2000-01 CTPL Season & Grand FInal Review
Lindisfarne headed the standings at the end of the roster programme with 107.71 points; they were followed by North Hobart 101.03, SHSB 81.52 and New Town 80.35 – these four clubs were clearly ahead of the other four clubs which had disappointing seasons.
Weather impacted on the semi-final round; minor premiers Lindisfarne advanced to the final after its match against New Town was washed out and SHSB finally won a finals encounter – narrowly when North Hobart was dismissed for 134 in reply to SHSB’s 168/5 declared.
The season final at Bellerive Oval was dominated by state players Jamie Cox and Shane Watson. By stumps on the first day Watson’s five-wicket haul and an unbeaten half century by Cox had more-or-less sealed SHSB’s fate; sent in to bat the Southern Sharks were bowled out for 198 in the 71st over and Lindisfarne had reached 75/1 off 24 overs by stumps.
SHSB started its innings well with Colin Lamont and Brad Kelly making 23 before Kelly was caught behind. The introduction of Watson to the attack reaped immediate dividends as he trapped Paul Stewart in front with his third delivery with the score on 32. He then bowled Lamont as the opener looked to be settling in.
This bought the dangerous Adam Polkinghorne to the crease and he made his intentions clear with a succession of boundaries. Along the way he lost Burnie Lamont for 21 (two fours and a six) who was caught at point by Matthew Allen to give Watson his third wicket. Four overs later the swashbuckling innings of Polkinghorne came to an end, caught low down by Cox at slip off Watson for 36 (37 balls with seven fours and one six), leaving SHSB at 109/5 going into lunch.
Consolidation was required in the middle session and Andrew Hingston and Daniel Stevens obliged for most of the first hour. The stubborn Stevens fell lbw to Cox’s off-spin for 26 (one six) as SHSB went to tea at 173/7, but any hope of resistance was dashed when Jurgensen and Pears mopped up the tail shortly into the final session of play. Watson was the pick of the bowlers with 5/48 from 13 overs while Pears and Jurgensen took two wickets each and Cox bowled tightly to concede 15 runs from eleven overs.
Lindisfarne started their run-chase confidently and, after losing Mark Nutting, Cox assumed control. His class shone through and he made his way to 53* at stumps, the highlight being a cut for six off Polkinghorne which hit the window in the Premiership Room in the Players Pavilion.
On the second morning Cox completed the task to carry Lindisfarne past SHSB’s score. He did it in style by carrying his total to an unbeaten 106 (157 balls, 16 fours and a six) while Shane Watson finished a memorable debut season by smashing 67* (75 balls and nine fours) to go with his five wickets to earn himself the man-of-the-match honours.
Needing early wickets to have any chance of beating Lindisfarne, SHSB struck in the third over of the second day when Ben Targett trapped Andrew Towns in front, but Cox and Watson kept the scoreboard ticking over with short sharp singles and powerful boundaries – a highlight being Watson pulling Polkinghorne to the square leg boundary off consecutive balls followed by a textbook straight drive. Cox did not give a chance and reached his century with a classic cover drive.
Lindisfarne reached 199/2 after 51.1 overs to win its first TCA title after only nine seasons in the competition.
Lindisfarne skipper Richard Allanby said winning the toss did help as any early life in the wicket would have been in the first session on Saturday. “I thought the wicket played very well considering the amount of rain we had during the week.”
Mercury reporter – Colin Chung