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Southwell collects second Bajcic

Josh Southwell has become only the third player in Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club history to have won the prestigious Peter Bajcic Medal as the A grade best and fairest on multiple occasions.

Josh Southwell

He joins Jace O’Hara (2008/09 and 2010/11) and Mitch Dearing (2013/14 and 2015/16, 2016/17) in this club.

The award was presented on Friday night at the annual TOSCC dinner at the Old Scholars Pavilion.

Southwell was a solid presence for the A grade throughout the season, taking 24 wickets at 23.92 and, in a season where he put forward claims for allrounder status, scoring a career-high 173 runs at 28.83.

His run tally included his first half century, 54* versus Prince Alfred Old Collegiates – an innings that nearly took us to an unlikely victory when we’d collapsed to 7/32 chasing 125. Dizzy’s efforts took us to within 21 runs of victory.

Although, not quite as high a score, Southy’s 16 runs off 15 balls against Marion in the following (and season’s final) game proved equally valuable as we escaped relegation from A1 by the solitary point.

We shouldn’t forget his bowling exploits and his 5/56 versus Marion, in what was a blistering end to the season, was Southwell’s fourth five-wicket haul for the club (all in A grade).

Meanwhile, the night’s other major honour was the Zorich Family Clubperson of the Year Award, won by club secretary Liam Beazleigh.

Liam Beazleigh

In recent years, the TOSCC committee has had a turnover of talent, with a younger crew taking over from the foundation members of the club and Liam has been at the forefront in that regard.

His commitment to ensuring the club’s administrative processes are up to date has been a great support to club president, Brad Schaper.

Congratulations also go to the other best and fairest award winners, Brad Matters (B grade), Jase Morgan (C grade) and Joel Milhench (D grade).

Daniel Elvin, Mitch Dearing, Brad Schaper, Nathan Kennedy.

New life members Mitchell Dearing, Bradley Schaper, Daniel Elvin and Nathan Kennedy were also recognised on the night, having played their 100th games during the season.

Awards

A grade – Best and Fairest: Josh Southwell, Runner-up: Brad Schaper, Leading runs: Shaun Lay (410 @ 41), Leading wickets: Jarryd Furnell (24 @ 20.08)/Josh Southwell (24 @ 23.92); Captain’s Award – Ben Woods.

B grade – Best and fairest: Brad Matters, Runner-up: Stefan Lainas, Leading runs: Dom De Ruvo (203 @ 33.83), Leading wickets: Stefan Lainas (10 @ 1i8.40), Captain’s Award: Jacob Snook.

C grade – Best and fairest: Jase Morgan, Runner-up: Nathan Kennedy, Leading runs: Nathan Kennedy (342 @ 34.20), Leading wickets: Scott Lee (21 @ 8.76), Captain’s Award: Anton Hill.

D grade – Best and fairest: Joel Milhench, Runner-up: Andrew Thwaites, Leading runs: Brad Ratcliff (378 @ 27), Leading wickets: Liam Burke (22 @ 14.55), Captain’s Award: Andrew Thwaites.

Grand finals two. Highlights few :(

Well, TOSCC went down fighting but finished nought from two grand finals on Saturday.

Club legend Nathan Kennedy played his 100th game for the club on the weekend.

The C grade batted first in their ATCA LO4 match against Pembroke at Gawler River and Grady Hudd and Mick Rutherford got us off to a flying start.

We got to 42 without loss before Hudd was dismissed for 18.

Within 20 runs, Rutherford was gone for 26 and, just like the My Cricket app, we froze and collapsed to 6/84 with the name James Winnard coming to haunt us for the first time in the day as our middle order was wiped out.

Veteran Nathan Kennedy, whose pre-match cap presentation in honour of his 100th game ultimately became our highlight of the day, partnered with Harrison Varley for a 38-run partnership that recovered the innings slightly.

Kennedy (28) became the seventh wicket down and Varley (28), whose innings highlight was a six over cover, soon followed and we were 8/124.

From there, the innings died quick and we were all out for 135.

Our defence started well and we had Pembroke 3/25 before a 77-run partnership put us on the back foot with the batting side needing a run a ball with plenty of wickets in hand.

A well-paced partnership put Pembroke within striking distance of the win but then mighty Mick Rutherford struck with a direct hit run out to open the gate for a brave stab at victory.

The visitors lost 4/10, with Jase Morgan collecting his fourth wicket in that bundle and Jacob Snook catching an absolute flyer on the boundary in front of the support crew, to get us right back in the contest.

An eighth wicket saw the opposition needing 16 off the last 12 balls.

That man Winnard again came to the fore, finishing the game with five balls left. His 24 runs off 11 balls proving the difference in the final wash up.

Meanwhile, at the Back Oval at Gawler our D grade won the toss and chose to bowl against Eyre Royals in the LO2 PDCA grand final.

The D grade grand final team, with mascot Frank.

And we struck early with Andrew Thwaites having them 1/15 after Danyal Malik took a catch.

But the next couple of wickets did not come so easily as Eyre moved comfortably to 3/124.

A fourth wicket soon after still didn’t give us a chance to gain a foothold as we conceded 83 runs in the critical last 10 overs of the innings and Eyre finished with a score of 7/219.

Thwaites and Liam Burke each took two wickets.

Even on a small oval, it was going to be a tough chase, particularly in the furnace of a grand final.

The brothers Kilmier, Lachlan and Dylan, have so much to offer our club and they went hard at the target when they were at the crease.

But it’s hard maintaining that pace and Dylan was the first to fall for 21 (25 balls, three fours and a six), while Lachie’s score of 37 (19 balls, four fours and a six) was eventually our top score.

