Trinity College Old Scholars have moved into second place on the A2 ladder, with three rounds remaining, after a victory over fellow finals hopefuls Woodville Rechabites.
The victory was critical to our finals hopes but, defending 345, wasn’t as comprehensive as we might have liked, with the Wreckers keeping us in the field all day as they compiled 312 from 80 overs.
Brad Schaper made an early breakthrough to have the home side 1/29, but it was another 70 runs before the second wicket fell.
The Wreckers progressed steadily to 156 before Mitch Dearing, twice, and Jarryd Furnell struck to have them 6/162 and their hopes of victory stymied.
From there, the Rechabites lower order buckled down and frustrated our bowling attack, with the last four partnerships realising 150 runs.
Furnell finished with 4/93 from 23 overs and Dearing and Austin Smith two each.
A captain’s knock from Grady Hudd (main picture) wasn’t enough to inspire the B grade to challenge Ingle Farm, who were defending 279.
Mick Rutherford was creaming them before he was dismissed, another fine innings nipped in the bud, while the skipper stranded Matt Knox, who had been playing a fine anchor role.
Harrison Varley proved a willing partner, until Hudd chanced his arm one too many times and was caught on the boundary.
His innings featured some aggressive batting, including a cracking six over square leg.
After that, it was a procession as the side, batting one short, was soon dismissed for 132, well short of victory.
The Farmers had 30 overs to face at the end of the day, making hay while the sun shone, scoring 4/168 with our main highlight being Brad Matters’ top-notch direct-hit run out at the non-striker’s end from square leg.
The next three rounds see our team face teams currently positioned three, four and five on the ladder in a tough finish to the season.
Nick Paget’s boys kept their faint finals hopes alive with a thrilling victory over the Blue Brigade.
Moe Walker’s guest appearance before heading out on tour with the Dead Ends resulted in 87 runs, while support from Dylan Milhench (16) and Jacob Snook (30) allowed the home side to put up a defendable score of 5/165.
At 5/124 with 42 runs required in 10 overs, it looked like that score might not be enough.
But Milhench (3/16) with his nude balls brought on a Blue self-implosion and they were dismissed for 146, with 12 balls remaining. Walker also took 2/29.
This week: A grade v Hectorville (Waldeck); B grade v Kilburn (Blair Athol Reserve); C grade v Mawson Lakes (Mawson Lakes Oval); Women v Glenelg (Waldeck).