The Club enjoyed its most successful season ever in winning the Club Championship, the Second and Fourth Grade Premierships and the Bel-Air Shield (by Fourth Grade securing the most competition points).
Barry Andrews joined the Club as Coach and as captain of the First Grade side saw the side improve from last to equal fourth but miss a Semi-Final berth on percentages with the side having a harder draw of matches having to play three of the four semi-finalists twice in the round of twelve matches.
Dave Williams proved to be the champion batsman with 417 runs (av 32.09) followed by Jon Richardson 325 runs (av 21.67), Murray Radcliffe 277 runs (av 25.18) and Barry Andrews 218 runs (av 18.18).
The bowling was dominated by the formidable opening pair of Murray Radcliffe with 40 wickets (av 15.22) and John Quinn 35 wickets (av 14.26).
Greg Emes succeeded Peter Wright to the captaincy of the Second Grade side and emulated his predecessor in taking out the Premiership, advancing to the Final after drawing the SemiFinal against Western District by finishing the competition rounds as minor premiers.
The opening bowling pair of Andrew McGinley and Chris Barnard turned in lion-hearted bowling efforts to secure a narrow victory after the ANU batsmen failed to set up the match.
Bob Porter dominated the batting with 469 runs (av 33.50) ahead of Michael Bradshaw 231 runs (av 28.88).
The side's strength was its bowling headed by Chris Barnard 35 wickets (av 13.63), Andrew McGinley 27 wickets (av 11.59), Phil Brew 27 wickets (av 17.70) and Greg Emes 20 wickets (av 12.65).
The strong Third Grade side led by Julian Oakley finished third and earned a Semi-Final berth against South Woden only to squander a premiership opportunity by dropping too many catches.
By season’s end Chris Boreham was leading run-scorer with 329 runs (av 32.90) from Julian Oakley 307 runs (av 25.58).
Rob Howlett was leading wicket-taker with 35 wickets (av 11.46) from Gordon Carmichael 21 wickets (av 11.29).
Stewart McKeachie’s Fourth Grade side finished the competition rounds as minor premiers and but for a loss in the last round would have been undefeated. The side won the Bel-Air Shield and then proceeded to take out the Premiership.
David Cook with 313 runs (av 24.07). Stewart McKeachie 309 runs (av 25.75), and Ian Miller 266 runs (av 26.60) gave the side the necessary batting strength.
Spin bowling dominated the side’s bowling success with Ian Wilson taking 26 wickets (av 7.92) and Peter Newbigin 21 wickets (av 7.95). Paceman Murray Macdonald took 22 wickets (av 6.77).
Dennis Arnold’s A Grade Division II side went through the competition rounds undefeated and in finishing second earned a Semi-Final position against an East Canberra eleven whose batting proved the superior on the day. Note: Peter and Rhonda Foley's daughter Suzi was born during this match.
Surprisingly only two players played more than seven innings while Peter Foley’s 22 wickets (av 12.86) shaded Phil Creaser’s 20 wickets (av 9.10).
Graham Scobie’s B Grade Division I side finished fifth with Trevor Dooley 232 runs (av 25.77) heading Scobie 195 runs (av 17.72) and Dooley being leading bowler with 19 wickets (av 17.42).
The B Grade Division II side led by Hugh Jones finished eighth with leading performances coming from Jones 204 runs (av 11.33), Peter Dempster 203 runs (av 15.62), Christian Mikula 27 wickets (av 14.04) and Ed Newbigin 23 wickets (av 18.00).
One of their match reports led to an article by Ian Harrison in the Canberra Times titled "Coarse sport from Worcestershire to ANU". An excerpt follows:
Sevenths : ANU 138 (Lowth 41, Reichstein 35, Tilley 32) lost to Norths 3/183. After a sound thrashing in the pre-match toss (ANU 1 Norths 0) Norths were invited to bat. Andy Sutcliffe bowled a fine combination of tricky inswingers and rubbish, cleverly picking up one of the openers with one of the latter. From then on, it was a hard grind until tea, with the North's line-up managing somehow to evade all attempts to make them hole out.
