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2010-11
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A much better year both on and off the field (thanks to the revitalised committee driven by Greg Badcock) saw ANUCC bring home 2 premierships. In 3rd Grade, Greg Badcock captained the first 3rd Grade 2 day premiership winning side since 1983-84. The women broke through for their first premiership ever in a Grand Final replay (after a controversial Grand Final loss was set aside) that was more of a rout than a game. Fourth Grade were also runners up in the One Day competition and there were no wooden spoons.

The club also started up a Milo in2Cricket program catering for boys and girls aged up to 10 years. This was run by Greg Badcock and Suzi Foley (with assistance from several club members) on Friday evenings at South Oval. Up to 50 children got to try out cricket in a safe and picturesque environment whilst learning the basic skills of the game. Hopefully some of these kids will be future stars of the club.

The club was also buoyed by the weekly musings on club activities by the mysterious and secret Oracle. The Oracle's match summaries and insights into the club's more colourful members was greatly appreciated by all and he (or she) was awarded Club Member of the year.

Unfortunately, the club lost one of its founding members with the passing of Ian "Chairman" Wilson. Ian played in the club's first match in 1962 and continued playing until 1998. He took 530 wickets with his crafty leg spin and scored 1581 runs. He was captain of ANUCC's first ever premiership team (3rd Grade in 62-63). A good cricketer and a fine person. Vale Chairman.

On the field, the main factor was the weather. Most teams missed between a third to a half of the season due to the big wet. It also meant that many games were decided by the toss and often prevented teams building up momentum and cohesion - an important factor as most of the ANUCC's teams were very different from previous years.

Although its win/loss record doesn't show it, First Grade significantly improved on the previous season. Many of the losses were much closer and reflected an occasional bad session or even an hour. The obvious weaknesses in comparison to the top 4 teams were the lack of conistent batting at 3 and 4 and the lack of 1 or 2 strike bowlers. In Randall Starr's last full season of cricket he scored 547 runs @ 30.1 including a match winning (and wooden spoon avoiding) 137 against Ginninderra. Andrew Stead, 340 runs @ 24.3, and Nathan Docker, 288 runs @ 19.2, had solid seasons to back up their wicketkeeping and bowling duties respectively.

The bowling was led by Moeine Cheema with 19 wickets @ 23.1 (with 7 wickets in a 1 day match).

Second Grade, led by Tony Pick, was very much a development squad this season with the aim of producing a competitive First and Second Grade squad in the future. As such it was light on experience but high in enthusiasm and youth. The enthusiasm was sorely tested by a run of 3 consecutive outright losses before Xmas. However, the team rallied to finsh 5th in the 2 Day competition and shows promise for the future. Tony led from the front with 355 runs @ 29.6 and 22 wickets @ 19.5. In the batting, Cam Fox scored 235 runs @ 26.1, whilst in the bowling Matt Hughes took 17 wickets @ 23.1.

Third Grade started the season slowly but finished with a bang. The addition, late in the season, of another senior player, Dave "Hobo" Thomson, helped significantly as the team emerged triumphant against Norths in the 2 Day Final.

The semi-final against Ginninderra at Kippax was a tense affair. ANU started well with a 64 run partnership between Badcock and Petersen but lost wickets regularly after that to slump to 8/137. Matt Knappman and Simon Campbell then added a quick-fire 55 to see ANU to a defendable 192. The home side in reply slumped to 5/47 off 41 overs before starting a comeback. Simon Campbell kept his nerve and his pace to to slice through the middle order. Apart from a brief flurry from the last partnership ANU won comfortably with impressive fielding and good tight bowling.

Two Day Semi-Final
ANU v Ginninderra
ANU
192 (G. Badcock 54, B. Peterson 31)
Ginninderra
143 (S. Campbell 5/44)
RESULT : Won on 1st Innings by 49 runs

The Final was defined by both team's openings. Norths never really recoved from 4/8 and after a brief middle-order recovery and some late hitting only reached 160 on a good pitch and fast outfield at Freebody. ANU's bowling was tight and everybody contributed well in the field. When it came for ANU to chase another solid opening partnership of 62 followed by a series of solid 20 and 30 stands saw ANU comfortably home (after a small hiccup around lunch). Greg Badcock led from the front with a fine 42.

3rd Grade Two Day Final 26/3/2011
ANU v Norths
Norths - 1st Innings
P. Harders c Knapmann b Tisato 0
T. Wills c Knapmann b Thomson 1
J. MacNamara run out (Tisato) 6
A. Lamond b Thomson 0
D. Blackman c Caroll b Thomson 18
L. Rutzou c Grant b Campbell 53
A. Roe c & b Mitchell 30
M. New c Caroll b Mitchell 0
R. Thomson c Mitchell b Tisato 31
B. Walker lbw Campbell 4
C. Eicholzer not out 5
Sundries 12
Total 160
Fall : 0 4 4 8 52 106 110 126 136 160
Bowling : J. Tisato 16.2-5-2-24, D. Thomson 20-8-3-28, S. Campbell 21-8-2-26, N. Grant 12-1-0-27, D. Carroll 8-2-0-17, J. Mitchell 8-1-2-30
ANU - 1st Innings
G. Badcock lbw Morgan 42
B. Peterson c b Eicholzer 17
S. Mahabal c b Jelfs 23
D. Wallace c b Jelfs 24
M. Knapman lbw Jelfs 0
S. Ansell not out 27
J. Tisato not out 19
S. Campbell    
D. Thomson    
N. Grant    
D. Caroll    
Sundries 9
Total 5/161
Fall : 62 72 106 106 125
Bowling : C. Eicholzer 16-4-1-34, L. Rutzou 17-5-0-26, B. Morgan 9-0-1-25, R. Thompson 11.1-3-0-23, P. Jelfs 20-7-3-46
RESULT : ANU won on 1st Innings by 5 wkts

Greg Badcock dominated the batting with 370 runs @ 26.4 with fine support from fellow open Brett Peterson, 201 runs @ 20.1. Simon Campbell was the pick of the bowlers with 27 wkts @ 12.7, with old stager Dave "Hobo" Thomson taking 16 wkts @ 11.4 from limited appearances.

Fourth Grade was led by action man John Martin. He moulded the team into a solid unit whose best cricket is ahead of them. The team made the One Day Grand Final against Wests. Unfortunately their batting was never able to generate solid patnerships except for the 4th wicket (78). Michael Ireland scored 51 out of a final total of 146. ANU mades Wests work hard to get to the total but lost by 6 wickets with 5 overs to go.

One Day Final
ANU v Wests
ANU
146 (M. Ireland 51)
Wests
4/148 (M. Hynes 2/16)
RESULT : Lost by 6 wickets

Chris "Mr Consistency" Peiris had a great season with the bat scoring 399 runs @ 57.0. His lack of support in most matches probably condemned the team to the middle of the table. In the bowling, Umair Yousaf was at times unplayable and took 23 wickets @ 13.4 while Dan Thomas took 20 wickets @ 17.1.

