Parramatta District Cricket Club team

A new chapter was written in the history of the oldest cricket club in NSW when the Parramatta Men’s Premier First Grade team defeated defending premiers Sydney University in the Grand Final played over the Easter weekend. In a commanding performance brilliantly led by skipper Nick Bertus, Parramatta won the toss and batted first on Day One, setting an imposing target of 334. Bertus top scored with 85, well supported by crucial half centuries from Sean Abbott (62) and Adam Turrell (55).

When Parramatta’s turn came to bowl, Ben Martin captured the key wicket of NSW opener Nick Larkin, and Sean Abbott dismissed ex Test batsman Ed Cowan. But it was the ferocious, intimidating performance of fast bowler Scott Copperfield which put Parramatta right on top. A vicious bouncer from Copperfield collected the Uni opener on the helmet and resulted in his dismissal 2 balls later, caught at bat pad, the first of two great catches in that position by Ben Abbott. The tone of the attack was set as Copperfield tore into the Uni batting order. He finished with 6 wickets, winning the Benaud Medal as Player of the Match in an inspiring display.

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