After tea, Norths proceeded to unfold a big, dark, hairy thing which struck terror into the hearts of the early batsmen. At 4-18 ('Would it help if we ran away more Hugh?') ('Shut up Ed ... and go and change your trousers') Owain Tilley (32) and Ian Lowth (41) came to the crease and batted with good control to bring ANU within striking distance. At 6-69 Ian Richstein (35) joined Owain with vague instructions to win the match.
This he attempted single-handed, hitting the first-ball for six, and then, to the delight of his colleagues hitting the hairy thing for two consecutive fours. At 7-134 and seven overs to go the match was finely balanced but, as luck would have it, Ian discovered the true meaning of "yorker" and the remainder of the team folded superbly.
Splendid stuff! Isn't that what sport is all about?
The fact that the match was lost was obviously of secondary importance to the manner in which it was played.
It is refreshing to realise that away from the glare of publicity, on pitches where the mowers of the DCT cannot counter the flowering clover and where vicious pulls hardly ever disturb the concentration of the amateur botanist studying ants at fine leg, heroic deeds are still taking place.
Giant, hairy things, capable of dismissing all but the most nimble of foot with a full toss, are still terrorising the opposition, despite the efforts of Channel 9's little coloured diagrams telling us where the perfect ball lands.
In such games, the true sporting spirit of folding superbly is still regarded as an art.
This period in ANU's history was also marked by the number and variety of social cricket matches from Intra and Inter club double wicket, 6-a-side, indoor (with real cricket balls, real cricket bats in sub-zero conditions at the showground), intervasity , staff-vs-student and matches against social teams(Wanderers, Taverners etc). Year Books of the period have full details.
However, the most unforgettable had to be the night matches under lights at South Oval. These were held in 1979-80 and 1980-81. Lights were placed on scaffolding next to the pitch and play commenced at 8:00pm in a 50 overs a side match. (Possibly the first night cricket in the world?)
"Wombats and Balls" reported -
Anyone walking past South Oval late on Saturday night would have witnessed an event comparable to Elphinstone’s retreat from Kabul on the score of organisation. The following highlights emerged painfully through the blur of beer, port, sweat and green ginger wine
- the concentration of ‘their’ batsmen who batted sensibly unperturbed that the fieldsmen were gathered in clumps around various flagons.
- an unbeaten sixty by the nocturnal Wombat who was only persuaded to stop when he realised that not only was there no one watching or fielding, but also the scorers had long gone home
- John Beaton succumbing to the lure of the flesh and the prospect of having all his dope smoked
- Ram wondering whether this was the same game that the Raj brought to India
History repeated itself for Barry Andrews’ First Grade side. The side finished fifth with Woden winning the vital fourth place with a win over ANU in the last competition match.
Dave Williams again dominated the batting with 291 runs (av 24.25) ahead of Bruce Landford 251 runs (av 20.92).
The leading bowlers were Mike Howell 26 wickets (av 15.00), Sandy Clugston 24 wickets (av 16.46), Murray Radcliffe 22 wickets (av 11.91) and John Quinn 22 wickets (av 13.82).
Murray Radcliffe was selected in the combined Australian Universities team to tour the U.K.
Murray was also awarded a Full Blue and won the prestigious (and rarely awarded)
ANU Sporstman of the Year award.
Chris Barnard's Second Grade side failed to make the Semi-Finals by finishing fifth and so lost the opportunity to earn a hat-trick of premierships.
Mike Bradshaw 227 runs (av 28.38) and Greg Quinn 193 runs (av 17.55) headed the batting while Chris Barnard with 19 wickets (av 16.84) was the leading bowler.
The Third Grade side led by Julian Oakley finished the season disappointingly in eighth place though a win in the last match against Woden would have earned them a Semi-Final place.
Oakley with 179 runs (av 17.90) was the leading run-scorer while Gordon Carmichael with 28 wickets (av 13.11) was the leading bowler.
Brad Pillans’ Fourth Grade side did it again winning the minor premiership and two weeks later, the Premiership in a thrilling match.
The strength of the batting was headed by Dave Lewis 343 runs (av 42.88), Ian Naumann 242 runs (av 24.20), Peter Johns 224 runs (av 20.33), and Brad Pillans 217 runs (av 31.00).
Mark Slater’s 40 wickets (av 11.33) shone out above Ross Dozen’s 24 wickets (av 9.92) and Jaimie Fox’s 20 wickets (av 6.05).
