Many words and pictures have rightfully been shared about First Grade’s ground breaking one day grand final win this weekend. But there were two blokes taking the field for the tigers yesterday who had been there and done that before. Paul Stenhouse and Wes Aspeling were part of the last team to bring home the one day trophy in 1999 (when we were known as Easts-Redlands), this time they were helping the Tigers Over 40s to a round one win.
The bowlers laid the platform after Wests won the toss and batted on a flat Ron Field Oval pitch surrounded by lightning quick outfield. The bulldogs put together a couple of partnerships but never really got going and were dismissed for 151 in the 30th over. The main destroyer was
Razz Bubke trying his hand at off-spin (quote: why didn’t I try this 40 years ago?), who suffocated the batsmen through the middle overs with 4/29. Razz was supported by the two openers Scott Butters who took 2/30, and Nathan Collins 2/18. It’s doubtful you’d find two more different bowlers to share the new ball with Scotty nibbling around on off stump and Nato opting to blow the batsman’s pads off.
The Tigers innings was quite simply dominant. Opening batsmen Stu Macdonald (51* from 59) and Dom Cassell (52* from 62) shared an unbeaten century stand to take the game away from Wests. Both invoked the “retire at 50” rule and left the final chase to the young fellas Brian Brix (27* from 27) and Paul Stenhouse (5* from 4) to secure a 10 wicket win in the 27th over.