For the second-straight season, Trinity College Old Scholars have secured the minor premiership in the final match of the season and promotion, this time earning a spot in ATCA’s top flight.
The aim for the day was to get more points than Marion with a big batting innings and the quick dismissal of Woodville South the best way to attain this ambition.
At 6/78 thoughts had turned to survival and making the most of the remainder of the innings.
However, Alex Cotter had other ideas, with unheralded batsman Jarryd Furnell at the other end, he went about destroying the visitors.
Furnell made a valuable 20 that helped to stabilise the innings and set the scene for what was to come next.
Jace O’Hara (8), who’s had a tough season with the willow, came to the crease at 7/113 and watched as Cotter really opened up as the eight-wicket partnership took the score to 185.
The entertainment really began as Cotter went from 80 to 125 in exceptionally quick time.
With Brad Schaper watching on, Cotts took the game completely away from the opposition as he pummelled his way to a final score of 125 from 94 balls (eight fours/nine sixes), scoring his third hundred for the club. The match changing innings came to an end on 225.
Schaper wasn’t done with though and, after avoiding a third-straight first-ball duck, went on to finish with a new highest score of 43, smacked off 16 balls and including three fours and three sixes.
The score of 9/260 was always going to be unobtainable for Woody South, so it was a matter of how quickly the TOSers could end the innings.
End it quick they did, dismissing the visitors for 102, including five ducks.
Spin duo Furnell and Lainas took three wickets each, while O’Hara took two as the boys snared top spot and a home semi-final.
The day didn’t go quite so well for the B grade, who needed a win against Grange to avoid relegation.
Batting first, they got off to a good start, with openers Grady Hudd (40) and Jacob Snook (33) doing well.
But before they knew it, seven wickets had been lost an rout was in the offing.
Thankfully Nick Hooker (22) and Liam Beazleigh (18) gave us something to defend – 145.
With a reasonable bowling attack, there was hope that a defence was possible but it would need the opposition to be dismissed.
Unfortunately the breakthroughs didn’t come often enough and Grange scored the win six wickets down and with three balls left.
Tom Jones took three wickets.
Sadly, the loss means the side is relegated to B2 (having come up this season to fill a vacancy).
It’s been a tough season and while the scores haven’t been put on the board, we’ve seen enough growth from some of our players to suggest a bright season ahead in 2019/20.
Brigade belts Cs
The C grade lost to just three Blue Brigade batsmen in a game that was played for nothing but pride.
Batting first, the visitors made 197, with 167 of those made by the top three.
A dropped catch here and a dodgy LBW decision there made life difficult for the TOSers.
Matt Knox had a three-wicket maiden (including an unofficial hat-trick) on his way to four scalps, while Scott Lee got a couple.
The innings was capped off by a brilliant direct hit from Charlie Collins, scoring a run out.
In reply, we started poorly, but Jase Morgan settled and allowed Scott Lee to find his feet at the crease.
Lee batted well for 38, while Jase Collyer played his best innings of the season.
In the end, we only scored 109 but it was actually an impressive total considering the disappointing start.
Ladies win through
Finally, a seven-wicket win to the ladies over Adelaide University allowed them to sneak into the finals of their competition.
Batting first, Uni made 5/84 with Tamra Cross collecting a brace and Meg Peters one.
In reply, we easily passed the score, with Peters making 19, her highest score, and Cross 26.
It was our fifth win of the season and a great way to finish off the minor round as we moved five points clear of Adelaide University.
It’s a huge effort by the ladies to make the finals and we look forward to seeing as many supporters as we can at Sunday’s game.
THIS WEEK: A grade v Flinders Park (semi-final), Ladies v Payneham (semi-final at Devitt Oval).
EDIT: Women’s report changed after ladder update. 19/03/19 – 8.10pm