Peter Foley’s Canberra City and Suburban Cricket Association’s (CC&SCA) First Grade side finished in sixth position with Kev Saunders 324 runs (av 40.50) dominating all other performances.
Peter Foley with 17 wickets (av 19.82) was the best of the bowlers.
The CC&SCA Second Grade side captained by Ed Newbigin finished fifth, while Ian Reichstein’s Third Grade side finished last.
Peter Reeves’ Fourth Grade side finished seventh with Stuart Edwards’ 231 runs (av 25.50) and John Dauth’s 20 wickets (av 15.90) being the best performances.
The social highlight of the year was the club's first overseas trip to NZ. Here is a brief excerpt of the trip report:
Each of us was charged with enthusiasm and had high expectations of runs and wickets. And we were not disappointed! We lost wickets at an incredible rate and the Kiwis scored runs with little regard for conservation. In short, in Auckland, we got beaten. But that was not to be the case in subsequent matches. In Wellington for instance we were humiliated, in Cristchurch we were annihilated, and at a little place called Le Bons bay we were massacred by a group of farmers in gum boots. Somewhere along the line, at sleepy Palmerston North, home of the Kia-Toa Burside Wests Cricket Club we had a narrow win. Kia-Toa it would seem drew the short straw and ANU won its first International. We will have to wait for the 1987-88 tour of the Cocos-Keelings for our second win if form is any guide.
Murray Radcliffe succeeded Barry Andrews as First Grade captain while the side finished sixth.
Creditable batting performances were turned in by Craig Bradley with 416 runs (av 37.82), Greg Quinn 214 runs (av 16.46), Greg Stacey 207 runs (av 20.70) and Murray Radcliffe 204 runs (av 25.50).
The bowling workload fell on John Quinn with 29 wickets (av 16.14), Murray Radcliffe 26 wickets (av 14.73) and Mike Howell 25 wickets (av 17.04).
Dolf Matthews led the Second Grade side to the same position on the table with the batting honours going to Geoff Knuckey 208 runs (av 23.11) and Matthews being the leading wicket-taker with 17 wickets (av 22.41).
The Third Grade side captained by John Beaton also finished sixth with Beaton being the best performer with 201 runs (av 33.50). Gordon Carmichael with 17 wickets (av 14.4) again led the bowling.
For the Fourth Grade side it was a hat-trick of premierships. This year Phil Mitchell was at the helm of a side at its strongest in the Final.
Phil Mitchell with 231 runs (av 21.00) and Barry Andrews with 199 runs (av 33.17) were the leading batsmen while Gordon Carmichael with 26 wickets (av 8.23) and John Carver with 20 wickets (av 15.10) were the leading bowlers.
David Stephens’ CC&SCA. First Grade side finished sixth while Bryce Williamson’s CC&SCA. Fourth Grade side also finished sixth.
Peter Reeves turned in an a fine all-round performance of 255 runs (av 25.50) and 24 wickets (av 11.58).
Three grade and two one-day competition premierships meant that the season’s rewards were greater than in any previous season in the history of the Club.
This was the inaugural year for the One-Day competition in district cricket that was played in a two-pool five-team format.
The Murray Radcliffe led First Grade side finished fifth in the two-day competition and second in the one-day competition pool, ultimately winning the competition.
In all matches Ian Campbell amassed 405 runs (av 36.82), followed by Murray Radcliffe 328 runs (av 29.82), Jon Richardson 280 runs (av 21.54), and Bill Bryceland 249 runs (av 27.67).
Dolf Matthews led the bowling aggregates with 23 wickets (av 13.52) followed by Mike Howell 22 wickets (av 15.45) and Radcliffe 22 wickets (av 17.59).
Barry Andrews Second Grade side finished third in the two-day competition and later played in the Final against Western District only to have rain intervene and present the opposition with the Premiership.
The side finished third in its One-Day competition pool.
Andrews with 407 runs (av 58.14) and Steve Taylor with 288 runs (av 38.50) dominated the batting while Jamie Fox with 31 wickets (av 10.00) and John Quinn 24 wickets (av 18.17) led the bowling.
Stewart McKeachie’s Third Grade side finished third in their One-Day competition pool but completed the Two-Day competition as minor premiers and a fortnight later, Premiers in a tense Final against Queanbeyan.
