Cricket vs Knox Grammar School

Last week proved a good test in our fixture against Knox Grammar School. Leading into the round, it looked like rain would cancel most fixtures, but the reverse occurred with all but one fixture played. In this week’s Bulletin, we have reports from the 1st XI, 2nd XI and 8A teams. We also go ‘around the grounds’ to learn about notable individual performances, and last but not least, Mr Yarad returns to test out our knowledge of cricket rules in ‘Stumped by the Umpire’.

Shivam W (10Ke)
Ashton F (9Mu) guiding the ball through the cover region

1st XI

All eyes were on the toss this week as there had been a lot of rain and the wicket had spent a significant amount of time under the covers. Unfortunately, Trinity lost the toss and were sent into bat. The wicket had some movement early and despite the slow going, Trinity got off to a reasonable start being 2/52 at the 20 over mark with James Moore (10Ta) on 32. Trinity found the going tough in the middle overs and were eventually found struggling to survive at 8/86. A couple of late partnerships saw the tail wag significantly, and credit must go to Nicholas Enno (12Hi) 16, Sam Newton (10WJ) 16 and Jasper Scott (9WH) 26 as Trinity posted a total of 142. The wet weather that was forecast did not eventuate and batting conditions improved dramatically in the afternoon. This made it difficult to stem the runs and defend a modest total. Knox ran out winners, but Trinity did not go down without a fight. Knox finished the day on 5/145 with Darcy Mooney (12La) the pick of the bowlers, taking 1/11 off his six overs.

Andrew Payne | Coach

2nd XI

On Saturday 20 February, the 2nd XI travelled to Curagul for their Round 8 fixture against Knox. Trinity was sent in to bat and found the going tough from the start. Knox’s tight bowling and well-set fields made scoring difficult and boundary opportunities were few and far between. This consistent pressure resulted in wickets falling at regular intervals. Despite this, some positive batting from Hari Kangatharan (11Hi), Isaac Wyatt (10WJ) and Hugh MacMaster (11Sc) enabled Trinity to put 92 runs on the board. It would take an exceptionally disciplined bowling effort to defend this score and Hugh MacMaster (11Sc) got things off to the perfect start with a wicket in the 2nd over. Knox however, were resolute and soon brought stability to their innings. In the end, the home team were able to hit the winning runs in the 15th over for a comfortable win. Hugh was the pick of the bowlers, with figures of 1/12 from four overs. The 2nd XI is yet to put a complete performance together but with continued positivity and sound work ethic, this may be just around the corner. I would like to thank Isaac Wyatt (10WJ) and Tom Powell (10Fo) from the 10A team for stepping in when illness ruled out two players.

Neil Smallfield | Coach


On a hot, humid day at Lower Gillespie, Trinity won the toss and decided to bat first. Scoring was difficult on a slow pitch and with an outfield of high-cut, wet, spongy grass. All batsman struggled to score except Thomas ‘run-machine’ Bermingham (8Mu) who summed up the conditions early and decided to hit as many fours and sixes as he could. While Tom was dropped a few times, he demonstrated that ‘when you hit the ball so hard and so high the opposition has to catch them’! In another masterclass display of clean-hitting Tom hit 4 fours and 7 sixes (including one that smashed a car windscreen) and carried his bat to make 85 not out. Trinity finished with 6/126 off 32 overs. In the field, it was another brilliant display of tight bowling and good catching and throwing from the mighty 8As. Rory Flanagan (8Fo) (1/11 off five overs) was impressive. He opened the bowling, snared an early wicket, and then bowled two accurate overs toward the end of the innings. Patrick Thomson (8Sc) (1/2 off four overs) also bowled an impressive opening spell of aggressive outswing bowling that gave the Knox batsman very little to score off and captured the wicket of the Knox ‘big-hitter’ late in Knox’s innings. But it was Thomas Bermingham (8Mu) (1/4 off five overs) who topped off an incredible day! He did the damage early, snaring 3/0 off his first three overs and capturing a late wicket at the end of the innings to finish with 4/2 off five overs. The Trinity 8As again fielded well, taking four catches and managed to restrict Knox to a total of 6/92 off 32 overs. This was a resounding 34-run win against a quality Knox side.

Don Kesby | Coach

Around the Grounds

A notable performance in the 7B game was James Hendry (7Ta) taking 2/7 off three overs and in the 8B game, Ewen Fouracre (8WH) scored 43 runs. The 9As were washed out and in the 9B game, Rohit Dixit (9Hi) was outstanding in the field, and Advit Jangwal (9We) scoring a personal best of 21 runs. In the 10A game, Liam Wingrave (10Ar) had excellent energy in the field with his communication and enthusiasm to keep the ball off the rain affected outfield, whilst in the 3rd XI, Hunter Hannaford (12Du) scored an excellent 58 runs.

Stumped by the Rules?

Last week, Deputy Head of Senior School, Mathematics Teacher and Sydney Grade Cricket 1st Grade Umpire, Mr Andrew Yarad, provided us with a question for the dinner table which was: if the ball hits the batsman on the helmet (without touching any other body part or piece of equipment) and goes over the boundary on the full, how many runs is it?

The answer = 4.

Two weeks ago, Mr Yarad’s question was about the nine ways to be dismissed in cricket. There used to be ten ways to be dismissed, but one mode of dismissal was incorporated with the nine below:

1. Bowled

2. Caught

3. LBW

4. Stumped

5. Run out

6. Obstructing the field

7. Hit Wicket

8. Hit the ball twice

9. Timed out

The first student to speak to Mr Yarad in person who can explain what that dismissal was and where it has gone will win a small prize (chocolate bar).

The question for this week from Mr Yarad is: It is the last ball of the over and the batter hits the ball towards fine leg. The wicket keeper removes his glove to chase, but the fine leg fielder gets the ball first and throws towards the stumps. The ball hits the wicket keeper’s glove on the ground, when the batters have completed two runs. How many runs are scored and is it the end of the over?

All the best to all teams tomorrow in their round against Cranbrook.

Luke Gray | Acting Director of Cricket

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