(Back Row) Dinuke Christie-David, Tom Millet, Darren Bull, Mark McGoldrick, Andrew Gleeson, Ben Sewell
(Front Row) Tony Barnes, Kain Walker, Viv Samdarshi, Dayan Jayamanne
Inset: Kieran Mahoney
Played at Artarmon Reserve, Artarmon, 29 and 30 March, 2003.
Macquarie University won by 93 runs. Toss: Pymble. Captain: Ben Sewell.
Played at Koola Park, Pymble 22 and 23 March, 2003.
Macquarie University won by 89 runs. Toss: Lindfield. Captain: Ben Sewell.
FINAL REPORT :
On an occasion with such high expectations winning the toss was crucial. Pymble called correctly in an effort to steamroll us and protect their own "soft underbelly". Boasting an attack led by Matt "Akram" Whittaker, Pymble pressed fiercely for early scalps. Our nerves weren't helped with the late loss of Dougal and Simmo to injury and our team wasn't settled until we collected Keiran Mahony from a nearby shopping centre. Kain (26) and Mark (5) battled hard to protect our middle-order and take the shine from the new ball. Stewart managed to slip one through Mark's defence to bring the opening stand to an end at 22. Whittaker then managed to get an edge from Kain to bring up his 50 wickets for the season, a fine achievement.
Consolidation was then the key, and Millet (22) and Samdarshi (15) provided this with a solid partnership to get us to a respectable 4 for 85. The outfield was slow and made scoring quickly difficult. Pymble visibly lifted with Viv's demise. The innings declined to 7 for 109 before last-minute ring-in Keiran Mahony (31) played calmly and decisively, making the most of the shorter on-side boundary to hit 3 fours and a six. At 9-142 the game was in the balance and after playing himself in, Darren "the bullet" Bull rose to the occasion. Supported by Tony Barnes with (14), the number 11 pulverised the Pymble attack to all parts of the ground with two towering sixes and an equal number of boundaries. Darren's quick-fire knock of (25) lifted the spirit of the team and Pymble left the field deflated and we were confident that 178, on a slowish outfield,would prove competitive.
Pymble could not be written off but Macquarie were able to pressure Pymble into self doubt. From the outset they appeared to be playing for a draw and as a result, quickly got into trouble. Pymble had plenty of crowd support but we were very determined. Chasing a highish total in a final was always going to be tough. Our bowlers, though dented by the absence of quality leg-spinner Simmo, had only failed once to take all 10 wickets in an innings. With Tom "last of the Mohicans" Millet, Dayan "the Don" Jayamanne and "slippery" Gleeso at first change, we were set to wreak havoc. The Pymble openers were gutsy and patient but were bogged down by lack of aggression and an inability to rotate the strike. Our fielding and catching was outstanding. Walker and Samdarshi were in scintillating form behind the stumps. If catches win matches, we held ours like glue to paper!
From the early onslaught of pace from Tommy and the class of Dayan against a floundering Pymble batting line-up, we had all the answers. Every wicket had something special, from Dayan's excellent figures of 5-32,exactly the same figures as the semi-final, to the last wicket, when Darren Bull scattered the stumps. From there we were popping open the champagne, taking team photos and celebrated the season with a long team drink!
In the end, we won both the semi-final and the final by the same amount - 85 runs. You had to be there at the conclusion to witness the fine line between the success of winning and the heartache of defeat. To our side, each player enjoyed a fantastic season... it is fair to say we were deserving champions, especially on "this given Sunday".