Ian Wilson’s innings comprised two deliveries in the space of which he hit the winning runs only to be comprehensively bowled the very next ball.
The batting honours were shared by John Farquhar 235 runs (av 19.58) and Greg Stacey 225 runs (av 32.14) while the bowling honours were shared by Mark Coles 26 wickets (av 11.96), Peter Blanchard 24 wickets (av 13.58) and Ian Wilson 21 wickets (av 11.81).
David Cook’s Fourth Grade side took out the One-Day Premiership after finishing second in their pool.
The side finished fourth in the Two-Day competition drawing with Weston Creek in the Final, the second days play being washed out. The premiership went to Weston Creek.
Gamini Colless with 261 runs (av 26.1) led the batting with Michael Brice 26 wickets (av 12.7) leading the bowlers.
Dave Valentine’s CC&SCA. 2nd Grade Gold side finished in fourth position and ultimately took out the Premiership.
Paul Needham was the leading batsman with 268 runs (av 44.67) ahead of Julian Oakley 211 runs (19.18) while Roger Hillman was the leading bowler with 19 wickets (av 8.94).
Peter Reeves captained the C.C.& S.C.A. Third Grade Gold side to a Semi-Final berth against Molonglo.
Reeves enjoyed an exceptional season with a rare all-round performance of 328 runs (av 25.23) and 49 wickets (av 8.90). Leading performances came from David Tie with 248 runs (av 49.60) and Mick Cullen 248 runs (av 27.56).
Chris Cahill’s CC&SCA Third Grade Blue side finished in tenth position.
Neville Curtis’ CC&SCA. Fourth Grade side finished fourth and later took out the Premiership.
Owain Tilley finished the season with 320 runs (av 32.00) ahead of Mark Crosby 209 runs (av 29.86).
The bowling honours were enjoyed by Neville Curtis with 26 wickets (av 15.77), Alan Pope 23 wickets (av 12.00) and Peter McKay 21 wickets (av 9.00).
The First Grade captaincy duties were shared by Ian Campbell and Jon Richardson for a team that finished last in the Two-Day competition and third in their One-Day competition pool.
Jon Richardson’s batting shone out as the exceptional performance. He scored an imposing aggregate of 553 runs (av 39.50).
The spin twins Dolf Matthews 25 wickets (av 21.68) and Mike Howell 22 wickets (av 22.18) provided the bowling highlights.
The Second Grade side, led for the most part by David Harris, finished eighth and second in the two competitions and so participated in the Semi-Final of the One-Day competition.
Ian Wille with 246 runs (av 17.57) was the leading nm-scorer while Toby Robertson with 17 wickets (av 16.94) was the leading wicket-taker.
Greg Emes led the Third Grade side to fifth and second position in the two competitions only to lose in the One-Day Semi-Final.
David Cook with 210 runs (av 30.00) was the chief run scorer while Tim Bryant (av 17.50) and John Rose (av 19.95) were the leading wicket-takers with 22 each.
Mark Arnold’s Fourth Grade side finished Third in the Two-Day competition and after defeating Weston Creek in the Semi-Final were soundly defeated in the Final.
By the end of the season the batting honours were shared by Bruce Chapman with 250 runs (av 41.67), Mark Arnold 205 runs (av 18.64) and Dave Valentine 202 runs (av 33.67).
Ian Wilson with 21 wickets (av 13.00) including a season best 8/46 against Ginninderra was the leading bowler.
Neil McDonald’s Fifth Grade side finished the Two-Day competition in sixth place but had the honour of taking out the One-Day premiership.
Neil McDonald with 342 runs (av 28.50) was the leading run-scorer ahead of Ross Muir 181 runs (av 40.14). Robert Koch with 15 wickets (av 23.20) headed the bowling list.
Glen Kentwell’s CC&SCA Third Grade Gold side won the minor premiership in Third Grade but were defeated in the Semi-Final (no scores available)
Glen Kentwell with 235 runs (av 19.58), Russell Patrick 214 runs (av 19.45) and Serge Perrera 204 runs (av 25.50) were the leading batsmen while the leading bowlers were Christian Mikula with 27 wickets (av 11.03) and Glen Kentwell 21 wickets (av 18.19).
Chris Preston’s CC&SCA. Second Grade side finished ninth, Ray Ahern scoring 182 runs (av 13.00) and taking 21 wickets (av 21.19).
