Monash University CC News
D-Grade Grand Final
By Stephen Pearson
The Monash Uni Gryphons have won their 3rd Mercantile Cricket Association Premiership, and first MCA Flag since 1995/96. The D-grade Premiers for 2013/14 remained undefeated in what was an amazing season, as things ended where they all began defeated Indigos Cricket Club at Ross Straw Field, Manningham Reserve. This is the club's 9th flag since it creation in 1990 by Life Member and now 4 time Premiership Player Craig Robinson.
The winning side was:-
Stephen Pearson (captain) 1st Premiership, 214 Games. After 15 Seasons, 9 as Captain, and 4 lost Semi Finals, the big guy finally won a flag for the club.
Matthew Sweeney (vice-captain) 1st Premiership, 57 Games. Played every match this season, including one match for the first XI. Captained the side for three matches in the absence of Captain Pearson.
Adrian Mellar (wicket keeper) 1st Premiership, 22 Games, Man of the Match, made 59 and 78 in the finals, tore his hamstring near the end of his innings, batted on, and kept, taking 1 catch, 2 run-outs, and zero byes.
Craig Robinson 4th Premiership, 207 Games, Club Founder, Inaugural Captain, and still yet to loose a Grand Final. Robbo was solid with the bat all season, and an inspiration in the field.
Rohan Tennakoon 4th Premiership, 151 Games, rejoined the club after a six year absence from cricket. Batted really well in the tough conditions, stole many singles, and bowled tidily. But as many who have played with Roey before know, he is just so uplifting in the field, with his constant support.
Anoop Longwani 1st Premiership, 91 Games, 10 years with the club, master swing bowler, who played the whole season in D-Grade. Come on into the wind in Semi Final and turned the game, bowled with guile and cunning during the final. Bowled an amazing 48 maidens during the season.
Dilpreet Lamba 1st Premiership, 76 Games. A Monash and Mercantile Legend, in his 7 matches this season, he showed he still had it with the bat, but it was with the ball that he destroyed Carnegie in the Semi Final.
Joseph Parel 1st Premiership, 51 Games. Promoted to opening the bat during the Winter Season, and still unable to bowl at full pace, Jo enjoyed a fruitful season with the bat in D-grade. Nicknamed the run machine during the season, as runs kept coming from his bat.
Ahmed Moosa 1st Premiership, 43 Games, very much the heart and soul of the team, and after having a semi-final to forget, came out firing with both antlers during the Grand Final. During the season, his all-rounder status grew, as he started to make handy runs down the order, and still bowl with good pace and swing.
Nathan West 1st Premiership, 42 Games. Young Nathan was injured for most of the season, and hence spent most of it in his brother's team in D-Sunday. But with Co-Captain David Harrison going away on holiday, the kid got the chance, and took it with both hands. Bowling extremely well, taking key wickets, and going for very few runs.
Cameron Davey 1st Premiership, 16 Games, one of two first year players, and current Monash Uni student. Cam's explosive batting, and relentless fielding added the required spark to the team that was needed at times. No one was louder than Cam on the field, and no one hit the ball harder than Cam.
Ryan Tanner 1st Premiership, 65 Games, gave up two weekends, in a selfless act, to ensure the team had a sub-fielder. And with a a number of the squad under injury concerns during the two weeks of finals, he was a big part of securing the flag.
There are many to thank outside of the playing 12 for their support and performances during the season: Peter West, Matty Roberts, James Roberts, Tom Weir, Nick Blackmore, Andrew Gamble, Ayyappan Solaiappan, Brad Pomare, and the team of Physio's that worked around the clock to keep the team on the park. Also thanks to the Committee, Ben Costar, Ben Gordon and Morgan Cole for their tireless work that keeps the club running.