In Fifth Grade, ANU fielded two teams. The Blue team led by Murray Radcliffe was a mixture of old-hands, including several ex first-graders and ACT Rep. players, and some talented youngsters. The intention was to develop talent that over time would assist the club's higher grades (similar to Queanbeyan and Weston Creek efforts). The Blues were the team most affected by the weather and never really developed any momentum during the season. Murray emerged as the team's best bowler with Steve Smith, with a century against Weston Creek, showing the yougster's how to bat. The younger players learnt a lot from the experience and will be a force to reckon with in years to come.

The other Fifth Grade team, ANU White, was led by Peter Foley. This team had a number of old hands plus a gaggle of students, some of whom had never played senior cricket, in other words a "normal" ANU fifth grade team. The team slowly built momentum and finished a solid fifth after nearly half its matches were rain affected. Highlight of the year was probably victory in a tense derby game in which neither team handled the pressure with White triumphing by 2 wickets chasing 62! As usual Peter Foley led the bowling with 23 wkts @ 9.1 with good support from Dhammika Amarasinghe, 11 wkts @ 14, and Warren Armstrong with 9 wkts @ 11.9. Batting was the team's weak link, especially before Xmas, but Milind Neharker scored 151 runs @ 30.2 to show that one good shot is all you need. Patrick Aitkenhead backed up his wicketkeeping with 147 runs @ 16.3.

Sixth Grade started off the season well and led the competition for a while before a mid season slump and the loss of some players, including captain Liam Cosgrave, saw them finish fifth only half a game out of the finals. The team, as usual, unearthed some good talent who will be playing much higher in coming seasons. One of these players, Zack Shafron, scored 351 runs @31.9 and took 19 wkts @ 20.5. Old stager Antoony Thompson scored 234 runs @ 26 and rising star Harry Slatyer with 210 runs @ 23.3 offered great support. The teams main weakness was a lack of depth in the bowling.

As mentioned above the Women's team broke through for their first premiership after dominating the season. The team was undefeated during the regular season which earnt them direct entry to the Grand Final. In the first Grand Final, ANU made 4/185 with Kate O'Sulliavn retiring on reaching 50. Tuggeranong replied with 9/186 with their last pair scoring 96. However, their best batsman had scored 93* and had not retired. ANU appealed the result and the match was ordered to be replayed.

Womens Glenda Hall Grand Final
ANU v Tuggeranong
ANU
4/185 (K. O'Sullivan 50*, P. Guy 35, B. Clare 34)
Tuggeranong
9/186 (L. Stanford 2/22, B. Clare 2/41)
RESULT : Match Replayed

The replay, like many Grand Final replays, was a very one-sided affair with the ANU women bowling and fielding brilliantly to dismiss Tuggeranong for 19. This was easily chased down within 5 overs for a 10 wicket win which erased the memories of the first match.

Womens Glenda Hall Grand Final 20/3/2011
ANU v Tuggeranong
Tuggeranong
B. Kidd b White 1
J. Lovatt b McLaughlan 0
K. Burrows b McLaughlan 1
L. Rippion c b White 5
S. Webb b Guy 5
C. Chippendale c b Baxendale 2
A. Wilson b Guy 0
K. Thornton lbw Robinson 1
J. Lovatt b Stanford 1
A. Wilson c b Robinson 0
K. Burrows not out 0
Sundries 3
Total 19
Fall : 1 3 5 10 15 15 15 19 19 19
Bowling : K. McLauglan 4-1-2-7, F. White 4-2-2-3, P. Guy 4-3-2-3, H. Baxendale 4-1-1-3, J. Robinson 1-0-2-1, L. Stanford 0.4-0-1-0
ANU
K. O'Sullivan not out 14
B. Clare not out 5
K. McLachlan    
P. Guy    
F. White    
H. Baxendale    
L. Stanford    
M. Gavin    
J. Robinson    
J. Curnow    
L. Kerr    
Sundries 1
Total 0/20
Fall :
Bowling : B. Kidd 2.2-0-0-12, S. Webb 2-0-0-7
RESULT : ANU won by 10 wkts

Over the season Kate O'Sullivan was a irresistible force scoring 157 runs @ 78.5. Team stalwart Peta Guy anchored the middle order with 90 runs @30.0. Fiona White once again was dominat with the ball taking 12 wkts @ 5.0 with Kerry Mclachlan, 9 wkts @ 6.1, not far behind. The team was well coached by Tony Santini and their improvement in the field as the season progressed was quite obvious.

 

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2011-12

ANUCC continued to improve as the work of previous seasons started to bear fruit. Though only 2 trophies were won (3rds 1 Day and T20) nearly every team in the club participated in finals action. 2s made the 2 Day finals, 3s made the finals in all 3 comps,4s made the 1 Day Grand Final, 5s made their finals and the Women's Glenda Hall team also made the semis. 1s and 4s missed 2 Day finals action on very small quotient differentials.

The club's In2Cricket program also continued to grow with up to 50 kids involved. Much thanks to Suzi Foley and "Milo" Sam.

The Oracle wasn't as prolific as the year before but with more teams winning and hence more enthusiasm at training and after match drinks at the "Bowlo" probably wasn't as needed as the year before. The occasional articles and commentary were well appreciated though.

First Grade, under the leadership of Mark Bennett, continued to improve and unluckily missed the 2 Day finals on quotient. Though they had no stars they showed what a committed team can achieve. A few more 50s turned into 100s is all that stands between the team and a good tilt at the title. Friday Kasteni, on his return to the club, made 591 runs @ 28.1. Randall Starr scored 533 runs @ 33.5 including his mandatory century against Ginninderra. Mark Bennett with 480 runs @ 26.7 led from the front.  Mark also took 37 wickets @ 18.0 to cap a fine season. Nick Prell with 26 wickets @ 23.4 showed the benefits of a lot of hard work.

Second Grade, continued the steady improvement from the year before with their batting in particular starting to become consistently solid. The team narrowly missed the 1Day semis but reached the 2Day semis were they lost to Norths. Chasing 255 at KTMO is gettable but ANU collapsed to 6/48. A fine innings from Rego of 72 adding some respectability but a last wicket partnership of 56 only delayed the inevitable. The team did suffer from a high turnover with 41 players during the season but played their best cricket once the team stabilised.

Second Grade Two Day Semi Final
ANU v Norths 16/03/12
Norths
255 (M. Cheema 3/69)
ANU
152 (N. Rego 72)
Norths
7/200 (A. Braybrooks 4/23)
RESULT : ANU lost by 103 runs on 1st Innings

Moeine Cheema was inspirational as captain with 39 wickets @ 17.6 and 643 runs @ 37.8 including a fine 159 against Tuggeranong. Dave Jamali also passed 300 runs (326 @ 20.4) and Matt Coggan,18 wickets @ 23.3, and Tom Elford,17 wickets @ 20.4, had good debut years.

Third Grade, led by Greg Badcock, was again the club's most successful team. While it didn't defend it's 2Day title it did win the 1Day competition and were joint premiers, but moral winners, in the T20 competition.

The 1Day semi was a tight affair. ANU bowled well to dismiss Eastlake for 171 with all the bowlers bowling tight lines. The run chase got off to a solid, if slow start, and all the bastmen made starts but with 40 runs to get off the last 10 overs and only 5 wickets in hand it started to get tense. The experienced pair of John Martin and Greg Badcock put on 33 to get within sight of victory with Greg seeing the side home with 9 balls to spare.