The Third Grade Blue side’s leading performer was their captain, Chris Cahill with 22 wickets (av 29.09). Lawrence Stedman scored 128 runs (av 10.67). The side finished tenth and earned the distinction of creating a record defeat at the hands of Weston Creek in the last competition match. Batting first Weston Creek amassed one for 460 off 44 overs (one batsman scoring 283 and another 150 not out). In reply A.N.U. scored 96 to lose by a massive 364 runs.
The Club contracted the services of English county professional with the Lancashire Cricket Club, Steve O’Shaughnessy as Club Coach for the first of two seasons. The First Grade side led by Jon Richardson finished a disappointing eighth in the Two-Day competition but had the consolation of winning the One-Day Premiership.
The side enjoyed a batting wealth led by Craig Bradley with 379 runs (av 25.27), Jon Richardson 377 runs (av 23.56), Steve O’Shaughnessy 356 runs (av 22.25), Steve Smith 348 runs (av 31.64), Murray Stokes 311 runs (av 25.91), Keiran Dempsey 293 runs (av 29.30), and Abul Rizvi 207 runs (av 20.70).
Steve O’Shaughnessy dominated the bowling with his 37 wickets (av 17.14).
The sides leading batsmen were John Farquhar 248 runs (av 24.80), Ian Campbell 235 runs (av 39.17), Greg Cristofani 232 runs (av 16.57), and Greg Stacey 210 runs (av 19.09) while Jamie Fox took the bowling honours with 21 wickets (av 20.95).
Chris Barnard’s Third Grade side finished fourth in the Two-Day competition and so played Weston Creek in the Semi-Final.
By finishing second in its pool in the One-Day Competition the side played Eastern Suburbs in the Semi-Final.
In all matches Chris Barnard led the run aggregates with 346 runs (av 24.70) ahead of Chris Ball 325 runs (av 20.30) and Danny Pellen 209 runs (av 29.80). Sandy Clugston was the leading bowler with 20 wickets (av 12.90).
Chris Boreham’s Fourth Grade side finished the Two-Day competition in sixth place but won a semi-final spot in the One-Day competition by finishing second in its pool.
Dave Luchetti with 216 runs (av 24.00) and Bruce Chapman 203 runs (av 15.12) were the leading batsmen while Ian Wilson with 19 wickets (av 10.32) was the leading wicket-taker.
The Dave Valentine led side promised so much in winning the minor premiership in the Two-Day competition (and winning the Bel-Air Shield for most points by any side in any grade) and first place in their pool in the One-Day competition but came up empty handed in the Finals.
The side went one better in the One-Day competition and after fighting back from an early collapse had victory in sight but then lost the last four wickets for 23 runs.
Julian Oakley clearly led the battimg with 596 runs (av 34.5) and Peter Newbigin the bowling with 23 wickets (av 13.0).
In B Grade, the Ian Ryall led CC&SCA Second Grade Gold side finished fourth, Peter Allen’s Third Grade side seventh and Chris Cahill’s Second Grade Blue side twelfth with Cahill snaring 39 wickets (av 14.95). Ian Ryall led the batting with 364 runs (av 19.2)
ANU resumed its international activities with a tour of Fiji where the club competed in the Crompton Cup. Surprise, surprise Suva A defeated Suva B in the final after defeating ANU in a controversy marred quarter-final.
The tournament was played in atrocious conditions due to contiunous tropical downpours that reduced many games from 30 overs to 20 overs per side. Some games were completely abandoned.
Apart from the umpiring, ANU was also hindered by excessive indulgence in alcohol.
Despite the failure to win any premierships (though participating in many semi-final and final matches) the club won its third Club Championship.
Greg Harper succeeded to the captaincy of the First Grade side with Steve O’Shaughnessy completing the second year of his coaching contract.
The side finished fifth in the Two-Day competition but headed its pool in the One-Day competition.
Steve O’Shaughnessy enjoyed his best form with the bat heading the aggregates with 421 runs (av 42.10), followed by Keiran Dempsey 420 runs (av 35.00), Andrew Ledger 392 runs (av 56.00), Andrew Ledger 392 runs (av 56.00), Murray Stokes 256 runs (av 18.29) and Greg Harper 248 runs (av 35.43).