We had several batsmen getting starts, with Charlie Collins anchoring the innings (25 off 59), Joel Milhench (26) and skipper Brad Ratcliff (17) all making cameos but not providing us with the dig we needed to win.

We were soon 5/105 with our lower order having plenty to do. They made a good fist of it, but eventually the balls to runs ratio became too much and we were dismissed for 176.

It was a disappointing end to the season, in that we didn’t bring back a flag, but we saw so much gain from these two teams – throughout the season they were a tight unit, working together and enjoying their cricket. Thank you for your efforts.

See you at the presentation night at the Pav on April 16.

Kennedy’s grand entry to the 100 Club

The 2020/21 ATCA LO4 Grand Final sees another TOSer join the Baggy Yellow club, with stalwart Nathan Kennedy chalking up his 100th match.

Nathan Kennedy (right) with fellow Baggy Yellow Club member Ben Johnson and Archie Johnson after a B grade semi-final.

Beginning his career in 2010/11, Nath joined the club as a top-order batsman, scoring some handy runs during a premiership year for the B grade.

He followed this up with another B Grade premiership in 2013/14 whilst his last two seasons have been his most productive, scoring 272 and 314 runs respectively, including a high score of 107* in 2019/20.

A member of the Ian Glover Bowling Academy, Kenners has also taken 26 wickets at 24.31 with best bowling figures of 4/19 against Old Ignatians in 2011/12. His ability to swing any ball both ways has been bamboozling opposition batsmen for nearly a decade.

Former club coach and close friend Ali Forwood described Nathan as an ever reliable and one of the most passionate teammates he’s played with.

“Nath loves this club and has been an amazing player and committee member for many years. His work with sponsorship was exceptional, as is his leadership around the group,” he said.

“He plays with tremendous heart, passion and a desire to win. A fond memory I have of Kenner’s was his gutsy ton against Gepps Cross in his second season for the club. He suffered heatstroke due his innings, but his never-say-die attitude was exemplified in this match.

“We’re so lucky to have him at our club and we’re all wishing him the best of luck in today’s grand final.”

Although he has an impressive on-field record, Kenners has been a steady contributor off-field as well.

He was a long-serving committee member up until 2019, notably coordinating the Club’s Sponsorship portfolio for several years.

Kennedy is the 12th member of the BYC, joining Tim Viner-Smith, Adrian Zorich, Ben Johnson, Alex Cotter, Eythan Barraclough, Brad Cameron, Stefan Lainas, Ali Forwood, Mitch Dearing, Brad Schaper and Dan Elvin.

Let’s hope Nath can cap off an amazing season with a Premiership medal in today’s C grade grand final against Pembroke OS at Gawler River.

TOS double delight as we head into grand finals

The Trinity Old Scholars had a great day on Saturday, defeating Adelaide Warriors in C and D grade to progress to grand finals.

Our D grade moved through to the PDCA LO2 grand final with a good win over Adelaide Warriors.

Both matches were wrapped up with sixes, giving the boys something extra to cheer as they moved into the big one by defeating a club with which we have a bit of history.

In the C grade, man of the match mention went to Anton Hill who collected four wickets and buccaneered his way to an unbeaten 34, including the winning zak.

Not far behind him was medium-pace wobbler Scott Lee who destroyed the Warriors batting order with a handful of wickets, for his third five-wicket haul for the club.

Hill started us off on the right foot with two early wickets and then skipper Jace Morgan really got the ball rolling with the dismissal of the Warriors’ dangerman.

It was only Amrish Patel (55*) who stood between us and an early finish, but Lee took all the wickets around him as he snared his five scalps and then Hill returned to knock over the last two.

In reply, we started off solidly and sensibly with Grady Hudd (24) and Mick ‘I don’t lose grand finals’ Rutherford getting us to 40.

Nathan Kennedy (16) and Jacob Snook (19*) kept the ship steady, before Hill was moved up the order at the fall of the fourth wicket.

He didn’t hang around, blasting two fours off his first balls to shut down any Warrior hopes and he and Snook proceeded to collect the runs with ease, culminating in Hill smacking a six to finish the game. Anton, are you sure you can’t play the GF?

Meanwhile, at Blakeview the match followed a fairly similar pattern.

The visitors batted first and were tied up early by good bowling from Andrew Thwaites and Bailey Puvogel.

With runs tough to come by, the wickets started to fall and Warriors found themselves needing to make runs and preserve wickets.

The pair had two wickets between them as Warriors stumbled to 7/79.

That job became even tougher when Liam Burke came on to bowl and he collected 3/6 off 6.2 overs, impressive given the size of Blakeview’s outfield.

Warriors’ tail lifted the score 127, which should never be anywhere near enough at Blackers. It wasn’t.

We lost one of our key threats, Dylan Kilmier, to be 1/8 and then 2/35 when Joel Milhench fell.

But Warriors needed to get wickets more regularly if they were to triumph.

Charlie Collins provided a roadblock by playing proper cricket to score an unbeaten 33 off 90-odd balls, while Lachlan Kilmier hit 50 off 43 balls to bring us close to the score.

Thwaites made sure victory was comprehensive, hitting 16 runs in five balls, including a six to win the match.

Job done in the C grade.

Dan joins the hundred club

For the first time in the TOSCC’s history, a player earned life membership, and received a Baggy Yellow, in a T20 game – Dan Elvin.

Dan Elvin celebrated his 100th game for the club recently.

Presented his cap by fellow Baggy Yellow Club member Brad Cameron, Dan became the 12th life member and the 11th player to 100 games, hot on the heels of club president and good mate Brad Schaper.

