Another club legend will be inducted into the Baggy Yellow Club, as Mitch Dearing raises the bat on 100 matches for the Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club this weekend.
Starting in 2012, Mitch joined the club as a bowling all-rounder, but has since found his niche as a middle-order batsman.
He is a two-time premiership player in the club’s A3 and A2 Back-to-Back flags, while also winning three Peter Bajcic Medals as the club’s A Grade Best and Fairest and the 2016/17 A3 ATCA Association Medal – the first TOSer to claim this honour.
He has scored a respectable 2421 runs at an average of 28.15 with a high score of 96 against Brahma Lodge in 2016 (I’m sure Jarryd Furnell remembers this vividly).
Mitch has also taken 160 wickets at 16.42 with best bowling figures of 6/33 against Concordia OC in 2015/16.
Club President Brad Schaper described Mitch as one of the most passionate and reliable cricketers he had played with at the club.
“He truly loves this club and has been a key figure in guiding club culture and standards over the last several years,” Schaper said.
“Mitch has proven to be one of our most consistent players of the last decades and though it was a long wait, his reward of two A-grade flags is a testament to his character and reward for outstanding effort.
“We’re very fortunate to have had a clubman like Mitch involved with us.”
Although he has an impressive on-field record, Mitch has been a steady contributor off-field as well.
He was a committee member for six seasons between 2014 and 2020 and supports the club’s relationship with the College through his position as a teacher at the Senior School.
Dearing is the ninth member of the BYC, joining Tim Viner-Smith, Adrian Zorich, Ben Johnson, Alex Cotter, Eythan Barraclough, Brad Cameron, Stefan Lainas and Ali Forwood.
Mitch looks set to be the first of several new inductees to the BYC this season as Dan Elvin, Brad Schaper and Nathan Kennedy close in on 100 TOS matches.