TOS Wrap 18: A SPOCtacular victory!

On Saturday, our A grade achieved our best victory of the season in the second week of our A1 match against St Peter’s.

The beer tasted good after Saturday’s win.

With only 181 runs to defend, it was expected the home side would cruise to victory against our makeshift bowling attack and confirm its spot in the top four.

But right from the start our bowlers were on top of SPOC. Ultimately, they made 99 runs and Eranga scored none – thanks to Brad Schaper taking his first Test scalp, removing SPOC’s Sri Lankan Test player for a duck.

From there, wickets fell at a regular clip as Matt Claughton, Josh Southwell and Jarryd Furnell all joined Schaper with two wickets in what was a SPOCtacular performance by our bowling attack.

Furnell took wickets in consecutive balls, sending the scoring app into meltdown (apologies), and might have been unlucky not to collect a further wicket with his hat-trick ball (maybe the cricket gods were making up for the first wicket of the day).

SPOC were one batsmen short, due to a player ending up in hospital during the week – we wish him all the best in recovery.

We batted out the last 35 overs of the day and early on we struggled for runs, particularly against an angry Eranga.

However, by the end of play we were cashing in, particularly Mitch Dearing who hammered an unbeaten 78 off 70 balls. Eythan Barraclough batted determinedly for a hard-earned 22.

B grade

Our B grade secured a comfortable victory, although they were forced to field all day as the visiting ROCs sponged a complete day’s play (despite being two batsmen short).

They made 8/189 in pursuit of our massive 366 with second-drop Daniel Marotti batting virtually all innings to be unbeaten on 102 at stumps.

Tom Jones added another five-wicket haul to his enviable record, taking 5/40 from 17.3 overs.

TJ now moves into equal-third on our five-wicket haul list, having achieved it six times, and he now leads the way with the most B grade five fas.

Al Smallwood also took two wickets in a rare visit to the bowling crease, as we used nine bowlers.

It was a crucial win for the lads who now play the bottom side in the final round as we attempt to win second spot and a home semi-final.

Lower grades

Our C grade missed a chance to claim second spot on Saturday, as they lost by two wickets in a contentious result against Adelaide Warriors.

Meanwhile, our D grade gave skipper Brad Ratcliffe a real face ache, with Ratters copping a ball to the pie hole whilst diving for a catch. Don’t let anyone say he doesn’t give his all for the TOSers.

Other news

Again, all the news that’s actually fit to print was happening off field – congrats to Brad and Ali Cameron on the birth of their son Xander, a TOSer of the future.

This week: A grade v Pooraka @ Waldeck, B grade v Walkerville (Walkerville), C grade v Hope Valley (St Paul’s College), D grade v Bye, Women v Payneham Gold (Devitt Oval).

TOS Wrap 17: Batting sponges provide TOS highlights

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.

Brad Cameron knocked up another half-century in the B grade on Saturday.

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.

B grade

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.

Aussie brutalised the ROCs bowlers.

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.

C grade

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).

D grade

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).

TOS Wrap 16: Kennedy’s in the runs

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.

A second century for Nathan Kennedy.

B grade

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.

C grade

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.

D grade

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.

A grade

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).

TOS Wrap 15: Boom Boom goes bang bang!

Austin Smith was the star of the round as our four sides played in matches that are critical to our finals chances in 2019/20.

The B grade were taking on Modbury at Gawler River and it was the Boom Boom show as we knocked up an impressive 271.

Aus went large as he hit 145 from just 152 balls, hitting over half of our score in an exceptional effort.

It was the blond bomber’s second century of the season and his score saw him finish level with Brad Cameron on the club’s sixth highest score in its history.

He also became just the ninth TOSer to hit multiple hundreds and only the second player in our club’s history to hit multiple hundreds and take multiple five-wicket hauls – again joining Cammo.

Wickets fell steadily around Aussie with Nathan Lee’s 17 the highest score in the top order but Modbury were unable to translate those successes into ending our innings.

Twelve from Moe Walker, batting at seven, and Nick Hooker’s 17 were valuable at the bottom end of the innings, but it was skipper Brad Matters who really drove home the knife.

Last man in, Matters made an unbeaten 35 which took us deep into the afternoon’s play and helped give Modbury a solid score to chase.

With Modbury five points behind us on the ladder in fifth place, Saturday looms as an important day for the B grade.

A grade

In the A grade, the boys were looking to make up for the disappointment of their last start and batted first after winning the toss.

However, we struggled to shake a niggling Para Hills whose discipline at the bowling crease meant our batsman had to look for runs, rather than have them come easily.

Shaun Lay hit 20 and was the first dismissed on 26 and we were soon two down.

Alex Cotter then joined coach Ali Forwood at the crease and they enjoyed an industrious partnership to take us to 92 before Big City was run out by a direct hit for 27.

Alf soon followed for 42 as we lost 4/15.

A patient 24 from Cammo helped us to 158, a score that, with discipline and a bit of luck, we can defend.

Hopes of sneaking a win were lifted slightly as the day closed, with Jace O’Hara and Jarryd Furnell taking wickets to have the visitors 2/57 at stumps.

Play returns to Waldeck on Saturday in what could be a defining afternoon for the finals hopes of both clubs.

C grade

The C grade claimed an important win against Woodville South, jumping into second place after defending 192.