Elvs debuted as number 83 in 2012/13, playing six matches, then became a full-time player in 2013/14 and is now ninth on the all-time run charts and has four centuries, equal with Alex Cotter and behind only Tom Krieg (five) and Cammo (seven).

When he hits a century he generally goes big, with 144 being his highest score.

He also has an unbeaten 90 (2016/17 versus Brighton in B2), amongst nine half-centuries and he has 13 wickets with best bowling 2/5.

“Dan has been an important contributor during a very successful era for TOS,” Schaper said.

Receiving his Baggy Yellow from Brad Cameron.

“He dominated the batting during the B Grade premiership season of 2013/14, notably a crucial 43 in the semi-final and then to bat for several hours with Ben Hall and co. to secure the flag in the decider against Unley the following week.

“His determination to get the best out of himself was inspiring and he was rewarded by becoming an A Grade premiership player in 2017/18, while also reinventing himself as a middle order batsman during the last few years.”

In the 2017/18 success, his opening partnership of 61 with Al Forwood set the standard for the day, giving the team a solid foundation on which to build a target.

Friendships are a critical part of our cricket club and an important aspect of our rapid rise through ATCA’s ranks.

Among Dan’s career highlights was a club record 210 run first-wicket partnership with his great mate, Moe Walker, versus Mawson Lakes in LO6 in 2014/15.

He also holds the record partnership for the second wicket with 230 (with Matt Hargreaves, against Port District in C3 in 2012/13) and the fourth wicket of 147 runs with Sam Peters (in C2 versus Ingle Farm in 2013/14).

Schaper said he’s exceptionally proud of Dan’s achievements and the role he has played in our cricket club.

“I hope there are still plenty of runs (and wickets if you were to ask him!) left in those legs, as he has so much talent and cricket knowledge to give the Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club,” Schaper said.

Brad joins the Baggy Yellow Club

Brad Schaper (right) collects his 100 game cap from skipper Tim Viner-Smith.

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.

Don’t let this 2013/14 image fool you, the man is cool in a crisis.

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.

Lay and Watt get all festive with Scotch

Shaun Lay and Todd Watt inducted themselves into TOSCC folklore on Saturday as their match-breaking efforts guided us to a solid win against Old Scotch, taking us into the Christmas break in third place on the premiership ladder.

We had a full shed on Saturday, with two teams playing at home.

Batting first, Lay and Ardene Ruhode busted apart the opposition from the start with our coach, unusually, taking a back seat as his partner hit the opposition to all parts.

That’s not to say Deano was slow, scoring 47 from 64, as he added a third straight significant score, but Milney was on absolute fire, scoring 13 fours and eight sixes on his way to 149* (142 balls) and into the club’s top-five highest historical scores.

His score took him past the 145 of Brad Cameron (2012/13) and Austin Smith (2019/20), and also our previous highest A1 score (surpassing his own 121* last season). It was also his 10th career century.

Our opening partnership was worth 151, with Milney and Mitch Dearing (16*) then taking the score to 2/230 after the 40 overs.

The Scotch chase started slowly but productively, moving to 47 before Watt claimed the first of his four wickets for the day.

The visitors struggled for traction, soon finding themselves 4/94 with Matt Claughton securing a return A-grade scalp and Jarryd Furnell collecting the next two.

This provoked somewhat of a recovery as Scotch moved to 165 and maintained some hopes of victory before Brad Schaper struck.

From there, it was the Watt Show as he first dismissed top-scorer David Scholz’ (81) and then removed two more wickets to collect the club’s fourth hat-trick and first since Brad Cameron’s in 2015/16 against Penfield.

Scotch batted the innings out, but never looked like making a late charge and finished 8/201.

In the B grade, we had high hopes with a quality team stepping onto the field against Adelaide Lions, but soon found ourselves in what is now known as the Indian position – 4/16.

Thankfully, unlike the team at the Adelaide Oval, our boys made a small recovery to post 130 from our 40 overs.

Jace O’Hara was the surprise top scorer, in a nice return from injury, showing good discipline to make 48 (his second highest score for the club). Matt Bailey (16) and Dylan Milhench (16) ensured we had something to defend.

We had a good crack at it early, removing 5/55 and with Tom Jones and Stef Lainas tying them up with 3/28 from their combined 18 overs.

However, they didn’t lose another wicket and went on to make 161 from their 40 overs.

Our C grade didn’t play but would have taken a little consolation from India being dismissed for a new record low 36, the same as they made when they were recently all out for a historical club lowest score.

In the D grade, we took on top side Eyre Royals on their home deck but lost by 10 runs in a good contest.

Batting first, the opposition made 9/172 with Cam Fletcher taking three wickets.

In reply, Joel Milhench made 47 but struggled to get any scoreboard support until Fletch added 34 more than doubling his previous high score.

However, it was not enough as we were dismissed for 162 with 11 balls left available to us.

We now head to the holiday break and look forward to seeing you on the other side of the new year.

A long day for the A grade, Dukes goes big

Well, it was a long day in the field for our A grade at Grange on Saturday.

It was thirsty work for our young bowlers Josh Southwell (left) and Todd Watt on Saturday.

If Alex Cotter was a DJ, he’d be playing Lana Del Ray’s Born to Die because that’s how the boys felt after Grange spent the day at the wicket, knocking over our score of 167 and then having a bit of fun in the final 10 overs before finally being all out.

Born to Die and that’s how all the boys felt after a day in the field against Grange.

They passed the score five down but missed chances proved costly as their skipper Trav Lane (85) made hay while the sun shined. Further contributions at the bottom of the order saw them make 274.

