With a couple of key bowlers out, Nick Hooker has really staked a claim on an A grade spot with an innings-defining 5/29 in the first day of Trinity’s game against Pooraka on Saturday.

Nick Hooker claimed his first A-grade five-wicket haul and his best figures for the club on Saturday.

Before all that happened, though, the day commenced with coach Ali Forwood being handed his Baggy Yellow Cap, honouring his 100th game for the club.

Ali Forwood accepting his cap from Stef Lainas before the start of play on Saturday.

The cap was presented to him by fellow BYC member Stef Lainas.

Slightly undermanned, Pooraka started well and had rapidly moved to 42, with some big hitting forcing a change to the bowling attack.

Initially it looked like the smacking was set to roll on, but Brad Schaper, in the midst of a big opening spell got the breakthrough, removing Steven Suridge for 28.

Hooker then followed up to have two wickets in an over and Pooraka were rocked at 3/45.

Soon enough, with Jarryd Furnell also joining in the fun Pooraka were 8/85.

A 37-run ninth-wicket partnership slowed the TOSers down, but the Bulls were soon dismissed for 123.

Joining Hooker with multiple wickets were Furnell (2/30) and Stef Lainas (2/6), while Schaper’s miserly 18 overs saw only 27 runs taken off him.

In reply, we’re knocking on the door of first innings points, being 1/56.

Bs in strife

The B grade had a long day in the field as the Adelaide Lions knocked up 8/335.

The Lions came with a big reputation, having torn apart their opposition in the opening games of the season.

But, having removed four wickets, it looked like being a good day on the Main Oval for our boys.

In a flash, all of that changed as three opposition batsmen collected half centuries.

The big positive on the day was the return of Moe Walker, who took five wickets but had to work hard for them late in the day.

Moe Walker snared five wickets in his return from injury.

French in form

The C grade might wish to bat first at some stage to give Keegan French a chance to help set a massive target.

For the second straight week, the Nick Paget’s boys batted second and put the opposition’s bowlers to the sword.

This time Frenchy led the way with 86 as we passed the Payneham’s staid 111 in 14.4 overs, hitting his fourth half-century for the season.

Earlier in the day, Liam Nottle had somehow convinced four batsmen to give up their wickets to him.

We’re sure he can’t even explain how that happened.

Moreland dominates again

Meanwhile, Brooke Moreland keeps scoring runs for fun for our women’s side as they chased down Adelaide Uni’s 1/97.

With us three down, Moreland came to the crease and in no-nonsense fashion got the girls over the line for victory.

Tamra Cross also made 17.

The wicket-taker was Audrey Mann.

This week:

A grade v Pooraka (Waldeck); B grade v Adelaide Lions (Main Oval); C grade v Marion (Gawler River); Women v Glenelg (Camden).

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