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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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
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.
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
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!!
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After an early wobble the game was won easily with Bilal Saikal crashing 48 and finished off with a 6 from Dave Luchetti.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amelia McCormick followed up the previous season with 156 runs @ 31.2 and 11 wickets @ 10.8.