Ben Woods was the star in the field with three catches, while Todd Watt bowled exceptionally well to take 3/28 off 14 overs.

Josh Southwell also took three scalps, while Jarryd Furnell’s pursuit of Keith Hooker’s wickets record continues apace, with a further two to the cause.

He’ll have his work cut out beating Stef Lainas (182) to the mark, while Brad Schaper (159) is level with him and Brad Cameron (169), Jace O’Hara (167), Mitch Dearing (160) are just ahead.

For the record, Tom Jones’ seven wickets (122) so far this season has seen him move into eighth on the all-time list, ahead of Ben Johnson (116).

Speaking of records, the C grade achieved their equal highest top score in our club’s history on the weekend in making 7/301 against Payneham. We had previously made that same score in 2017/18 when we beat Marion in LO5 with Kyle Presbury going nuts.

Matthew Claughton fell just short of adding another century to our Wall of Fame, scoring 90 (47 balls, 11 fours, four sixes) – it was a case of Dukes smashing the Dukes.

Other contributions came from Jase Morgan (48 from 38), Harrison Varley (42), Matt Bailey (32* off 16 balls), Grady Hudd (31), Brad Matters (26*) and Jacob Snook (21).

Thankfully, Bails had no reason to be angry after his innings this week…

In reply, Payneham made just 85, with Scott Lee taking 4/12 and Liam Beazleigh and Cam Fletcher two each.

Sooty’s had a great start to the year, taking 13 wickets and passing the 50-wicket mark in the process – he’s about to pass Ian ‘Kobe’ Bryant on the bowling charts and move into 21st place on the club’s list.

The D grade had another win, this time against North Pines.

Chasing 158, we knocked it off in the 38th over with Dylan Kilmier smacking 55 from 34 balls and Stef Lainas (24) and Tom Jones (17) both collecting a set in having played in all four TOS grades.

We were looking losers at 9/132 but then Adam Rich came and smacked 31 to get us over the line.

In the Pines innings, Lainas, Charlie Collins and Adam Thwaites took two wickets each.

Meanwhile, we missed this milestone due to the availability of scores, but congratulations to Nick Paget for playing his 50th game for the club recently. Hopefully we’ll see him back in the field soon.

This week: Australia v India (Adelaide Oval); A grade v Old Scotch (Waldeck); A3 v Adelaide Lions (Main Oval); C grade v Eyre Royals (Eyre Sports Park).

Deano smashes ’em, but A grade in a battle

We collected two wins and the A grade are in a big battle with Grange partway through their match in the latest weekend of TOS cricket.

Ardene Ruhode was in good form with the bat, top scoring in Tuesday’s T20 and Saturday’s A1 match.

Batting first, our A grade innings started in disastrous fashion with an early run out and then collapsed as we found ourselves 4/28.

Ardene Ruhode, after a half-century in the midweek T20, was elevated to number three and needed someone to stick around with him.

On 12 at the fall of the fourth wicket, Deano found an ally in skipper Tim Viner-Smith, who held up an end while our coach went on the rampage.

Deano smacked 13 boundaries and an effortless six as he rolled to 76 off 84 balls and stunned the home side.

He was ultimately dismissed prodding at a ball outside off stump, a surprising way to go given his brilliant counterattack.

We were 5/99 and soon six down when TVS was joined by Taz Matthews who commenced a valuable and mature contribution of 15 from 78 balls.

The match was interrupted at tea by some hectic weather coming off St Vincent’s Gulf.

After the extended break TVS saw his patient innings come to an end after 22 off 79 balls.

Brad Schaper also contributed a solid lower-order 25 before being last-wicket down with us dismissed for a below par 167.

With play extended to 7pm, we got 12 overs at the opposition and had them 1/16 at stumps after a good bowling effort.

We will have our work cut out for us on Saturday as we defend our score, but we have a quality bowling line-up and could still salvage a result yet.

At Gawler River, our C grade came up against old foes Blue Brigade, who batted first and made 117.

We had a quality attack with seven guys getting a spell and Liam Beazleigh (3/19), Brad Matters (2/9) and Dylan Milhench (2/6) all reaped the benefits of some tight bowling.

In reply, we lost three early wickets but Nathan Kennedy continued on his merry way, scoring 70*, with Milhench (32) joining him to put the match beyond doubt.

In the D grade, we defeated Angle Vale, with new recruit Danyal Malik performing well.

Kennedy stars before we enter isolation

Well, we’re all in COVID isolation and TOSCC wishes all our players and supporters the best for this short period of lockdown. We look forward to getting back on the pitch on the other side of this.

Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club report

Menawhile, here’s last week’s TOS wrap.  

The all-round ability of Nathan Kennedy came to the fore for the Trinity Old Scholars, as he guided the C grade to victory at LO4 HQ.

The C grade’s win was the only TOS success of the day and came after the opposition, Fulham had posted a challenging 9/160.

With what was a pretty handy outfit, Kennedy took three 3/35, opening the bowling with Matt Knox, while Scott Lee and Bailey Puvogel added another two wickets each to their season tallies.

In reply, Jacob Snook (21) and Grady Hudd (23) got us off to a good start.

Kennedy came in with a platform set and was supported by Daniel Elvin (32*) as he hit out to 76.

There’s been plenty of talk about the club needing a C grade bully in recent times – could Kendoll be the man???

To Flinders Park and the A grade were taken down by a hungry home side, rolled for 172. Given that COVID was, without us knowing it, running rampant in the western suburbs at this time, it wasn’t the worst thing that could have happened to us.

We started play at 2/22 in pursuit of a challenging 280. We began slowly, with Ardene Ruhode and Shaun Lay finding it hard to make runs and that was to be the theme of the afternoon as a disciplined bowling and fielding performance and an inability to turn the strike saw the pressure mount on us.

