Cricket vs St Aloysius’

Darcey Mooney (12La) of the 1st XI with a focus on line and length

Drizzling rain across last Saturday did not eventuate into the forecasted afternoon thunderstorms and thus all cricket teams completed their scheduled fixtures against St Aloysius’ College on Saturday. Below are reports from numerous teams that competed on the day. 

1st XI

Trinity won the toss and elected to bat. Conditions were difficult, with a couple of rain delays, a slow pitch and spongy outfield, making scoring tricky and slow. Trinity was travelling reasonably well at 4/94 at the 30 over mark, with James Moore (10Ta) leading the charge and scoring a solid 37. Unfortunately, the boys struggled from that point on with the bat, collapsing in the next 12 overs to be bowled out for 106. 

St. Aloysius’ started their innings off quite well and at the 20 over mark were 2/50 and in control of the match. The Trinity bowlers hung in and were eventually rewarded for their patience and persistent line and length. In the middle overs, runs started to dry up with some tight bowling and the wickets began to fall. Jasper Scott (9WH) bowled economically without luck whilst Ryan Gupta (10WJ) 3/12, Shivam Wadhera (10Ke) 3/24,and Darcy Mooney (12La) 2/20, did all the damage in the wicket column. St. Aloysius’ in the space of 15 overs went from in control of the match to 8/92 and still needing ten runs to win a reduced overs match. There was no fairytale ending for the Trinity Boys, unfortunately. Credit must go to our very young team who really applied themselves with the ball and in the field to almost snatch an improbable victory.  

Mr Andrew Payne | 1st XI Coach

James Moore (10Ta) preparing to play across the line for the 1st XI
Shivam Whadera (10Ke) post wicket in 1st XI team celebration

2nd XI

On Saturday 6 February the 2nd XI resumed the CAS cricket season with a match-up against St. Aloysius’ at College Oval. Captain James Schroder (11WJ) won the toss and elected to bat. He, along with fellow opener Thomas Mackie (11La), got to work straight away with some positive stroke play to start the innings off in a positive manner, scoring at a run-rate of 4.2 for the first five overs. Persistent rain and consistent bowling from St Aloysius’ soon made scoring tough. This was the theme for the remainder of the innings, and while Trinity managed to see out their overs, untimely wickets and a relatively defensive mindset resulted in a low score of 7/113. Special mention must be made of Jack Trinder (11Hi) (42 from 46 balls) and James Schroder (11WJ) (32 from 42 balls), who batted with positivity and an appreciation for the context of the game. In defence of their total, the 2nd XI struggled to exert consistent pressure and take wickets. Left-armer Hugh MacMaster (11Sc) shined in his 4-over spell taking 1/12, while off-spinner Abhi Popuri (12Sc) showed a return to form, bowling good areas for a return of 0/11 in his spell of 4 overs. Ben Wilkinson (11Mu) and Hari Kangatharan (11Hi) both took excellent catches. This week’s training priorities have focused on greater intensity with bat-in-hand and executing plans with greater accuracy when in the field.

Mr Neil Smallfield | 2nd XI Coach

10As

Last Saturday, the 10A cricket team headed out to College Oval to play a strong St Aloysius’ side. Trinity won the toss and elected to bat first. Opening batsmen, Jai Sharma (10Mu) and Maanav Bhandari (10Mu), had a good start, both seeing the opening bowlers out of their first spell. After drinks, St Aloysius’ picked up two quick wickets and Isaac Wyaat (10WJ) came in with a semi aggressive mindset, where he dispatched several balls to the boundary to score 22 runs. Trinity finished up with a total of 108 runs from 32 overs and with gloomy clouds overhead and some life in the pitch, the team felt there was a chance of defending this total. The opening bowlers for Trinity, Tom Powell (10WH) and Oscar Favelle (10Mu), bowled beautifully, picking up a few wickets each and were well supported by Isaac Wyatt and Liam Wingrave (10Ar) who bowled first change. In the final hour of the game, Christopher Kong (10La) and Jack Martin (10Sc) bowled consistently and kept the Trinity side in the game with some vital wickets. St Aloysius’ were able to overtake Trinity’s score with nine balls to spare and whilst Trinity were close, there were some invaluable lessons to take into the next game. 

Maanav Bhandari (10Mu) | Captain

8As

On a cloudy day, with light showers predicted at Castle Cove No. 2 Oval, Trinity won the toss and decided to bowl first. In the field, Ewan Fouracre (8WH) took a sharp catch to remove the opposition opener and Thomas Bermingham (8Mu) (1/4 off 5 overs) bowled an early economical spell. Rory Flanagan (8Fo) (1/15 off 6 overs), Tom Bishop (8Hi) (1/14 off 6 overs), Angus Royal (8Ar) (1/20 off 4 overs), Kiran Siva (8Ke) (1/4 off 2 overs), and Akash Shaw (8Ar) (1/5 off 2 overs) snared one wicket each. 

The Trinity 8As fielded well, taking six catches and obtaining two run outs and managed to restrict St Aloysius’ to a low total of 8/85 off 32 overs. With the bat, Trinity opening batter, Angus Royal (8Ar), displayed good technique against some excellent bowling and made a well-compiled 21 runs. Patrick Thomson (8Sc) came in with Trinity needing 38 runs to win off the last 12 overs. Patrick hit two fours in his innings of 31 not out and sneaked a number of cheeky singles to steer Trinity to victory. Trinity finished with 6/86, passing the opposition’s score with three balls remaining.

Mr Don Kesby | 8A coach

9Bs

On Saturday 6 February, the Trinity 9Bs played St Aloysius’ College at Bressington Park. Trinity batted first and scored an admirable 113 runs, their highest score for this iteration of the team. It was a close loss, with St Aloysius’ scoring 117 runs. All Trinity boys played well, giving their best effort and playing with new enthusiasm. Stand out efforts were Oliver Pearson’s (9Sc) 40 runs not out and Advaith Sundhar’s (9Ke) 40 runs.

Mr Bill Pratt | 9B Coach

Stumped by the Rules?

Deputy Master of the Senior School and Mathematics Teacher Mr Andrew Yarad has been umpiring Sydney 1st Grade first grade cricket in recent years and it has been great to see Trinity cricket coaches learn from his expertise on the rules of the game. The following question for the dinner table tonight from Mr Yarad is: what are the nine ways you can get out when batting?

Exciting News

Director of Cricket and PDHPE teacher Mr Ian Moran had an exciting weekend. After viewing various Trinity fixtures across Saturday, the former Sydney Sixer witnessed his old team win the Big Bash League on Saturday night against Perth Scorchers. The final excitement for Mr Moran finished with the birth of a baby boy on Monday. Congratulations to Mr Moran and his family on this news! In Mr Moran’s absence whilst on paternity leave, please forward any cricket related questions to lgray@trinity.nsw.edu.au

Mr Luke Gray | Acting Director of Cricket


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