Melbourne University Cricket Club’s (MUCC) 3rd XI has won the Grand Final of the 2015/16 Victorian Premier Cricket competition.
MUCC defeated the Monash Tigers Cricket club by five wickets at Princes Park on 26-27 March.
MUCC won the toss and sent the Tigers in to bat. This decision paid dividends for the team, restricting the Tigers to 145 runs from 59 overs, with only two players scoring over 15 runs in the innings. Bachelor of Science student Shorye Chopra was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4/14 from 9.2 overs.
The run chase was assured by some solid batting by MUCC’s top order, despite some jitters near the end of the innings. The top four batsmen all made starts with the bat, and a 67-run partnership between Matt Mitchell and Bachelor of Commerce student Andrej Yaksender put the result beyond any doubt.
Head Coach Kim Littlejohn was extremely pleased with the result of the game. “It’s a fantastic result, with the whole team contributing to the win. It caps off a season of hard work for the team.”
The 3rds good form this season bodes well for the ongoing success of the club. “The average player age in the 3rds is only 19 or 20, which means that these players should have a long and successful future with the club,” said Littlejohn.
Despite being at the top of the ladder at the end of the season, premiership favourites MUCC 2nd XI had a more subdued Grand Final last weekend, going down to St Kilda Cricket by six wickets at the Albert Cricket Ground.
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