GCC Second XI – Back to Back Premiers
In season 2014-15 Goodwood’s B grade was promoted from A4 to A3 after a
premiership in season 2013-14. With a number of premiership players
retiring from two day cricket it was a season of opportunity for some of
the younger guys coming through the grades.
Our bowling was led by veteran Tim Sargent who went on to share the A3 ATCA
bowling with a total of 31 A3 wickets for the season. We had a number of match
winners with the ball with Tim Keen and new to the club Anthony Puliatti both
finishing with a similar number of wickets for the season and some pivotal
contributions with the ball from Junior Muggleton and Ash Dumigan.
Comparing the years I think there was a more determined batting approach
and a season I’ll remember for our confidence to chase targets. With a
number of players moving up and down grades the numbers aren’t a true
reflection of the season some of our bats had with significant
contributions from Adam Berry who topped us all with around 500 runs across
the A and B grade, Craig Lovering, Ash Dumigan, Michael Chunys and the
skipper all having good years.
We had a tough final round run chase against Gepps Cross that we needed to
win to play finals. We then found ourselves in a similar position in the
Semi Final against Flinders Park where we lost the toss and ended up
chasing 200, 6 down with a spread of runs and wickets across the team.
This setup a Grand Final replay with Fulham on their home deck. I managed
to finally win a toss and we batted first, setting Fulham 222. We went on
to win by 66 runs and achieved back to back premierships. The application
of the bats set the game up with Ash Dumigan 42 and Michael Chunys a match
changing 52 the highlights. On day two an inspired 5/28 from left-armer
Puliatti and 5 catches from keeper Dylan Turner were the highlights on the
scoreboard with match winning spells and vital wickets from Junior, Sarge,
Dummers and Chewy.
This now sets up a tremendous challenge for the oncoming season where
Goodwood’s A and B grade will compete in A1 and A2.