The Test Match in India showed an Australian side lacking commitment and determination, however, there was none of that with our 4th Grade side on Sunday. With Uni batting first on a Graceville no 1 wicket not offering a lot, Uni set about building a defendable target. Early wickets to Alex Francis, the reliable Tom Stevenson and Zane Newton had Uni in trouble at 3/39. But Uni opener James Guy was holding the innings together with a patient 42 before Alex Francis intervened again. After a short partnership steady wickets fell with Tom Stevenson doing the damage with an amazing 5/12 off 7 overs. Lachie Brennan and Nathan Kerr did a marvellous job to stem any potential partnership from building successfully and their contribution should not be under estimated. Uni all-out 143.

In return, Wests started strongly with Michael Neumann and Heet Amin looking in control. Amin was dismissed at a total of 18. Neumann and Murphy Veraa took the score to 31 when Veraa played all around one and was dismissed for 2. When Zac Camilleri was dismissed it started a mini collapse with Will O’Brien and then Neumann also falling leaving Wests teetering at 5/48. But unlike the Australian test side, the Wests 4th grade side showed some grit and determination and set about partnerships to get the job done. Zane Newton again showed the form he has been producing all season with a well made 31 and with support from Karan Pal things were getting back on track. But it was the defiant and dominant partnership of Alex Francis (33) and Lachie Brennan (21) that saw out the victory. I might add that Alex smashing 2 big sixes which did take the wind out of the Uni sails.

A great victory from a great team and a well deserved premiership. On to the next victory boys. Great to see the support there for the boys-a great day.

Peter Frew