Third Grade One Day Semi Final
ANU v Eastlake 20/1/12
Eastlake
171 (C. Peiris 3/24, S. Levido 3/22)
ANU
6/173 (Z. Aleem 38, G. Badcock 32*)
RESULT : ANU won by 4 wickets

The T20 semi was a close low scoring match. ANU again bowled first and did a great job keeping the target below 90 off 20 overs. However at 3/8 and 6/40 the chase looked lost until Jono Morrell steadied the innings with great support from Nick Grant. ANU got home with 2 overs to spare.
Third Grade T20 Semi Final
ANU v Queanbeyan 5/2/12
Queanbeyan
8/87 (C. Peiris 3/11)
ANU
7/88 (J. Morrell 35*, N. Grant 27)
RESULT : ANU won by 3 wickets

Unfortunately the T20 Final at Manuka was washed out with ANU 2/57 off 9 overs chasing Wests 128. Joint premierships were awarded.

The 1Day Final against Norths saw ANU win after an amazing comeback. After having Norths 6/61 and 7/102 ANU eventually bowled them out in the last over for 156. All the bowlers bowled well with Sam Levido taking 3/26 and great fielding earning 3 runouts. ANU then proceeded to out collapse Norths (much to injured captain Greg Badcock's dismay) and slumped to 8/97. Up stepped Nick Grant and Damien Carroll who put together a 59 run partnership to level the scores with Nick being run out going for the winning run. Damo held his nerve to score the winning run with 3 balls left.

Third Grade One Day Final 12/2/2012
ANU v Norths
Norths
New c S. Levido b S. Campbell 8
Zhang b N. Grant 21
McNamara run out 5
Hall run out 2
Roe c C. Peiris b N. Grant 1
Tranther c D. Townsend b S. Levido 1
Axelby b C. Peiris 20
Coe not out 47
Thompson c S. Campbell b S. Levido 16
Beales st D. Carroll b S. Levido 0
Jackson run out 6
Sundries 29
Total 156
Fall : 30 44 49 51 51 61 102 147 147 156
Bowling : S. Campbell 10-2-1-17, J. Stewart 10-0-0-44, N. Grant 7-2-2-16, S. Levido 10-3-3-26, C. Peiris 10-1-1-32, J. Tisato 3-0-0-13
ANU
Z. Aleem c Hall b Beales 6
D. Townsend b Jackson 6
C. Peiris c wk b Jackson 2
J. Morrell b Beales 3
D. Wallace c b Jelfs 17
J. Tisato run out 1
N. Grant run out 77
S. Campbell run out 7
S. Levido c Thompson b Jelfs 1
D. Carroll not out 15
J. Mitchell not out 0
Sundries 21
Total 9/157
Fall : 13 17 22 22 27 67 92 97 156
Bowling : Nicholls 10-1-2-27, Beales 10-1-2-19, Hall 4-0-0-13, Thompson 4.3-0-0-22, Axelby 10-0-0-30, Jelfs 10-0-2-37
RESULT : ANU won by 1 wkt

Zaheer Aleem scored 392 runs at 24.5 opening the batting and Chris Peiris, 340 runs @ 24.3 including a century, and Jono Morrell, 337 runs @ 30.6,  contributed to a very solid batting lineup. CP also took 30 wickets at a miserly 11.3 with his "offspin". Simon Campbell took 22 wickets @ 20.7 with many lion hearted performances.

Fourth Grade was led by Murray Radcliffe. Taking last year's Fifth Grade team and adding a few old hands he led a very successful development squad to the One Day final and almost to the Two Day finals (missed out on quotient).

Fourth Grade One Day Semi Final
ANU v Eastlake 29/01/12
ANU
9/211 (M. Ireland 98)
Eastlake
120 (S. Smith 5/34, S. Blaylock 3/14)
RESULT : ANU won by 91 runs

Veteran Michael Ireland anchored the innings and was unlucky not get a well-deserved century. 211 batting second on ANU North on A Sunday was always going to be a tough job and once the second wicket fell at 72 (after 12 overs) Steve Smith and Sean Blaylock quickly ran through the rest to dismiss Eastlake in just 30 overs.

Fourth Grade One Day Final 12/2/2012
ANU v Norths
ANU
M. Ireland b N. Radford 11
D. Ganguly b N. Radford 13
S. Smith lbw N. Radford 12
S. Ansell lbw D. Chovatiya 19
S. Blaylock b N. Radford 0
M. Knappman b J. Rivers 8
A. Gaur b D. Chovatiya 0
M. Dunn c Atkinson b J. Rivers 7
N. Blaylock c Macarthy b J. Rivers 9
D. Thomas not out 3
M. Radcliffe c & b J. Rivers 4
Sundries 15
Total 101
Fall : 21 32 45 45 69 71 75 89 94 101
Bowling : S. Moore 7-1-0-14, L. Wijewickrama 8-2-0-19, N. Radford 10-3-4-18, D. Chovatiya 10-1-2-27, J. Rivers 7.1-0-4-20
Norths
T. Docker c M. Radcliffe b D. Thomas 4
A. Atkinson c N. Blaylock b S. Blaylock 0
D. Macarthy not out 39
R. Sood st M. Dunn b M. Radcliffe 46
T. Lewis not out 2
Sundries 11
Total 3/102
Fall : 3 5 100
Bowling : S. Blaylock 6-1-1-20, D. Thomas 5-0-1-22, S. Smith 4-0-0-19, N. Blaylock 1-0-0-8, M. Radcliffe 3.2-0-1-13, A. Gaur 1-0-0-17
RESULT : ANU lost by 7 wkts

The Final however was a let-down. After a slow start the middle order collapsed and no batsmen made 20. Defending just 101, ANU got off to a good start with 2 early wickets but a 95 run stand saw Norths home in just 22 overs.

Michael Ireland had a fine year with the bat making 459 runs @ 38.3. He was supported by fellow veteran Steve Smith with 287 runs @ 28.7. Bowling depth was probably the team's weak link with Steve Smith taking 22 wickets @ 13.3 and Nathan Blaylock 19 wickets @ 11.2 but with not much consistency amongst the rest.

Fifth Grade, with John Martin at the helm, snuck into the semi-finals on quotient after an end-of-seson slump due to player unavailabilities. The team's strength all year was its bowling with its batting somewhat prone to collapses. The semi-final against Norths (Golden Eagles) was always going to be tough especially as we could only use 9 batsmen (due to qualification issues). Norths batted first and scored freely once the ball stopped swinging. Their running between the wickets was risky but successful and only a late fightback by Milind Neharker with ball kept them to 177 off 45 overs. ANU needed a good start to chase this total but never got started and slumped to 6/60.  A fine partnership of 68 between Dan Thomas and Milind gave us a chance but the run rate got out of reach and we were dismissed for 131.

Fifth Grade Semi- Final
ANU v Norths (Gold) 17/3/12
ANU
9/177 (M. Neharker 4/31)
ANU
8/131 (D. Thomas 36)
RESULT : ANU lost by 46 runs

David Luchetti returned to the club and scored 211 runs @ 35.2 and also showed his class behind the stumps. Peter Foley kept taking wickets to finish with 32 @ 9.2. Milind Neharker finished the season strongly to claim 23 scalps @ 10.3.