We lost eight wickets batting first with Daniel Tanti (39), Liam Beazleigh (66 off 69) reinforcing his talent, Matt Knox (34) doing what he does best and Nick Paget (17*) again acting as the finisher.

In reply, Woody South could only make 169 against our deep bowling line-up.

Keith Hooker’s nine overs for 33 were efficient, but he couldn’t add to his club record tally, which is increasingly under threat, while Sam McMillan and Ryan Roberts each took two scalps.

D grade

A win against One Tree Hill, making up for a loss last time we played them, has kept the D grade in the hunt for a finals spot.

Dylan Kilmier and Kyal Roberts both rattled off 42, while Ryan Humphreys made 35 as we scored 7/152.

In reply, the Billiegoats made 123 and were never really in the hunt with the evergreen Scott Lee and Roberts each taking three wickets.

The win puts us 23 points behind fourth spot, due to our late start to the season. But if we can make every post a winner from here, this side’s a real shot of taking the title.


Finally, our women returned to the field on Sunday and took on the always strong Payneham.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t turn around the result of our last encounter against the reigning premiers, despite a brilliant fielding effort that saw four run outs. Beth Wood earned plaudits for her ‘rocket arm’.

Payneham made 4/131, with the fifth-wicket partnership worth an unbeaten 81.

Our girls made 57 in return, with Brooke Moreland (20) and Nikki Cumming (11) on debut.

This weekend: A grade v Para Hills (Waldeck), B grade v Modbury (Gawler River), C grade v Hope Valley (St Paul’s), D grade v Smithfield (Smithfield), Women v Glenelg Gold (Cabra Dominican).

TOS Wrap 14: Awkward day for A grade

Well, that was awkward. Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club missed the chance for a day one first innings victory after collapsing to be dismissed for 67, nine runs short of Ingle Farm’s miserly score.

Nick Paget guided the C grade to 200 runs with a slappy end to their innings against Mawson Lakes.

The less said the better about the batting, but our bowling performance should at least be commended.

Two batsmen scored 61 runs as we took their last eight wickets for just 22 runs.

Jace O’Hara, Jarryd Furnell and Brad Schaper all took three wickets a piece.

Sadly, our dig turned messy pretty quickly with the first wicket falling with 14 on the board and it never recovered.

Tim Viner-Smith top scored as we spurned a chance to move into the top four at the Farmers’ expense.

The teams return to Rowe Park on Saturday for the second day’s play, in what has the potential to be an interesting afternoon of cricket.

B grade

The B grade took their winning form on the road and faced at St Peters team that has struggled for much of this season.

We bowled first and found SPOC were keen to sponge as many overs as possible.

Run scoring opportunities were as dry as the desert, but their determination saw them score 117 off 66 overs as the wickets were drip fed to our bowlers who kept to their task with disciplined bowling and fielding.

Austin Smith and Brad Matters each took a trio of wickets, with Todd Watt two. Also of note was that Matt Bailey claimed his first wicket for the club.

In reply, we’ve lost Nathan Lee to a ripper and have Grady Hudd (14) and Ben Woods (16), who dealt exclusively in boundaries, at the crease when play resumes on Saturday.

C grade

A team batting effort saw the TOSers defeat Mawson Lakes at Gawler River by 42 runs.

We made 8/200 with Jacob Snook (27) and Harrison Varley (36) enjoying yet another partnership together to take us to 2/66.

Nathan Kennedy scored a brisk 47 off 45 balls, while Ryan Roberts (29) and Nick Paget, who scored a very brisk 12 unbeaten, closed the innings well.

Mawsons started off at a very slow pace in their response, with most of their first 30 runs coming from snicks through slips or French cuts.

We tied them up so they were on 66 at drinks, effectively ruling them out of the contest.

Paget (three wickets) and Roberts (two) helped us to easily defend our total as they scored 6/158 from their 40 overs.

We play Payneham at Gawler River on Saturday.

Returning teams

After a forfeit and an Australia Day match-free weekend, the D grade return to action this week at Blakeview, keen to take on the Eyre Royals who are among the premiership favourites in this competition.

Our women make their match debut for this season, taking on Sturt at AA Bailey Recreation Reserve.

Good luck to both sides.

Missed milestone

In case you missed it on our Facebook, here’s a big milestone for Moe Walker, the 11th player in our history to pass the 100 wicket mark.


Fit AF team exercises might in Backyard Cricket win

Budgie smugglers ruled the day when the Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club’s Backyard Cricket Day hit the pitch again.

F45ers presented a united front as they surged to victory with not a dadbod in sight…

It was Australia Day and it was appropriate that the winning team wore budgie smugglers, without a Tony Abbott among them.

The F45ers, featuring Jacob Snook, Dylan Milhench, Brayden French, Harrison Varley and Cam Matters won the day after a big run chase in the final.

Cam Fletcher’s illness late in the day prevented the Rat Pack from winning, after looking the goods early.

The biggest highlight of the day was Snook dismissing an entire team in taking five wickets in five balls – a triple hat-trick.

Anybody who saw him bowl in the C grade on Saturday would be surprised to hear that.

Six teams took part in what was a great day of fun-raising for the TOSers.

Thanks to the DeRuvo family for hosting the day and to Brad Schaper, Fletch, Liam Beazleigh and Austin Smith for organising a great event.

