It was an auspicious occasion but an inauspicious start to the new Adelaide Turf Cricket Association season for the Trinity Old Scholars on Saturday, recording two losses to competition heavyweights Prince Alfred Old Collegiates.
Our A grade made its A1 debut, playing against the reigning premiers in their patch of parklands in the city.
With a large contingent, read most of last year’s A-grade premiership side, absent for skipper Eythan Barraclough’s wedding we welcomed club debutants Shaun Lay, Dom De Ruvo, Todd Watt and Nathan Lee, along with first-time A grader Liam Beazleigh into the side, along with the returning Josh Southwell.
Jarryd Furnell also made his captaincy debut – making a great future trivia question.
We headed into the field first up and saw impressive opening spells from Southwell and Watts.
But we couldn’t get the early breakthrough and we were treated to a sample of A1 quality cricket, with the openers piling on a 134-run opening stand.
The only bit of excitement at this point being the swarm of bees flying through the marquee and sending our scorer diving.
Eventually we broke through, with Southwell and Austin Smith combining to collect our first A1 wicket – the second of two quality pieces of trivia from the match.
From there, we took regular wickets and slowed the scoring down somewhat to hold PAOC to a respectable 5/211.
Southwell and Furnell each took two wickets and Brad Schaper one. Watt finished with an impressive 0/31 from his eight overs.
With our inexperienced line-up we were going to need every bit of luck to go our way and while we only made 9/120, we saw some positive signs from some of our young batsmen.
Our wicketkeeper/batsman Lee showed great stickability, top-scoring with an unbeaten 27 from 71 balls and never looking flustered. He’ll be well suited to two-day cricket.
Beazleigh, while batting for only 14 deliveries, can also look to two-day cricket with much positivity.
At 8/71 Lee and Southwell combined for our best partnership of the day (42), with the later eventually dismissed for 24.
It was a tough initiation for our guys but what the match did show is that, at full strength, our club will be more than a handful for all sides in this grade.
Dare we mention the five LBWs the opposition received in umpire appreciation week? No, I don’t think we should mention that five batsmen were dismissed LBW.
In the B grade, our boys were unfortunately also on the wrong side of the equation, with PAOC batting first and smacking 3/262.
In reply, we could only manage 7/129 with Matt Bailey, on club debut, providing the batting highlight.
Finally, a very, very effusive congratulations to Eythan and Sarah on their marriage on Saturday.
This week: A1 v Marion (Marion); B1 v Grange (Main Oval); LO4 v Pooraka (Gawler River).