TRINITY Old Scholars will face a challenging run chase this weekend after conceding nearly 300 runs against Modbury in Adelaide Turf A3 cricket on Saturday.
The association’s policy in A3 sees play continue in weather 41 degrees Celsius or less, and, unfortunately for the players, the mercury was forecast to hit exactly 41.
Trinity found itself on the wrong end of the toss, and was sent to field in the extreme conditions.
TOS started well, removing Modbury opener Devin Payne for a duck to leave the hosts 1/1 early.
Peter Dicker was then bowled for eight and Greg Abrey trapped LBW for 12 as Trinity took the early ascendency.
At 3/37 Modbury looked shaky, and its worries only worsened when Corey Barrett was caught for 11, leaving the score 4/50.
However, Alex Wood (98) and Brayden Nicol (99 not out) smashed their way to a partnership of 136, before the former was caught out just shy of his century.
Wood smashed 17 fours and a six, while Nicol smoked 15 fours and three sixes on his way to 99, despite running out of overs before reaching triple figures.
At the end of its 72 overs, Modbury had reached a formidable 5/293.
Trinity’s bowling attack of Mitchell Dearing, Josh Southwell, Austin Smith and Jarryd Furnell toiled hard in the heat, sharing the wickets, but was unable to assert any real dominance over Modbury’s batsmen.
Play will resume at Modbury Oval on Saturday, with Trinity needing a couple of big knocks to give it any chance of achieving victory.