The joy of six for Cammo and Dizzy

Josh Southwell celebrates after removing Walkerville’s opening batsman.

It was the joy of six wickets for Josh Southwell and Brad Cameron in a day of highlights as our top three sides scored important victories in the hunt for a finals berth.

Josh took 6/23 as he dismantled Walkerville in the A grade, while Cammo claimed 6/32 as the B grade snared an eight-run win over Goodwood in the B grade.

Walkerville were 1/25 at the resumption of play, pursuing our 258, but were never in the hunt as Jace O’Hara struck early.

Jace O’Hara in a full flight.

From there it was the Dizzy show, as he had the Cats’ heads spinning like a whirlpool.

Wickets kept tumbling as Josh had five scalps before tea. Struggling to get runs on the board, Walkerville’s defeat was a formality after the break, as Josh returned to collect a final victim, leading the team off the field for the second straight week.

We had a second dig, with Shaun Lay smashing them to all parts to record his first century for the club.

The TOSers made 4/197 in just 32 overs as Milney smacked an unbeaten 121, making him the newest entry on our TOSCC Wall of Fame. Eythan Barraclough also made 46.

Victory has us in the top four, with four wins, just ahead of Para Hills and Ingle Farm who we face in coming weeks.

B grade

The B grade had a big challenge ahead of them, with Goodwood needing just 101 runs for victory with eight wickets in hand.

Returning to play with the score 2/53, Goodwood soon found themselves 6/65, having lost 4/0.

From being 0/54, Goodwood 7/16 to be 7/70. Brad Cameron, in his 150th game, had three wickets already and moved into third place on the club’s all-time wicket-takers list, but there was more to be done.

The match swung in each side’s favour with runs scrapped here and a wicket taken there until Cammo took a sharp return catch to set up a scenario where the visitors needed 30 runs with one wicket in hand.

Brad Cameron celebrated his milestone 150th with six wickets.

An edge flew between wicketkeeper Grady Hudd and slipper Matt Bailey, neither had a chance to take it but it had everyone’s hearts racing, batting and fielding.

The margin closed to eight runs and Goodies’ last pair looked confident at the crease before Cuddles, who had bowled unchanged, collected the edge of the bat and an easy catch was taken by Bails.

The boys celebrated with good reason, as the win pushed them back into the four, a game clear of their opposition.

Cammo’s five-wicket haul was his ninth, pushing him ahead of Keith Hooker on the all-time list for this club record (he also has the most hundreds in the club’s history).

Matt Claughton and Todd Watt talk bowling strategy.

We had a second bat and had fun doing it, hitting 7/218 from 40 overs.

Grady Hudd was hitting them well, until succumbing for 70, while Matt Claughton hit 61 – being dropped three times by the same fieldsman, who eventually caught him on the fourth attempt. Cammo also hit 30.

C grade

The C grade took on Payneham and rolled them for 106 with Moe Walker (four wickets), Scott Winkworth (three) and Dan Elvin (two) amongst the wickets.

There was no mucking around from our batsmen as we rocketed to the total in just 18 overs.

Daniel Tanti hit 22, Nathan Lee made a C grade cameo with a quick-fire 40, including five fours and a six, while Elvin was not out 30.

D grade

The D grade received a forfeit from Brahma Lodge, which was probably just as well for the opposition as we had a handy side lined up to face them.


Our women’s side will kick off their season in February – we’re still looking for players. If you know anyone who might be interested, let club committee members know so that we can chase them up.

THIS WEEK: A grade v Ingle Farm (Rowe Park), B grade v SPOC (St Peter’s College Ovals); C grade v Mawson Lakes (Gawler River).

TOS Wrap 12: Cotts tries out his big bang theory

Josh Southwell leaves the field after hitting a new high score of 41.

Trinity Old Scholars A grade had a good, although two-paced, start to its return match after the Christmas break to set-up a challenging run chase for Walkerville.

The opposition arrived with only 10 players but belied this fact to have us 4/49, before Tim Viner-Smith (21) steadied the ship with the returning Alex Cotter.

When TVS was dismissed for us to be 5/96 Cotts ripped into the Cats attack with a big bang, hitting 11 fours and two sixes on his way to a 77-ball 79.

He received support from a promoted Brad Schaper, whose campaign for allrounder status continues to grow pace.

Big City was eventually dismissed with the score 166, leaving us in a slightly precarious position.

But Schaper continued on his merry way to collect a new high score of 48 (three boundaries, three sixes), just a couple of runs short of that elusive half-century.

Walkerville would have felt in the game as they continued to take wickets, but they weren’t able to stifle Josh Southwell, also campaigning for allrounder status, who scored a highly mature 41 that included six boundaries and one maximum.

From a fragile 9/213 we finished with 258, thanks to a 10th-wicket partnership between Dizzy and Stef Lainas.

A challenging run chase has been made slightly harder as Walkerville faced 12 overs late in the day, to be 1/25.

Southwell was the wicket-taker, but Jace O’Hara bowled one of the more fiery spells seen at Waldeck.

B grade

Taking on Goodwood, the B grade batted first and made a disappointing 153.

Our batsmen were perhaps over confident, with three contriving to be dismissed by full bungas.

