Monash University CC News

Vics win Thriller in Mid Year Clash

By Stephen Pearson

The Victorian Mid Year Cricket Association team traveled north on June 7th to play their New South Wales rivals at scenic Lance Huthchinson Oval, a picket fenced turf oval, in Sydney’s South West. Representing Victoria from the Monash University Cricket Club was Biomedical Engineering student Shoaib Shah Sobhan (pictured right with the shield, and MYCA president John Hammer).

The Victorians lost the toss and bowled first on the amazing looking turf wicket. The New South Welshmen were 1/70 at drinks but were bowled out for 167. Shoaib fielded well all day and made a very important run-out.
The Victorians were able to chase down the total, with only 2 balls to spare, in an amazing last over thriller. It was the first victory by a visiting team since the series began in 2010. Man of match Brett McGrath (65*) hit the winning runs with a boundary, partnered by well-disciplined and cautious, Scott Logan, whose last wicket, 19 partnership off the last 6 overs did the trick, meanwhile Shoaib did not get much of hit, but looked solid in the middle order.

NSW will return to Melbourne in 2016, Queen Birthday weekend.

The Victorian Mid Year Cricket Association is a new competition designed to allow passionate players of cricket of all abilities and from all levels to continue playing cricket throughout the year.

Running from the May through to August, the season consists of nine rounds. Games are 35 overs each and start at 12pm, finishing by 4:45pm. Games are usually played fortnightly, with the second weekend a reserve day in case of inclement weather. Monash University has two sides in the Mid Year Cricket Association, competing in the South Division, with home game at Elsternwick Park.