Cold November rain – but no umbrella fields. Hooker finishes with 10 wickets.

It was a strange old day for Trinity Old Scholars on the cricket field, with the A grade praying the rain held off and the B grade looking for it to bucket down.


In the end, the wet weather provided just good enough conditions for the A grade to secure a win, but fall just short of an outright, with another five scalps giving Nick Hooker his maiden 10-wicket haul – a solid achievement.

His bowling efforts followed some hitting heroics that helped put the TOSers in with a chance of running down an outright victory.

Hooker hit an unbeaten 42 off 29 balls to help the side to a 95-run lead.

Earlier Brad Cameron (63) and Mitch Dearing (28) had contributed to the team’s pursuit and passing of Pooraka’s 123.

Grey day
It was a wet day at Waldeck.

With the rain coming down, Pooraka put an outright firmly on the cards as they crumbled to 6/34 before Andrew Tomkins and Dave Hammond staved off the Trinity charge to take their team past the score deficit.

The seventh and final wicket fell on 101, with Hooker collecting Tomkins to get his fifth as the rain continued to fall.


Nick’s stats facts

  • Young Hooker took 10/61
  • He has three five-wicket hauls for the season so far.
  • Nick is only the third Trinity Old Scholar to complete a 10-wicket match – the first to do it was his father, Keith (13/48 v Reynella in B2 in 2011/12). The other is Mitch Dearing.
  • A2 is the highest grade in which this milestone has been achieved.

Rained on, but not rained out

In the B grade, the boys were bedevilled by an under-prepared wicket, spinners bowling balls that spat and bounced off the moist deck and rain that just didn’t do enough for them to get off the field.

Nathan Kennedy scored 60 in an impressive innings on a spitting deck.

The task was already difficult, with the Adelaide Lions setting a target of 335 the week before, but when the visitors tied us up we were soon 4/31 and the rain was a long way off helping the lads salvage a draw.

There were more maidens than you’ll see in an average ep of The Bachelor but the Lions weren’t handing out any roses.

Nathan Kennedy (60) and Grady Hudd (51) tamed the wicket sufficiently to forge a 112-run partnership but their dismissals, in quick time after tea, saw the end approaching rapidly.

We were soon dismissed for 150 with the Lions celebrating wildly in the drizzle.


Meanwhile, the week’s weather conditions meant the C grade and women’s teams were unable to get on the field.

This weekend:

T20 v Modbury (Modbury, Tuesday); A grade v Unley (Waldeck); B grade v Fulham (Colins Reserve); C grade v Hope Valley (St Paul’s); Women v Reynella (Reynella).

Aussie goes boom boom – again! Bailee and our women’s cricketers make history

A smash and grab on Golden Grove has seen Trinity Old Scholars emerge on top after day one of the much-anticipated rematch of last year’s grand finalists.

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A 108-run opening stand between Ali Forwood and Dan Elvin (39) meant the TOSers were looking good from the start.

Skipper Eythan Barraclough (31) helped take the score to 169 before the Grove got a double breakthrough.

Forwood looked set to score his fourth century for the club, but found himself LBW for 93 after a power-packed innings that included 10 fours and three sixes.

That brace of dismissals might have brought a reprieve for the Grove, but it was not to be as Austin Smith again gave the opposition nightmares.

‘Boom Boom’  teamed up with Mitch Dearing (25), Jace O’Hara (50) and Jarryd Furnell (28) to pile on the runs and take the score to 6/374 from 80 overs.

He finished unbeaten on 84, as well as sharing a 97-run dig with O’Hara, who’d have been glad to avoid a third-straight golden duck.

It was Smith’s third 50 in consecutive matches and his highest score for the TOSers, while O’Hara’s half-century was his first for the club.

Trinity will, of course, need to back up its effort this Saturday, but the weekend’s effort takes it total runs scored against Golden Grove in its past three games to 912.

B grade struggle

Things are a little bleak for our B grade, which was dismissed for about 151 against Goodwood at Cabra.

Dylan Milhench hit 48, while Nick Goodman (28) and skipper Grady Hudd (21) also made contributions.

In reply, Goodwood settled comfortably to be 50 runs short of first innings points with all of their wickets still in hand.


