Trinity Old Scholars A grade had a good, although two-paced, start to its return match after the Christmas break to set-up a challenging run chase for Walkerville.
The opposition arrived with only 10 players but belied this fact to have us 4/49, before Tim Viner-Smith (21) steadied the ship with the returning Alex Cotter.
When TVS was dismissed for us to be 5/96 Cotts ripped into the Cats attack with a big bang, hitting 11 fours and two sixes on his way to a 77-ball 79.
He received support from a promoted Brad Schaper, whose campaign for allrounder status continues to grow pace.
Big City was eventually dismissed with the score 166, leaving us in a slightly precarious position.
But Schaper continued on his merry way to collect a new high score of 48 (three boundaries, three sixes), just a couple of runs short of that elusive half-century.
Walkerville would have felt in the game as they continued to take wickets, but they weren’t able to stifle Josh Southwell, also campaigning for allrounder status, who scored a highly mature 41 that included six boundaries and one maximum.
From a fragile 9/213 we finished with 258, thanks to a 10th-wicket partnership between Dizzy and Stef Lainas.
A challenging run chase has been made slightly harder as Walkerville faced 12 overs late in the day, to be 1/25.
Southwell was the wicket-taker, but Jace O’Hara bowled one of the more fiery spells seen at Waldeck.
Taking on Goodwood, the B grade batted first and made a disappointing 153.
Our batsmen were perhaps over confident, with three contriving to be dismissed by full bungas.
Todd Watt provided some resistance, scoring 40 and enjoyed a good partnership with Taz Matthews, but there was little else to celebrate.
In reply, the visitors were 2/50 at stumps.
Brad Cameron took the first wicket via a Watt catch at backward square, while Dom DeRuvo collected a run out.
It will need a strong comeback from the TOSers if we are to pull a win out of the fire in this match.
Another Saturday and another century in the D grade, with Dylan Kilmier taking apart North Pines as we recorded a 120-run victory.
Kilmier (101) teamed up with last-match centurion Dylan Milhench (62) for a 144-run second-wicket partnership. His century was the 50th in the club’s history.
Also batting well was Jacob Milhench (33*), growing in confidence all the time, and Moe Walker (20) as we knocked up 6/269.
Moe’s batting was only a prelude to his bowling, ripping through the opposition to take 7/36, his fourth Michelle.
This week: A grade v Walkerville (Waldeck), B grade v Goodwood (Main Oval), C grade v Payneham (Devitt Oval), D grade v Brahma Lodge (Thomas More College).