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Bradman games

2009 - ANU notch rare win in Bowral 
2008 - ANU win at home 
A damp pitch saw a late start and a reduced overs match at South Oval. ANU batted first and its smattering of 1st graders struggled on a slow bounce pitch, reminiscent of O'Connor. At 8/90 and only Manu Dang left to bat an innings saving partnership of 90+ between Peter Foley and Randall Starr ensured a decent score. The pair batted patiently until the last few overs when Randall welcomed the reintroduction of some pace bowling with a series of 6s to post a fine 50.
The Bradman XI started well but Peter Foley backed up his batting with 3 wickets on the sort of surface he loves. With Randall mopping up the tail ANUCC ran out convincing winners. 
2007 - Bunyip's Ton in vain 
It was a bright and sunny January day as the ANU XI travelled to Bowral for the annual match with the Bradman Foundation XI. The team was made up of players both past and present and upon their arrival at the famed ground were quickly sent in to bat by the visitors. 
Drones and Bunyip strode out to the crease and attacked from the first ball as it crashed into the pickets surrounding the ground. Drones (4) departed with the score on 19 and this brought the young Mitch Callagher to the crease. Mitch provided guidance around the nets every week and this opportunity was great reward for his tireless work. 
A little later Bunyip brought up his 50 with 2 to Long On, with Mitch running his senior partner as though he was preparing him for 5 furlongs at Caulfield. Mitch (19) and Bunyip (71) took the team to drinks at 1/101 from 22 overs, with an array of attacking strokes and some luck. 
After drinks, the Bradman bowlers returned with a new vigour and removed Mitch (23) with a sharp catch in the gully off Garbutt, only bringing forward the international flavour of this match. "Texas" Nick Keeling almost ran out to the crease not wanting to wait for Mitch to leave. Nick was a bit slow, due to the good bowling and eventually knicked up for 1 and JB (0) came and went the same way. Uni was teetering at 4/140 when Murray came to the crease and the bets in the pavilion were on Muzz to beat Bunyip in a quick single. Murray blasted a quickfire 11 before one shot too many saw him bowled (5/157), bringing Fox Jr out to the middle. Bunyip had now progressed to 99 and was eagerly searching for the single that would bring up three figures. Fox Jr. was caught and bowled for 2(6/160), finally ringing in the entrance for “Mr. Wonderful” Rob Regent to let Bunyip know he was on 99 (just as you do). 
Eventually Bunyip pinched a single to fine Leg and brought up his ton and promptly left the ground retiring on 100 (7/161) in the 35th over. Starry and Mr. Wonderful then hit out with Randall falling for 9 (8/186), making way for Liam to continue the onslaught. At the death, Mr. Wonderful was dismissed for 35 (9/228) with “Yappie” Barnard (1*) and Liam (15*) finishing the 45 overs on 9/230. 
As always the lunch at the Bradman match was top notch with more than enough food to go around and this led to some degree of sluggishness by the visitors after lunch. Fox Sr. and Bunyip took up the new rock and bowled tight lines, just without any luck as the batsmen (Matt & P. Rose) played and missed time and again. The Bradman team got off to a good solid start, but with the introduction of the devilish Cosgrave and heat of Starr, the match was turned on its head. P. Rose (51) was out to a very good catch by Fox Jr. with the score 1/90, then Matt Rose (28) finally succumbed to the guile of Starry, as he and the President hooked up for the dismissal and a couple of overs later Starr bowled Rogers (0) and the Bradman XI started to look frail at 3/95. 
Unfortunately there was to be little joy for the visitors as Jensen and S. MacPherson stroked the bowlers all around the Bradman Oval. It wasn’t until the retirement of Jensen for 64 (4/188) that the uni bowlers had an opportunity at a fresh bat. Mr. Wonderful then got the breakthrough as he had Zupp (6) caught and bowled and again the Bradman XI wobbled, if only for a short time as the brothers McPherson (D 18* & S 48*) guided them to the target with 4 overs to spare. 
After the match many a drink was shared before the battle weary ANU XI headed back to prepare for next season's match. 
ANU XI Innings 
J. Droney     c Zupp b Poulos     4 
K. Alexander     retired     100 
M. Callagher     c Matt Rose b Garbutt     23 
N. Keeling     c Matt Rose b Marcus Rose     1 
J. Beaton     c Matt Rose b Marcus Rose     0 
M. Radcliffe     b Jensen     11 
C. Fox (Jr.)     c&b Zupp     2 
R. Regent     c Poulos b Nickl     35 
R. Starr     c ? b Zupp     9 
L. Cosgrave     not out     15 
C. Barnard     not out     1 
J. Fox (Sr.)     dnb     
Sundries     12 Byes, 1 Leg Bye, 16 Wides     29 
TOTAL         9/230 
M. Nickl 7-0-52-1 (1wd), M. Poulos 8-4-33-1, D. McPherson 6-0-24-0, P. Rose 5-0-23-0, Marcus Rose 6-0-30-2 (6wd), J. Garbutt 3-0-15-1, P. Jensen 4-1-14-1 (5wd), O. Zupp 4-0-18-2, S. McPherson 2-0-8-0 (4wd) 
Bradman Foundation Innings 
Matt Rose     c Beaton b Starr     28 
P. Rose     c C. Fox b Cosgrave     51 
P. Rogers     b Starr     0 
P. Jensen     retired     64 
S. McPherson     not out     48 
O. Zupp     c & b Regent     18 
D. McPherson     not out     18 
J. Garbutt     dnb     
M. Poulos     dnb     
Marcus Rose     dnb     
M. Nickl     dnb     
Sundries     11 Byes, 4 Leg Byes, 2 Wides, 1 No Ball     18 
TOTAL         4/234 
J. Fox 3-0-13-0 (1nb), K. Alexander 5-0-24-0, C. Fox 4-0-25-0, R. Starr 5-0-19-2 (1wd), L. Cosgrave 5-0-22-1, R. Regent 9-0-40-1, N. Keeling 2-0-22-0 (1wd), M. Radcliffe 4-0-26-0, M. Callagher 1-0-4-0, J. Droney 2.4-0-23-0 

