Trinity Old Scholars started the ATCA 2018/19 season in good touch, with our two senior sides in good positions.
We found ourselves with two relatively makeshift sides providing opportunity for a number of players.
Matt Knox, after 43 games for the club, made his A-grade debut, while the ever-reliable Stef Lainas returned to the top side.
Jace O’Hara also made his long-awaited return to the club, but his return to action was short-lived – just one ball, with the bat.
There were plenty of runs among the lads, though with Alex Cotter (63 from 65) and Ali Forwood (25) forming a 75-run opening stand to get the day off to a good start against Fulham.
Acting skipper Tim Viner-Smith (67 from a patient 161), Mitch Dearing (26) and Boom Boom Smith (63 from 60) backed up their work.
The boys totalled 9/276 on a delightfully prepared deck that will give Fulham a fighting chance when play returns.
The B grade was also at home, taking on Modbury.
After having the opposition 5/75, they recovered slightly to dismiss the Hawks for about 160 with Jarryd Furnell (down the grades for one week) taking seven wickets.
We’re three wickets down in pursuit, with returning legend Mick Rutherford at the crease and plenty more batting to come.
Three players made their debuts on Saturday, being Kieran Hammond, Tarryn Matthews and Brad Ratcliffe – welcome to the club, lads.
Thanks to an anonymous donor, there’s plenty of reason to perform in the opening rounds of the season, with $100 on offer to the first A or B grade player to make 100 or take five wickets winning the cash (which jackpots $10 each game its unclaimed).
Sorry Jabba, your seven fa doesn’t count as it’s only on offer to regular B graders.
Make sure you get to the Pav on Thursday night to buy your songs for Saturday’s first social of the season: the iPod Shuffle.
Catch up with Jacob Snook to snare your favourite beats.
A grade v Fulham (Waldeck), B grade v Modbury (Main) and C grade v Gepps Cross (Gawler River).