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1st Grade 1995-96

 

 (Back Row) Peter Saliba, David Budge, David Webb, Jamie Breden, Glen McFadden, Dave Deller

 (Front Row) Craig Edwards, Paul Notaras, Tony Monaghan, Warrick Folkard, Greg Brown

 

FINAL

 

Played at Weldon Oval, Warringah, 5th and 6th April , 1996.

Macquarie University won by 120 runs. Toss: Macquarie University. Captain: Tony Monaghan

 

  Macquarie University         190      Tony Monaghan 60, Craig Edwards 38, Paul Notaras 31 and
    170   Paul Notaras 61 not out, Jamie Breden 31
  Holroyd      70   Dave Webb 5/26, Paul Notaras 4/33
   6-60 



SEMI-FINAL


Played at Acron Oval, Lindfield, 30th and 31st, March, 1996.

Macquarie University won by 32 runs. Toss: Macquarie University. Captain: Tony Monaghan.

 

 Macquarie University    145     Jamie Breden 43, Peter Saliba 23      and
  8-162   David Budge 48 not out, Paul Notaras 32
 Lindfield    113    Paul Notaras 5/46, Warrick Folkard 3/17.
   

 

 

FINAL REPORT:

 

   Macquarie won its tenth toss in a row and batted first on a grassy, hard deck and a slow

outfield. Wickets fell... 1 for 3... 2 for 23... 3 for 56, with Linus McFadden making (23). Tony

"Mono" and Paul "Nast" (31) put on 64. Mono should put away the "broom" for good-nothing

positive comes from it! Last year he started the middle-order slide in the semi against Holroyd.

This year at 3-120, he top-edged Mossy into his own chin for seven stitches. He went back

out to bat at 6-166, Craig "Edo" (38) still there, playing an immaculate line- missing it by a foot

or smashing it off the middle for six. A tight single from Mono cut short Edo's likely 50.

   Mono (60) was the last man out with only a 190 on the board, and confidence not that high.

But there still remained the Macquarie "twilight zone", that dreaded 22 overs for the opposition

before stumps. The dressing room "goss" was that 2 or 3 for 40 would be great, we hoped...

   5th over, 1 for 8, Webby to Crews, short-leg catch to "Toy" Breden. 8th over, 2 for 12, Nast to 

Jamieson for a feather to Linus. Patience, then suddenly 3 wickets fall in 6 balls! 12th over Nast

to Buffet a searing full-pitched delivery- plumb in front. 13th over, 4 for 26, Webby to James

who defends his melon to Toy in close, who knocks it up and waits for it to come down- great

catch! 13th over, Webby yorker to Kane and a second-ball visual feast- an off-stump  bouncing

back to Linus, two stumps left beside a hole in the ground, and Webby's eyes, ears and arms

tearing down the pitch at us, still giving us nightmares. 16th over, Webby to Mossy to Nast-

and what a catch!! One handed, between first and second slip, grass between the fingers and

the ball in the palm of his hand. No premature celebrations this time-Yyeess!! Too much

happening, too much to take in-couldn't do it- the season in one hour. It was too much-

sensory overload!! 

   Day two and Curtis is still batting, no fat lady in sight, nobody got any sleep, not even Edo

as he drove back to Blackheath for some shut-eye. 3rd over, and the Curtis middle-stump

rocked back by Nast! What a sight! Another lbw, another close catch for Toy. We finished with

Pete Saliba throwing to Linus for the run out to stop the second run and win the comp. We

celebrated for only a moment- 120 runs ahead and 90-odd overs still to go, most aware

that they beat us chasing during the competition round. there was no thought of making them

follow on. 

    We batted on to grind them out of it, and at 3-35 were not looking all that comfortable, although 

our run-rate was great-4-61 after 13 overs with Toy (31) sent on his way. Already the target looked

a tough one.

   Nast was again the legend, batting through for (61 not out). He had a twenty-run partnership with

just about everyone, until Wick stole Mono's second innings duck and threw his wicket away by

smashing the ball into short-leg for the rebound catch. in fact, Budgie, Brownie and Dermie 

"threw their wickets away". After all Holroyd's bowling, they caught brilliantly at the end. By that 

time though we were 170 and out of reach with a 290 run lead.

   Nast was our most valuable player of the finals. He valued his wicket each time he batted and

was "the man" who mastered the leggies. He took critical wickets and intimidated the opposition 

with his determination.

   They batted but it was futile-290 off 24 overs. It became a farce, their batting, Edo's catching but 

gave Brownie a chance for one more, Dermie for 2 more, Webby to further his record season, Toy

to make 5 catches in the match and for Pete Saliba to take his first wicket. He actually took the 

last wicket in both Holroyd's innings and Macquarie's last for the season.

   The trophy was winking at us, we did our victory lap, we enjoyed a drink from it and then with the

generous Holroyd blokes, and appreciated a fantastic season. We hit the casino, Mono's luck died

with Brownie's money. Nast collapsed from exhaustion and we hit the pub and talked it over just

once!

Congratulations! First Grade Premiers!

 

 

Captain Tony Monaghan going over mid-off in his innings of 60 in the Final at Weldon Oval, Warringah.

 


 

 

The Moment of Victory - a run out secures the win.