A smash and grab on Golden Grove has seen Trinity Old Scholars emerge on top after day one of the much-anticipated rematch of last year’s grand finalists.
A 108-run opening stand between Ali Forwood and Dan Elvin (39) meant the TOSers were looking good from the start.
Skipper Eythan Barraclough (31) helped take the score to 169 before the Grove got a double breakthrough.
Forwood looked set to score his fourth century for the club, but found himself LBW for 93 after a power-packed innings that included 10 fours and three sixes.
That brace of dismissals might have brought a reprieve for the Grove, but it was not to be as Austin Smith again gave the opposition nightmares.
‘Boom Boom’ teamed up with Mitch Dearing (25), Jace O’Hara (50) and Jarryd Furnell (28) to pile on the runs and take the score to 6/374 from 80 overs.
He finished unbeaten on 84, as well as sharing a 97-run dig with O’Hara, who’d have been glad to avoid a third-straight golden duck.
It was Smith’s third 50 in consecutive matches and his highest score for the TOSers, while O’Hara’s half-century was his first for the club.
Trinity will, of course, need to back up its effort this Saturday, but the weekend’s effort takes it total runs scored against Golden Grove in its past three games to 912.
B grade struggle
Things are a little bleak for our B grade, which was dismissed for about 151 against Goodwood at Cabra.
Dylan Milhench hit 48, while Nick Goodman (28) and skipper Grady Hudd (21) also made contributions.
In reply, Goodwood settled comfortably to be 50 runs short of first innings points with all of their wickets still in hand.
C grade lose
The C grade’s biggest highlight was Bailee Major becoming the first female to play in a TOS men’s side, acquitting herself well with a catch, some very conversational banter with the opposition and not backing down to the opposition’s fastest bowler.
However, it was not enough for us to get a win as our concession of runs to Multicultural came back to hurt us.
They made 184 with Keith Hooker (2/8), in a long-awaited return, Dylan Winning and skipper Nick Paget all taking a pair of scalps.
Sadly, Hooks’ day soured quickly, popping a hamstring soon after completing his first spell.
In reply, we lost a wicket early before Keegan French (58) and Mark Williams (42), visiting from Melbourne, putting on a 100-run partnership.
The quick fall of their wickets saw hopes of victory plunge as we lost 9/34, including 4/0, to be dismissed for 134, 50-runs short.
Meanwhile, our women’s side played their historic first night match at Waldeck, but it was Northern District shining brightest at the end of the match.
The Jets, featuring a sprinkling of young Trinity talent, made 4/142 with Tamra Cross taking 2/11.
In reply, we stumbled early and found it hard to push through the slower outfield to score 4/84 from our 20 overs.
Major backed up from her earlier efforts to score 31, her highest score, while Brooke Moreland also made 24.