A strange old day of cricket saw Trinity Old Scholars claim top spot on the ladder with just one round to play before the finals, defeating top side Marion by 113 runs.
The Rams’ much-vaunted batting line-up were rolled for just 105 on a deck that was doing just a little – with the end of their innings, the day got even weirder as 13 more wickets fell before the end of play (including a pair of king pairs – one for each side).
After Marion came out all guns blazing, with 14 runs on the board before the first two overs were completed.
Then Brad Schaper struck, collecting two wickets in an over before Austin Smith broke through on consecutive deliveries to have the top side 4/18.
A run out at 5/23 meant Marion were unlikely to chase down the target and so it proved as Jarryd Furnell and Stef Lainas kept the pressure up by rolling through the overs at a rapid pace.
Smith took the last three wickets to finish with a Michelle, while Furnell finished with a brace.
With first innings points secured, all that was left was the expected formality of Trinity batting out the last 36 overs of the day.
But things didn’t go to plan and, with Mitch Dearing unable to bat due to being on his death bed, the spicy wicket and a little bit of lost discipline saw us rolled for just 57.
With the top two positions so tight, it seemed a blow to Trinity’s top spot ambitions, but Marion decided to throw caution to the wind in its five overs at the wicket and proceeded to, bizarrely, lose four wickets.
Schaper took wickets in consecutive balls, while Furnell bowled the last ball of Smith’s second over to get an LBW.
The bonus points from the wickets saw Trinity take the ladder lead by .54 points – it’s a tight race for immediate promotion to A1 as we look to the final three weeks of the season.
B grade stumbles
Defending just 140, the B grade was unable to get the regular breakthroughs needed to sneak victory and avoid a last round relegation dog fight.
Liam Beazleigh took two early wickets to have Brighton 2/14 but the next wickets took longer to come than the boys would have hoped.
The opposition passing the score four down before eventually declaring at 7/210.
Cam Fletcher took three wickets and Jacob Stevens one in a further promising sign of our young talent leading the way.
We batted for seven overs to make 2/22, with Grady Hudd 17 not out.
The final round will see us take on mid-table Grange and seeking a second win of the season to avoid relegation.
C grade close
The C grade were confident that they had the side to record a win against Modbury, but fell just short by nine runs in their chase.
Earlier in the day Sam Lee made a welcome return to take three wickets, while skipper Nick Paget also collected a trio as the visitors were dismissed for 133.
The run chase didn’t start so well, with Matt Knox and Dylan Milhench soon taking the pads off.
Contributions from Liam Nottle (14) and Tarryn Matthews (18) steadied things, before Paget (24) and Jase Morgan (33*) really had a crack.
When Sam Lee was run out for 19, the mission became a bit tougher and so it proved as three ducks stopped our progress.
This week: A grade v Woodville South (Waldeck), B grade v Grange (Main), C grade v Blue Brigade (Gawler River), Ladies v Adelaide Uni (Waldeck).