Here it is, folks. The match of the minor round – the Trinity Old Scholars A grade heads to Marion to take on the ladder leaders in a one versus two clash on Saturday.
The match will give us a good gauge of our premiership ambitions.
Marion have been out in front from the season’s start, with our boys slowly building premiership credentials as the season has worn on.
Our outright win over Hectorville on the weekend has put a gap between us and the chasing pack, meaning a top-two position is ours for the taking.
Resuming just 16 runs behind Hectorville’s first innings score, Mitchell Dearing ensured we rapidly built a good lead, taking his overnight tally from 41 to 70.
Dearing was dismissed at 8/146 and, for a change, Jace O’Hara got off the mark to hit 14 and he and the rest of the lower order helped us to 167.
Hectorville had a solid deficit of 50 runs, and they improved on their first innings score by two runs.
Although our firebrands Austin Smith and O’Hara took three wickets between them, it was Jarryd Furnell who profited most, collecting four scalps.
Needing 48 to win, the outright was achieved with few hiccups, taking just eight overs.
Dearing was unbeaten on 19, the red ink helping his average nicely.
In the B grade, Kilburn showed why they’re among the top sides.
Chasing 233, our boys faltered right from the start and were soon 4/51.
Jim Forwood made 33, but it was a less-than-stellar return for brother Tom, who made a duck. That’s enough reason to play some more, surely!
The best partnership of the day was a promising sign for the future as Liam Beazleigh (23) and Harrison Varley (22) put together a strong stand.
When Varls was dismissed on 129, that virtually signalled the end of the innings as we lost our final three wickets for two runs.
The home side then went back into bat and belted 6/174 in 44 overs.
Beazleigh and Brad Matters each took two wickets as we took a look into the future at two players who have bright careers ahead with the TOSers.
In the C grade, if not for a heroic knock from Matt Knox, the match against Grange would have been over much quicker.
Knox scored 73% of the team’s runs as we made 107 (seemingly the par score for us in this grade).
The big fella was let off twice and took full toll as wickets crumbled around him and was the last batsman dismissed (the next highest score was 7).
Our first three bowlers were probably the best combined C grade attack we’d ever fielded in this level – Keith Hooker, Josh Southwell and Scott Winkworth – and they didn’t let us down, rocking through the Grange top order.
Knox and skipper Nick Paget also slowed them down, but our inability to remove the number four, combined with not having enough runs to play with, let us down and we lost by three wickets.
Finally, our women had a good win on the weekend, defeating Reynella by 10 wickets.
The opposition had set 4/120 with a wicket each to Tamra Cross and Mel Hardy.
Beth Viner-Smith was on fire in the field, with two run outs.
We only used two batters as Brooke Moreland continued her fine season, scoring 61, and Cross contributed 34.
The win keeps us in the hunt for a finals berth – 10 points behind Uni, with three games to go.
We face Uni in the final match of the season on March 17, but may need to defeat one of either Northerns (this weekend) or Payneham to have a chance.
This week: A grade v Marion (Marion), B grade v Brighton (Brighton), C grade v MSCC (Gawler River), Women v Northern District (Waldeck).