The end of 2019/20 and the current isolation period have had financial ramifications for the club. We know some people are doing it tough right now, but if you’re in a position to purchase a club membership, we’d love you forever. Membership packs are to be distributed after the lockdown.

Lay batted well for 42 but was unable to find the gaps and was soon the fourth batsman dismissed.

Tim Viner-Smith (23) and Mitch Dearing (48) formed the best partnership of the day with 54 runs.

Upon the skipper’s dismissal, off a juggled catch, the pressure was then on Dearing and we fell out of the hunt when he was dismissed, stumped off the keepers’ pads.

An after-match post-mortem took place and the players gave honest feedback on where we’re at – we know we need to get hungrier and have more on-field presence.

The clatter of wickets was a constant for the B grade as we succumbed for 134, in pursuit of a gettable 206 against Unley at Waldeck.

We were 2/13 and never looked like getting back on top as we collapsed to 6/53 and 7/72.

Only a smashing 63 from Todd Watt (57 balls, nine fours, one six) added any real value backbone to the score.

Unley had a second dig and made 4/57 with Watt adding another wicket to his three the previous week and Austin Smith taking two.

The D grade lost in the final over against One Tree Hill.

This week: In isolation at home.

Tough task ahead for A grade

Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club report

The TOS A grade have a task ahead of them at the home ground of old rival Flinders Park when the second weekend of their match resumes on Saturday.

Flinders won the toss and chose to bat and were soon 2/6 with Josh Southwell rocking and rolling.

From there, though, the Parkers rebuilt the innings strongly enough that they could declare at 9/280 and have us face a cheeky little spell before stumps.

After eight overs, we are 2/22 with Ardene Ruhode and Shaun Lay at the wicket.

Of note was that Ruhode playing the crispest back-foot cover drive anyone could recall seeing, Tarryn Matthews kept well on his A grade debut, Jarryd Furnell added four more wickets (plus a run out) to his ever-growing tally and Southwell took three.

At Main Oval, the B grade have given themselves a chance of victory, dismissing Unley for 206.

Stef Lainas added another mark on our Wall of Fame with his fourth fifth-wicket haul (joining Furnell and Moe Walker), while Todd Watt took three wickets.

Having created a club record low score last time out, the C grade redeemed itself with a five-wicket victory over Brighton, which was dismissed for 83 batting first.

Click on the photo for more information about the 2020 Game Night on November 28.

Cam Fletcher’s (2/12) knuckleball caused havoc, while Bailey Puvogel took three wickets and Scott Lee had two for none at one point – one of which was indelicately described as a “piece of shit ball” by the bloke it dismissed.

With last week’s collapse fresh in the mind of the batting and fielding side, who had obviously done their research, the run chase was a little tentative at times.

Jacob Snook (19) guided the early stages, Anton Hill (23) then blasted us to within eight runs of the target and was unluckily caught on the boundary off a shot he creamed.

The opposition chirped in with the belief that they could somehow save the match, but a no-nonsense cameo saw the match finished by consecutive boundaries.

In the D grade, we had a crossover match (a PDCA creation that prevents a bye) against LO2 side Smithfield and found ourselves up against it as they made 254 at Blakeview.

Chris Collins and Liam Burke each took three wickets and Michael Nau, on debut, took a creditable 2/17 as those around him copped some tap.

In reply, six an over was always going to be a challenge but Joel Milhench (54) and Adam Thwaites (40), particularly, had a crack.

At 9/153 there wasn’t much hope but Chris (16) and Charlie Collins (21*) gave it a shot, before the final wicket fell on 186 after 36.3 overs.

This week: A grade v Flinders (Flinders); B grade v Unley (Main Oval); C grade v Fulham (LO4 HQ); D grade v One Tree Hill (Uley Road – bottom oval).

A nightmare on Halloween for TOSers

It was Halloween on Saturday and for TOSCC the day was all trick and no treat, recording just the one win for the day.

Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club report

We lost both the A grade and B grade, at home, in the final over of the day and the C grade created a new record for the club’s lowest score, rolled for 37.

With six balls left, it appeared the A grade were headed to a hard-working victory over Pooraka, who needed 18 runs off the final over.

Sadly, one big hit put the fiery Bulls back in the frame and a further six left them needing two runs from three balls. Just like that, it was done.

Liam Beazleigh and Ardene Ruhode each took two wickets.

Earlier in the day, we took advantage of a fast running Waldeck outfield to post a better than a run a ball 6/247.

Shaun Lay was barely ruffled as he scored 64, while Alex Cotter (40) combined with him for an opening stand of 79.

Mitch Dearing (57* off 54), skipper Tim Viner-Smith (29 off 20) and Josh Southwell (26 off 29) put exclamation marks on their efforts.

In the B grade, on Main Oval, we recovered from 5/39 (having lost three wickets on 14) to make a creditable 9/168.

Matthew Claughton (40), Nick Goodman (22) and skipper Brad Matters (38*) led the charge.

In reply, Old Concordians lost regular wickets but not often enough as we battled hard to stay in the game.

After 35 overs, they required a run a ball and this trend continued for the remainder of the innings as they did just enough to stay level.

Matters continued his fine leader’s game with 4/18 from seven overs, while ‘Dukes’ bowled manfully at the death.

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Concordians jetted to a win with two balls to spare and celebrated the premiership in just the second match of the season…

If the other two games were nightmares, the C grade match against Adelaide University at LO4 HQ at Gawler River was a real horror show.

