Brad Schaper joined the Baggy Yellow Club on Saturday, playing his 100th game for the Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club and earning life membership.
Known as ‘Shapes’ or ‘Soups’, the big man started playing with the TOSers in 2011/12 and received cap number 77 but wasn’t a regular until 2013/14, after finishing year 12.
Brad’s work ethic is renowned at the club, as pointed out by skipper Tim Viner-Smith, our first life member, during Saturday’s pre-match presentation.
“I really admire how hard you work…there’s no one better to learn off than you. No one works harder in both their batting and bowling and you really set the standard high,” TVS said.
“As a player, I think getting the most out of your potential is important…you want to get the best out of yourself and I admire that massively.”
A medium-fast bowler, Brad etched himself into club folklore early, playing the minor role in a last-wicket partnership with Geoff Steele that secured our B grade entry into the 2013/14 grand final, which we won.
They say lightning doesn’t strike twice, but Brad again combined for a vital last-wicket stand in a semi-final, this time taking the dominant role in a 21-run partnership to put us into another grand final (we won again).
It’s a moment still very vivid in TVS’ memory, as he recalled on Saturday.
“My career highlight would be the semi-final, A2, last-wicket partnership, Steffy (Lainas) did eff all; to me that was the best thing I’ve seen at the club and you stood up that day and got it done under the most pressure we’ve ever been under and we won the premiership the week after.”
A frustrated all-rounder, Brad is currently 28th on our all-time batting list, with a top score of 48 – that maiden half-century proving more elusive than his first five-for.
All these batting heroics shouldn’t overshadow Brad’s exceptional contribution as a bowler over the seasons.
Brad’s run-up is a sight to behold, in earlier days he almost used to push off the South Campus Oval.
At the time of writing, Brad is equal sixth on the club’s bowling charts with 160 wickets at an average of 18.83, including a long-awaited best of 6/63 versus Concordia in 2017/18.
In 2018/19 he completed our most recent premiership by taking the final wicket.
He is the 10th person in the club’s history to achieve life membership and has played in three premierships with two A grade titles (2017/18, 2018/19).
Brad will soon be joined in the Baggy Yellow Club by his good mate Dan Elvin (99) and Nathan Kennedy (93).
It would be remiss not to mention Brad’s work off the field.
In his second season as club president, he is leading significant generational change among our committee and his leadership is continuing to take the club forward.