Nathan Kennedy scoring a century and five wickets to Matt Claughton provided highlights for Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club on Saturday as their respective teams won significant games in their run at the finals.
Defending 271 made the previous Saturday, the B grade made light work of Modbury at Gawler River, dismissing them for 167.
We had them on the run early at 2/11 before two reasonable partnerships slowed our roll.
But when Brad Matters took his sole wicket for the day, we started to mow through them with Matt Claughton taking 5/29 from 13 overs.
A surprise wicket-taker on the day was Jacob Snook, carrying on his BYC day form with the ball.
With 10 overs left to bat, the boys went hard at the ball with Austin Smith scoring 46 off 21 (seven fours, two sixes) and Grady Hudd hitting 47 off 27 (nine fours and a six) as we hammered 4/108. One bowler had 48 runs hit off his four overs.
The win has us in third place and well clear of fifth-placed Modbury.
Nathan Kennedy’s scored his second century to lead the TOSers to be a comfortable victory over Hope Valley at St Paul’s.
We batted first and Ken Doll carried his bat as he reached a new highest score of 107* by making his first century since 2011/12.
Harrison Varley (21) and Liam Beazleigh (32) added some valuable support and, yup, Red Ink Paget was again not out at the end of the innings.
Hope Valley had no hope as veterans Keith Hooker and Scott Winkworth each weaved some magic to take three wickets.
Hooker’s nine overs cost just nine runs and the wily dog has edged just that bit closer to becoming the first bowler in the club’s history to take 200 wickets.
The home side was dismissed for 89 and we consolidated our position in the top four.
The D grade collected another win after chasing down Smithfield’s competitive 133.
The home team lost seven wickets, with Charlie Collins, Scott Lee and Leo Stevens each taking two scalps. Their opener carried the bat through 45 overs for 65 runs.
In reply, skipper Brad Ratcliff set a foundation with a strong 26, while Joel Milhench (28) and Kyal Roberts (22) combined to provide consistent partnerships down the order.
It was up to Jase Collyer (12*) and Leo (7*) to get us over the line with seven wickets down in the final over.
It was a grim day for the A grade as the visiting side belted us to all parts of the park, even resulting in us bowling Alex Cotter late in the day.
Para Hills were 2/57 chasing our 158 and we needed some early wickets to have a chance of stopping the Hornets.
We did take the early wickets as we dismissed the nightwatchman and the ever-dangerous Travis Wordsworth.
However, with the score at 4/90 and at a critical point, Dylan Hiscock rolled in, turned the game on its head and belted us into submission. Within a matter of overs he’d dismantled our attack and ended hopes of us winning with some of the cleanest hitting seen on Waldeck.
His 87 came from 55 balls and, from there, Para Hills took advantage of the junk time opportunity to cash in on some runs.
Josh Southwell toiled heartily for 4/107 from 25 overs, while Jarryd Furnell and Jace O’Hara each finished with two scalps. Stef Lainas’ 23 overs were commendable and he finished with 1/62.
The score of 374 is now the third highest against the club in its history, 20 runs behind Flinders Park’s 394.
Next week: A grade v SPOC (St Peters), B grade v Rostrevor (Home), C grade v Blue Brigade (Gawler River), D grade v ? (Angle Vale), Women v Gepps Cross (Home).