Cricket vs Barker College
The unfamiliar sight of clear skies welcomed the Trinity side to Barker oval for their last match of the season. Following a lack of fortune over the past few matches, Trinity won the toss and elected to bat on a healthy pitch with plenty of runs to offer. Opening batsman, James Moore (10Ta), was the standout performer, scoring a splendid 70 runs, and proving that he will most certainly be a force to be reckoned with in coming years. James was supported by several other batsmen throughout the innings, with Trinity managing to compile a final total of 6-199 after their 50 overs. Although the batting conditions were just as favourable in the afternoon, the Trinity bowlers were booming with confidence, finally having been presented with an opportunity to defend a decent total. The bowling unit was led by paceman Shivham Wadhera (10Ke), exhibiting great signs of maturity as he took 2-19 off his six overs. However, the performance of the year was saved until the very last game, with leg-spinner Ryan Gupta (10WJ) recording the extraordinary figures of 5-27 from his ten overs. Overall, Trinity were able to bowl Barker out for 121 off just 33 overs, recording a compelling victory for their final game of the season. The win marks a fine end for the five Year 12s representing the 1st XI, closing the door on many long and fulfilling careers for Trinity cricket.
Emmanuel Grogan (12Fo)
On Saturday 6 March the 2nd XI hosted Barker College for the final fixture of the season and, for the Year 12 students, their final cricket match for Trinity. Therefore, the team was eager to put a good performance together and give the Year 12s a fitting send off. Having won the toss captain, James Schroder (11WJ), elected to bat, runs on the board being the preference on this occasion. At training, the focus had been positive batting, meaning clearer communication in the middle, better running between the wickets and backing yourself to put bad balls away to the boundary. The coaching staff were now keen to see this actioned in the game and the players themselves were eager to post a decent total, giving the bowlers something they could work with later in the game. Although the scoring rate was slow to begin with, wickets didn’t fall as regularly as they had done in previous games and at 2 – 66 at drinks (16 overs), the innings had a solid foundation. James Schroder’s 22 runs opening the innings played a significant role in this. After drinks, the batting effort suffered a collapse as Trinity lost 5 wickets for 21 runs and were reeling at 7 – 87. However, Zachary Pliatsikas (11Ho) galvanised the batting effort and led the counter-attack. His contribution of 28 runs off 23 balls was the core of a vital 8th wicket partnership of 38 runs that resurrected the home side’s innings. Trinity finished 10 – 139 and were well-placed to put pressure on the visitors. Going in to field, the team was well aware that consistent pressure and regular wickets were essential if they were going to subdue a powerful Barker team. Things got off to the perfect start as opening bowler Hugh MacMaster (11Sc) took a wicket off the second ball of the game. Barker then managed to stabilise their innings and were 3 – 73 at the half way mark. However, the post-drinks period belonged to Trinity as they strung several tight overs together and took three more wickets (James Schroder took two wickets in two balls). At 6 – 103 (25 overs), Barker were feeling the pressure but had some big hitters to come. Aggressive stroke play and a solid 7th wicket partnership got Barker into a good position and at 6 – 130 they looked set to chase the remaining runs with ease. James Hawkins (11He) had other ideas as he proceeded to take three wickets in seven balls to get Trinity back in the game and set up a thrilling finish (James Hawkins finished with figures of 4 – 14). In the end, Barker got home with just one wicket in hand and three balls left in the innings. They may have won this encounter but the 2nd XI finished the season on a high by showcasing the sort of cricket they can play and providing a memorable last game for the Year 12s in the process. Now that the season has concluded, several thanks are in order: Players – for your commitment to the cause and for always coming to training eager to learn and with a smile on your face; parents – for your support from the boundary and assistance with scoring; The Year 12s – Thomas McCrory (12Du) and Abhi Popuri (12Sc) – for your dedication to the 2nd XI and Trinity cricket in general and last but not least, James Schroder – thank you for leading the team with patience and positivity. I have thoroughly enjoyed coaching this team and have been pleased to see the individual growth experienced by each player. This bodes well for next season and I look forward to seeing them in action.