Sixth Grade were the hardest training team in the club and after a horrendous middle of the season (lowest point scoring just 35) rapidly improved (highest point winning last 4 in a row including chasing 238) but missed finals action. Limited to just a few appearances, Ragu Dang terrorised opposition bowlers with 290 runs @ 145.0. Justin Lazic, as well as leading the team and running incredibly enthusiastic training sessions, took 20 wickets @ 19.5.

The Women's Grades were probably a bit confusing to the casual follower. ANUCC (bolstered by some Meteors players) played as Power Education in the Lynne O'Meara Premier League and T20 competitions, played on Saturdays. On Sundays everyone, except the Meteors, played in the Glenda Hall competition (a mixture of T20 and 40 over games). The Power Education team finished 2nd in both competitions but there were no finals due to rain. In the Glenda Hall competition, ANUCC finished 3rd but lost to eventual winners Wests in the preliminary final.

Womens Glenda Hall Preliminary Final
ANU v Wests 26/02/12
ANU
63 (P. Guy 21)
Wests
4/64 (F. White 2/11)
RESULT : ANU lost by 6 wickets

Ash Smith led the batting with 334 runs @ 66.8 including a high score of163 against Bluestar. The game gainst Bluestar saw the team score 421 (off 40 overs) with the second wicket falling at 305. Kris Brit scored 206 runs @ 51.5 (including 99 against Bluestar). Fiona White with 14 wickets @ 10.1 and Zoe Cooke with 13 wickets @ 12.5 to lead the bowling.

As a side note, the team often played with less than 11 players but the rules allow lowest scoring players to bat again (in the interests of developing the players). Suzi Foley, under this rule, batted 3 times in 1 innings without scoring! A possible world record!!

 

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2012-13

ANUCC went slightly backwards this season following the loss of key players like Randall Starr. However, the twin flagships of 3rds and the Women powered on with both winning premeirships. Of the rest only 4th Grade saw finals action. The club as a whole is susceptible to bad hours which lose matches.

The club's In2Cricket program also continued to grow with up to 50 kids involved. The club needs to build on this success as North Canberra Gungahlin are now fully based in Gungahlin leaving only ANUCC to service the inner north.

A major milestone was reached when Peter Foley took his 1000th wicket for the club. The Canberra Times article is here One away from a 1000.

First Grade, under the leadership of Mark Bennett, missed the 1 Day finals on run rate. Though they had no stars they showed what a committed team can achieve. A few more 50s turned into 100s and some more bowling depth will see them start to climb the ladder. Friday Kasteni, continued his good form, making 716 runs @ 42.1 but failed to score a century. Mark Bennett with 380 runs @ 25.3 offered good support but some of the other players need to step up.  Nick Prell with 27 wickets @ 16.1 and Jackson Long with 26 wickets @ 12.7 showed the way with the ball but need more support..

Second Grade, captained by old hand Greg Badcock, had a forgettable year due to a number of reasons. They had a high turnover of players, no-one made more than 300 runs and the leading bowler only took 13 wickets. On a positive note it was many players first chance to play at this level and quite a few also got a taste of First Grade. Mathew Coggan with 13 wickets @ 25.6 was the leading bowler ahead of Anthony Braybrooks, 11 wkts @ 37.6. Cameron Fox, 281 runs @ 28.1, and Anthony Braybrooks, 280 runs @ 21.5, were the leading batsmen. 

Third Grade, led by Brett Peterson, was again the club's most successful team. While it didn't defend it's 1Day title it did win the 2Day competition and the T20 competition.

In the 1Day semi ANU was always fighting from behind with none of the batsmen getting going and the side failing to bat the whole 50 overs. In th efield they tried hard but after being on top early NCG put together a 55 run partnership to take them from 5/39 to 6/94 and the rest of th elineup did enough to see them home.

Third Grade One Day Semi Final
ANU v NCG 3/2/13
ANU
136
NCG
8/138 (S. Campbell 3/36)
RESULT : ANU lost by 2 wickets

The 2Day semi was a real battle of youth versus experience. Queanbeyan's old guard of S. Frost (109) and P. Solway (85) saw them to a 250 run 1st innings. A brilliant 113 by Karminder Pawar with solid support from the rest of the team saw ANU home.

Third Grade One Day Semi Final
ANU v Queanbeyan 16,17/3/13
Queanbeyan
250 (D. Thomson 3/45, K. Pawar 3/44)
ANU
8/251 (K. Pawar 113*)
RESULT : ANU won by 2 wickets

The T20 semi was another close match. ANU again bowled first and did a great job keeping Wests to 107 off 20 overs. ANU chased steadily and got home with 2 overs to spare.
Third Grade T20 Semi Final
ANU v Wests 25/11/12
Wests
6/107 (C. Peiris 3/13)
ANU
7/108 (J. Morrell 39)
RESULT : ANU won by 3 wickets

The T20 Final at Manuka was a much more one-sided affair. With Chris Peiris 2/17 and Karminder Pawar 2/16 backed up by great fielding restricting Queanbeyan to 115. Karminder then backed up his bowling with 60 opening the innings. Hugh Fitzpatrick also opened and scored 39*  to lead ANU to an 8 wicket win with more than 3 overs to go.

Third Grade T20 Day Final 13/1/2013
ANU v Queanbeyan
Queanbeyan
M. Frost c  Muir b Thomson 13
M. Cutler b Peiris 6
S. Mann lbw Peiris 5
J. McDonald run out 5
R. Ditton c Petersen b Grant 36
G. McLennan lbw Pawar 5
S. Frost c Petersen b Pawar 0
A. Page not out 25
J. Swan run out 8
M. Medved not out 1
W. Morshead dnb  
G. Alexander dnb  
Sundries 11
Total 8/115
Fall :
Bowling : S. Campbell 4-0-0-19, J. Hogan 2-0-0-20, N. Grant 2-0-1-10, D. Thomson 4-1-1-28, C. Peiris 4-1-2-17, K. Pawar 4-1-2-16
ANU
K. Pawar b MacDonald 60
H. Fitzpatrick not out 39*
Z. Aleem c  b Mann 14
R. Muir b 1*
B. Peterson dnb
D. Wallace dnb  
N. Grant dnb  
S. Campbell dnb  
J. Hogan dnb  
D. Carroll dnb  
C. Peiris dnb  
D. Thomson    
Sundries 2
Total 2/116
Fall :
Bowling : G. Alexander 4-0-0-25, S. Mann 4-1-1-14, S. Frost 3-0-0-31, J. MacDonald 3-0-1-25, J. Swan 1.3-0-0-13, M. Frost 1-0-0-7
RESULT : ANU won by 8 wkts

The 2Day Final against Norths saw ANU win outright in a low scoring affair. ANU sent Norths in and bowled superbly to have them all out for 103 after 70 overs.