Todd Watt provided some resistance, scoring 40 and enjoyed a good partnership with Taz Matthews, but there was little else to celebrate.

In reply, the visitors were 2/50 at stumps.

Brad Cameron took the first wicket via a Watt catch at backward square, while Dom DeRuvo collected a run out.

It will need a strong comeback from the TOSers if we are to pull a win out of the fire in this match.

D grade

Another Saturday and another century in the D grade, with Dylan Kilmier taking apart North Pines as we recorded a 120-run victory.

Kilmier (101) teamed up with last-match centurion Dylan Milhench (62) for a 144-run second-wicket partnership. His century was the 50th in the club’s history.

Also batting well was Jacob Milhench (33*), growing in confidence all the time, and Moe Walker (20) as we knocked up 6/269.

Moe’s batting was only a prelude to his bowling, ripping through the opposition to take 7/36, his fourth Michelle.

This week: A grade v Walkerville (Waldeck), B grade v Goodwood (Main Oval), C grade v Payneham (Devitt Oval), D grade v Brahma Lodge (Thomas More College).

Player Profile #13: Cam Fletcher

Cam has been a quality introduction to the club since joining us.

Now on the club committee, Cam does any job without complaint and is particularly well known for his late-night 400-metre sprints.

Cam Fletcher gets some batting tips from Nick Paget.

Junior club – Trinity College

Top score – 15*

Best bowling figures – 4/15

Premierships – None, yet

Personal cricket highlight – The 6 I hit at Hope Valley and the screamer at Waldeck against Brighton

TOSer to star in 2019/20 – Liam Beazleigh

Your aims for 2019/20 – Take poles, win a flag

Your TOS Dreamteam player – Mitchy Dears and after Christmas Aussie ‘Boom Boom’ Smith

Favourite TOSCC member – 3 way tie between Uncle Alf, Papa Knox and Snookie

Song you can sing every line to – Kiss From a Rose, Seal

Do you have a Kathmandu jacket – Can’t afford one

Favourite app – Netflix or Stan

Five people you’d invite to a birthday party – Scott Pendlebury, Dane Swan, Kanye West, Matt Corby, Glenn Maxwell

Tinder, yes or no? No.

TOS Wrap: Milhench brothers gonna work it out

Joel (45*) and Dylan Milhench (107*) shared a century partnership to guide the D grade to victory on the weekend.

The Milhench family celebrated Christmas early with Dylan and Joel guiding our D grade to victory, in the process creating a little bit of history along the way in our last match before the mid-season break.

After an ordinary fielding effort in which catches were dropped with awe-inspiring regularity, the opposition made 202.

Kyle Roberts took three wickets and Dylan Milhench two as the Peninsula Pirates surprised themselves by batting out the 40 overs.

The boys were 2/3 in reply before Milhench and Dylan Kilmier (37) took the long handle and guided us to 85.

At 4/102 Joel joined his older brother at the wicket in what was a crucial partnership.

Pirates were keen to maraud through the TOS order, but the brothers weren’t going to let them board this boat.

In the end, the pair formed an unbeaten century stand (the first by brothers in the club’s history?) to sink the Pirates.

Dylan scored his first 100 and Joel made 45, also his best score for the club.

A grade

At Scotch, our A grade missed an opportunity to push into the four with a 16-run loss.

Resuming play at 4/66, Ali Forwood and Tim Viner-Smith moved the score to 129, which was a century stand.

Forwood (64), TVS (50*) and Brad Schaper(26), getting a lift up the order, gave us a good chance of getting over the line, but we were unable to capitalise and were dismissed for 180.

Scotch batted a second time and Jace O’Hara picked up three wickets.

B grade

The B grade scored a monumental victory with some our young stars leading the way.

Chasing 255, Alex Cotter and Matt Bailey resumed their opening stand and did some great groundwork in reducing the margin, to have us 120 after 25 overs. Cotter scored 78 off 79 and Bails 46.

The scoreboard kept ticking over but the runs came at a cost as we were soon 5/175, including Dom DeRuvo for a thick-edged LBW.

But, here’s where young talent time kicked in with Ben Woods and Taryn Matthews showing staunch batting skills to work the singles and hit the bad balls as they brought us the win.

Woodsy was dismissed for 89 off 124, while Young Navlife (95) was dismissed searching for his century with two balls left of the day’s play.

We finished on 371 after 90 overs and pushed into the top four going into the Christmas break.

C grade

Finally, our C grade finished the first half of the season with a loss, going down to Woodville South by 32 runs.

We bowled well with the returning Scott Winkworth (three wickets) and Matt Claughton (one wickets/three catches) having a large say in proceedings, while Nick Paget and Matt Knox each took two wickets as the visitors made 142.

Grady Hudd (21) and Dan Elvin (25) started well to have us 0/40 but from there the run chase ran adrift and we were dismissed for a disappointing 102. Jase Morgan (25) the only other batsman to make an impact.

With the season break here, have a look at our top fives so far:

Runs: 1. S. Lay (236), 2. A. Forwood (224), 3. A. Smith (215), 4. D. Milhench (211), 5. M. Bailey (190).

Averages: 1. B. Woods (47), 2. D. Tanti (45.75), 3. A. Forwood (44.80) 4. D. Milhench (42.2), 5. D. Elvin (42).