Off-spinner Tony Dean was the leading wicket-taker with 18 wickets (av 21.67).
Chris Ball and Ian Campbell shared the captaincy duties of the Second Grade side who finished fifth in the Two-Day competition and second in their One-Day competition pool.
The side’s leading run-scorers were Chris Ball 297 runs (av 27.00), Peter McCarthy 287 runs(av 31.58), Ian Campbell 236 runs (av 29.50), Brian Fitzpatrick 214 runs (av 17.83) and Danny Pellen 210 runs (av 26.25).
John Rose with 22 wickets (av 14.18) was the dominant bowler.
Chris Barnard's Third Grade side finished second and third in the two competitions. Despite having the disadvantage of batting first on a dampish South Oval wicket in the Final, Easts compiled a formidable score.
The side boasted a strong batting line-up comprised of Sandy Clugston 363 runs (av 36.30), Chris Barnard 331 runs (av 30.10), Dave Cook 318 runs (av 28.90), Michael King 301 runs (av 27.40), Nick Reynolds 207 runs (av 17.30) and Geoff Deacon 202 runs (av 25.30).
Phil Brew headed the bowling with 29 wickets (av 9.70) from Graham Trickett 19 wickets (av 18.90).
Peter Neal led the Fourth Grade side to first in its One-Day pool from where they went on to the Final at South Oval.
The side finished third in the Two-Day competition.
The batting was best served by Peter Johns 315 runs (av 28.64), Colin Minihan 236 runs (av 39.33), Paul Lyons 232 runs (av 29.00) and Bruce Chapman 212 runs (av 21.20).
The leading bowlers were: Chris Scott-Orr 26 wickets (av 17.27), Gordon Carmichael 24 wickets (av 12.96) and Mark Burnett 20 wickets (av 18.20).
History repeated itself with Dave Valentine's Fifth Grade side finishing first in both the Two-Day Competition and their pool in the One-Day Competition but still no premiership to show for a domination of other sides througout the season.
The Fifth Grade One-Day Final ended on a sour note when a boundary that would have given ANU victory was not acknowledged by the Queanbeyan fielder and the last ANU wicket fell on the next ball.
Julian Oakley once again led the batting with 586 runs (av 34.47). He was supported by David Young 208 runs (av 34.67) and David Valentine 254 runs (av 28.22).
Peter Foley took an impressive 39 wckets (av 16.36) and was supported by Dave Valentine
24 wickets (av 18.58), Antony Weber 23 wickets (av 14.13) and Laurie Spiccia 20 wickets (av 7.45).
The leading performers were Ian Ryall with 438 runs (av 23.05) and Brett Mason with 20 wickets (av 12.55).
Lawrence Stedman's CC&SCA Third Grade side finished fifth with best batsmen : Dale Campbell 293 runs (av 29.30) and Greg Weller 208 runs (av 23.10) and best bowler : Con Polatos 19 wickets (av 14.20).
The CC&SCA Fourth Grade side led by Chris Cahill finished fourth with best performances from wasanta Wickramasinghe 210 runs (av 23.33) and Chris Cahill 21 wickets (av 22.62).
The season ended on a sad note with the passing of one of the clubs' most colourful members, Barry Andrews. The Club's memorial says it all :- "His playing talents and infectious good humour will be sorely missed."
In his honour ANU and Wests play for the Barry Andrews shield once a year based on performances across all grades between the two clubs followed by a social get-together of the teams.
Despite many One-Day Semi-Final appearances and Second Grade's One-Day premiership the club had a poor year particularly in the Two-Day competition.
Greg Harper's First Grade side finished a disappointing seventh in the Two-Day competition but once again featured in the Semi-Finals of the One-Day competition by finishing second in their pool. The side fell tantalisingly short of winning a place in the Final.
Once again the batting acquitted itself well but the lack of any real penetrative bowling cost the side dearly throughout the season.
The leading batsmen were: Andrew Ledger 333 runs (av 33.30), Steve Smith 305 runs (av 25.42), Craig Bradley 268 runs (av 20.62), Richard Hartshorn 254 runs (av 31.75) and Greg Harper 222 runs (av 22.20).
The leading bowlers were: Craig Bradley 24 wickets (av 19.50) and Andrew Spain 21 wickets (av 22.71).
