On Saturday 12 November, the full contingent of cricket teams enjoyed fixtures against St Aloysius’ College and Knox Grammar School. While none of these teams tasted victory on this occasion, there were still a number of impressive performances with bat and ball. A. Fudeh (7Yo) is to be congratulated on his knock of 51 for the 8B, as is A. Kountouris (8Mu) for his 50 not out for the 9A.
Neil Smallfield | Acting Cricket Co-ordinator
Day 1 – Trinity won the toss and elected to bat on a good batting surface. After a poor start with the bat, Trinity was 3-20 and needing to steady the ship. A. Frazer (10Mu) provided resistance and batted for 20 plus overs, but a regular succession of wickets from the other end saw Trinity bowled out for 144, a total well short of par on a good wicket with a beautiful outfield. St. Aloysius’ approached their batting with greater application and purpose, finishing the day at 2-115.
Day 2 – St. Aloysius’ had no trouble overhauling Trinity’s first innings total and finally declared at 6-225 with a lead of just over 80 runs. Best of the Trinity bowling – R. Gupta (11WJ) 3-59 and S. Wadhera (11Ke) 2-33. Trinity shuffled the batting order somewhat and sent A. Frazer (10Mu – 47 not out) and M. Rindani (10Mu – 35 not out) in to open the second innings and both boys batted with greater determination and application. St. Aloysius’ gave up the chase for an outright win at tea with Trinity 0-83.
Result – First innings win to St. Aloysius’.
Andrew Payne | 1st XI Coach
The 2nd XI again suffered a narrow defeat, this time against St Aloysius’. The day started positively with T. Dawson (10Ta) and L. Demark (10Sc) making early inroads to have Aloy’s 3-23. But the opposition fought hard throughout the middle of the day with their number 4 playing an outstanding innings of 108. Going into the final hour of play, any of the three results were possible. It was a tight and tense finish, but due to some good batting and a few crucial mistakes, the team were unable to defend the total with St Aloysius’ reaching the target with just two balls to spare. The boys did a lot right and, despite going winless so far, should still take a lot of confidence into the coming fixtures.
Nigel Cowell | 2nd XI Coach
The 10A came to TGS early in the morning on Saturday with one goal: to have fun. We knew that the opposition had posted a mammoth total and that we would have to fight very hard to stay in the game. Trinity resumed 1-26 and overnight batters N. Chun (9Ho) and P. Thompson (9Sc) started positively, building a solid partnership to see Trinity through to 1-57. However, when the latter fell for 23, Trinity were unable to build a substantial partnership again. The highlight for Trinity was opener N. Chun who, despite wickets falling consistently around him, remained steadfast at the crease eventually falling for 38 off 144 balls. His innings displaying great patience, agility and perseverance, showing his teammates how it’s done. Trinity were eventually all out for 102.
St Aloysius’, determined to spend more of their Saturday in the scorching Sydney sun, enforced the follow on, but Trinity made it their mission to give the opposition no more joy that day. Promoted to opening the batting, L. Stevens (9We) enjoyed some time in the middle, working the ball and running between wickets nicely. M. Larrota (9Sc) and E. Fouracre (9WH) saw Trinity through to stumps late on Day 2, Trinity 2-46. The boys will be looking to bounce back against Waverley next week!
Jordan Gupta | 10A Coach
The second day of the 9A match against St Aloysius’ was set to be psychologically challenging for the Trinity boys. Having already lost the match on day one, Trinity was left with a slim chance of a second innings win, but primarily had to prevent an outright loss. Thus, there was little to win, but much to lose.
Play started with St Aloysius’ at 6-144, a 55 run lead. Trinity knew that it was important to get the last four wickets quickly if they were to have a chance to win the second innings. A. Yee (8Ta) got a wicket early by claiming the middle stump of the opposition batsman. J. Tsang (8We) got two wickets of his own. The first featured a skilful forward diving catch by L. Ellis (8Yo). The second came after a series of balls which hit the batsman’s pads, but either pitched outside leg or were sliding down leg. He decided to change his angle by bowling around the wicket. The result was an LBW wicket on his first ball. The final wicket of the innings was the result of high intensity fielding to run the number 11 batsman out. Unfortunately, a large number of extras allowed Aloy’s to reach 195 runs, a lead of 96.
The size of the deficit meant that Trinity was without much chance to wining the second innings. Thus, the decision was made to bat the rest of the day out and prevent an outright loss. An illness presented the opportunity for J. Tsang (8We) to open the batting. He looked competent in this position but was run out early attempting to take an unnecessary run. At 1-5, the role of stabilising the innings and preventing another batting collapse was placed on S. Narayanan (8Hi) and A. Kountouris (8Mu). The latter was the cornerstone of the innings. He batted for almost three sessions and ended on a score of 50 not out. S. Narayanan batted for nearly two hours and dissipated most worries of an outright loss. His dismissal brought J. Acland (8Fo) to the crease and he went on the offensive by sending four lofted drives to the boundary before being dismissed. In came H. Turner (8Ta), who, in characteristic fashion, punished loose bowling to score a quick 14 runs. Unfortunately, he was caught at slip on the third last ball of the match. M. Flynn (8Ho) saw off the last two balls to secure the second innings draw. Trinity ended at 4-109.
This was all-round an improved performance from the Trinity side. It highlights that they are much better than the result which they produced on day one of this match. They will look to put in another good showing in the return match against St Aloysius’ next term.
The last two rounds of this term are Friday-Saturday matches. This is an exciting prospect for the boys. It is imperative that they are not overwhelmed by the spectacle and turn up with focus and a determination to win.
Thomas Thorpe | 9A Coach
It was a tough day at the office for the 8A side on Saturday 12 November. Trinity was bowled out for 40 runs after 18 overs and Waverley passed the total after 13 overs. A. Lee (8Ta) was Trinity’s only wicket-taker finishing with figures of 1-6 off four overs.
Don Kesby | 8A coach