It was a strange old day for Trinity Old Scholars on the cricket field, with the A grade praying the rain held off and the B grade looking for it to bucket down.

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In the end, the wet weather provided just good enough conditions for the A grade to secure a win, but fall just short of an outright, with another five scalps giving Nick Hooker his maiden 10-wicket haul – a solid achievement.

His bowling efforts followed some hitting heroics that helped put the TOSers in with a chance of running down an outright victory.

Hooker hit an unbeaten 42 off 29 balls to help the side to a 95-run lead.

Earlier Brad Cameron (63) and Mitch Dearing (28) had contributed to the team’s pursuit and passing of Pooraka’s 123.

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It was a wet day at Waldeck.

With the rain coming down, Pooraka put an outright firmly on the cards as they crumbled to 6/34 before Andrew Tomkins and Dave Hammond staved off the Trinity charge to take their team past the score deficit.

The seventh and final wicket fell on 101, with Hooker collecting Tomkins to get his fifth as the rain continued to fall.

 

Nick’s stats facts

  • Young Hooker took 10/61
  • He has three five-wicket hauls for the season so far.
  • Nick is only the third Trinity Old Scholar to complete a 10-wicket match – the first to do it was his father, Keith (13/48 v Reynella in B2 in 2011/12). The other is Mitch Dearing.
  • A2 is the highest grade in which this milestone has been achieved.

Rained on, but not rained out

In the B grade, the boys were bedevilled by an under-prepared wicket, spinners bowling balls that spat and bounced off the moist deck and rain that just didn’t do enough for them to get off the field.

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Nathan Kennedy scored 60 in an impressive innings on a spitting deck.

The task was already difficult, with the Adelaide Lions setting a target of 335 the week before, but when the visitors tied us up we were soon 4/31 and the rain was a long way off helping the lads salvage a draw.

There were more maidens than you’ll see in an average ep of The Bachelor but the Lions weren’t handing out any roses.

Nathan Kennedy (60) and Grady Hudd (51) tamed the wicket sufficiently to forge a 112-run partnership but their dismissals, in quick time after tea, saw the end approaching rapidly.

We were soon dismissed for 150 with the Lions celebrating wildly in the drizzle.

 

Meanwhile, the week’s weather conditions meant the C grade and women’s teams were unable to get on the field.

This weekend:

T20 v Modbury (Modbury, Tuesday); A grade v Unley (Waldeck); B grade v Fulham (Colins Reserve); C grade v Hope Valley (St Paul’s); Women v Reynella (Reynella).

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