4th Grade 2007-08


 (Back Row) Jehan Bilimoria, Niraj Pathak, David Smith, Andrew Jessop, Anthony Hale,

                     Marty Payne

 (Front Row) David Gracie, Steve O’Reilly, Greg Brown, Craig Edwards, Mark Schaafsma, 

                    Clyne Fernandes





Match played at North Sydney No. 2, North Sydney, 5th and 6th April, 2008.

Macquarie University won by 43 runs. Toss: Macquarie University. Captain: Greg Brown.



   Macquarie University              162       Dave Gracie 62, Mark Schaafsma 33 and
    3-148       Craig Edwards 61 not out, Greg Brown 38 not out
   Lane Cove      119       Greg Brown 6/54, Niraj Parthak 3/36







Match played at Killara Oval, Killara, 29th and 30th March, 2008.

Match drawn. Toss: Macquarie University. Captain: Greg Brown.


   Macquarie University           8-198       Clynne Fernandes  36, Greg Brown 29 not out, Jihan Bilimoria 20 not out  
   Auburn    6-383   Andrew Jessop 3/78





Match played at Lance Hutchinson Oval, Canterbury, 22nd and 23rd March, 2008.

Macquarie University won by 4 wickets runs. Toss: Macquarie University. Captain: Greg Brown.



   Macquarie University          6-161      Dave Gracie 50, Clynne Fernandes 31 not out
   North West Sydney      157    Niraj Parthak 4/31, Dave Smith 3/33, Greg Brown  3/44





      The match that followed the "Great Escape" against Auburn where Brown and Bilimoria defied Auburn's attack for the last 23 overs to get to the final. This was Macquarie's third successive Fourth Grade Grand Final, the tally reading one win, one loss. Arriving at North Sydney number 2 very early on Saturday morning and the scene that presented itself was one of blissful serenity. The ground reflected the hallowed grounds of England. The pitch was a credit to the curator and the memories of 535 runs made against our Third Grade of the previous week went round our heads. We won the toss and surely the game should for all intents and purposes, be over.

      The Jessop "experiment" lasted exactly two deliveries before Mark Schaafsma and David Gracie added some respectability. DG was at his aggressive best, dispatching anything loose to the boundary. When he was dismissed lbw at (62), in what as to be the highest individual score of the final, just before the lunch break, it was a massive blow as another couple of hours of DG and the game would have been decided. Lunch 2-104. Phantom O'Reilly departed just after the break and was followed by Schaafs. Schaaf's innings was just what was needed as he blunted the attack, his (33) coming from 39 overs and lasted just short of three hours.

      However, just as we should have been consolidating our innings for a big push, we lost Clynne, Brown and Marty to stumble to tea at 7-147. After tea, only Edo showed any real fight as he posted (21) and after a few lofty blows by Haley, we were dismissed for 162, the memory of a score of 535 floating through our thoughts. The best of the bowlers for Lane Cove was that Lane Cove legend Bob "Scotty" Scott, whose figures or 5 for 23 from 22 overs  was outstanding. Lane Cove's fielding was also of high standard.

      That left us with 18 overs remaining in the day and our only hope for victory was a concerted team effort over the remaining time, one that had been lacking in our recent fielding efforts. 

      Niraj got a wicket in his first over and we were under way. In his next over he bowled Fisher for a duck but alas it was a no-ball! This sparked Fisher into action and he quickly reached 27. When he was dismissed for that score to another attempted drive off a slower ball that found its way to Haley at mid-off, the game changed. Wickets fell at 35, 37, 54, 65 and 66 to have Lane Cove teetering after 22 overs at day's end 7 for 68. The caught and bowled of Billi was outstanding, as he saw it just before it passed him and he finished the day with 1-2 from 3 overs. Only Thomsett, who was set on (27) and the bowlers were standing in our way. Macquarie Warrior Greg Brown took 5 for 29 from 11 unchanged overs.

      This session of cricket was something special. It showed us at our finest as cricketers. All 12 players moved as one with a clear game plan and a "mindset" that allowed us to dominate as we had in very few games, our potential, not potential but ability.

      Day two and the sun shone and our game plan was simple. Remove Mr Thompson and win the game. This we did in the first over of the day, bowled by Greg Brown, and with that we seemed to relax and expected to easily roll the rest of Lane Cove. They had other ideas as they hit the bad ball to the boundary and put on 41 runs. With the score at 110 and pressure mounting, Niraj returned to the bowling crease and delivered, removing the last two batsmen to finish with 3-36 from 11.2 excellent overs.

      With an hour to go before lunch, the game was still in the balance. Schaafs and Edo strode to the wicket and lasted 13 overs before Schaafs was adjudged lbw for (10). At lunch we were 1-40 with Edo and DG in occupation. Post-lunch we lost two quick wickets, DG lbw for (14) and Phantom for (10) to be mildly concerned at 3-70 but Edo played superbly and played the ball to all parts of the ground to be there at tea, joined by Greg Brown who was also digging in for a long one. Tea 3-120.

      After tea, these two continued without being separated. Edo finished with (61) and Brownie (38), both red ink. Lane Cove decided to pull the pin eight overs after the break. We had recorded a great victory and conquered our demons. The game was a great result for us and reflected some excellent and consistent cricket over the season. Lane Cove should be congratulated for the way they played the game. It was a hard, tough game with no quarter given but a beer and recognition for the efforts of everyone involved after the match.