Under clear skies the University of Wollongong team arrived at a picturesque Bradman Oval for their inaugural match against the Bradman Foundation XI.
After winning the toss the UOW captain Torn Stanham elected to bat. After some photos and a few words of welcome from Museum Director Rina Hore the game began with Stuart Macpherson bowling the first over for the BFXI team which included a guest appearance by ex Sheffield Shield player and current ICC umpire Rod Tucker.
Rod was asked to open the bowling even after he had indicated to his captain it would be the first time he had bowled his medium paces in ten years! A solid partnership of 49 runs from openers Sproal and Scardanas saw the UOW team get off to a solid start. John Pemberton scored 31, but the highlight was an unbeaten century by Tom O’Brien. UOW ended up with 4/254 at the end of their 45 overs.
On a hard green Bradman wicket, the run-chase began well with a good partnership of 64 between Rod Tucker and Peter Jensen until Jensen was caught behind for 28. Peter Richards then came to the crease and kept the score moving along nicely. With Rod Tucker caught for 77 and the score on 129 after 26 overs there was still plenty of work to do.
Matt Bourke(32) then joined Peter(44) for a 49 run partnership. With 5 overs remaining and with Stu Macpherson and James Newman at the crease the BFXI team needed close to 10 runs per over. With 3 overs remaining and the score on 228 Stu was caught on the boundary. In the final final over, with just 3 balls remaining and needing 5 runs to win James Newman lofted a mighty six over the mid wicket boundary to claim an exciting victory for the BFXI team.
It was a great game of cricket played in the true spirit of the game. Special thanks to umpires John Ewing and Phil Kerr as well as Rina and her staff Tina and Rachel for their assistance in making the day such a success. We look forward to hosting the UOW team on their return next season.