Third Grade Two Day Final 23,24/3/2013
ANU v NCG
Norths - 1st Innings
C. Davis lbw Thomson 7
T. Junaid run out 0
C. Zhang c Carroll b Hogan 15
P. Stephens b Hogan 20
G. Tranter c Petersen b Pawar 7
A. Atkinson c Petersen b Pawar 0
H. Axelby c Petersen b Peiris 0
P. Coe c Campbell b Grant 24
R. Thompson c Carroll b Thomson 21
M. Boak b Grant 1
S. Moore not out 1
A. Stormon dnb  
Sundries 7
Total 103
Fall : 2 17 44 45 45 52 52 90 100 103
Bowling : D. Thomson 16-5-2-22, S. Campbell 12-4-0-21, J. Hogan 5-2-2-6, C. Peiris 20-7-1-21, K. Pawar 14-6-2-24, N. Grant 3-1-2-5
ANU - 1st Innings
B. Peterson c b Thompson 28
H. Fitzpatrick run out 6
R. Muir c b Axelby 2
K. Pawar c b Boak 4
C. Peiris c b Boak 7
D. Wallace lbw Thompson 1
G. Elliot c b Thompson 36
N. Grant lbw Axelby 20
J. Hogan c b Axelby 2
D. Carrol not out 0
S. Campbell b Axelby 0
D. Thomson dnb  
Sundries 6
Total 112
Fall :
Bowling : C. Davis 9-2-0-22, A. Stormon 5-0-0-14, H. Axelby 22-13-4-26, M. Boak 16-9-2-21, S. Moore 5-4-0-4, R. Thompson 15-8-3-20
Norths - 2nd Innings
C. Davis c Muir b Peiris 6
T. Junaid cFitzpatrick  b Campbell 42
C. Zhang b Thomson 12
P. Stephens c Hogan b Campbell 0
G. Tranter b Thomson 3
A. Atkinson c & b Thomson 2
H. Axelby c & b Hogan 14
P. Coe c Muir b Peiris 9
R. Thompson c Wallace b Peiris 13
M. Boak not out 2
S. Moore not out 3
A. Stormon dnb  
Sundries 2
Total 9/108
Fall : 11 34 35 49 61 69 94 95 104
Bowling : D. Thomson 10-0-3-45, S. Campbell 6-0-2-31, C. Peiris 6-1-3-21, J. Hogan 3-0-1-0
ANU - 2nd Innings
B. Peterson lbw Davis 6
H. Fitzpatrick c b Boak 7
R. Muir not out 56
K. Pawar c b Boak 8
C. Peiris not out 20
D. Wallace    
G. Elliot    
N. Grant    
J. Hogan    
D. Carrol    
S. Campbell    
D. Thomson    
Sundries 3
Total 3/100
Fall :
Bowling : C. Davis 9-4-1-10, A. Stormon 4-4-0-0, H. Axelby 5-0-1-24, M. Boak 8-4-2-17, S. Moore 2-0-0-7, T. Junaid 4-0-0-18, P. Coe 2.4-1-0-12,
P. Stephens 2-0-0-9
RESULT : ANU won outright by 7 wickets

Brett Peterson led from the front as both captain andd opening bat. He scored a phenomal 613 runs @ 30.7. One of the team's veterans, Richard Muir scored a classy 454 runs @ 30.3 including a match winning 56* in the GF. Karminder Pawar scored 396 runs @ 39.6 including a great century against Queanbeyan in the Semi. The other opener, Hugh Fitzpatrick also passed 300 with 316 runs @ 26.3.

Chris Peiris again took bowling honours with 39 wkts @ 11.7. Simon Campbell had another solid year with 30 wkts @ 16.8.

Fourth Grade was led by John Martin. The team did better at the short form of the game making the T20 Final and the 1Day semi-final.

Fourth Grade T20 Semi Final
ANU v Queanbeyan 25/11/13
Queanbeyan
9/98 (M. Williams 3/16, N. Blaylock 3/25)
ANU
5/104 (B. Saikal 48, J. Laria 25*)
RESULT : ANU won by 5 wkts

After an early wobble the game was won easily with Bilal Saikal crashing 48 and finished off with a 6 from Dave Luchetti.

Fourth Grade T20 Final 13/1/2013
ANU v Wests
Wests
S. Nataragan c Luchetti b Richards 28
A. Butler lbw Richards 15
S. Hook c Morell b Richards 67
I. Yorke c Luchetti b Richards 38
T. Bailey not out 10
L. Gryzwacz not out 4
Sundries 14
Total 4/174
Fall : 37 52 158 161
Bowling : M. Williams 4-0-0-31, S. Blaylock 2-0-0-23, S. Richards 4-0-4-28, L. McKnight 2-0-0-10, N. Blaylock 4-0-0-32, J. Morell 2-0-0-19,
H. Radcliffe 2-0-0-29
ANU
S. Blaylock c Gryzwacz b Luby 2
M. Ireland run out 10
A. Luchetti b Bailey 10
B. Saikal b Yorke 8
J. Morell c Bailey b Hopkinson 27
N. Blaylock c Butler b Hopkinson 7
D. Luchetti c Nataragam b Hopkinson 4
L. McKnight b O'Sullivan 3
M. Williams c Hopkinson b Yorke 4
S. Richards c Yoirke b Hopkinson 3
H. Radcliffe not out 1
Sundries 6
Total 85
Fall : 2 24 25 60 66 72 72 80 80 85
Bowling : S. Luby 4-0-1-23, T. Bailey 3-0-1-27, T. Hopkinson 3.4-0-4-14, I. Yorke 4-1-1-12, L. O'Sullivan 3-1-1-7
RESULT : ANU lost by 7 wkts

The Final however was a let-down. Wests batted first and apart from Stephen Richrad 4/28 all the other bowlers got hammered on a flat North Oval pitch. ANU never really got going chasing such a large score and took too many risks early on that led them to a disappointing total of just 85.

Michael Ireland had yet another fine year with the bat making 438 runs @ 27.8. This took him to the top of the ANU runs scorer list. He was supported by newcomer Bilal Saikal with 388 runs @ 28.6.

Fifth Grade, with Peter Foley, had a tough year with a high player turnover. They started disastrously, scoring just 13 against Queanbeyan, but slowly improved until they had a chance at the finals. Unfortunately, a debatable tie against Queanbeyan halted their channce and eventaully they finished 6th.

David Luchetti mixed appearances with 5s and 4s and scored 214 runs @ 53.5. John Farquhar showed lots of grit to score 213 runs @ 19.4 including an innings where he batted the entire 45 overs. Peter Foley took 25 wickets @ 10.9 including his 1000th for the club. John Couch suppotred ably with 15 wkts @ 17.6.

Sixth Grade were again the hardest training team in the club. They too suffered with a high turnover of players and lacked bowling depth. Three players scored tons (Nathan Lawson, Liam Tucker and Zeeshan Iqbal) which showed that they had the batting talent to trouble most teams. Zeeshan Iqbal finished the season with 471 runs @ 31.4 and Liam Tucker with 426 runs @ 32.6 was not far behind. In the bowling 2 bowlers took 31 wickets with Ahmed Ansari averaging 17.9 and Leigh Mulcahy 19.9.

The Women's Grade went back to 2 competitions, a 40 over 1 day format and a T20 format.