Similarly the Second Grade side, led by Jamie Fox and Murray Stokes at various times, finished out of the four in the Two-Day competition in fifth place but on a Semi-Final berth in the One-Day competition by finishinh second in its pool.
A narrow Semi-Final win over Queanbeyan was the prelude to an even more exciting win in the Final. When all appeared lost an unbeaten ninth wicket partnership of 102 runs at a very brisk pace beteen Richard Stone and Andrew Bachelard secured the One-Day premiership,
For the season only two players reached the 200 run mark: Michael Malouf 258 runs (av 19.85) and Murray Stokes 254 runs (av 18.14).
The most succssful wicket taker was Richard Stone with 18 wickets (av 17.28).
The Mark Spain led Third Grade side occupied like positions in the points tables but lost in the Semi-Final.
Mark Sewell 349 runs (av 38.78), Dave Cook 218 runs (av 36.33) and Ian Ryall 201 runs (av 15.46) dominated the batting while Graham Trickett was the laeding wicket-taker with 17 wickets (av 27.29).
Likewise Peter Neal's Fourth Grade side finished fifth and second but just failed to emulate Second and Third Grades in featuring in the Final.
Peter Johns 395 runs (av 23.23) and Wasanta Wickramasinghe, with his particular flair for batting by the numbers, 232 runs (av 29.00) were the best batsmen.
Robert Koch (av 15.44) and John Palisi (av 16.25) with 16 wickets apiece were the leading bowlers.
In one memorable match against Norths, Phil Brew created a Club record with one of those rare bowling feats: all ten wickets in an innings.
He then proceeded to take the first two wickets of the Norths second innings. The scoreboard details are:
Dave Valentine’s Fifth Grade did not enjoy the success of the previous two seasons finishing fifth and second and were comprehensively beaten in the Semi-Final of the One-Day competition.
Julian Oakley with 430 runs (av 21.50) and Greg Weller 334 runs (av 23.86) dominated the batting while Stephen Jaggers was leading wicket-taker with 15 wickets (av 18.60).
The CC&SCA Second Grade Blue side led by Peter Foley finished in 3rd position and lost the semi-final to UCAN, the eventual winners.
The batting honours were shared by Lawrence Stedman 244 runs (av 15.25), Peter Foley 240 runs (av 16.00), Matthew Morrell 213 runs (av 30.43), and Kit Woolley 203 runs (av 18.45).
The bowling honours were enjoyed by Brett Mason 35 wickets (av 13.43) and Peter Foley 20 wickets (av 13.00).
Captain Peter Reeves with 202 runs (av 20.20) and Chris Cahill with 24 wickets (av 20.08) dominated the CC&SCA Third Grade side which finished in sixth position.
Chana Somaratna’s CC&SCA Second Grade Gold side just failed to win a semi-final berth in finishing fifth.
The strong batting line-up was headed by Somaratna with 351 runs (av 23.45), Daniel
Rogers 276 runs (av 23.00), and Peter Allen 228 runs (av 45.60). Ray Ahern with 23 wickets (av 24.67) was the most successful bowler.
The Club welcomed as Club Coach,Vic Cristofani a cricketer with an impressive pedigree as a player and a coach.
The fortunes of the First Grade side led by Richard Hartshorn plummeted with the side finishing last in the Two-Day Competition and second last in its pool of five teams in the One-Day competition.
Greg Harper with 414 runs (av 69.00) and Richard Hartshorn 302 runs (av 37.75) excelled in the batting while Jamie Fox with 26 wickets (av 19.54) shone with the ball.
Vic Cristofani’s Second Grade side lacked the necessary depth and fared little better finishing eighth and fourth.
Leading players were David Cook 237 runs (av 39.50), Michael Malouf 237 runs (av 33.86) and Vic Cristofani 218 runs (av 24.22) while Michael King was the leading wicket-taker with 10 wickets (av 17.20).
Barnard with 151 runs (av 16.78) led the batting while Phil Brew with 25 wickets (av 11.00) and Barnard with 22 wickets (av 18.05) led the bowling.
The Fourth Grade side led by Gordon Carmichael matched the positions of Third Grade with only three players batting more than seven times.
Carmichael with 20 wickets (av 17.75) and Richard Ireland with 19 wickets (av 15.11) were the leading bowlers.
