The annual Chester Bennett Cup was again hotly contested between the Prince Alfred College Old Collegians and St Peter’s Old Collegians. Both teams arrived at the immaculately curated Princes’ Main Oval mentally charged for a fierce contest – further fuelled by the ambient noise of 80’s rock courtesy of the Fringe Festival.
After winning a crucial coin toss SPOC were off to a flyer with the evergreen Paul Allegretto (62) and a pugnacious Nick Bailey (15) bludgeoning 65 off as many balls to all segments of the PAC main oval. The miner birds atop the birch trees quickly located to a neighbouring suburb at the sight of Allegretto’s spine contorting backswing. A belligerent Michael Cranmer (59) and Will Montgomery (43) combined at the crease in an energetic display of craftsmanship. Team SPOC finished 237 all out off their allotted 40 overs.
Thai rare beef salad was the undisputed hero in the innings break. Potter (2/16) capitalised on the two-piece kookaburra to recreate swing rarely seen during the Australian Summer. Cranmer (1/16) was frugal with his off-spinners turning it square. Minicozzi produced moments of brilliance for his two wickets, dismissing the Princes lynchpins with unplayable in-swing. Jett ‘The Tweak Freak’ May took two crucial wickets to close out PAOC’s innings for 153. Unerkov was electric in the field, making many of the more seasoned campaigners feel their age.
A great day out played in great spirits. The Chester Bennett Cup is a highlight of the cricketing calendar. As is the norm the off-field discussions continued well into the night. Congratulations to all involved and in particular those that work tirelessly to make this game possible.
Andy Harvey (HWK 2007)