(Back Row) Bernie Clifton, Mal Prentis, John Guiffre, Allan Walker, Paul Elliot, Peter Williams, Brian Croke
(Front Row) Geoff Barnett, Peter Miller, Frank Alley, Andrew Faulks, Phil Flynn
FINAL: Macquarie University 1 's 116 defeated Macquarie University 2 's 35 and 40 by an innings and 41 runs.
Played at Rothwell Oval, Burwood 10th and 17th March, 1973.
Macquarie University won by an innings and 33 runs. Toss: Macquarie University. Captain: Frank Alley.
FINAL REPORT :
Macquarie had succeeded in achieving what it had planned, both sides in the final. The final was unfortunately an anti-climax. It was a disappointing match, especially for Macquarie 1 who sadly missed Paul Smith, severely injured in a motorcycle accident. It was the first match on what was to become known as Roger Sheeran Oval, the new main oval. Unfortunately, the outfield was uncut, very lush which made scoring slow and difficult, with only seven boundaries were struck in the entire match!. The wicket was also rain-affected. The tension was high, and this probably accounted for the fairly mediocre performance in the match. Macquarie II understandably inserted the Macquarie 1 team on winning the toss. "Emergency" opener, Frank Alley, top-scored with (35) and Andrew Faulks made (33). Bob Vagg took (4-48) for Macquarie 11’s. On a still seam-sympathetic wicket, Peter Miller (8-15) destroyed Macquarie II’s batting, with only Geoff Frankish making double figures. Frankish again top-scored for the II’s second innings, with Miller (4-12) taking a further four wickets. Macquarie 1 won by an innings. Mingled with feelings of disappointment about the standard of the match, were those of sheer glee – we had done it ! The case for inclusion in Shires’ two top-tier grades was now undeniable.