Winning the toss, we batted first and wickets tumbled until we were 9/35, six runs short of an infamous record. Dylan Milhench and Cam Fletcher shared the top score of eight.

The last-wicket pair had the task of salvaging a modicum of respect. Two runs later Uni collected the final scalp and a new low was set, knocking over the previous record of 41 set by our C grade in 2014/15 versus Modbury.

We took four scalps before they passed the miserable total and “champed” us off the field.

The D grade salvaged something from the day, recording a one-wicket win over Eyre Royals.

Set 113 to win, we scraped across the line with skipper Brad Ratcliff’s 48* collecting his new highest score.

Coming in at 2/17, Rat found an early alliance with Joel Milhench (19) before we found ourselves 8/89.

Liam Burke (10) backed up his three wickets to support Rat with a 24-run partnership before being dismissed with the scores level.

Chris Collins, the father of Harry and Charlie, ended the Royals’ hope of salvaging a draw, supporting Rat to get the win.

Earlier in the day, the Collins duo of Charlie and Chris took three wickets each, with Chris’ 7.2 overs costing just 19 runs.

This week: A grade v Flinders Park (Flinders Park); B grade v Unley (Waldeck); C grade v Brighton (LO4 HQ); D grade v Crossover Bye (Blakeview).

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A trio of flops, here’s to next week

Sadly, it was three losses from three games over the weekend.

The A grade headed to Ingle Farm for the second round of the T20 competition and took it up to competition giants Ingle Farm but fell eight balls short of victory.

We were defending 4/125, which we’d made on a two-paced deck, with Alex Cotter top scoring with 49. Mitch Dearing was unbeaten on 41.

In reply, the contest was even stevens by the 15-over mark with Ingle Farm needing 43 off the last five overs, with Liam Beazleigh providing a highlight with his figures after his first three overs 2/10.

The change of bowling end brought about a change of pace from the home side and they barrelled down the target with some big hitting finishing the contest.

At Main Oval, we took on Golden Grove’s A grade side and were never in the match.

We made 9/77 with Dom De Ruvo (15), Daniel Tanti (10) and Matt Claughton (10) each reaching double figures.

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The Brumbies chased the score five wickets down in 15 overs with Claughts taking two scalps and Matt Knox enjoying knocking over Brad Anderson.

The D grade travelled to North Pines and leaked 266 runs, which was always going to be a hard task to chase, even on the home side’s postage stamp oval (or ours…). We ended up scoring 176.

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This week: A grade v Pooraka (Waldeck); B grade v Old Concordians (Main); C grade v Adelaide University (LO4 HQ); D grade v Eyre Royals (Eyre).

A grade’s dominant win as Mitch joins 100 club

Two wins from three matches for Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club on the weekend continued our good start to the season as Mitch Dearing celebrated joining the 100 club.

In a limited overs match at Walkerville, the A grade found themselves batting first despite losing the toss.

A steady start was disrupted when Shaun Lay was dismissed with 20 on the board, but Ali Forwood found a partner in Cain Ryan (30) and the pair enjoyed a 60-run partnership before the latter was run out.

Ardene Ruhode came in for his first TOSCC dig and made a breezy 15, before his dismissal prompted a collapse of 4/7, including the wicket of Forwood for 51.

Dearing gained steady support from BradCameron (12) and Josh Southwell (13*) to build up a competitive score of 9/175.

The milestone man was dismissed on the last ball of the innings for 31.

Walkerville started steadily, moving to 41 before Jarryd Furnell struck twice in quick time to reduce them to 2/54.

It was another 53 runs before the next wicket fell and with opener Cox still at the crease were looking threatening.

But in the twinkling of an eye, the home side lost 5/3 with Brad Schaper running rampant in taking four wickets.

At 7/110, only one side was winning, particularly once Cox (87) became the ninth man dismissed on 122. Only a little fling at the end prolonged the contest.

Joining Schaper among the wickets were spin duo Furnell and Ruhode, with five between them.

The C grade met Blue Brigade in their opening match of the season at LO4 HQ at Gawler River and came away with a loss.

Batting first we made 100 with Matt Knox (17) resuming his standard position as top scorer, while Jacob Symons made 16. The pair were among six batsmen to reach double scores and not go on with it.

Blue Brigade’s win was never in doubt, losing only five wickets.

Knox and Scott Lee each took two wickets, Lewis Mannix picked up a run out.

A strong batting effort saw the D grade home against Angle Vale.

Dan Elvin, with a hip flexor injury restricting his movement, had some fun in smashing 50, while Ryan Roberts enjoyed a free hand with 49 as we made 170.

In reply, Angle Vale had one player make half of their score as they reached 9/136 from their 40 overs.

Every bowler took a wicket, with Charlie Collins and Cam Howe each recording a brace. Collins’ eight overs costing just nine runs.

There’s no B grade wrap, as the boys drew after last week’s rain saw the match abandoned.

This week: A grade v Ingle Farm (T20, Rowe Park); B grade v Golden Grove (T20, Waldeck); D grade v North Pines (Pines Primary School).

Mitch Dearing joins the Baggy Yellow Club

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.

Mitch Dearing celebrating the 2018/19 A1 premiership with his father (and club legend) Mark.

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.”

Mitch has been a great contributor to the club on and off the field.

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.

Three from three to start 2020/21

The start of the new season saw three wins from our opening games, including a historic victory by our A grade.

New coach Ardene Ruhode is welcomed aboard for his TOSCC debut by his predecessor Ali Forwood.

With the COVID interruption lengthening the footy season, the first game of 2020/21 came at a rush and so did our A1’s victory over Pooraka – collecting a win in 10 overs with no wickets lost.

