Fair end to a tough tournament
SOUTHERN Cross University’s OSCA Twenty20 team finished their 2009 Indian Rim Asian University Games campaign in sixth place following its loss to the University of Western Australia 2-130 to 9-125.
SCU and UWA approached the game with some humour as UWA won the toss and sent SCU into bat. SCU made the most of the flat James Oval pitch to notch up a credible total off their 20 overs.
Craig Attewell continued his sensational form to notch up 39 while Simon Donald (26) and Matt Parrish (19) made their contributions.
UWA were in scintillating form throughout the tournament, having already chased down 195 with one wicket down against the University of NSW earlier in the week. The Sandgropers were unlucky to miss the finals after dropping just their first game when only eight players were able to take the field.
SCU skipper Josh Mapstone opted for a less serious approach to the afternoon, giving each of his players an over.
UWA blazed from the opening ball with crisp hitting, however they struggled against the SCU wicket keepers when they were finally given a chance to deliver on their alleged bowling rhetoric from throughout the week.
Opening bat and obvious bowling amateur Attewell proved the most valuable member for the opposition, giving up 24 runs off his only over.
Barry McBain also suffered at the hands of a rampaging UWA, conceding 23 of his own. Pat Flaherty and Parrish supplied the only wickets of the game, with Parrish’s obvious no ball full toss escaping the umpires to be caught at long off by Geoff Hallmann.
Flaherty’s wicket also snuck under the official’s radar when his self-proclaimed ‘special delivery’ bounced twice before knocking over UWA’s second wicket.
With the tournament in wind down mode and both teams keen to move onto the evening’s entertainment, UWA need just eight overs to wind up the afternoon.
In the final wash-up, the University of Notre Dame took the final against UNSW, while the University of Calcutta took the bronze of QUT.
SCU finished fifth among the Australian Universities, above both Melbourne and Sydney University.
SCU’s achievements were recognised with two members in the Australian green and gold representative team selected from the tournament, when Attewell and Alex Lewers were rewarded for their excellent results with bat and ball respectively.