UNI Nursery Thrilling Triumph

Article Taken from WACA Website

University pulled off one of the victories of the season to beat top six contenders Bayswater-Morley on Sunday, by one wicket in a last-over thriller.

Both sides went into the fixture with some huge outs including captains Will Bosisto and Liam O’Connor due to Toyota Futures League commitments, meaning there was plenty of debutants for either side.

University debutant Sean Stuart was vital as he spun the Bears out for 147, taking 4-28 off his 10 overs, including three crucial maidens. Alex Penter also continued his terrific year taking incredible figures of 1-15 off 10 overs with four maidens.

Stuart, who formerly was at Claremont-Nedlands, has made a rare mid-season switch to the Students, in a positive move for both himself and the club.

Students coach Will Stibbs couldn’t be happier with the acquisition of the former WA Under-17s left-arm spinner, believing he is a star of the future.

“As soon as I heard Sean was looking for a First Grade opportunity elsewhere I leapt at the chance of having him onboard,” Stibbs says.

“I first saw him bowl as a 15-year-old at a course I was attending and he spun the ball more then anyone I had seen at that age before.

“It didn’t surprise he did well in his first weekend at the club.”

The University coach believes Stuart is just another example of the club promoting and looking after young talent.

“We have welcomed Sean with open arms, we as a club embrace young talent,” he describes.

“I think it is part of the reason why we have developed players like Will Bosisto and David Moody.

“We nurture young guys and really welcome them into our club.”

Chasing 147 for victory, the Students stumbled dramatically losing 6-69, to be well behind in the game.

Stuart (12 off 53) then combined with both Matt Birrell (18 off 41) and Scott Marshall (43 off 66) to get Uni within touching distance of the below par total.

The Students found themselves at 6-114 before another clump of wickets meant the game was evenly poised at 9-144, University requiring four runs and the Bears just needing the one wicket.

Stibbs described the last few overs as extremely nerve-wracking, even struggling to look.

“I was extremely nervous I couldn’t even watch,” he mentions.

“It was a very difficult pitch to bat on and we were in all sorts of trouble early, it was really Scott and Sean’s partnership that got us back into the contest.”

It came down to the final over with the Students still needing a single run for victory, which they eventually managed on the third ball of the over.

The tight victory leaves the young side in 11th position going into the back end of the season, with an important fixture against an out of form Melville side to come.

The Students strong weekend was concluded with the news that their captain Bosisto had smashed an unbeaten double hundred for WA in the Toyota Futures League, to further show his talents amongst the WA setup.

-Elliot Raiter

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