Wickets: 1. J. Southwell (18), 2. J. Furnell (17), 3. J. O’Hara (16), 4. S. McMillan (14), 5. L. Stevens (12).

Averages: 1. L. Stevens (8.5), 2. S. Winkworth (9.63), 3. R. Roberts (10.75), 4. S. McMillan (11.5), 5. A. Smith (13).

TOS Wrap: Our teams have it all before them

With two matches in an interesting position, the TOSers have it all before them when play resumes on Saturday, while the C grade had an easy victory.

TVS and his good mate Ali Forwood will resume their innings and hope to lead the TOSers to victory on Saturday.

The A grade went to Old Scotch with both teams aiming for a spot in the top four and after some strong early batting Jarryd Furnell, captaining for the match, rolled through the opposition.

Josh Southwell took his second wicket to have the home side 4/149 and he opened the gate for our premier spinner to hook his claws into the opposition.

Furnell befuddled the opposition and took five of the last six wickets to have Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch, Scotch dismissed for 196.

Our confidence was rocked early as we lost four wickets for just 29 runs and the task at hand became that little bit tougher.

Tim Viner-Smith (18*) joined Ali Forwood (30*) on a hat-trick ball and survived to form a solid rear-guard action that took us to 4/66 at stumps. The early session will be crucial for both sides on Saturday.

In the B grade, we lost the toss and bowled on a slow, flat pitch and had Fulham in all sorts before we let them get away with the game.

Todd Watt continues to impress with three wickets, while Dom DeRuvo, who would have been excited to get ball in hand, took two scalps and we had Fulham 6/122 at tea.

Some poor fielding and some dropped catches, combined with some big hitting, saw the home side get to 8/239 before Sam MacMillan (four wickets) finished off the tail in the 62nd over.

With 255 the target, Matt Bailey (14*) and Alex Cotter (6*) negotiated the final 10 overs to have us 0/23 at stumps.

The C grade had an easy victory over Mawson Lakes with the old fox Keith Hooker and the C grade pig (meant with all due respect) Matt Knox leading the way.

Mawson Lakes batted first and made just 68 with Hooker taking 4/19, while Liam Edwards and Knox took two each as six Lakers made either a duck or one.

After two early wickets, Harrison Varley (27*) and Jace Morgan (31*) took us past the score with little worry.

This weekend: A grade v Scotch (Scotch), B grade v Fulham (Fulham), C grade v Woodville South (Gawler River), D grade v Peninsula Pirates (Blakeview).

Big wins give our teams focus

Wins to our A and B grade sides on the weekend mean that Trinity Old Scholars can now start to think of the bigger picture as the season progresses.

Josh Southwell leads the team off after his blistering early spell set Grange on its heels.

With three wins our top two sides have shown they are competitive in their respective grades and can now start to think about fighting it out for a finals spot.

The A grade faced a Grange side that also had two wins on the board and expected a tough contest.

Openers Shaun Lay and Ali Forwood knocked those plans for six with a massive 185-run partnership, the third highest for this wicket in the club’s history – a lovely touch.

It was an important innings for Lay, who had found some touch in the second innings of his last match, allowing him to show he’s more than capable of playing at this level.

Unfortunately, neither player reached triple figures, with Lay (81) dismissed first, quickly followed by Forwood (90) on the same score. The coach will rue being dismissed in the 90s for the third time.

Mitch Dearing added to Grange’s pain with 31 and was the fifth and final wicket dismissed as we made 5/235 from our 40 overs.

Needing just shy of a run a ball, Grange started poorly and it only got worse as they collapsed to be 6/18 under the intense assault of our pace-bowling bash brothers Josh Southwell and Jace O’Hara.

Southwell collected four of the first five wickets, while O’Hara snatched two.

At that point, the match was all over bar the strange occasion of a batsman coming to the crease and giving lip. Not an ideal time to start irritating the fielding team.

Grange were soon dismissed for 114, with only former Tassie batsman Shannon Tubb (58*) showing any real resistance.

These peas in a pod were in the runs on the weekend.

On Main Oval, the news was also pretty good for our boys as they faced Reynella, who’d be thankful they’d drawn a limited overs match for their trip north.

Bankrolled by a solid 80 from Nathan ‘Giggsy’ Lee and 45 from Daniel Tanti, the lads had moved to 5/167 before Dom DeRuvo (40) came to the crease and added a cherry to the score of 8/229.

Dom DeRuvo found some touch with the bat against Reynella.

In reply, Reynella started solidly before Brad Cameron (with an eye to the club wickets record?) came on and took a wicket with his first ball.

This seemed to slow the visitors down and they never found a rhythm to even threaten chasing down the score.

Todd Watt and Cammo finished with two wickets each as the visitors compiled 8/168.

To their credit, a swag of the Reynella guys hung around for a beer after the match. They definitely had more than one for the road.

The C grade were at Gawler River and faced a much more competitive Pooraka than they saw when they faced them earlier in the season.

The Bulls had two batsmen fire up and set a testing score of 7/142 and we passed it seven down.

Finally, our D grade had victory in their grasp only to see it disappear over the short boundaries at Blakeview.

We made 186, with Kyle Presbury and Keith Hooker each making half-centuries and One Tree Hill passed it with five wickets down.

Player Profile #12 – Brad Ratcliff

Ratters is unique character, just the right sort of person you need around any sporting club to break the tedium and bring a spice of something different.