After a bit of rain overnight the pitch was soft but even with the outfield slow – Helen surprisingly won the toss and wisely sent Tuggers in to bat. Bowling and fielding was very good, despite a couple of half chances or better going down. Helen bowled with good pace and got a just reward with 3/25, Fiona bowled without much luck and took 1/16 and Peta managed 2/11. A fielding highlight was from Katrina who kept very well with balls bouncing all over the place and a number of balls swinging outrageously. A beautiful catch of a thin edge was given not out but the next one off the glove was taken like a pro. Jenna and Claire did a power of work in the outfield and saved quite a few runs. Trish, as always did what we needed and keeps hitting the stumps with those returns! Tuggeranong were six down for 87 off 20 overs, with the star batters kept subdued and a couple of breaks our way would have seen that total 15-20 runs less. This was a challenging score but not beyond us if we batted well.

A recurring theme this year saw some hard to understand umpiring decisions with a runout and stumping given not out when in both cases the bat was not grounded and fee outside the crease. Never easy to umpire but we have had some inexperienced ones this year who may not always be watching where they should. At least we had umpires.
The ANU batting was good despite ducks from the three top scorers in the team over the previous games. Kerry, Peta and Helen all made ducks facing less than an over between them. Partially bad luck and partially impatience in each case. Meanwhile Tracey did what was needed and batted steadily for 21, getting out pushing for runs towards the end. Tracey and Fiona (18) took the score to 30 for the third wicket and we looked a chance of pulling the game out of the fire until both Fiona and Helen were out. Claire and Tracey steadied the innings but three wickets  on 57 runs left us without a chance.
Womens Lynee O'Meara Grand Final
ANU v Tuggeranong 16/12/12
Tuggeranong
6/87 (H. Baxendale 3/25
ANU
7/64 (T. Hasler 21)
RESULT : ANU lost by 11 runs

The 40 over semi-final was a washout so ANU progressed to the GF.
Womens Glenda Hall Semi Final
ANU v Wests 3/3/13
ANU
 
Wests
RESULT : ANU Drew

An outstanding performance on an uncharacteristically tricky Chisholm1 Oval saw ANU Women prevail over Tuggeranong by 7 runs. ANU made 108 off just under 39 overs and Tuggers all out 101 in 26 overs. Highlights included Helen 5/22 including the last three wickets – on a hat trick next season first ball bowled! Kerry top scored with a quick 20 and Jenna made a nice 15 in the partnership that made the win possible with Emma late in the innings. So good to see that a better team beat a team with more star players. In the field we saw three great catches from Jenna (running back for a caught and bowled), Bek taking a sharp one off an edge to start the final collapse from Tuggers and Trish taking a good one to dismiss KB. Every run saved in the field was important so great to see all the hard running training work pay off. Claire took a wicket on her birthday … the cake at the lunch break was excellent too. Thanks team Leske! As your leg improved through the season Claire so did your confidence. Look out next year. We played together as a team and did what we needed to do when we needed it. That is how you win a grand final!

Women's Grade Glenda Hall Grand Final 3/3/2013
ANU v Tuggeranong
ANU
T. Hasler lbw B. Kidd 2
K. McLachlan b P. Kidd 20
C. Leske b J. Knight 2
P. Guy c wk b K. Burrows 11
F. White lbw P. Kidd 4
H. Baxendale b S. Webb 1
K. Leske c wk b P. Kidd 3
J. Hinton c Aberline b S. Webb 15
E. Johnson lbw B. Kidd 1
B. Andersson-Nickson b S. Webb 1
T. Coughlan not out 0
S. Foley dnb  
Sundries 48
Total 108
Fall : 5 30 36 55 57 62 74 103 106 108
Bowling : S. Webb 7.4-0-3-21, R. Kidd 8-1-2-16, J. Knight 5-2-1-5, T. Henman 5-0-0-15, P. Kidd 7-0-3-19, J. Locatt 2-0-0-11, K. Burrowes 5-0-1-14
Tuggeranong
S. Webb c  & b J. Hinton 25
J. Lovatt b H. Baxendale 4
J. Knight c T. Coughlan b  H. Baxendale 7
K. Burrowes b F. Whyte 0
T. Henman c & b P. Guy 7
C. Chippendale c B. Andersson-Nickson b P. Guy 25
R. Kidd c P. Guy b C. Leske 7
K. Thornton not out 8
P. Kidd b H. Baxendale 3
B. Kidd  b H. Baxendale 6
P. Kidd  lbw H. Baxendale 0
Sundries 15
Total 101
Fall : 10 25 29 38 69 79 83 88 101 101
Bowling : F. White 7-0-1-21, H. Baxendale 7.4-1-5-22, P. Guy 8-2-2-21, J. Hinton 4-1-1-14, C. Leske 4-0-1-18
RESULT : ANU lost by 7 wkts

Peta Guy had a stellar year with her experience shining through. Peta scored 254 runs @ 36.3 and took 35 wickets @ an amazing 5.5. Helen Baxendale took 30 wickets @ 8.2 (inclusing 5 in the GF) with her vastly improved pace bowling.

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2013-14

ANUCC had a solid if unspectacular year. The undoubted highlight was the 1st grade team's tie in the 2 day semi-final against a "star-studded" Queanbeyan side. Unfortunately they didn't qualify for the GF but it certainly showed that there was a potential new powerhouse in the making.

Most of the other teams made finals or were in contention but no silverware resulted.

The club's In2Cricket program continued to grow with up to 50 kids involved and a representative U12 girls team (managed by Suzi Foley) playing in the boys competition, where they won most of their matches.

Individually, the season was dominated by batsmen. 7 players scored more than 500 runs, 3 in 1sts and Owen Chivers set a club record 204* in First Grade.

First Grade, under the leadership of Mark Bennett, made the 2 Day finals where they went within 1 run of making the GF after tieing on 1st Innings against Comets-studded Queanbeyan.

Queanbeyan reached 5/207 before a devastating spell from Scott Murn almost won it for the students with a contentious umpiring decision the difference. ANU had a red hot go in the 2nd innings but were denied by one of the many Comets in the Queanbeyan side. 

Two Day Semi-Final
ANU v Queanbeyan
1st Innings
ANU
228 (M. Fonseka 59)
Queanbeyan
228 (S. Murn 4/30 )
2nd Innings
ANU
8/212 (O. Chivers 66, A. Stead 58, M. Bennett 40
Queanbeyan
5/201 (A. Campbell 2/26)
RESULT : Tied on 1st Innings

Mark Bennett led the way with the bat scoring 628 runs @ 36.9 and was ably supported by Owen Chivers, 599 runs @ 37.4, Scott Murn, 535 runs @ 31.5 and Andrew Stead, 433 runs @ 20.7.

In the bowling, Nick Prell took 34 wickets @ 22.3 with great support from Scott Murn who backed up his batting with 29 wickets @ 15.4.

Second Grade, reached the T20 grand final. Along the way AJ Braybrooks scored 144* in a T20 match and ANU easily accounted for Wests in the semi after a devastating opening spell by Hoagn and Stewart had Wests in tatters at 7/34. 

