The University of Queensland Cricket Club 2 nd grade men’s team has prevailed in their two-day final against the Sunshine Coast Scorchers to take out the Alan Pettigrew Shield.
Fittingly it was club stalwarts Tom Tuffley and Peter Clarke who guided the side home with the bat, as their teammates cheered on at the completion of the seven-wicket win.
Resuming from the first weekend at 2 for 63, UQCC scrapped their way to 170 and a first innings win.
However, the Scorchers wouldn’t lie down and set about compiling a defendable total to get back in the game with.
But a devastating spell from Brendan Logue ensured their revival was short-lived as the home side was routed for 134.
Logue captured 6 for 37 from 19 overs to rip the heart out of the opposition middle order, ably accompanied by Dugie Hill who added 3 for 35 to go with his four first-innings wickets.
Needing 105 for the outright, Clarke and Hamish Gardiner put on 57 runs for the second wicket after losing Paul Woodford straight out of the blocks.
Gardiner eventually fell for a patient 31 but the bulk of the work was done, and it was only a matter of time before the winning runs came.
The win capped a remarkable season for Captain Hill’s men, who were crowned 2 nd Grade T20 champions back in January when they defeated Sandgate Redcliffe.
The season was almost a perfect run, UQCC falling agonisingly short in the one-day final when they went down to Valleys by just 15 runs in a cliff-hanger.
But with two-day and T20 winners’ medals around their necks, the 2016/17 summer will long be remembered as nothing short of magnificent.