Well, that was awkward. Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club missed the chance for a day one first innings victory after collapsing to be dismissed for 67, nine runs short of Ingle Farm’s miserly score.
The less said the better about the batting, but our bowling performance should at least be commended.
Two batsmen scored 61 runs as we took their last eight wickets for just 22 runs.
Jace O’Hara, Jarryd Furnell and Brad Schaper all took three wickets a piece.
Sadly, our dig turned messy pretty quickly with the first wicket falling with 14 on the board and it never recovered.
Tim Viner-Smith top scored as we spurned a chance to move into the top four at the Farmers’ expense.
The teams return to Rowe Park on Saturday for the second day’s play, in what has the potential to be an interesting afternoon of cricket.
The B grade took their winning form on the road and faced at St Peters team that has struggled for much of this season.
We bowled first and found SPOC were keen to sponge as many overs as possible.
Run scoring opportunities were as dry as the desert, but their determination saw them score 117 off 66 overs as the wickets were drip fed to our bowlers who kept to their task with disciplined bowling and fielding.
Austin Smith and Brad Matters each took a trio of wickets, with Todd Watt two. Also of note was that Matt Bailey claimed his first wicket for the club.
In reply, we’ve lost Nathan Lee to a ripper and have Grady Hudd (14) and Ben Woods (16), who dealt exclusively in boundaries, at the crease when play resumes on Saturday.
A team batting effort saw the TOSers defeat Mawson Lakes at Gawler River by 42 runs.
We made 8/200 with Jacob Snook (27) and Harrison Varley (36) enjoying yet another partnership together to take us to 2/66.
Nathan Kennedy scored a brisk 47 off 45 balls, while Ryan Roberts (29) and Nick Paget, who scored a very brisk 12 unbeaten, closed the innings well.
Mawsons started off at a very slow pace in their response, with most of their first 30 runs coming from snicks through slips or French cuts.
We tied them up so they were on 66 at drinks, effectively ruling them out of the contest.
Paget (three wickets) and Roberts (two) helped us to easily defend our total as they scored 6/158 from their 40 overs.
We play Payneham at Gawler River on Saturday.
After a forfeit and an Australia Day match-free weekend, the D grade return to action this week at Blakeview, keen to take on the Eyre Royals who are among the premiership favourites in this competition.
Our women make their match debut for this season, taking on Sturt at AA Bailey Recreation Reserve.
Good luck to both sides.
In case you missed it on our Facebook, here’s a big milestone for Moe Walker, the 11th player in our history to pass the 100 wicket mark.