(Back Row) Warrick Folkard, Andrew Tosolini, Tim Spencer, Nathan Alexander,
Kieran Pradeep (12th Man), Mashood Bajwa
(Front Row) Ben Skinner, Chris Anstiss, John Sutton, Paul McInnes, Mark Hughes, Paul Chapman
Match played at Alan Davidson Oval, South Sydney, 1st and 2nd of April, 2006.
Macquarie University won by 5 wickets. Toss: Burwood. Captain: Paul McInnes
Match played at Macquarie Northern Oval, North Ryde, 25th and 26th March, 2006.
Macquarie University won by 41 runs. Toss: Warringah. Captain: Paul McInnes
Match played at Ross Gwilliam Oval, North Ryde, 18th and 19th March, 2006.
Macquarie University won by 86 runs. Toss: Pennant Hills. Captain: Paul McInnes
FINAL REPORT :
A Grand Final at Alan Davidson Oval
and great weather, we couldn’t ask
for any better. The toss lost and
Burwood chose to bat. This didn’t
worry us, as we had to bowl them
out to win, being the lower-ranked
team. A good start from Burwood
saw them get to 28 before losing
their first wicket. Tim Spencer claimed
our first. From here, with tight bowling and good catching, we progressed through the
Burwood batting line-up. Before we knew it we were at lunch and we had Burwood
6-60. Paul Chapman had 3 wickets, Spencer 2 and Paul McInnes 1. With this good start we
wanted to refocus after lunch. In the second over after lunch, a slight field
adjustment ends up in Tosolini
running out their number 5 and Burwood were
7-61. From here, our fielding really let us down and
Burwood were back in the game. We dropped at
least four good chances before finally claiming the
wicket of Clarke who went on to score (50).
Burwood were now 8-136, a realistic chance of
bowling them out under 100 gone… From here
Sutton and Chapman cleaned up the tail after a stubborn 10th wicket partnership saw
Burwood reach 168.
We knew our target and the
break of innings revolved around a good talk
about building partnerships and taking full
advantage of our good work in keeping the minor
premiers under 170. We batted for 37 overs till the
end of day one. This period was a pleasure to
watch, with Paul Chapman and Mark Hughes playing exactly
the way they needed to. Both played within
themselves and took to the situation like ducks to water. By the end
of play both were still there and we were 0-74 and quietly
confident, with work still to be done. Chapman and Hughes
started day two the same way as the afternoon before.
Unfortunately, Chapman (41), playing a great innings, fell with the score at 88. Partnerships were now
the key. This is exactly what John Sutton and Mark Hughes did. They
saw us to 107 before John was out lbw. Next in was Ben Skinner and with Hughes we reached 128 before Skinner
was dismissed. In this partnership, Hughes brought up a
well-deserved half-century. Nathan Alexander was next in and with the
experience of Hughes at the other end, Alexander played
well above his years. This partnership saw us to 157.
Hughes was still there and then Chris Anstiss joined him in the
middle. The first ball to Anstiss went to the boundary and
our target got closer. When the target was two runs away
Hughes played a shot to go over gully’s head but
unfortunately he got a hand to it and batted it up to take
the catch. Hughes was out for (81), a great opener’s
innings ended which really set up our win. So this brought Paul McInnes to the crease and two balls later and a shot through covers provided us with
the win. The Man-of-the-Match was Mark Hughes, closely followed by Paul Chapman.
This was a great victory and one I hope the guys remember for a lifetime.