The UWA Cricket Club were unlucky to fall in the in the 2017/18 WACA Premier Cricket 1st Grade Final, with local rivals Claremont-Nedlands winning by five wickets.
It had been 43 years since UWA last reached the 1st Grade Final, with then Western Australian captain John Inverarity leading the side to a win against Scarborough.
UWA posted a respectable 9/210 in their innings, with Australian representative Ashton Agar doing most of the heavy lifting with his score of 64. Sean Stuart also continued his season form, posting 39 as the opening batsman.
Claremont-Nedlands were helped by the red-hot form of their bowlers Joel Paris and James Allenby, who took three wickets each to tear through UWA’s middle order.
UWA’s bowlers could not find the same steam with Claremont out to bat, with student athlete and captain Will Bosisto claiming the best figures with 2/23, including one wicket caught and bowled.
It was always going to be an uphill battle for UWA, after finishing sixth in the regular competition behind Claremont-Nedlands first place. They worked hard during the finals series to push through, including an Elimination final victory against Claremont, but in the end the Tigers were too strong.
The positive for UWA is that with such a strong team breaking through, they appear to be set up for a successful future.
Graduate Officer, UWA Sport Marketing, Communication and Events