March 27th will be remembered by Onslow as a historic day as the Premier Mens side took out their first Pearce Cup.
Only requiring a draw for victory, Onslow batted 99 overs on the third day before Easts captain Lance Dry extended his hand giving the young side their maiden title.
Friday morning got off to a wet start with a short delay needed to get Nairnville number one match ready. Easts won the toss and gladly sent Onslow in to bat with overhead conditions making things challenging for batsmen. Some excellent bowling from Easts Ili Tugaga and Jamie Gibson left Onslow in a hole at 90/6. Luckily there was some lower order resistance from number 6 Ben Shields and Captain Sean O’Connor who put on 46 until the later was dismissed. Another important partnership of 40 followed between Shields and Bannatyne before Shields was last out for 72 with the score at 206. Onslow had two overs at the Easts opening batsmen before the day was called due to bad light.
The second day pitch proved to be quite flat and Easts built some positive partnerships. However, Onslow picked up some handy wickets at regular intervals with Malcolm Nofal providing the best figures with 3 for 53 off his 27 overs. It was a long hundred overs in the field for Onslow as Easts finally declared at 9/327 with 6 overs remaining in the days play. This was to be a tricky little period for the Onslow batsmen as a fiery spell meant the loss of opener Daniel Pile as well as night watchmen Daniel Rose before the close of play.
Coming into the final as top qualifiers Onslow knew that if they could successfully bat out the final day they would win the title. This would however require a mammoth effort as a strong fired up Easts would come at us hard right till the end. The day started excellently as Malcolm Nofal continued his red hot form along with night watchmen Alex Ridley to put on over a hundred before Nofal fell for 61. Opening bowler Ridley proved his talent as a batsmen hitting three 6’s on his way to a crucial 67 off 126 deliveries. There was still a massive job to be done but Andrew Fletcher and Sam Keegan were up for the fight. Fletcher managed an exceptional 54 off 212 whilst Keegan contributed an invaluable 41 off 85. Heading into the final session the result was looking promising however it needed to be finished off. Arana Noema-Barnett’s patient 48 off 98 and Ben Shields’ 37* finished the job off and victory was Onslow’s for the first time!
This was a culmination of a few years of hard work. Full credit must go to the players as well as coach Rhys Morgan and manager/mentor Gavin Larsen who have both put in countless hours into making this a reality.
A massive thankyou to all supporters who came down to witness this momentous day for the club. The boys hope to repeat their efforts in the upcoming 16/17 season.