The University of Sydney cricket side has forced their way into a grand final match against arch-rivals UNSW at the Redbull Campus Cricket tournament at the Australian University Games on the Gold Coast following a solid victory over Monash University in their semi-final today.
If it ain't broke don't fix it - and that means Sydney Uni again batted first, and for a second day in a row were in early trouble with two wickets falling quickly. The innings was steadied by skipper Ben Trevor-Jones who scored another classy half century (58 from 50 balls), and fellow SUCC 1st Grade all-rounder, Dugald Holloway (43 from 39 balls). This partnership took the Students to 2-60 from 10 overs and a good platform to push forward. Joe Kershaw continued his consistent contributions with another 22 from 20 balls, and helped push the score to 153 runs from the 20 overs.
With such a potent bowling attack, confidence was high and again Monash were restricted to less than a run-a-ball in the first 5 overs (0-15). And again, proving the "don't fix it" mantra, Brodie Frost entered the attack for immediate success, claiming 3-10 from his 4 overs. These were the only wickets to fall in the innings, but the class of Frost, as well as Jim Ryan (0-10 from 4 overs) ensured Monash were not even close, finishing 3-99 from their 20 overs.
This sets up the dream grudge final between Sydney Premier Grade Cricket combatants Sydney University and UNSW to be played at 2pm on Friday at Kerrydale Oval. Whilst pride is one motivating factor, the Sydney Uni side is determined to finally get the monkey off the back and claim the place in the World Campus Cricket tournament, to be played in Sri Lanka in October 2016.
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Editors note: yesterday's article stated today's match was against QUT, he has been informed that following the article a protest was entered and Monash were announced as a semi-finalist.