On the field, he’s stepped up for us in 2019/20 taking on a leadership role with our new D grade side and enjoying the hell out of it.

As you’d expect, his profile’s got some hair-raising moments.

Brad Ratcliff (centre) keeping an eye on the scorers.

Junior club – Lyndoch Cricket Club

Top score – 48* (Don’t think it’s fair to include my tons in school cricket 😂)

Best bowling figures – 3/2

Premierships – 0

Personal cricket highlight –

TOSer to star in 2019/20 – Ryan Humphreys will shine given the opportunity. The man was built for the big occasions

Your aims for 2019/20 – Learn how to leave balls outside my off stump. I have a tendency just to play at everything 🥴

Your TOS Dreamteam player – It was going to be Brad Cameron but the man has let me down so far this season, but Harrison Varley has been a very handy pick as a wicketkeeper-batsman batting at the same number every week and not being moved around the order.

Favourite TOSCC member – My son, Cameron Fletcher

Song you can sing every line to – The Chinese National Anthem

Do you have a Kathmandu jacket – I sure do. I wouldn’t feel right indulging in my smashed avocado on toast without it.

Brad Ratcliff is a big fan of science, particularly chemistry.

Five people you’d invite to a birthday party – Albert Hofmann, Anton Köllisch, Nagai Nagayoshi, Albert Niemann and my lawyer

Favourite App on your phone – The SAPOL app

Tinder. Yes, or no? – Not currently but it always has a place in my heart, reminding me of the good times.

Winning ways continue for senior sides

The TOSers are (mostly) getting back to their winning ways, with our A grade winning an important second straight game on the weekend.

Defending 214 at Waldeck, the seniors started off on fire with Jace O’Hara, as predicted before the match, taking a wicket in the first over of the game.

The visitors were on the back foot, particularly when Josh Southwell broke through twice in an over to have them 3/40.

Only one Goodwood batsman proved a pain, dropping him with the score on 65 didn’t help, and he was eventually ninth man out.

Finally, Muggleton couldn’t provide any wizardry to stroke Goodwood to a miracle victory, with Brad Schaper collecting the final wicket as they were dismissed for 179.

After lunch Goodwood lost 3/14 with O’Hara and Stef Lainas making the breakthroughs that put a stake through the heart of Goodies’ resistance.

Southwell and O’Hara finished with three scalps each, while Schaper and Lainas collected two.

We had a second dig and Sean Lay got to break the shackles a bit, with an almost run-a-ball 54 not out, while Eythan Barraclough (22) and Brad Cameron (16*) got some time at the crease.

After not collecting a win in over a year, the B grade scored a second successive victory, easily accounting for Scotch on their home turf.

Scotchie, Scotch, Scotch, Scotch were chasing 247 for victory and we rolled them for 173, with Austin Smith, backing up from a century the week before, Nick Hooker and Tom Jones doing the majority of the damage.

With just 14 overs to bat, the boys went out to see what they could achieve in junk time and were 6/59 at stumps, with Moe Walker continuing his good form with the bat to score 29.

The C grade played at Gawler River and found themselves in trouble early at 5/32 and were unable to recover from there, finishing with 94 from 35.2 overs. Jace Morgan top-scoring with 46.

Finally, the D grade had the unusual privilege of playing in a double-header, having a 50/50 weekend.

On Saturday, they took on North Pines and dismissed them for just 77, with the home side losing their last five wickets for two runs.

Leo Stevens ripped through them with 4/2.

In reply, we passed their score in the 22nd over with six wickets down.

On Sunday, we played Eyre Royals on their home deck and found out why they are, currently, top of the ladder.

Batting first we had Jarrod Tyerman (18) again providing the valuable role of soaking up deliveries at the top of the order.

Despite that we soon found ourselves 5/51 with Ryan Roberts again holding solid.

He was soon joined by brother Kyal (not Kyle) and the pair put together a worthy 39-run partnership, with the younger sibling contributing 32.

Ryan was eventually dismissed for 45, again missing a milestone but providing an important platform for the team as we knocked up 142.

In reply, Eyre passed the score in the 30th over with just four wickets down with Leo following up from the previous day and taking two wickets.

Incidentally, old scholar Jason Bandtock was at the crease when the home side hit the winning runs.

Boom Boom goes big, so does Jase Collyer

Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club

Austin ‘Boom Boom’ Smith came to town on Saturday, bringing his own big bash to the TOSCC and taking down Scotch with his first century for the club.

His 128 providing over half of the B grade’s score of 246 after an early collapse had again seen us in trouble.

Matt Bailey deserves some luck from the cricket gods after being run out for ducks in consecutive weeks, while our first four dismissed batsmen contributed just 19 between them.

In a sea of chaos, Aussie, for the second week in a row, settled in and provided a bulwark, this time going on with it to score big. His big dig including 16 boundaries and four sixes.

Again, as against Brighton, it was Moe Walker who provided the steadying support that allowed the in-charge batsmen to build an innings.

Walker finished with 28, while Nick Hooker provided a steady 37 from 63 balls as we tallied a solid score to defend.

In the A grade, our batsmen never quite settled as we scraped together 214 against a workmanlike Goodwood.

We lost our first two wickets with the score on 20, with a third quickly following.

