The Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club 2019/20 season ended not with a bang, but a whimper.
As we all know, the final minor round game saw the last play for the season – with ATCA making the tough call to cancel finals and award the premierships and promotions to the top two sides in each grade.
With our B grade sitting second in B1 after defeating Walkerville on day one of their match, we have earned promotion to A3.
This is a tremendous result, having two sides in the top three divisions of ATCA means we are well-positioned to recruit and further develop our club. It’s hard to believe our A grade was in A3 only three seasons ago.
A quick look at the highlights from the final round of the season:
• In A1, Pooraka declared at 6/285, hoping for a push towards finals. In our second dig we made 1/102 from 45 overs with Dan Elvin making 36* and Ben Woods on 49* at the close of play.
• Woodsy played a great hand on debut and his old man certainly enjoyed watching him with a can or two in his hand.
• Pooraka’s inability to get wickets in the second dig saw them miss the top four by just two points, while we finished seventh in what was a pretty good effort in our first season of A1.
• Having won on the first day, our B grade set about seeking the outright win and we declared at 5/126 (Matt Bailey 42, Nathan Lee 40).
• Walkerville were dismissed for 170 (Liam Beazleigh and Brad Cameron two wickets each), a few more runs than we would have liked. It left us a target of 140 in 27 overs – a tall order.
• We went hard, but luck wasn’t going our way and we ended up 7/59, with Jacob Snook (one off 29 balls) batting to ensure further wickets didn’t fall and we didn’t concede a reverse outright.
• Playing the top side, as it stood, we needed a win to play finals. We didn’t.
• 9/166 from 40 overs was competitive, with Mitch Dearing (35), Alex Cotter and Ryan Roberts (33) and Jace Morgan (28) all contributing.
• Ali Forwood only scored four, but his first run was enough to take him past 4000 runs for the club – the first player to achieve this.
• Grange were top for a reason and easily accounted for the score in 23 overs, only two wickets down.
• Initially missing the finals, an investigation into the behaviour of another side saw the association dock them points, pushing us up to fourth (to again play Grange in the semi-finals) – alas the finals were cancelled.
• Our D grade started their match against North Pines in complete disarray, being 7/27 at one point.
• Jarrad Tyerman (21), Scott Lee (44*) and Leo Stevens (18) did the best they could to retrieve the situation and we made 9/106 off our 40 overs.
• Our inability to get early wickets hurt us, as the openers took the score to 64 before we finally struck.
• Pines lost seven wickets as they passed the score in the 29th over. A few more runs could’ve made the difference.
• Scott Lee took his second five fa for the club to be man of the match.
So…our eyes turn uncertainly to the future.
Sadly, this season there will be no presentation night. COVID precautions mean we must make the most prudent decision and abandon what is always a great night. We will, however, work on a way to properly wrap up our season and award our season’s best players for their efforts.
There will be future news about this and other club decisions in coming weeks.
The committee wishes all our players and supporters the best of luck during this period. Apart from the obvious hygiene tips we have all been following, please look out for each other.
Many plans and routines are going to be broken up and many of us will, at times, feel distant. Should you need the support of someone, whether it be mentally, financially or in any other way, please reach out.
Our club prospers on the strength of those who are a part of it, on the field and off the field, at home or away.
We look forward to seeing all of you TOSers back when cricket resumes, hopefully in the not-too-distant future.