4th XI – Merrell Shield (D Grade)
Congratulations to Andrew Hillyer for captaining the the 4th XI team to the Merrell Shield (D Grade) Premiership over North Balwyn.
In the “Battle of the Bulls” – a fantastic game was played at Macleay Park. After losing the toss the pace attack of Rohan Schulties (2/31) and Seb Graham (6/63) dominated with the ball. North Balwyn held together under tremendous pressure from the BUCCC players to post a competitive total of 155.
Greg Puls (15) and Pete Graham (15) put forward a painstaking start to the run chase, finishing the first day unbeaten. The careful partnership continued on day 2 when the first wicket finally fell with the total on 33. Phil Quirk (40*) and skipper Andrew Hillyer (58) saw the team over the line in front of a fantastic crowd.
Congratulations and thank you to those players that are retiring or leaving the club. Pete Nicholls completed his final innings for the club after 50 years and over 500 matches. Rohan Schulties will move closer to home in Croydon next season after some fantastic years at the club. Seb Graham is off to the UK for work and will hopefully be back at some stage. Jim Kouryialas also intends to retire – but we’ll believe it when we see it.
A great effort by all the boys. The winning team included…
Andrew Hillyer (c), Greg Puls, Peter Graham, Peter Nicholls, Phil Quirk, Andrew Cullinan, Matthew Patterson, Rohan Schulties, Adam Gelfe, Mitchell McPherson, Seb Graham, Jim Kouryialas (12 man)