2012/13 McIntyre Cup Grand Final – update days 3 & 4
GDCA rules of play for a McIntyre Grand Final state that if more than 45 minutes of play is lost due to rain then the match reverts to the ordinary rules of cricket. The team batting first can continue it’s innings until all out, meaning there would be no compulsory closure of a first innings on tea of the second day. A fourth day is available in order to achieve at least a first innings result. A drawn game would result in United being awarded the cup as they finished higher on the ladder than Sunbury. For Sunbury to win it must force a result.
At the start of the days play United’s 7/292 off 99 overs presented our team in the royal blue with the task ahead of them requiring quick wickets. Unfortunately that wasn’t to be the case, Hughes (57) resumed after retiring hurt last week, adding 37 to his score supported by Smith-Hayes (20) and Skovdam (41). United’s tail wagged in a costly session, amassing a huge total all out for 406 of 134.5 overs. Leading the attack and with the lions share of the work, Jason McGann finished the innings with an impressive 45 o,16 m, 5/89, Paul Newton competed hard 37 o, 9 m, 2/110, Heath Boffey providing support 18 o, 2 m, 2/66 and Steve Treweek bowled tidy spells for 13.5 o, 4 m, 1/48.
The start of Sunbury’s innings didn’t go to plan with fill in opener DamienLake being run out with the score on 2. Anthony Riggio and Paul Webber provided not only entertainment but took on the United attack and set the scene in a positive manner. With the score on 78, Riggsy (42) after a scare when skying a ball off Skvodam failed to capitalise and soon after was caught behind off Morrison. Webbs continued his innings with cover drives straight out of the training manual but just as it seemed he was well on top of the attack a slower ball from Morrison took the bails and ended his innings on 47 (fow 95). Dave Burrowes departed for 8 skying a hook shot straight down the throat of fine leg. Matt Burrowes (19) and Heath Boffey(3) are used to digging in and providing rear guard action through out the season provided some resistance, but today just wasn’t meant to be. Jason McGann (20) and Steve Treweek (3) not out overnight, total at 6/147.
A mammoth task was ahead of our team and almost immediately as play began hearts sank in the royal blue camp as Jason McGann edged a ball to slip in the second over of the day. Steve Treweek batted with resilience for a well made 19 and Paul Newton (18) played an entertaining cameo however the task proved to be too great and the side was all out for 196 off 61.1 overs. United’s Morrison 18 o, 6 m, 4/50 and Powell 5 o, 1 m, 2/16 tore the heart out of the Sunbury batting line up and should be congratulated on their effort for their team.
As it turned out things didn’t turn out our way in the end as the task proved to be too vast but there was a lot to be proud of and certainly the commitment to the contest and the effort could not be questioned. We have completed the 2012-13 season with the feeling of unfinished business and a hunger for success to bring into next season. Well done guys you made us all proud.
The club in the royal blue, our club, the Sunbury Cricket Club is back, a force to be reckoned with in the GDCA!
Congratulations must go out to our adversaries Sunbury United for an excellent season. They justifiably started as firm favourites in the Grand Final and proved far too good in the end. United have been the benchmark of the GDCA in recent times winning their third premiership in four years. This kind of success does not happen by accident.
The recipe for success is as true today as it was when I played at SCC as a youngster in the late 70’s. Heading the list is junior development and player retention. From then it is leadership, hard work on the track and commitment. Sunbury Cricket Club is currently reaping the reward of some hard work behind the scenes from it’s Junior program and having made the McIntyre Cup level have pulled together a formidable senior team. Lets get behind Jason McGann and the coaching team and prepare ourselves in the preseason to take the next step. The journey along the road of ultimate success is a lot of hard work but believe me the reward makes it all the more worthwhile. Jump on board….
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