaper, Jarryd Furnell, Austin Smith, Josh Southwell and Moe Walker (12th).