2005 - Bradman XI beats ANUCC 
The annual match was played at ANU North between a Bradman X1 and an ANU XI consisting of ex-players and current captains, committee members and long-standing players i.e. a mob. 
After a delayed start due to rain the match started with ANU batting. Solid contributions by Ian Ryall 29 and John Beaton 26* saw ANU finish at 9/126 off 40 overs. Highlights of the innings included Bully opening his scoring with a 4, Manu hitting a 4 straight down the ground and fantastic bit of "running" between JB and Murray Radcliffe. Only a video would do this effort justice but in short it started with Murray playing a shot and falling over, continued with the invention of synchronised running and ended with Murray being run out by 18 metres. 
The Bradman XI started to bat and under the combined pressure of Foley, Dang, Bully and Steve Smith soon collapsed to 6/30. Sensing embarrassment, JB came on to prolong the match. A fine partnership then ensued which wasn't broken until the opposition reached 120 when Manu uprooted the stumps of both batsmen in successive overs. With 2 overs to go they needed 2 runs to win. Smith bowled a maiden and it came down to Manu. He bowled 4 dot balls before a drive bounced over his head to give the opposition the win. 
Many thanks to all the organisers in particular the Emery family who provided a very fine lunch and afternoon tea and to Rhonda and Suzi Foley who scored all day and provided a tent and tables and chairs. 
Roll on next year for our revenge at their home ground. 


2004 - ANUCC beats Bradman XI 
On Sunday the 11th January 2004 an ANUCC XI visited Bowral to play in the inaugural ANU vs Bradman XI match. The game was played in the beautiful environment of the Bradman Oval.
The Trophy 
ANU batted first and made 225 off 45 overs with Drones making a 50, Barney 40+ and Steady a swashbuckling 30+. 
The pitch wasn't this wet. 
After a very good lunch, Emers and the Camel opened the bowling with the Camel being belted early. He responded well with a superb gazunder to trap the opener LBW and followed up with a bowled next ball. Bunyip was then introduced and took 2 wickets in 2 overs. With the game threatening to become a rout, ANU relented and Cube and Brakelight were given spells. 
Cube's new friends. 
After a good partnership, wickets started to fall regularly and Steady took the last wicket with the Bradman team making 160. 
Steady was voted man of the match by the umpires. 
The winning team 
Both teams 
Enjoying the moment 
The club would like to thank all the supporters that made the trip up the highway. 
Next year we host the match, at South Oval, and hopefully we can further develop our relationship with the Bradman Trust. 


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