Division 2 T20 Semi-Final
ANU v Wests
Wests
99 (J. Hogan 4/16)
ANU
5/103
RESULT : Won by 5 wickets

The Grand Final against Queanbeyan was evenly poised with ANU 3/66 chasing 150 but a middle order collapse saw ANU struggle to just 9/100 to be well beaten on the day.

Division 2 T20 Grand Final 3/3/2013
ANU v Queanbeyan
Queanbeyan
A. Brunker c R. Muir b S. Brown 26
P. Coleborne b J. Hogan 1
A. Page b R. Muir b J. Stewart 2
J. Gregory b S. Brown 38
B. Singh Khillan c S. Allen b M. Clark 2
D. Corcoran run out 11
M. Grocott run out 25
J. Lees lbw J. Stewart 0
M. Cutler not out 7
S. Frost not out 16
M. Monaghan dnb  
D. Southwell dnb  
Sundries 21
Total 8/149
Fall : 15 26 64 86 87 120 123 127
Bowling : J. Hogan 4-0-1-38, J. Stewart 4-0-2-20, D. Norrie 4-0-0-25, S. Brown 4-0-2-17, K. Rimmer 2-0-0-27, M. Clark 2-0-1-10
ANU
B. Petersen lbw D. Southwell
A. Braybrooks c J. Gregory b D. Southwell 28
M. Clark c A. Page b D. Southwell 0
R. Muir c. M. Cutler b S. Frost 30
K. Rimmer c D. Southwell b A. Page 5
L. Cooper b A. Page 0
J. Hogan c & b A. Page 2
D. Norrie not out 9
S. Brown run out 1
S. Allen b M. Grocott 4
G. Badcock dnb  
J. Stweart dnb
Sundries 13
Total 9/100
Fall : 33 34 48 66 66 76 84 84 100
Bowling : S. Frost 3-0-1-13, D. Southwell 4-0-3-26, B. Singh Kkillan 3-1-0-15, A. Page 4-0-3-12, M. Grocott 4-0-1-15, J. Lees 2-0-0-14
RESULT : ANU lost by 49 runs

AJ Braybrooks followed up his breakthrough year to emerge as 2nd Grade's top batsman with 346 runs @26.6 with old-hand Richard Muir contributing 313 runs @ 44.7. The bowling was proably the weak link in the longer forms of the game as it lacked penetration at times which meant ANU were unable to protect good scores. Only Joel Stewart, 24 wickets @ 15.75, took more than 20 wickets.

Third Grade started the season well by again reaching the T20 Grand Final. The semi against Weston Creek was a close affair won on the second last ball.

Division 3 T20 Semi-Final
ANU v Weston Creek Molonglo
Weston Creek Molonglo
7/146
ANU
8/146 (N. Grant 43)
RESULT : ANU Won by 2 wickets

The Grand Final was going well for ANU when they had Wests 5/57 but a 98 run partnership took them into a winning position. A fine 57 by B. Saikal was not enough and ANU fell well short.

Division 3 T20 Grand-Final
ANU v Wests
Wests
H. Copland lbw S. Campbell 19
J. Smith c B. Hay b S.Campbell 1
J. Boyle c D. Wallace b A. Luchetti 5
M. Earl run out 4
J. Boyd c N. Grant b C. Peiris 59
H. Peachey c A. Luchetti b M. Edwards 13
D. Robson b N. Grant 56
L. O'Sullivan not out 15
C. Lillepruun not out 4
S. Wightman dnb 7
I. Yorke dnb
D. Randev dnb  
Sundries 20
Total 7/191
Fall : 15 29 31 40 57 155 181
Bowling : C. Hargraves 1-0-0-12, C. Peiris 3-0-1-22, S. Campbell 3-0-2-19, A. Luchetti 4-0-1-36, M. Edwards 4-0-1-37, N. Grant 3-0-1-33, B. Hay 1-0-0-19, D. Wallace 1-0-0-9
ANU
M. Begg b J. Boyd 13
N. Grant b I. Yorke 10
B. Saikal b D. Robson 57
A. Luchetti lbw H. Peachey 24
C. Boynton c ? b L. O'Sullivan 15
C. Peiris lbw L. O'Sullivan 3
D. Wallace run out 1
S. Campbell b D. Robson 3
B. Hay c ? b D. Robson 0
C. Hargraves run out 6
A. Moore not out 7
M. Edwards dnb
Sundries 8
Total 148
Fall : 21 29 74 123 133 133 134 148
Bowling : I. Yorke 4-0-1-35, J. Boyd 3-0-1-35, H. Peachey 3-0-1-20, S. Wightman 2-0-0-21, L. O'Sullivan 3.4-0-2-19, D. Robdon 3-0-3-18
RESULT : ANU lost by 43 runs

After that the team never quite gelled and missed the 1 and 2 Day finals. Captain Nick Grant led from the front with the bat scoring 328 runs @ 25.2 and fast developing Bilal Saikal backed him up with @89 runs @ 19.2. 4 other players scored over 200 runs to provide a solid top order.

The bowling was steady but lacked a real spearhead. Best of the bowlers were Lukas Santinon with 21 wickets @ 15.5 and evergreen S. Campbell with 20 wickets @ 17.7.

Fourth Grade was very much a development team this year side with 3 U15s, some promising newcomers and some experienced players. Wet weather at the end of the season prevented any hopes of finals cricket but the side had some promising moments against more fancied sides.

Captain Michael Ireland started the season with a ton and went on to make 519 runs @ 30.6. Shah Srivistava made a breakthrough century and finished the season strongly with 272 runs @ 27.2. Old stager Peter Foley took 16 wickets @ 16.8 and promising youngster Cam McDonald improved in leaps and bounds to take 12 wickets @ 30.1.

Fifth grade, had a forgettable year suffering from a lack of players and with very little experience on turf (or even of cricket). Steven Machan scored 138 runs @ 34.5 before moving up to 4ths. Warren Armstrong took 12 wickets @ 15.8 including his first ever 5 wicket haul.

Sixth Grade started with 5 losses in 5ths but dropped a grade and made the semi-final but struggled to bowl and field in the rain to bow out early.

One Day Semi-Final
ANU v Queanbeyan Razorbacks
Queanbeyan Razorbacks
200 (R. Dang 4/13)
ANU
176 (A Khandaker 44 L Tucker 44)
RESULT : Lost by 24 runs

Sixth grade batsmen scored 7 centuries with "Sunny" Khandaker scoring 3 on his way to 729 runs @ 72.9. Zeeshan Iqbal scored 2 in making 538 runs @ 38.4 and Liam Tucker also scored 2 in making 426 runs @ 60.9.

The team was possibly 1 or 2 bowlers short with only Leigh Mulcahy (21 wickets @ 19.3), Ahmed Ansari (21 wickets @ 16.5) and "Sunny" Khandaker (20 wickets @ 15.2) taking 20 or more wickets.

The Women's grade started well but ran out of players and lost most of their games after the Xmas break. Amelia McCormick had an astounding season with the bat scoring 309 runs @ 51.5 (retired 4 times at 50). Peta Guy was her consistent self scoring 284 runs @ 40.6 and taking 14 wickets @ 16.6. Helen Baxendale was next best with 12 wickets @ 12.3.