C grade lose

The C grade’s biggest highlight was Bailee Major becoming the first female to play in a TOS men’s side, acquitting herself well with a catch, some very conversational banter with the opposition and not backing down to the opposition’s fastest bowler.

However, it was not enough for us to get a win as our concession of runs to Multicultural came back to hurt us.

They made 184 with Keith Hooker (2/8), in a long-awaited return, Dylan Winning and skipper Nick Paget all taking a pair of scalps.

Sadly, Hooks’ day soured quickly, popping a hamstring soon after completing his first spell.

In reply, we lost a wicket early before Keegan French (58) and Mark Williams (42), visiting from Melbourne, putting on a 100-run partnership.

The quick fall of their wickets saw hopes of victory plunge as we lost 9/34, including 4/0, to be dismissed for 134, 50-runs short.

Bailee Major
Bailee Major departs the field after an impressive C grade debut


Historic match

Meanwhile, our women’s side played their historic first night match at Waldeck, but it was Northern District shining brightest at the end of the match.

The Jets, featuring a sprinkling of young Trinity talent, made 4/142 with Tamra Cross taking 2/11.

In reply, we stumbled early and found it hard to push through the slower outfield to score 4/84 from our 20 overs.

Major backed up from her earlier efforts to score 31, her highest score, while Brooke Moreland also made 24.

Moreland runs rampant to provide the weekend’s highlight for TOSers

The TOSers collected three wins on the weekend, but just couldn’t quite complete the fourth.

Brooke Moreland

Brooke Moreland scored an unbeaten 95 for the Trinity Old Scholars women’s cricket team on the weekend, falling just short of the first century at this level.

Our women’s team, playing their first game of the season provided the highlight of the weekend, with a solid batting effort against Reynella.

Brooke Moreland dispatched the bowlers to all parts with an unbeaten 95, including 16 fours and a six.

She had support from Leah Clifton, who scored 28* in an unbroken 166-run partnership with Moreland that took the score to 2/180.

If you ask our national champion, Bailee Major, Moreland had a lot to make up for having run her out and deprive her of a big innings.

In reply, Reynella mustered 74 from its innings.

Major, Clifton and Mel Hardy each took two wickets, while debutant Beth Viner-Smith claimed a scalp.

Also playing her first game for Trinity was Emily Mann, welcome to the club.


Partnerships hurt

It was a tale of batting partnerships in the A grade match (reduced to a one-dayer after play was abandoned on day one).

Rostrevor batted first and managed strong partnerships throughout the innings to score 7/223.

Jarryd Furnell took the first of his two wickets with the score on 56, before Jace O’Hara (4/45) came back towards the end of the innings to collect two braces of wickets on 193 and 213.

Rostrevor made scoring hard early and the TOSers lost steady wickets to be 6/75, before Aussie Smith found the support of Furnell (25) and then to an extent Jacob Snook, on A-grade debut, and Brad Schaper (16*).

Smith hurried to 56 off 51 balls, but he soon fell and so did hopes of a win as the score reached 9/185 after 40 overs.


B grade battle

Chasing our 9/320, Unley made a good fist of the target, falling just 10 runs short of victory in a committed effort.

At tea, the TOSers had taken two wickets and were finding it hard to get the breakthroughs needed on a deck that gave only occasional encouragement for the bowlers.

Brave captaincy from Jace Morgan saw Nick Hooker and Jamie Forwood entrusted with bowling through the final session to try and secure the wickets needed to collect a win.

With only five wickets lost, Unley looked in prime position to run down the score, but an excellent catch from Forwood at square leg (off Hooker) and another to Kennedy (off Forwood) turned the game in our favour.

Needing 18 off the final over, Unley’s last pair couldn’t steal the win from the TOSers, who had worked extremely hard to get the points.

Hooker was the star, claiming a critical five wickets, while Jase Collyer made his debut for the club.


Close stuff

Nervous times for the C grade as they chased Modbury’s 9/138, getting the runs with eight wickets down.

Daniel Tanti, on debut for the club, made 45 at the top of the order, while the returning Matt Claughton (21) and Sam Peters (27) each made contributions.

But it was up to Josh Southwell (20) to get the team over the line for the win.

Earlier in the day, Claughton and Southwell each took three wickets, with the evergreen Scott Lee collecting two.

