MEN'S - SECOND GRADE - PREMIERS
Aaron Flaherty and Nic Badings combined for a monster partnership which ultimately took the game away from the opposition. Congratulations to Daniel Friedrich and his team who have finally brought the Albert Cup back to Mark Taylor Oval after coming close for several years.
Also congrats to Manly Warringah District Cricket Club on a great season, and a competitive grand final that was played in good spirit!
FINAL SCORECARD: Manly Warringah 256 (Josh Miller 4/52) defeated by Northern District 5/258 (Aaron Flaherty 95, Nic Badings 82* and Clayton Waters 26*)
FLAHERTY WINS RANGERS TITLE - COURTESY OF TONY DOSEN (HHH-FM SPORTS CALLER/SPORTS DIRECTOR):
A match winning 95 from Jack Moran Medallist Aaron Flaherty ensured the Northern District Rangers defeated Manly-Warringah by five wickets in the Sydney Second Grade Cricket Grand Final played at Mark Taylor Oval over the Easter Weekend.
Coming to the crease just after tea on Sunday with the Rangers struggling at 4/46 in reply to the visitors’ total of 256, Flaherty put on a match winning 168 run partnership for the fifth wicket with Nic Badings to secure victory.
Flaherty and Badings came out with intent when play resumed on Monday morning to score 101 runs in 32 overs – placing the Rangers just 63 runs from the title by lunch at 4/194. Flaherty fell when the Rangers were 43 runs short at 5/214 with his 95 scored from 207 balls faced in 261 minutes with 11 boundaries and one towering six.
Wicketkeeper Clayton Waters then saw the Rangers home with a brisk 26 not out to bring up the winning runs for Northern District an hour after lunch on Monday at 5/258. Badings played the anchor role beautifully in the Rangers chase with 82 not out from 256 balls faced in a marathon 312 minute stay at the crease with seven boundaries and one six.
Earlier on Saturday and Sunday, tight bowling from Josh Miller (4/52 from 31 overs), Tom Felton (2/53 from 37) and Australian Under 17s off spinner Ajay Singh (2/85 from 35.1 overs) restricted Manly to their 256.
The Grand Final win was the Rangers’ eighth Albert Cup Second Grade title, and their first since 2005/06. As man of the match, Flaherty was the first recipient of a new medal for future Sydney Second Grade Grand Finals in honour of Jack Moran – who scored over 10,000 Second Grade runs in a 28 year playing career for the Rangers.
SCA'S MATCH REPORT:
"...In the Second Grade Grand Final, Northern District defeated Manly-Warringah by five wickets on the first innings at Mark Taylor Oval.In response to the Manly first innings total of 256, Northern District finished 5/258 after 106 overs.The Jack Moran Medal for the Player of the Match in the Second Grade Final was awarded to Northern District batsman Aaron Flaherty (95), who shared a pivotal 168-run fifth-wicket partnership with Nic Badings (82 not out), to rescue the Premiers from 4/46 at one stage."