Neil Smallfield | 2nd XI Coach
An away fixture at George Christie Oval against Barker College presented an oval characterised by its short square boundaries and dodgy wicket. Stand-in captain, Gabriel Willis (12Ho), won the toss and made the bold decision to bowl first, a decision that would prove to be fruitful for the men in green and white. After a quiet start to proceedings, first change bowlers Olly White (12Fo) and Gabriel Willis each snared wickets in both of the overs in their first spell to have the hosts four wickets down early in the innings. The much improved Kai Roberts (12La) was brought into the attack and brought up his well-deserved first wicket of the season. Feeling the ascendency, Trinity turned to spin with Jay Campbell (11Sc) and Michael Lindsay (12Ke) who provided a couple of handy overs of Shane Warne-esque leg breaks that spun webs around the Barker batsmen. After taking a stunning catch in the deep, Leo Byfield (12Ke) was rewarded for his efforts and was given the ball to finish off the Barker tail. With momentum in hand, Leo was ruthless with ball in hand and snared his first wicket of the season. Strike bowler Gabriel Willis was brought in and finished off the Barker tail earning figures of 3/4 off three overs.
Chasing 105 runs to win, Trinity lost both opening batsmen cheaply. Fortunately for Trinity, the two form batsmen of the side, Hunter Hannaford (12Du) and Theo Hatton-Ward (12Sc), arrived at the crease. However, Barker then turned to spin which saw a collapse of the middle order with three wickets falling in as many overs. Skipper Hunter Hannaford decided to take matters into his own hands and dispatched the Barker bowlers all over the park and brought up his half century with a trademark six over deep square. After raising the bat, Hunter and his batting partner Olly White decided to take a more conservative approach, with Trinity only needing 40 runs to win off the remaining ten overs. In consideration of this new approach, both Trinity batsman hit sixes into the bushland surrounding George Christie Oval, which resulted in two replacement balls needing to be used. In a true captain’s knock that saw him finish on 83 not out, Hunter Hannaford hit the winning runs in the 14th over of the game, and the 3rd XI claimed their first win of the season. Special mention must go to Ms Draysey for her scoring efforts and support throughout the season. Furthermore, full credit must go to the boys for their tireless work during training, in which they were rewarded with a victory in their last game.
Nick Chan | 3rd XI Coach
The final Saturday of cricket saw the 9As head to Barker looking for a strong finish to a promising season. After sending Barker into bat, Trinity quickly went about putting a stranglehold on the game. By drinks Barker were 7-31 with all our bowlers taking at least one wicket. By the 18th over the Barker innings was bought to an end with 43 runs on the board. Sean Turner (9Mu) (3-6) and Thomas Huynh (9Ke) (2-10) were the pick of the bowlers.
Manav Rindani (9Mu) and Aryan Nair (9Yo) continued their strong batting form, running down the Barker score in the 7th over without losing a wicket. It was a fantastic way to draw the season to a close and I look forward to seeing many of these young men impress for the 1st XI in years to come.
Michael Snowden | 9A Coach
On Saturday 6/3/20, Barker made the trip to Trinity for the final game of the season. Trinity won the toss and decided to bat.
Run machine, Thomas Bermingham (8Mu) ,opened the batting and made a classy 50 not out before the break to steer his team to 2/62 off the first 15 overs. He had good support later in the innings from Patrick Thomson (8Sc) who made 16 runs. But it was Thomas Bermingham (8Mu) who was the star of the innings, finishing with 109 runs including ten 4s and eight 6s. In my opinion, this was Thomas’ best innings of the season because he hit the bad ball to the boundary and respected the good ball with an appropriate defensive shot. Trinity finished with a healthy total of 6/159 off 30 overs.
In the field, Kiran Siva (8Ke) struck early taking two wickets (2/12 off 3 overs) in a good opening spell of bowling. Nathan Chun (8Ho) was also one of the wicket takers (1/4 off 2 overs) but unfortunately injured his shoulder and was not able to finish his spell. Barker were on track at the break (4/79 off 15 overs). Rory Flanagan (8Fo) (1/22 off 5 overs) and Angus Royal (8Ar) (1/30 off 4 overs) toiled hard in the late overs, but it was up to Thomas Bermingham (8Mu) to come to the rescue. Thomas bowled an inspiration spell to finish with 3/7 off 4 overs but Barker were able to get over the line, passing Trinity’s total in the last over.
Another close game of quality cricket against Barker College!
Don Kesby | 8A Coach
Congratulations to the following boys who have recently gained representative selection:
- James Moore (10Ta) CIS Under 16 team, NSW Under 15 Metropolitan squad
- Ryan Gupta (10WJ) NSW Under 15 Metropolitan squad
- Thomas Bermingham (8Mu) NSW Metropolitan Under 14 Metropolitan squad
- Emmanuel Grogan (12Fo) CAS Opens team
I would like to express my thanks to all players, parents, and coaches for their efforts this season. While it hasn’t been the most successful season on the field, I am sure that there have been many valuable lessons learnt. I would encourage all players to get in as much off-season training as possible over the winter months and be ready to come back and contribute to a bigger and better season 2021-22.
Ian Moran | Director of Cricket
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