(Back Row) Gerry Quinn, Brian Van Zuylen, Mark Hall, Peter Garty, Peter McManus, Andrew Pavlov,
Graham Hargreaves, Laurie Wiblin, Ron Stinson
(Front Row) Ross Edenborough, Brian Jones, Peter Barclay, Barry Keast, Graham Mitchell, Trevor Crosby
Match played at North Epping Oval, North Epping, 24th and 31st March, 1979.
Macquarie University won by seven wickets. Toss: Macquarie University Captain: Laurie Wiblin.
Match played at Epping Oval, Epping, 10th and 17th of March, 1979.
Macquarie University won by 152 runs. Toss: Epping. Captain : Laurie Wiblin.
Captain Laurie Wiblin won the toss in the final and Andy Pavlov gave us a great start with two wickets in the first over. Graham Hargreaves (3-14) and Ron Stinson (3-7) quickly combined to spin the rest of the Epping side out for a total of 115.
Macquarie's first innings began brightly with Brain Jones (37) and Peter Garty (49) making the most of the Epping captain's decision to delay the introduction of spin. However, with the advent of spin from both ends, Macquarie completely lost the initiative and middle-order wickets fell all too regularly.
The scoring slowed to a trickle as the Macquarie batsmen made little attempt to take the game away from the Epping spinners. As a result, an attacking field could be placed with little threat of aggression likely from the Macquarie batsmen. Our score slumped to 8-119 when skipper Wiblin joined Graham Hargreaves. These two showed exactly how to play spin, with an important partnership of 38. Their aggressive shots, combined with short singles, broke up the Epping spin bowlers' line and length, as well as forcing the Epping captain to set a more defensive fields. When Laurie Wiblin was out with the score at 157, Mark Hall joined the steady Hargreaves. These two continued the assault on the spin bowling adding a valuable 25 runs before Hargreaves was out for a priceless (29).
Macquarie's first innings concluded at 182, a lead of 67.
The Epping second innings began with much more purpose in the last hour of the first day. However, with their score on 32, Mark Hall deservedly bowled one of the openers. Bad light caused play to end soon after, with the game very much in the balance.
The following week the start of play was delayed for half an hour by the dampness of the wicket. When play started, Macquarie began well with Mark Hall taking two wickets in the first over. But Epping were not so easily toppled so a second time. Nevertheless Macquarie bowled tightly with Graham Hargreaves obtaining some vicious bounce at times. The game developed into a dour struggle, Epping batting with determination. After the lunch break, some aggressive batting allowed Epping to rapidly push their total to 203. Hargreaves again, bowled well to take (3-54) completing a fine match return of 6-68. Mark "Wes" Hall concluded an excellent season with (3-21).
A total of 137 for victory was not a large one but assumed sizeable proportions when we were suddenly 3-38. However, Gerry Quinn (69 not out) and Brian Van Zuylen (36 not out) combined in a workmanlike and critical unbroken partnership of 99. They took the initiative away from Epping from the start and never let them back into the match.
It was a fitting end to a memorable season.