Monash University CC News

D-Grade Round 14

By Stephen Pearson

Round 14 of D-Grade has seen Club Founder and Inaugural Club Captain Craig Robinson bring up his 200th Match for the Club. In 1990 Robbo saw the need for the newly acquired Caulfield Campus of Monash University to have a football and cricket club and hence the Monash Gryphons were born.

Playing most of his cricket in the 1st XI of the club, and playing mostly 2 day games, Robbo has taken 24 years to bring up this great milestone. Robbo was captain for the first 2 seasons, and has won 3 premierships for the Club. He was the Inaugural Life Member, Men’s Coach for a season, and Women’s coach for 5 years.

The match itself was 1st placed and undefeated* Monash Uni Gryphons up against the struggling Reds Club in MCA D-Grade on Turf. With a small crowd gathering for this match, stand in skipper Matt Sweeney won the toss and had no hesitation in batting. Matt Sweeney and Gordon Jones then put on 61 for the first wicket before Sweeney departed for 27. Jones and Costar formed a solid partnership with Jones bringing up his 50 in the 25th over of the 45 overs a side one-day match. When the spinner was introduced, Gordi was soon stumped and Robbo went to the crease for the 215th time. Nearing 4,000 career runs, including 3 hundreds, he was able to get off the mark with his trade mark cut-shot, before a mini-collapse happened at the other end.

Ben Costar and Matty Roberts departed quickly, before Angad Lamba settled the innings down. Robbo and Angad combined for 39 runs before 6’7 giant was caught on the boundary. Robbo added another 5 runs before he was out stumped looking for quick runs. The Gryphons were eventually dismissed for 190, with Reds Spinner Steve Wood taking 7/33 from his 9 overs.

Chasing 191 to win, Reds did not get out of first gear, 0/14 from the first 10 over, then 2/28 at the end of the 20th over, they showed no intent to chase the total, hoping more to avoid having to bat twice. Moose, Snoop, Angad and Harro all bowled well, but just could not get the break throughs. Captain Sweeney tried 7 bowlers until he threw the ball to Robbo in his 200th game. Robbo’s best figures before the match were 4/74 in 1996. Fourth ball of the first over Robbo was rewarded taking a hot caught & bowled. Robbo’s second over had less control, but the skipper had faith, and is his Third over, Robbo took his 22nd career wicket. But the show did not end there, as he cleared up the tail, before being dragged with figures of 5/32 from 7 overs. Gordi then picked up the number 11, with a sharp catch from Mellar behind the stumps to dismiss Reds for 84 from 37.3 overs.
This win makes 13 in a row for the 3rd XI in season 2013/14.

Thank You to everyone who came down to watch, and celebrate this great milestone in the club’s history. Hopefully Robbo is one of many people that will play over 200 games for the Gryphons.