Australian National Championships 2011
SEPTEMBER 2011 - SOUTH COAST OF NEW SOUTH WALES (KIAMA, GERRINGONG, JAMBEROO)
Tournament Report - Tradies you cant trust become Australian LMS T20 Champions!
Australia's premier Last Man Stands Twenty20 cricket side was decided on the South Coast of New South Wales between 22nd & 25th September 2011. The event took place across three towns - Gerringong, Kiama and Jamberoo - and featured 21 of the top LMS sides from around the country. 6 of the 7 top ranked Australian sides were in attendance, with city champions flying in from all over the country.
There was a huge opening day upset with second top-ranked Australian side and tournament favourites Normo FYC, losing their pool match to Adelaide surprise packets, Windsor Storm. The Sydney teams defied their top pre-tournament billing as some of top seeds with 5 of the city's 6 sides crashing out in the pool stages. Normo FYC was the only Sydney team to make it past the pool stage, but soon were knocked out the Queenslanders, Crease Monkeys. Power House from Melbourne recovered from an opening day defeat to make the second round with a comfortable win over Windsor Storm, while AJ Edden (Newcastle) looked to be the most impressive side, along with the Gold Coast boys Tradies you can't trust, as Sam Webber exhibited his batting prowess with a string of rapid 50s. The challenge of the locals, Bumblebees, came to an end with a hiding at the hands of Power House in the second round, while the 2nd XI won a Brisbane derby against 1300 111 111. Port Boys from Wollongong kept up the local challenge with an impressive win over the E.D.E Moths to make the quarter final.
Come Saturday, there were only 8 quarter finalists left in the main cup. In the morning, Power House continued to surprise as they knocked out Runaway Bay Cricket Club (Gold Coast). AJ Edden then kept up the NSW challenge as Sam Webber's brilliant 63 from 21 balls saw of the challenge of the 2nd XI from Ipswich. Lydon Gibbons' fifty ensured that Tradies you can't trust had few issues chasing down their Queensland rivals' total of 142 in the third quarter final, while Canberra's 3 Short completed the semi final line up in a tight, low scoring contest against Wollongong's Port Boys. However, the highlight of the morning, and perhaps the tournament took place in one of the plate quarter finals as Andy Durack of Sydney side the Expendables smashing an amazing 130* off 49 balls for The Expendables against the Ungrateful Kids. Durack's knock featured 38 runs off the last over, with all five balls being despatched over the boundary for six, including the final ball of the innings which counted as a home run (12 runs), plus an additional couple of wides!
So, on Saturday afternoon, there were only four teams left in the Australian National Championships, and all four were from different parts of the country! Power House represented the Victorian challenge, while 3 Short from ACT had shown impressive form. The NSW side, AJ Edden, would have to do without their talismanic Sam Webber, while Tradies you can't trust flew the Queensland colours. 3 Short were favourites going into their semi final against Melbourne's Power House, but damp conditions resulted in a low scoring affair. Thomas Walker's 42 helped Power House struggle to a 114 in the first innings, but his impressive bowling performance then tore through the 3 Short line up who were bundled out for only 73 in reply! The other semi final saw the two likeliest contenders for the title meet, as Newcastle's AJ Edden batted first against Tradies you cant trust and scored a competitive 138, thanks to Andrew Stevens' unbeaten 64. Adam Price's tight bowling in the second innings then gave AJ Edden a real chance but Lydon Gibbons continued his great tournament with the bat to hit 67 not out and guide his side to the final with a tight victory!
A rainy day greeted the finalists and both finals were moved from Gerringong to the dryer Jamberoo pitch inland. The plate final began proceedings and was a close affair with Team of RAD from Sydney winning the match in the final over with seven wickets down, successfully chasing their target of 129 against Windsor Storm of Adelaide. Then the Cup final took place. Power House batted first but were soon in real difficulty. Their batting never got going due to tight bowling from the Tradies, with Andrew McGlinchy and Lydon Gibbons both taking two wickets apiece as the Melbourne side were bowled out for only 69. Brad Evans and Jeremy Warren knocked off the runs with minimal fuss to ensure that the Gold Coast team, Tradies you cant trust, took the cup and became the first LMS Australian National Champions! The Tradies won $8,000 to put towards their costs of getting to the LMS World Champs to be held in Cape Town, South Africa in April 2012.
Lydon Gibbons of Tradies You Can't Trust took out the batsman of the tournament award hitting an impressive 220 runs at a strike rate of 229 without being dismissed, while Simon White (Powerhouse) was the standout bowler picking up 10 wickets at a miserly economy rate of 5.59 runs per over.
Players and officials would like to thank all those involved with the ground preparation as the fields were in immacualte condition and the Blue Diamond Bar for their generous support of the event.
Tradies you can't trust won $8000 AUD to help fund their trip to the LMS World Championships in the stunning Western Cape (Cape Town) of South Africa in April 2012!
Kiama, Jamberoo and Gerringong are three very beautiful towns located close together. Accommodation is available in all three towns, but note that Kiama is the central town. Check out http://www.kiama.com.au/accommodation.asp for a comprehensive range of accommodation options.
The five ground locations were:
Bonaira Oval (Bonaira Street, Kiama - synthetic)
Gainsborough Oval (Meehan Drive, Kiama Downs - synthetic)
Gerry Emery Oval (Bridges Road, Gerringong - turf)
Athol Noble Oval (Bridges Road, Gerringong - synthetic)
Keith Irvine Oval (Jamberoo - synthetic)
The Blue Diamond Bar and Bistro, part of the Sebel Harbourside Kiama, generously sponsored the Australian National Championships, providing great food and drinks deals to keep all the players happy. The Blue Diamond Bar and Bistro is Kiama’s premier entertainment venue, set amongst Kiama’s historical sandstone buildings and Kiama Harbour as the Backdrop, its the perfect place to have a night out with friends, with 4 big screens, oak tree courtyard, large bar, extensive bistro menu and homemade pizzas, there is plenty on offer for any occasion.