The Fifth Grade side led on occasions by Peter Foley and Dave Valentine suffered one of its worst seasons finishing seventh and fifth.
Darryl Bull with 163 runs (av 18.11) and Peter Foley with 17 wickets (av 18.18) were the best performers.
Lawrence Stedman’s CC&SCA 2nd Grade side finished second. The leading performers were Matthew Morell 279 runs (av 34.88), Stedman 215 runs (av 26.88) and Phil Johnston 15 wickets (av 15.27).
Chris Cahill’s CC&SCA Third Grade I side finished sixth while the Grade II side led by Peter Reeves finished one better in fifth place.
Robin Prior with 557 runs (av 46.42), Peter Allen 333 runs (av 25.62), Ian Ryall 208 runs (av 26.00) and George Lombard 203 runs (av 33.83) dominated the batting while David Hobbs with 21 wickets (av 14.95) and Ian Wilson 20 wickets (av 9.80) performed best for the Third Grade II side.
The Club Management pulled off a coup in attracting Canberra’s pre-eminent cricketer, Greg
Irvine, to the Club as Coach to join Vic Cristofani.
The One-Day competition disappeared along with the reduction of ten District clubs to eight, and with that came the introduction of the Sixth and Seventh Grade competitions, both of which were played on a one-day basis.
Though his First Grade side finished last Irvine’s influence on many games was pronounced as it was on the rest of the Club.
Greg Irvine was chief run-getter with 350 runs at an imposing average af 70.00 with next best being Neil Woods with 244 runs (av 27.11). Steve Smith was the leading wicket-taker with 21 wickets (av 31.52).
Dave Harris’ Second Grade side also finished last in something of a disastrous season. Leading run-scorer was Graham Pillans with 184 runs (av 20.44) while James Jaggers 13 wicket haul (av 30.15) was the best of the bowling.
Chris Barnard’s Third Grade side finished Third in the competition rounds, defeated Weston Creek in the Semi-Final only to lose the Final though the withdrawal through injury of Dolf Matthews and Ross Atkins did not help the sides cause.
The batting was headed by Subho Banerjee with 317 runs (av 31.70) highlighted by an innings of 126 against Queanbeyan and followed by Brendan Morling 208 runs (av 29.70) and Shahab Jafri 199 runs (av 24.90). The leading bowler was Dolf Matthews with 19 wickets (av 11.30).
Vic Cristofani’s Fourth Grade also finished Third but bowed out in the Semi-Final during which Cristofani suffered a serious eye injury which the following season was a significant handicap eventually resulting with the curtain being pulled down on a distinguished playing career.
Subho Banerjee’s 211 runs (av 30.14) and Mark Burnett's 22 wickets (av 11.50) were the best performances.
Peter Foley’s Fifth Grade side finished fourth but the side’s batting fell far short of the required total in the Semi-Final even though most batsmen got starts to their innings.
Alex Philp with 243 runs (av 24.30) and Richard Ireland with 27 wickets (av 11.50) were the leading performers.
ANU was represented by two Sixth Grade sides. Anthony Thompson led the Blue side to the Semi-Finals by finishing third but a poor batting effort handed the match to the opposition in very meek fashion.
Julian Oakley with 349 runs (av 38.80) and Anthony Thompson with 206 runs (av 25.80) were the leading run-getters while Thompson with 20 wickets (av 18.45) was the leading wicket-taker.
The Peter Reeves Sixth Grade Gold side paid dearly for the twelve missed catches in the last round against South Canberra to just miss a Semi-Finals place.
The leading batsmen were Ian Ryall with 359 runs (av 27.60), George Lombard 221 runs (av 27.60) and Robin Prior 207 runs (av 20.70) while James Shaw with 22 wickets (av 15.00) took the bowling honours.
Neil Kinsella’s Seventh Grade lost only two competition rounds in taking out the minor premiership on its road to the Final. Where they lost against a very different Tuggeranong side whose good bowling proved the determining factor of the match.
Chris Cahill captained the Club’s ninth team, Seventh Grade Gold side to sixth position.
Leading performances came from Neil Beverly with 229 runs (av 57.3), Phil Gausden 184 runs (av 46.00) and Adam Carter with 28 wickets (av 10.7).