Skipper Eythan Barraclough (59) provided an anchor around which Mitch Dearing (23 from 20) and Tim Viner-Smith (27) helped provide a mini-rebuild.

When Baz was dismissed, it left the tail to provide a rear-guard and Jace O’Hara played well for a patient 17, while Brad Schaper and Stef Lainas (8*) again combined for a last-wicket partnership (35 runs).

Schaper (37) was the last man dismissed, in the final over of the day, after plonking two big sixes down the ground.

Our defence will need to work hard if we are to secure a second-straight victory when play resumes on Saturday.

In the C grade, Daniel Tanti stole the show with 71 off 40 balls as the boys had a comfortable win over Adelaide University at Park 10.

Jase Morgan also found the middle of the bat with 40, while Harry Collins (18*) made a nice contribution batting at number nine as we made 208.

We made short work of the Blacks who were dismissed for 83, with Jarryd Furnell taking four wickets and Nick Paget and Liam Beazleigh two each.

Finally, our D grade took on Brahma Lodge at Blakeview and came away with a nice win with Ryan Roberts the all-round star.

Dylan Milhench posted 32 in a solid partnership with Ryan Roberts.

Robbo scored a quick-fire 47 and took three wickets, while brother Kyle also took two wickets as we defended 177.

Earlier, Dylan Milhench played some lovely cut shots on the way to 32, while Jase Collyer (31) provided a tasty highlight with his top score for the club.

This week: A grade v Goodwood (Waldeck), B grade v Old Scotch (Scotch), C grade v Adelaide Warriors (Gawler River), D grade v North Pines (Paralowie High School, Saturday) & v Eyre Royals (Eyre Sports Park, Sunday).

Player Profile #11: Tom Sherratt

Tom is the bloke that every club needs, the one who arrives at just the right time to do a job that can be hard to fill.

Quietly spoken, but willing to get in and have a chat, Tom has taken on the A1 scoring duties for the TOSCC in 2019/20.

This is a role that can be hard to fill and we are really thankful that Tom has made our club, his club.

Tom is also a lifeguard at the Aquadome and is set to study nursing in 2020.

Tom Sherratt at work on the tools.

Junior club – First club I scored for was Monmouth 🏴

Scoring debut for TOSCC – At Marion, second day

Favourite scoring moment – When Monmouth chased down 356 in a 50 over game

Personal cricket highlight – First Test series I watched, which was the 2016/2017 Ashes, that we won

TOSer to star in 2019/20 – Liam Beazleigh

Your aims for 2019/20 – Have a good start to Uni and then also assist where I can around the place

Your TOS Dreamteam player – Liam Beazleigh

Favourite TOSCC member – Nathan Lee

Song you can sing every line to – I Gotta Feeling, The Black Eyed Peas

Do you have a Kathmandu jacket – No

Five people you’d invite to a birthday party – Ducky, Nathan, Riley, Lisa, Alex

Favourite dating app – Tinder

What is the best advice you can give about swimming – Use your whole body and keep your chin on your chest

Four from four in a big weekend

Well, where do you start after such a successful weekend for the Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club, where we collected four wins from four matches?

Dan Elvin leaves the field after his match-defining 122*.

There was a TOS tsunami of highlights with the A grade winning their first A1 game, Daniel Elvin leading the B grade to their first win in over a year, the Sam McMillan’s 6fa routing the C grade opposition and our D grade getting up in their first ever match.

Due to weather, the A grade’s game had been shortened to a limited overs contest at Port District.

Batting first, we moved gradually to 4/64 with Brad Cameron’s 27 the main score in that period of play.

Then the experience of Mitch Dearing (38) and Tim Vinna-Smith (39) formed a partnership that, in the context of the game proved to be the most important of the day.

The pair turned the strike over well, with TVS going at almost a run a ball to combine for a 64-run stand that steadied the ship and was the largest partnership of the match.

The final five wickets managed to score 50 runs between them as the innings wound down, with Jace O’Hara’s 15 (including three boundaries) pushing the score along to 178.

When we had Port 5/27 and then 8/93, the match looked to be ours but Jack Foster had other thoughts, scoring 71 before being the last man out on 153.

It was an impressive effort but not enough to bridge the gap required for victory.

Brad Schaper took the final wicket to secure victory.

Earlier in the innings, O’Hara caused havoc in one of the fieriest spells any of his team-mates could recall – he finished with his three wickets reducing Port to 4/27.

Also, Jarryd Furnal collected three scalps, showing the versatility of our bowling attack.

At Main Oval, the B grade were chasing 250 and Brighton were hooting and hollering when they had us 3/18 and we were starting to look like the pig we had roasting on the spit.

But a very mature partnership from two emerging leaders saw us slow Brighton’s roll.

Daniel Elvin and Austin Smith (42) put together an 82-run partnership that was only broken just before tea, causing a double breakthrough that had us 5/100.

However, the visitors lost their momentum after tea allowing Elvin and his little mate Moe Walker to graft a 114-run partnership that put us within reach of winning.

Elvin was well on his way to a match-winning century by that point and was joined by Liam Beazleigh, who put the cherry on the win by rocking consecutive sixes over mid-off to pass their score.

It was a huge win for the B grade, who had not had a win since round two last season.

