Steep learning curve
PATRICK Martin hopes his Trinity Catholic College students have put the building blocks in place for a successful cricketing future despite finishing the Marist Cricket Carnival on a downbeat note.
Daniel Hamshaw took four wickets but could not stop the Lismore side losing to Sydney's St Joseph's in the final match of the tournament yesterday.
The five-wicket loss at Oakes Oval, Lismore, meant Trinity finished with two wins and three losses in the six-team 50-over competition.
Although disappointed with the loss, coach Martin said the outlook was bright for the school.
"We still have a relatively young team," he said.
"We will lose some year 11 students but there are some players coming through in years seven, eight and nine who are coming through.
"I am sure with the experience some of the players have picked up this year, we will take another competitive side (to next year's carnival)."
A below-par batting effort saw Trinity dismissed for just 92.
Nick Fuller top-scored with 92.
"We just didn't form partnerships for the run rate to build," Martin said.
"There were a few undisciplined dismissals, but that was to be expected at this stage of the carnival."
The visitors looked to be cruising to victory after reaching 1-29 from 10 overs.
Leg-spinner Hamshaw gave them a few flutters, though, finishing with 4-14 from nine overs.
At 5-69, the game was in the balance, but St Joseph's reached its total in the 32nd over without any further scares.
"I was pleased with the boys for putting their best foot forward when St Joseph's were batting," Martin said.
"The boys were obviously disappointed with the loss but they have gone out in a positive manner and taken it to them."
The two wins did at least mean Trinity improved on last year's single victory.
"I think the tournament will help give the guys a bit more knowledge about their cricket," Martin said,
"It might show them what they need to improve on and some of the things they can work on.
"The boys played well and the whole Trinity community is proud of them."
The win means St Joseph's clinched the annual tournament, which this year was played for the 40th time.