It was our first win against Pooraka’s A grade side in any competition, as well as the first outing for our new coach Ardene Ruhode and Tim Viner-Smith’s return to the captaincy reins.

Pooraka batted first and looked to be building momentum until reliable Brad Schaper claimed the first wicket in the fourth over with 33 runs on the board.

Aussie Smith stemmed the flow with an over that conceded just three runs and when Jarryd Furnell responded to a boundary by dismissing Jye Bailey following some sharp work behind the stumps from Cain Ryan, the match was finely balanced.

Then, in a flash, it was all but done. The visitors lost four for none (and could have lost five for none) and all direction as our spin triplets of Furnell, Ruhode and Stef Lainas caused havoc.

Furnell took 4/8 while, between them, the other spinners took 2/5 from their eight overs.

We still had to get the runs, but our opening pair of Shaun Lay (25*) and Ali Forwood (39) brought the win up with style.

There was plenty of rust on display from both sides and you can guarantee that we will face a vastly different Pooraka side in future contests – but it was still nice to get a win over them.

In the B grade we headed to Para Hills and came away with what turned out a comfortable win, defending only 107.

On an interesting early season deck, wickets fell regularly but Liam Beazleigh (32) provided the defining innings of the match, with Brad Cameron and Matt Claughton the only other players to reach double figures.

In reply, Para Hills could only score 85 runs from their 20 overs, with skipper Brad Matters taking three wickets and Tom Jones two.

Five new players (from left): Jacob Symons, Lewis De Ruvo, Cam Howe, Lewis Mannix and Bailey Puvogel.

With five new players in our side, the D grade squared off against Peninsula Pirates at Blakeview.

The visitors batted first and made 8/144 after two reasonable top-end partnerships got them off to a good start. Lewis2 (Mannix and De Ruvo) each took two wickets – both on debut.

If the Pirates thought they could contain our batsmen they were to be proved wrong.

Dylan2 (Milhench and Kilmier) each scored 22 runs, before a buccaneering 75* from De Ruvo took us over the top.

It was nice to square off the season start with a third win for the club on the opening day.

This week: A1 – T20 v Walkerville (Walkerville), A3 – T20 v Goodwood (Waldeck), LO4 v Blue Brigade (LO4 HQ), PDCA LO2 v Angle Vale (Angle Vale).

New coach for Trinity Old Scholars

Ardene Ruhode joins the Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club as player/coach in 2020/21.
Ardene Ruhode will be player/coach of the Trinity Old Scholars in 2020/21, joining us from Magpies Cricket Club in Mackay, Queensland. Ruhode is a former Zimbabwe under 19 representative. PHOTO: Supplied

In season 2020/21, the Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club begins a new era with the announcement of Ardene Ruhode as our senior coach.

Ruhode joins us from the Magpies Cricket Club in Mackay, Queensland, where he was player/coach in 2019/20.

A Zimbabwe under 19 representative, as a right-hand bat and right-arm off-spinner, Ruhode has been in Australia since 2017 pursuing his passion for coaching.

“I am thrilled to be joining the club and very humbled that TOSCC has put their faith in me to take up this role and play an important part in the club’s success,” Ardene said.

“I am very much excited to meet everyone and get started on what I think is going to be a very exciting season.

“There is a lot of ability and talent in this current playing group and to be able to work with them to achieve our aim of playing finals cricket is an exciting prospect I look forward to.”

Ruhode was part of the University of Pretoria Cricket Academy, the alma mater of players such as AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis and Niel Wagner, and is now studying a Bachelor of Business in Sports Management. He also enjoys soccer and rugby union.

Apart from his involvement with the TOSCC, Ruhode will also be a part of the school community, supporting teaching staff and working in its sports programs.

“Sport has given me an education and an opportunity to make something out of my life, something I never dreamed of considering my background and where I come from,” he said.

Club president Brad Schaper welcomed Ruhode to the TOSers, excited to provide the next step for a cricketer keen to build a coaching portfolio.

“We’ve spoken to a variety of people about Ardene and he comes to us with strong recommendations. We really look forward to having him become part of our culture and create a new story for our club,” Schaper said.

Further details about a welcome event and pre-season dates will be announced later.

Schaper also acknowledged the significant contribution of outgoing coach Ali Forwood, who is stepping aside this season due to family and work commitments.

“Ali has been such a big contributor to our club over the years and he has left big shoes to fill, that much cannot be understated,” Schaper said.

“As a fellow player, I’m thankful for the professionalism and, ultimately, the successes that came during his coaching tenure.

“We look forward to Ali continuing to be a significant contributor to our club.”

Forwood has coached the club for a combined five seasons, which have produced four A-grade premierships and a B-grade flag, the current stint from 2017/18.

Southwell wins Bajcic Medal

Josh Southwell is the newest recipient of the Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club Peter Bajcic Medal for the A grade best and fairest.

Josh Southwell has won his first Peter Bajcic Medal as the A grade best and fairest.

Sadly, due to COVID19, Josh was unable to collect the award with the traditional transfer of the school blazer from the previous year’s winner, Austin Smith. The club held a video presentation instead.

It is the first time Dizzy has won the TOSCC’s leading award and it was gained in the club’s inaugural A1 season. He gained 37 votes.

The quieter half of our speed bowling duo, Josh was very unlucky not to make the ATCA A1 team of the year. If O’Hara don’t get ya, Southwell must.

Jarryd Furnell was runner-up with 30 votes.

In the B grade, Austin Smith won the best and fairest with 28.5 votes.

Restricted to B grade, due to his back problems, Austin let his bat do the talking in 2019/20, scoring two centuries and leading the side into A3 – a huge effort from the club.

