The University of Queensland Cricket Club has fallen to Wests in a rugged final of the my FootDr First Grade competition at Allan Border Field last Sunday.
Needing 446 runs to win, or to bat the last day for a draw, UQCC valiantly resisted the Bulldogs’ attack for 137 overs before finally being conquered.
The 241-run loss stopped Michael Philipson’s men from claiming a triple-win over Wests, having already defeated their local rivals in the one-day final in February and also taking home the Damien Mullins Cup for overall points.
Earlier, Wests resumed their innings at 6 for 287 with the intention of batting long and batting once.
A frustrating 100-run ninth-wicket partnership helped them achieve their goal and an ominous total of 466.
Philipson was the pick of the Uni bowlers with 5 for 98 from 52 overs, though all of his attack stuck to their task but without the same penetration.
In reply, the UQCC line-up fought with vigour, but the big innings to build the platform around never came with Peter Forrest’s 36 the top score.
Resolute defence came from Julian Chinn and Jano Coetzee, who held out the Wests’ attack with 22 from 132 balls and 33 from 195 balls respectively.
Ben Davis also absorbed 115 balls for his 34.
Devon Endersby (21 from 120) and Scott Walter (9 from 49) tried hard at the tail-end but the task was too much and Wests finally got their rewards.
3 rd Grade also went down in their final, losing the Norm McMahon Shield to a fighting Sandgate-Redcliffe.
After making 195 in their second innings on the back of Sam Rasmussen’s excellent 81 and Andy Michael’s useful 41, UQCC were in a strong position with a 318-run lead.
But the Gators had some last day bite in their line-up, relentlessly pursuing their total and eventually passing it seven wickets down.
Captain Simon Blood completed a fabulous individual performance taking 3 for 75 from 46 long overs to go with his first innings 98 but it was all in vain as the visiting UQCC dropped their finals chances by just three wickets.