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Trinity’s sluggish start
& ROB McLEAN
TRINITY Old Scholars will need
a strong defence after scraping
through with just 120 runs
against Goodwood, in round six
of Adelaide Turf A3 cricket on
After carrying momentum into the
break with their fifth win of the
season, the Old Scholars' return
was less than ideal.
With the temperature peaking, it
was clearly a day to win the toss
Chief TOSer Alex Cotter managed
to do exactly that, but the boys did
not make the most of the tough
Both openers were dismissed with
only four runs on the board.
Renowned run-maker Cotter made
just seven before being sent to the
sheds for chipping the ball straight
back to the bowler.
The rest of the line-up was
required to perform a rescue
mission, but only two batsmen
spent any length of time at
Brad Cameron (43) and Mitch
Dearing (49) battled through the
hot conditions to compile an 87-
run fourth-wicket partnership.
Fresh off scores of 40 and 96 in his
previous two digs, Dearing did not
disappoint when he strode out into
the middle, knocking around six
However, he was dismissed just a
run shy of his half-century to put
the Old Scholars at 4/104.
This prompted a collapse that saw
Trinity lose 3/0 before eventually
being bowled out 16 runs later, the
last three wickets falling for one
Goodwood's good work saw them
batting for the last hour of the day,
but they didn't find making runs
any easier, finishing 2/7 at the
Wickets fell to Austin Smith and
A-grade debutant Nick Hooker.
Next weekend, the Old Scholars
will need to continue the strong
defence they started with, if they
have any hope of securing win
The B grade will play a limited
overs match against Goodwood
at Lockleys this week, as the heat
saw the first day of their match
C grade, meanwhile, resumes
after the break with a home match
It was also great to see club legend
Tim Viner-Smith out watching the
boys on Saturday.
Trinity College Old Scholars 120 v Goodwood 2/7
Trinity College Old Scholars frst innings
b M. Kimber
c N/A b B. Stringer
lbw b M. Hardham
c N/A b M. Kimber
lbw b M. Kimber
c N/A b M. Hardham
b M. Hardham
lbw b M. Hardham
lbw b B. Stringer
FOW: 0 (D. Elvin), 4 (E. Barraclough), 17 (A. Coter),
104 (M. Dearing), 104 (A. Smith), 104 (B. Cameron),
107 (R. Roberts), 119 (M. Walker), 119 (B. Schaper),
120 (T. Jones)
Goodwood frst innings
THEY have played together for
the best part of 15 years, won
multiple premierships and were
even part of the group who gave
'the Billies' their name.
It was only fitting One Tree Hill
Cricket Club stalwarts Darren
Phillis and Kean Sparkes notched
up 300 games together recently.
Phillis and Sparkes' Billies did
not have the best outing for their
300th, however, in the club's
round seven clash with Rose &
Crown, as they were thumped by
But opener Phillis contributed a
serviceable 15 runs during the
clash, while Sparkes top-scored
with 30 runs and shared the
experience with his teenage son,
Michael, who was brought up from
the C-grade side for the match.
"It was a good day, a really good
day," Sparkes said.
"I got to play with a few blokes I
hadn't played with in ages.
"My son played -- I've played in
a one-day premiership with him
before, so it was nice for the club
to bring him up to play with me."
Sparkes' journey to the big three-
zero-zero has been a long one,
stretching the milestone over 28
seasons because of restrictive work
He played as a junior for the One
Tree Hill Primary School team
before becoming an inaugural
member of the One Tree Hill
Cricket Club juniors when the side
After three seasons, the 46-year-
old gave the sport away to pursue
tennis, then moved interstate,
before moving back and starting
the Golden Grove Cricket Club,
where he coached for a season.
But the appeal of the Billies
beckoned him back, Sparkes
"I've always just wanted to play
with my mates -- it's a great club,"
The aggressive right-handed
batsman has smashed more
than 7500 runs in his time,
and estimates he's won five
premierships with the Billies,
including an A-grade flag in grade
two at the age of 21.
Current One Tree Hill president
Phillis said the 300-game
milestone wasn't one he expected
when he first starting playing for
"Kumpa", as he is affectionately
known -- translating to tortoise
in African language Hausa -- is a
careful cricketer who has always
supported Sparkes well during
their time together.
