Upset highlights SCUs week
AFTER failing to win a game on the first three days, Southern Cross University ended the Australian Universities Twenty20 cricket tournament in Sydney this week with a bang, upsetting the previously undefeated Macquarie University.
Abandoning its normal pre-game routine, the rain-delayed match against Macquarie Uni on Thursday was a stark contrast, having been preceded by a quick attack of the munchies and a 'quality' 40-minute breakfast at McDonald's followed by a hurried entry on to the field.
Macquarie Uni appeared to hold all the aces, with access to a strong unit of Sydney first-grade and second-grade cricketers.
Their position atop the ladder was a reflection of their ability to set big totals or chase down runs in all conditions.
Macquarie won the toss and batted but wickets fell quickly and it left SCU chasing just 76 from a rain-reduced 17 overs.
Doing the damage with the ball were Dominic Marsh, who took three wickets and a run out, and Goonellabah Workers Sports' second grade left-arm Chinaman bowler James Forbes, who also snapped up three wickets and a crucial catch on the boundary.
SCU were slow off the mark as openers Geoff Hallmann and Craig Attewell both fell to what Hallmann described as dubious leg-before decisions.
Lismore Workers' Jack Quigley joined Michael Riley (Sydney campus) to get the 2locals 1home.
Riley made 40 not out and Quigley 15. Dominic Marsh and leg-spinner Troy Scott (Sydney campus) earned honorary Australian team selection at the conclusion of the event.
Despite the lack of wins, Marsh (9 wickets) and Scott (5 wickets) featured among the top bowlers of the tournament. Marsh was the second top wicket-taker.
With the fast-paced format somewhat unforgiving to batsmen, SCU produced three in the top 15 rungetters Hallmann, Attewell and Riley.
Results: UNE 2-213 d SCU 7-163 (G Hallmann 47, C Attewell 32, M Riley 30 not out). UNSW 4-81 (D Marsh 2-32) d SCU 80. Sydney Uni 6-170 (D Marsh 3-23) d SCU 67 (M Walter 15). ACPE 150 (T Scott 4-19, A Fair 2-15) d SCU 104 (C Attewell 30, J Maroulis 20). SCU 4-76 (M Riley 40 not out, J Maroulis 17, J Quigley 15) d Macquarie Uni 75 (Marsh 3-2, Forbes 3-21). Final yesterday: Sydney Uni 167 d Macquarie Uni 131.