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2014-15

ANUCC had another solid if unspectacular year but unlike the year before finally had some silerware to show for it. The undoubted highlight was the 4th grade team's 2 Day premiership with solid showings from 2nd and 3rd grade. Fifth Grade made the quarter finals (more below)!

First grade lost a lot of close games and were probably an attacking bowler short. The 6th Grade and Women's teams struggled for numbers throughout the season.

In First Grade., Mark Bennett had a breakthrough year finally scoring that elusive ton to go with his consistent scoring. Mark ended up with 828 runs @ 59.1 to easily win the club batting award. Support came from Own Civers with 400 runs @ 21 and Scott Murn with 387 runs @ 24.2.

In the bowling, Scott Murn again backed up his batting with 28 wickets @ 22.4, with Matt Edwards taking 18 wickets @ 15.8 the next best. Scott continued to be on the fringe of breaking into the Comets.

Second Grade, reached the 2 Day semi-finals for the first time for several years but lost outright after bowling Wests out for 44 in the first innings. ANU made just 73 in reply and despite only chasing a moderate 2nd innings target never reaally got going and slumped to 5/28 before limping 10 110.

2nd Grade 2 Day Semi-Final
1st Innings
ANU v Wests
Wests
44 (R. Southerton 4/13, L. McKnight 3/9)
ANU
73 (R. Muir 25)
2nd Innings
Wests
174 (R. Southerton 3/50, M. Edwards 5/51)
ANU
110 (M. Clark 49*)
RESULT : ANU Lost by 35 runs

Michael Clark returned to Second Grade as captain and led the batting with 551 runs @ 36.7 with newcomer Balinder Singh Khillan scoring 398 runs @ 26.5. The bowling was solid with 3 bowlers taking more than 20 wickets for the season. Richard Southerton, 24 wkts @ 15.8 had a great debut year.

Third Grade also made the 2 Day semi-finals. ANU won the toss and batted but after poor start of 4/30 they never really recovered to only post 129 off 72 overs. Queanbeyan were never really troubled in chasing down the target.

3rd Grade 2 Day Semi-Final
1st Innings
ANU v Queanbeyan
ANU
129 (D. Wallace 28)
Queanbeyan
4/191
RESULT : ANU lost by 7 wickets

Michael Ireland moved back up to 3rd grade and scored 332 runs @ 25.5 but no other batsman passed 250. This was probably indicative of the player turnover in the team which saw more than 40 players during the season.

Similarly only Chris Peiris with 20 wickets @ 11.7 tooke more than 15 wickets.

Fourth Grade was again a development team this year side with a number of juniors and some experienced players. The team adopted the philosophy of letting the junior players get them out of trouble whenever possible. The team developed slowly and surprised themselves to reach the 2 day grand final. They were even more surprised to emerge victorious over a very experienced Norths team.

The semi-final against Queanbeyan was a high scoring draw with Greg Badcock making 131 and a strongly wagging tail contributing to a huge score. Queanbeyan chased hard at nearly 5 runs per over but ran out of time.

Two Day Semi-Final
ANU v Queanbeyan
1st Innings
ANU
351 (G. Badcock 131, D. Luchetti 46, D. Thomson 42)
Queanbeyan
8/300 (D. Thomson 3/83)
Draw - ANU progress due to ladder position

The Grand Final was a surprise win for 4th Grade. Captain Badcock said that they didn't even think they could win until late on the 2nd day. Maybe it was this lack of expectation that paved the way for the win. The "old" guys Thomson and Emery took 7 wickets between them but all the bowlers kept up the pressure. Norths total of 232 was competitive and with ANU slumping to 3/17 it took a great partnership betwen Badcock and Manson to restore parity. Manson (who loves playing Norths) went on to a brilliant 108 before falling with 52 runs required. Thomson completed a great all-round effort with a solid 35* to steer ANU home.

Grade 4 Grand Final 21/3/2015
ANU v Canberra North Gungahlin
Canberra North Gungahlin
T. Lewis c 88
M. Donaldson lbw 14
S. Moore lbw 22
C. Taylor b 6
T. Connor b 23
R. Melmoth c 23
J. Little b 21
P. Coe lbw 0
A. Kwong not out 1
E. Rahman b 0
T. Junaid c 50
P. Jelfs dnb  
Sundries 14
Total 232
Fall :
Bowling : C. McDonald 10-2-1-27, D. Thomson 20-5-4-55, C. Emery 10-2-3-44, T. Anderson 11-2-0-31, A. Devanthan 15-5-0-49, A. Manson 12-4-2-13, S. Walker 4-1-0-8
ANU
A. Devanathan c b P. Jelfs 1
T. Harrison c P. Coe b C. Taylor 4
S. Walker lbw C Taylor 8
G. Badcock lbw S. Moore 35
A. Manson c b P. Jelfs 108
T. Andersonr c S. Moore b P. Jelfs 14
D. Luchetti c S. Moore b A. Kwong 7
D. Thomson not out 35
A. Devanthan not out 15
Z. Morgan dnb  
C. Emery dnb  
C. McDonald dnb  
Sundries 9
Total 7/234
Fall : 1 12 17 121 158 180 204
Bowling : S. Moore 15-2-1-46, C. Taylor 18-3-2-38, A. Kwong 16-0-1-44, E. Rahman 10-0-0-24, P. Jelfs 15-0-3-65, 3-0-0-11
RESULT : ANU won by 3 wkts

Greg Badcock led the way with the bat scoring 742 runs with 3 centuries @ 43.6. Dave Thomson was next with 327 runs @ 25.2 and there were good contributions from the younger players. Dave Thomson took an impressive 43 wkts @ 11.6 with comeback kid Chris Emery taking 28 wkts @ 18. Agian the younger bowlers all made significant contributions and were often tasked with getting the team out of trouble.

Fifth grade, had an interesting year. After the home and way rounds the top 6 and bottom 6 teams were split into 2 finals competitions. Finals cricket at last! As it turned out 4 teams finished equal 7th but ANU were 10th on net run rate.

5th Grade Quarter-Final
ANU v Eastlake
ANU
6/127 (Z. Rao 31)
Eastlake
5/128
RESULT : Lost by 5 wickets

With the 3 winners of the QFs progressing and the highest placed loser 5s were confident that they would play on despite the loss but an upset result ended their season.

Aaron Manson in limited appearances due to work and higher grade appearances scored 310 runs at an amazing 103.3. Best of the regulars was Harshil Sehgal with 237 runs @ 19.8. Peter Foley took 20 wickets @ 13.5 but no one else took more than 12 to perhaps underline the teams lack of penetration (and experience).

Sixth Grade lost most of the previous years players and struggled throughout the season to field a team. Vedant Gupta scored 158 runs @ 22.5 to lead the batting but none of the bowlers reached doube figures for wickets.

The Women's grade started well but wet weather and lack of players prevented any meaningful attempt at winning the competition. The team did scrape into to 40 over semi finals where they were completely outplayed.

Women's 40 over Semi-Final
ANU v Weston Creek
ANU
7/99
Weston Creek
2/100
RESULT : Lost by 8 wickets

Amelia McCormick followed up the previous season with 156 runs @ 31.2 and 11 wickets @ 10.8.