Storm washes away a season that could have been
After an encouraging 2013/14 season which saw the Old Scotch Cricket Club field two sides in the finals for the first time in five seasons, the bar was raised once again with the goal of bringing the club back to premiership glory in 2014/15.
The club retained its leadership strength from the previous season, with Tom Murray (‘06) returning as captain/coach along with Harry Hackett (‘12) as 2nd XI captain; and for the first time in the club’s history we fielded a 3rd XI, which was by led by Hayden Tilbrook (‘13) and Jack Otter (‘13).
An inconsistent season from all sides saw the 1st XI as the only team to make the finals. A crushing win against Xavier on the Main Oval in the last round of the home and away season secured them a semi-final rematch the following week against their arch-rivals. However it was not meant to be, with the Melbourne weather gods playing their part in having the match abandoned without a ball being bowled. It was a very unsatisfying way to end the season, which will no doubt leave a fire burning in the belly over the cold winter months as the club prepares for greater things in 2015/16.
Standout performances for the year include Tom Murray’s exceptional season with the bat, winning not only the 1st XI batting average and club champion award but also winning the overall league batting with an aggregate of 429 runs.
Club stalwart Gary Bennett (‘88) won his 16th Bill McNaughton Bowling Trophy, Ben Summerfield (‘11) the 2nd XI bowling trophy, Mark Griffiths (‘80) the 2nd XI batting trophy and Jack Otter took out both the 3rd XI batting and bowling. Clubman of the year was awarded to John Stavris (‘12).
A big thank you goes to our sponsors, K2 Asset Management, NEM Australasia and Bendigo Bank (Surrey Hills, Ashburton, Hawthorn and Canterbury branches) for their continued support over the years, as well as to all social members, playing members, the committee and the OSCA team for their support throughout the year.
A special mention goes to outgoing president Matthew Dickinson who departed our shores after six years with the Old Scotch Cricket Club....Continued on page 89
A very popular member of the playing group, ‘Dicko’ fully immersed himself in the Old Scotch Cricket Club, playing in two premierships and taking over the presidency in 2012. There is no doubt ‘Dicko’ has left the club in a strong position through his tireless work and passion for the position, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours back in the UK.
October 2015 will see the beginning of a new season at the Old Scotch Cricket Club, providing an opportunity for our players, members and supporters once again to surround themselves in the excitement, and have another tilt at the silverware!
If you have any queries about the club please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us at email@example.com, or on 0435 737 003.
ABOVE: OLD SCOTCH CRICKET CLUB MEMBERS LINE UP ON THE MAIN OVAL.
TIM HOSKING – PRESIDENT-ELECT, OLD SCOTCH CRICKET CLUB