Wash outs and a bloke going whack

The A grade and C grade had the week off on Saturday, with the As not getting under way due to a wet pitch and the Cs receiving a forfeit.

Luckily for them, there was still plenty of ‘live action’ down at Kingswood Oval where the B grade took on Unley.

It was great to see Jamie Forwood pull on the whites again, while Jase Morgan took the reins as skipper for the first time.

Also, congrats to Jason Collyer on his first B-grade appearance. After losing the toss and being sent into the bat, the boys looked in a bit of trouble early after losing a few quick wickets.

Enter Rob McLean – aka ‘Robbie Mac’, ‘The Great Man’, ‘Mac Attack’…we could go on forever.

Ever the great club man, Rob selflessly put his hand up to play on Thursday night when the team was struggling for numbers – and the cricket gods repaid him in spades.

After getting his innings going with some elegant drives through cover, Rob proceeded to plunder the Unley attack to all parts of the ground.

Mixed with some dash between the wickets not seen by too many other 42-year-olds, Rob raced to 50 in no time – and those present at the grade, including the whole A-grade team who were watching – began to wonder: could he do it?

Already in unchartered territory – Rob’s previous higest score for TOS was 44 in 2013 – he continued to take it to the Unley attack.

After some close shaves in the nervous nineties, a quick single to mid-on brought Rob his hundred, with the celebration that followed putting Davey Warner to shame.

The great man freed his arms thereafter, putting a number of deliveries over the rope – and one into the car park – before being stumped on a colossal 151.

Rob’s knock provided the backbone to Trinity’s innings, with some lower-order fireworks from Nick Hooker (70 not out) helping the team to declare at 9/320.

The boys had eight overs at Unley before stumps, but were unable to take a wicket.

Play will resume this Saturday with the A-grade hopeful of playing a one-dayer against Rostrevor, while the C grade take on Modbury away.

TOSers sizzle as Big O and Stef rock Fulham


The Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club’s A grade finished off its opening ATCA A2 match of the 2018/19 campaign in sizzling fashion, defeating Fulham by 154 runs.

Set 276 for victory, Fulham collapsed under the heat of a solid team bowling effort that was set off by returning player Jace O’Hara.

The Big O took 3/22 from 10.2 overs and his early inroads gave an opening for his team-mates to exploit, which they did to full effect.

Stef Lainas showed why he is always a welcome addition to the A grade side, taking an exceptional 3/16 from 13 overs, while Mitch Dearing took 2/21.

We batted again and Dearing (80) and Alex Cotter (36) made the most of it as we knocked up 3/150 from just 19 overs.

Disappointingly our B grade, who had high hopes of chasing down 162, lost their last seven wickets in rapid fashion to be dismissed for just 106.

Modbury had a second hit and clattered 7/167 from 36 overs.

The day’s highlight was probably skipper Grady Hudd taking his first wicket for the club.
Anyone who’s seen him bowl in the nets will know this is a remarkable achievement.

The C grade had a pretty good line-up for their first game in LO4, but expectations were not met, with the boys dismissed for just 136 by Gepps Cross.

The visitors nearly missed the win, losing eight wickets in pursuit.

Congrats to Jason Collyer and Joel Schories on their debuts for the club.

Saturday night saw our first big event of the season and it was definitely a night to remember.

Our next big event is our Poker Night, put November 17 in your diary.

This week: A grade v Rostrevor OC (Rostrevor), B grade v Unley (Kingswood Oval), C grade v Walkerville (Gawler River).


Capping off a new tradition

This season the Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club has instituted a new tradition for players who attain life membership by playing 100 games – a Baggy Yellow cap.

The new playing cap will be awarded to players on the occasion of their 100th game.

At this stage in the club’s history, only a handful of men have achieved this honour, among them players integral to the formative years of the club and faithful Lions’ servants.

Club president and inaugural team member Adrian Zorich, along with 2017/18 A-grade premiership players Alex Cotter, Brad Cameron and Tim Viner-Smith have all received their caps in presentations at the Pavilion.

Club captain Eythan Barraclough and inaugural team member and club sponsor Ben Johnson will soon receive their caps.

We look forward to adding more players to this illustrious list as the years progress.