"Kean's hit about 2000-odd runs
more than me, he's a much better
cricketer," he said.
"I bat really slowly -- one time
I had a 99-run partnership with
Kean, he was the first to get out
and I was on eight."
Since he was "roped into playing"
for One Tree Hill, Phillis has
played in four premierships, has
"scored more B-grade runs than
anyone else", and helped the club
become the icon it is today.
"Kean and I were part of a group
who said, 'we need a nickname',
after we played ATCO, and they
decided they were the Hornets -- so
we named the club the Billies," he
"The body is starting to give up,
so no-one else would have me, but
(One Tree Hill) is the only club
I've ever played for and it's my
Billies join 300 club
Xavier on fire
One Tree Hill Cricket Club’s Kean Sparkes and Darren Phillis notched up their 300th club game recently.
DIVISION one contender Xavier,
13-100, dismantled Tanunda, 3-26,
at Essex Park on a blisteringly hot
Friday evening, with the Saints'
standard of play matching the
conditions at times.
Xavier star Jayden Reudiger was in
no mood to spend long on court, his
vicious groundstrokes destroying his
opponents with ease to lead him to
victory in all three of his matches.
The Saints called on local girl-turned
city superstar Indi-Arna Morris to fill
the shoes of the absent Mel Leeflang.
Morris' consistent aggression at the
ball made her an easy victor in all
three matches for the evening.
Ever-reliable ladies Jayne Polito and
Karen Fisher ensured that Xavier
ladies would not drop a set for the
night, setting up a comfortable victory
for the Saints.
Meanwhile, reigning premier
Nuriootpa continued its impressive
mid-season form with an easy 10-88
to 6-62 win over Kapunda.
Nuriootpa's men took seven sets
to one, the only blemish coming
when Kapunda's Mick Matters
scored a straightforward upset win
over Nuriootpa powerhouse Dylan
Nuri's Emma Keys and Kimberley
Seelander each took two sets on the
night to see their team home by a
South Gawler was caught out by an
early start to 2017, with their inability
to field a team causing them to forfeit
their fixture against division one
front-runner Tod Steet.
With only seven rounds remaining
until finals, South faces an uphill
battle to contend for a spot in the
In division two, Willaston, 13-98,
easily accounted for third-placed
Tod Street, 3-59, to move into a very
strong position atop the table.
Willaston ladies Angela Edwards,
Tanya Pettrey, Nicole Stojko and
Christina Lim have been near-
unstoppable all season and this week
was no different.
Tod Street captain Darren Riggs won
an entertaining match against Carl
Nys, but it would, ultimately, be a
disappointing evening for his side.
Meanwhile, Lyndoch cemented its
spot in the top four with a very solid
12-94 to 4-68 win over Xavier.
Andrew Lane, Julie Carmody and Di
Lane remained unbeaten for Lyndoch,
while Jack Evans contributed two sets
Finally, Vine Vale, 8-79, had a nail-
biting win over Angaston, 8-75, to
move into second on the table.
In a bizarre encounter, Angaston took
all eight men's matches and Vine Vale
took all eight ladies' matches.
Vine Vale men scraped together
enough games to take the overall
win on a very strange evening at
DIVISION ONE: Tod Street 16-108 d South Gawler 0-0
(forfeit); Xavier 13-100 d Tanunda 3-26; Nuriootpa 10-88
d Kapunda 6-62.
DIVISION TWO: Vine Vale 8-79 d Angaston 8-75;
Willaston 13-98 d Tod Street 3-59; Lyndoch 12-94 d
Xavier 4-68; Kapunda 13-102 d Nuriootpa 3-41.
DIVISION THREE: Tod Street 12-76 d Willaston 4-
60; Lyndoch 11-84 d Willaston United 5-50; Virginia v
Division One P
SouthGawler 10 2 8 0 4
DIVISION TWO: Willaston 19, Vine Vale 13, Lyndoch
12, Tod Street 11, Angaston 10, Xavier 10, Nuriootpa 3,
More sport, page 40
Trinity Old Scholar’s Mitch Dearing (49 runs) complied an 87-run partnership with Brad
Cameron (43) during the side’s clash with Goodwood in the ATCA A3s on Saturday.
PHOTO: Tayla Lamb
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