Wests Claim Premier Title
Western Suburbs District Cricket Club have defeated the University of Queensland in the final of the myFootDr Premier Cricket Competition to claim the Cam Battersby Cup.
The match was in a precarious position heading into the second weekend with Wests resuming day three on 6-287 and needing a result to claim their first title since 2007-08. Looking to set Uni a big target, the Wests tail wagged with Steve McGiffin hitting an unbeaten 117 from number eight, while combining for a ninth wicket 100-run stand with Sam Doggett who finished on 43.
Set up by a century to Queensland Bulls batsman Sam Truloff and 88 to Chris Sabburg, Wests were dismissed for 466, with Uni captain Michael Phillipson the pick of the bowlers with 5-98 off 52 overs.
With a mammoth total in front of them, Uni’s best chance of securing the title looked to be batting out for a draw having won the Minor Premiership. However the Students were on the back foot with their top order unable to convert starts into significant scores.
Wests took the final Uni wicket after the tea break on day four, making amends for the One-Day Grand Final loss they suffered to the same opponent in February. Fittingly it was Wests stalwart Steve Paulsen trapping James Holliday leg before as the last wicket, claiming his third Premiership at the club (2004-05 & 2007-08). For his determined century on Day 2, Wests batter Sam Truloff collected the Andy Bichel Award for player of the match.
In other results, Uni claimed victory in the Second Grade Grand Final, defeating the Sunshine Coast by seven wickets in a low-scoring contest.
Having succumbed to a 121-run first innings deficit, Sandgate-Redcliffe pulled off a miraculous 319-run chase to claim victory over Uni in the Third Grade Grand Final.
Wests claimed their second premiership of the weekend in Fourth Grade, defeating Valley by six wickets, while Valley won the Fifth Grade crown after their match with Toombul ended in a draw.
Wet weather meant a ball could not be bowled in the Sixth Grade Grand Final between Wynnum/Manly and Valley, with the former taking out the premiership having finished on top of the table.