Elvin’s hundred was his fourth for the club, his third highest score and his first century since 2014/15. It moves him to third on the list of the club’s all-time century scorers.

The C grade got back in the winners’ circle by defeating Pembroke after a score of 177 proved too much for the visitors.

The upper order all made starts, with Daniel Tanti returning to make the most valuable contribution of 55, he was supported by Nick Hooker with 22.

After being unable to defend a similar score the previous week, the boys took nothing for granted an made sure to clean up an overwhelmed Pembroke side, dismissing them for 60.

Sam McMillan added his name to the TOSCC Wall of Fame with 6/17, while Scott Winkworth took 3/14, damaging his hand in the process.

Finally to the D grade, where we travelled to West Lakes Shore to take on the Peninsula Pirates in our first Para Districts Cricket Association LO2 match.

We weren’t quite sure what to expect but came up against an undermanned opposition.

Jarrad Tyerman made a name for himself as a sponge as he provided the basis of our innings, opening up and making 49 before being dismissed with two balls left of the 40th and final over.

It was a valuable investment as we made 9/152 and we ended up winning by 50 runs.

Player Profile #10: Liam Nottle

The physio to the stars, Liam Nottle’s been with the club for a few seasons now and always provides a solid contribution, particularly with the bat.

We’re looking forward to seeing more of him this season.

Liam Nottle does everything with style.

Junior club – Tea Tree Gully District Cricket Club and South Gawler

Top score – 87

Best bowling figures – 7/30

Premierships – Three, all in juniors

Personal cricket highlight – Holding the highest sixth wicket partnership with my brother at TTG,  where we both scored 56 but I was not out.

TOSer to star in 2019/20 – Jace O’Hara and Dan Elvin

Your aims for 2019/20 – Play more games, if possible.

Your TOS Dreamteam player – President Schaper

Song you can sing every line to – Africa by Toto, or Encore by Jay z and Linkin Park

Do you have a Kathmandu jacket – No

Five people you’d invite to a birthday party – Usain Bolt, Lebron James, Robert Downey Jr, Patrick Cripps, Daniel Craig.

Who’s faster between wickets, Alex Cotter or Brad Cameron? – Brad Cameron

Who was best on ground in the 2018/19 grand final? – The scorers

Disappointing round for TOSers

The TOSers will want to throw that weekend in the bin, losing all three games in a disappointing day on the field.

At the top level, Marion got a measure of revenge for last year’s grand final loss with a comfortable win at home.

Needing 45 runs with six wickets in hand, Marion lost one wicket before they passed our score of 115.

Their final four wickets falling for just 41 runs but the damage had already been done.

Jace O’Hara and Josh Southwell each finished with three wickets and Mitch Dearing two.

We batted a second time and made 3/118 with Ali Forwood (32) again top scoring, while Dearing made an unbeaten 27.

The B grade, defending 198, needed lots of things to fall their way if they were to collect a win – they didn’t, with Grange getting the points.

An early run out gave the team the ideal start but the wickets didn’t fall regularly enough to give us any momentum.

A score of 74 from the number eight batsman reflects the control Grange had over the game.

Positives were two run outs, three wickets to skipper Stef Lainas and a promising 1/15 from nine overs for Dom De Ruvo.

Finally, the C grade score makes for really disappointing reading – a win that got away.

Having dismissed Adelaide University for 95, our team, which included some very experienced and talented players, would have expected to pass that score with ease.

Instead, we were dismissed for just 53.

We won’t dwell on the batting performance too much, but should acknowledge Cam Fletcher’s 4/15 and Sam McMillan’s 2/17.

Maybe, we might have had some luck if we fielded a D grade side. Hopefully, we’ll have some good news about that in the near future.

This Saturday: A grade v Port Districts (Largs Oval), B grade v Brighton (Main Oval), C grade v Brighton (Gawler River).

Player Profile #9: Liam Beeeeezley

One of our club’s rising stars, there’s an air of expectation growing around Liam Beazleigh this season.

Phone it in, Liam Beazleigh is a star in the making.

With the potential to be a handy allrounder, Liam made his A-grade debut in the opening match of season 2019/20.

A dry but cheeky sense of humour sees Beeeeezley a popular player among all ages but it is on the field where we look forward to seeing what he can truly become.

Junior club – Para Hills Hornets

Highest score – 88

Best bowling figures – 4/28

Premierships –

Personal cricket highlight – School intercol win in 2018

Your aims for season 2019/20 – Take poles, hit bombs

TOSer to star in 2019/20 – Brad Schaper. ‘The Prez’ has big things ahead of him, announcing himself as a real handy all rounder.

Your TOS Dreamteam player – Matt Knox, C grade pig that whacks them everywhere and just hits a length.

SOS, Matt Knox, Liam Beazleigh’s Dream Team needs you.

Favourite TOSCC member – Alex ‘Legend’ Clayton

Song you can sing every line to – Never Gonna Give You Up, Rick Astley

Do you have a Kathmandu jacket – No way

What rhymes with orange?

Five guests you’d invite to a birthday party – Daniel Gorringe, Gerard Whateley, Kerry O’Keefe, Brad Hollis, Heath Ledger.

Who’s faster between wickets Brad Cameron or Alex Cotter – Is there an option for neither?

Who was best on ground in last year’s A-grade grand final – Dan Elvin, always need a good cordial mix.