Well, where do you start after such a successful weekend for the Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club, where we collected four wins from four matches?
There was a TOS tsunami of highlights with the A grade winning their first A1 game, Daniel Elvin leading the B grade to their first win in over a year, the Sam McMillan’s 6fa routing the C grade opposition and our D grade getting up in their first ever match.
Due to weather, the A grade’s game had been shortened to a limited overs contest at Port District.
Batting first, we moved gradually to 4/64 with Brad Cameron’s 27 the main score in that period of play.
Then the experience of Mitch Dearing (38) and Tim Vinna-Smith (39) formed a partnership that, in the context of the game proved to be the most important of the day.
The pair turned the strike over well, with TVS going at almost a run a ball to combine for a 64-run stand that steadied the ship and was the largest partnership of the match.
The final five wickets managed to score 50 runs between them as the innings wound down, with Jace O’Hara’s 15 (including three boundaries) pushing the score along to 178.
When we had Port 5/27 and then 8/93, the match looked to be ours but Jack Foster had other thoughts, scoring 71 before being the last man out on 153.
It was an impressive effort but not enough to bridge the gap required for victory.
Brad Schaper took the final wicket to secure victory.
Earlier in the innings, O’Hara caused havoc in one of the fieriest spells any of his team-mates could recall – he finished with his three wickets reducing Port to 4/27.
Also, Jarryd Furnal collected three scalps, showing the versatility of our bowling attack.
At Main Oval, the B grade were chasing 250 and Brighton were hooting and hollering when they had us 3/18 and we were starting to look like the pig we had roasting on the spit.
But a very mature partnership from two emerging leaders saw us slow Brighton’s roll.
Daniel Elvin and Austin Smith (42) put together an 82-run partnership that was only broken just before tea, causing a double breakthrough that had us 5/100.
However, the visitors lost their momentum after tea allowing Elvin and his little mate Moe Walker to graft a 114-run partnership that put us within reach of winning.
Elvin was well on his way to a match-winning century by that point and was joined by Liam Beazleigh, who put the cherry on the win by rocking consecutive sixes over mid-off to pass their score.
It was a huge win for the B grade, who had not had a win since round two last season.
Elvin’s hundred was his fourth for the club, his third highest score and his first century since 2014/15. It moves him to third on the list of the club’s all-time century scorers.
The C grade got back in the winners’ circle by defeating Pembroke after a score of 177 proved too much for the visitors.
The upper order all made starts, with Daniel Tanti returning to make the most valuable contribution of 55, he was supported by Nick Hooker with 22.
After being unable to defend a similar score the previous week, the boys took nothing for granted an made sure to clean up an overwhelmed Pembroke side, dismissing them for 60.
Sam McMillan added his name to the TOSCC Wall of Fame with 6/17, while Scott Winkworth took 3/14, damaging his hand in the process.
Finally to the D grade, where we travelled to West Lakes Shore to take on the Peninsula Pirates in our first Para Districts Cricket Association LO2 match.
We weren’t quite sure what to expect but came up against an undermanned opposition.
Jarrad Tyerman made a name for himself as a sponge as he provided the basis of our innings, opening up and making 49 before being dismissed with two balls left of the 40th and final over.
It was a valuable investment as we made 9/152 and we ended up winning by 50 runs.