Saturday saw the final round in what was a very shortened and frustrating season for players, coaches and parents alike. With the weather playing havoc again only four matches were able to be completed. Full credit to the ground staff at TGS for getting the Number 1 Oval to a state where the pitch was playable after three weeks of torrential rain.
Arriving at Woollahra 2 oval, the 1st XI boys knew they had to bring their “A” game if they wanted to compete with a red hot Cranbrook side. Losing the toss and bowling, Trinity failed to make early inroads as the Cranbrook openers set about building an imposing total. They batted sensibly throughout the innings, punishing any short bowling. Shivam W (11 Ke) bowled well to claim two wickets. Cranbrook finished on 235 off their 50 overs. In reply, Trinity’s chase got off to a slow start, with Cranbrook applying a lot of pressure with the ball. Only Shivam was able to provide a meaningful contribution with a score of 52 not out on the way to Trinity’s total of 125. It was a disappointing way to end the season but the most definitely the best team won on the day. Trinity should be buoyed by the fact that 10 out of the 11 players can back up and play again next season in the pursuit of a CAS premiership.
Trinity bowled first and restricted Cranbrook to a manageable total of 125. The run chase got off to a slow start with TGS 3-33 off 16 overs. This left a lot for the lower order to do, but Aryan Nair (10 Yo) batted with purpose to get the side within striking distance. As wickets were tumbling around him, Aryan continued to play his shots and the equation got down to 34 runs required off 27 balls with only one wicket remaining. Hugh MacMaster (12 Sc) was the last man in and together they got the rate down to 18 off 12 and then only 10 runs to win off 10 balls, and the 2nd XI boys were getting excited. Unfortunately, there was a run out the following ball and the side lost by nine runs. It was another case of oh so close for the 2nd XI. Despite the loss, the side kept smiling and enjoyed what was the final game in TGS colours for a number of the players.
The skies cleared and the 10As were provided with an opportunity for a premiership.
After winning the toss and sending Cranbrook into bat, Tom Huynh (10 Ke) and Jayden Skuse (10 Ar) continued their rich vein of form and captured two early wickets. Further reinforcements from Lochlan Demark (10 Sc), 2/12 and debutant Cooper Shepard (10 Hi) 2/8 would see us restrict Cranbrook to 9/49 from their 20 overs.
The chase began slowly and the Cranbrook bowlers were creating plenty of pressure, which would eventually see Trinity wobble their way to 3/25. It was from there that Oliver Pearson (10 Sc), in his first game for the As would provide a steady hand and top score for the team as he hit three quick boundaries. Oliver was dismissed for 15, and despite the game sitting on a knife-edge, it was appropriate that Tom Huynh be the one to hit the winning runs.
The boys claimed victory with three overs to spare and secured themselves a share of the premiership.
It was a pleasure to be involved with such a fine group of young men, and I look forward to seeing their success in the near future.
Mick Snowden | 10A Coach
On Saturday 12 March we were up against Cranbrook. We won the toss and chose to bat and this saw our two amazing openers both score 50s, with Aaryn Jamwal (7 Ho) scoring 80 and Aaron Patel (7 Ta) scoring 50 plus. We then had Tom Blackman (7 Du) come in and hit an astonishing three sixes with two going out of the School. We were flying at that point and then Marcus Prideaux (7 WH) came in and scored a quick 78 unbeaten to close our innings.
Cranbrook commenced their innings, chasing 283 to win. Emerson Urbano (7 We) opened the bowling with a great first over, frustrating the batsman. Fynn Byrne (7 Mu) continued to build pressure from the other end. Cranbrook had a good opening partnership but this ended with a run out. Cranbrook then formed another good partnership, with both batsmen scoring 50s but one of them was soon dismissed. Now 3/113, Cranbrook needed 180 to win with 15 overs left. They failed to do that, due to the great effort of our bowlers and pressure from the field, with Tom Blackman, warming up for the AFL season, taking a catch typical of an AFL mark.
Trinity won by 120 runs. It was a well played match by Cranbrook considering it was their first match of the season. All in all, the Trinity 7As bonded well and had fun despite the weather. We are looking forward to the next season.
Thomas Wood | (7 WJ) 7A Captain
I would like to extend my thanks to all players, coaches and parents for the efforts that everyone put into what was certainly a different type of season. The level of commitment shown was simply outstanding and I am sure that everyone is looking forward to playing a “proper” season of good Cricket next summer. I would encourage all boys to get as much practice as they can in the off season in order to hit the ground running in term 4.
Ian Moran | Director of Cricket