Austin Smith claimed the B grade medal.

Austin’s brother-in-law Matt Bailey, in his first season with the TOSCC, was runner-up with 28 votes.

C grade co-captain Nick Paget (45 votes) wrapped up his second best and fairest, ahead of co-skipper Jase Morgan (40 votes).

Pagey’s biggest asset was his spin bowling, which always sucks in the opposition. But he did have the happy knack of collecting red ink this season, not out six times and collecting some valuable end-of-innings runs.

Nick Paget has won his second C grade best and fairest.

In the D grade, the inaugural award was won by Charlie Collins (31 votes).

Charlie was always there in the D grade this season and took 14 wickets, while excelling in the field.

Runner-up was Kyal Roberts (29 votes).

Charlie Collins got away from the laptop to win the D grade B&F.

Finally, the Zorich Family Club Person of the Year Award was won by Mark Dearing.

Mark has been around the TOSCC for many years, supporting Mitch, but in recent times has been busy supporting the club by running the bar on a Saturday and ensuring the game-day tea break set-up is spot on.

Mark Dearing, legend.

Adding to his contribution has been the View From the Bar cartoon, which provided many laughs during the season.

He was named recipient of the award, ahead of people such as Ann and Ashleigh Smith, who provided great support to our B grade in 2019/20, and Brad Ratcliff, who was impressive in captaining the D grade side when asked to fill the key role.

A thank you also needs to go to Ali Forwood and his team, including Tim Viner-Smith and Nathan Kennedy, for their efforts in coaching the side.

Thank you to everyone for their contributions in the season past and we will see you again in 2020/21 (hopefully).

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TOS Wrap 19: Promotion to A3 secured and some disappointing news

Scott Lee’s 5/20 in the D grade was a massive highlight in our final matches of the season.

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.

B grade


• 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.

C grade


• 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.

D grade


• 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.

Celebrating the heroes of 2009/10

This weekend the TOSCC celebrates the 10th anniversary of our club’s first premiership.

When our boys were younger, skinnier, had more hair. The only thing that hasn’t changed is that they’re still champions.

The victory came as somewhat of an anti-climax with the second day’s play of the C1 grand final against Unley washed out – we won having finished higher on the ladder at the completion of the minor round.

On the first day, though, we’d put runs on the board, which is always important in a final, and had made 199.

We’d made a rough start, being 2/5, with Mick Rutherford and Adrian Zorich both dismissed for ducks.

As has been the case in many finals, Eythan Barraclough held steady and Kev Dawson (18) helped the cause.

Barra was eventually fourth wicket down for 47 and we were 4/91.

At that point, Tavis Beere stepped in and kept up the scoring, making 49.

His dismissal at 127 prompted a collapse, with Tim Viner-Smith and Geoff Steele also falling to have us 7/135.

Keith Hooker didn’t last much longer and it was looking pretty bleak.

Here Jace O’Hara stepped in to score a crucial 42, his highest score for the club until the 2018/19 season when he made his sole 50.

Brad Cameron also showed some resistance to make 17 batting at number 10, giving little hint that he would later become the club’s leading century scorer.

The pair shared a 52-run ninth-wicket stand, before both were dismissed on 199 – nipping another fine innings from Ben Johnson in the bud (0*).

Unley were 0/14 in reply, but the weather intervened and granted the TOSers their first title. As is the case in the five A grade premierships since, celebrations went long and strong.

O’Hara pins them

With the grand final a washout, we should look the semi-final, a match that saw Jace O’Hara blast through fourth-placed Modbury to take 6/29 and dismiss them for 61.

Batting first, we’d made 168 from 64 overs in an innings that gave the underdogs some (soon to be demolished) hope of sneaking an upset.

Dawson (38) and Zorich (28) put together some good scores at the top of the order, while Steele (31) and Hooker (21) added some runs before the tail rapidly gave way.

With plenty of time left to play on day one, we ripped into Modbury before completing the rout on day two.

O’Hara bowled five maidens as he outclassed the opposition, while the only other two bowlers used, Hooker and Cameron, took a wicket each (the remaining scalps were run outs).

Hooker was miserly, conceding just 14 runs off his 12 overs. Each of these three bowlers are still among our top four leading wicket-takers today.

Other season highlights

  • Finished minor premiers for the first time (eight wins, one draw, two losses).
  • Round four created a then record club top score of 9/395 against Gaza (we also scored 9/390 in round 11 against Golden Grove).
  • Both of those scores remain in our top five highest scores of all time.
  • Our 9/390 in the final minor round match included seven players who scored over 25 runs, but with no centuries. Top score – T. Viner-Smith 81.
  • Ali Forwood scored a club record 186 against Gaza (still the highest score by a TOSer).
  • In the same game, Tom Forwood scored 100* – but was it really Tom?
  • Dismissed Pooraka for 30 in round five for a record lowest score against (still third on our list of lowest scores against).
  • Brad Cameron took the first three of his now club record nine five-wicket hauls.
  • Keith Hooker took 6/11 against Pooraka, which included the club’s first hat-trick.
  • It was the first season in which we fielded a B grade: playing in LO5 and finishing in sixth position with seven wins.
  • B grade captain: Ash Hutchings; Best and fairest: Darryl Cohen.
  • Shaun Cooper took the club’s first B grade five-wicket haul (5/27).

Honour roll

President: Adrian Zorich; Vice-president: Ben Johnson; Secretary: Ash Hutchings; Treasurer: Stef Lainas.

Bjacic Medal winner: Brad Cameron.

Captain: Tim Viner-Smith.

Leading runs: Ali Forwood; Leading wickets: Jace O’Hara.