It’s not often a score of 181 from 77 overs is not often a highlight for the Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club, but the weekend provided just such an example from our A grade.
A severely under-strength team ventured to St Peters Old Collegiates to take on a finals-bound outfit with a demon bowler at the helm.
It was a batting effort that reflected the great SPOC saying, the “needs of the many outweighed the needs of the few” (your correspondent might not have the right SPOC, but it speaks a truth).
Probably the ultimate example of the Captain Spock quote was Jarryd Furnell who subjugated his traditional lower-order attacking sensibilities to open the bat and face 90 balls, staving off the Sri Lankan quick Shaminda Eranga’s first spell.
Furnell scored a boundary off his first ball, then did not score again for another 30-odd balls while fellow opener Shaun Lay chased runs at the other end.
Lay scored 38 of the first 42 runs before being dismissed.
Brad Schaper (16), batting at four, and Mitch Dearing (38) did their best to stave off the SPOC attack, as did Josh Southwell (14).
The best part of the day came towards the end as our final pair Liam Beazleigh (24 off 59 balls) and Brad Matters (14*) enjoyed a 33-run partnership.
It was a great effort from our very young side to nearly bat out the day.
Our finals hopes are done and dusted, but Saturday was a great look into the on-field future of our club.
The B grade played on Main Oval and had some fun against a struggling Rostrevor Old Collegians, knocking up 366.
After being 2/57, the fun really got under way when Alex Cotter (63 off 63) and Matt Bailey (56) combined for an 81-run partnership, with Big City doing most of the damage.
When Bails was joined by his brother-in-law, Austin Smith, the action continued as the pair made 86 together in quick time.
At 4/224, ROCs knew they were in for a long day in the field.
Aussie went for 85 with the score 5/260, leaving a third century for the season out on the pitch.
Between them, this trio hit 20 fours and 11 sixes.
There was little respite, as Brad Cameron punched and jabbed his way to 55 off 63 balls, with eight boundaries and one six in what was an innings restricted by his buggered shoulder.
ROCs will have their work cut out chasing this score down.
The C grade had a chance to consolidate second place against a Blue Brigade outfit with faint hopes of making the finals.
Those faint hopes remained alive after we went from 2/30 to 6/45 in very quick time – the collapse included a hat-trick.
There was a brother-in-arms-led recovery by Kyal and Ryan Roberts that slightly recovered the situation to 7/81.
When Ryan was dismissed for 44 off 30 balls at 108, it was not long before the innings was completed.
With a reasonable bowling line-up, there was a little hope that we might be able to run through the opposition, but that was not to be the case with the score passed in 24th over (each of the four bowlers took a wicket).
In the D grade, the boys took on LO3 side Angle Vale in a crossover bye and nearly pulled off a miraculous win.
We’re not really sure what a crossover bye is and why it’s played, but our boys took it in their stride.
They dismissed Angle Vale for 132, with returning legend Josh Lee and debutant Charlie Collins’ Dad taking three wickets each.
In reply, Jacob Stevens sponged his way to 28, his highest score, but we were pretty much dead and buried at 9/70.
However, Charlie Collins joined Lee at the crease and the pair edged closer and closer to the target until we needed four off the last over to win.
It was a tense final over and the boys could only score three runs, but it was a huge effort to secure us a share of the points.
Lee made 25, while Charlie, obviously inspired by the presence of his dad Chris in the team, made 32 off 22 balls.
It was a great effort, but the draw has made it just that bit harder for the boys to sneak into the top four after their late start to the season.
The ladies took on Gepps Cross at home and we saw a good score of 40 from Nikki Cumming, along with 16 from Beth Wood and an unbeaten 15 from Bailee Major.
We made a commendable 5/100 from our 20 overs, something we might have been able to defend.
Those hopes were blown out of the water as Gepps’ openers made 95. As consolation, we managed to get two wickets before the score was passed, including another run out (something we’re making an art form out of).
Finally, a big congratulations to club legend Ben Johnson who married Tahlia Langley on Saturday – the best partnership of all.
This weekend: A grade v SPOC (St Peters), B grade v ROCs (Main), C grade v Adelaide Warriors (LJ Lewis Oval), D grade v Peninsula Pirates (Blakeview), Women v Glenelg Black (Waldeck).