South Team

South won the 111th North v South match at the Hurlingham Club by 136 runs after bowling out North for 196 before tea on the third and final day. North had been set the daunting target of 333 for victory, and ultimately it proved beyond them, largely thanks to the South spin attack of Esteban MacDermott and Agustin Husain.

 

MacDermott followed up his first innings haul of 5 for 48 by taking 2 for 61 in 23,3 overs, while the fast improving U19 player Husain bowled superbly to take 4 for 46 in 11 overs. The ever reliable seamer Diego Lord also weighed in with 2 for 14 in 12 overs. For North, Michael Quinn battled valiantly for 153 minutes for his 38, scored patiently off 122 balls, with 1 four, while opener Conway Young made 37 off 45 balls, in 52 minutes, with 5 fours.

 

A slice of luck was perhaps the major turning point in the morning, with the bizarre dismissal of Pablo Ferguson. With the total on 94 for 2, Ferguson and Quinn having added 43 for the third wicket, and looking settled, a drive ricocheted off the boot of the short cover fielder to the bowler, and Ferguson was out caught and bowled. When key batters Gary Savage and Alejandro Ferguson both fell to the South spinners in quick succession, leaving North on 108 for 5, the writing was perhaps on the wall, and at lunch they were 124 for 6.

Michael Quinn

 

Although the North lower order batted bravely, with Esteban Nino adding 24 off 62 balls in 62 minutes, with 2 fours, MacDermott snared the last wicket for a resounding South victory.

 

After a few years of rain-affected games, and last year's disappointing two-day result, this match was perhaps exactly what the famous three-day match needed. In an environment where cricket is becoming a shorter and faster game, the 111th North v South was testimony to the intricacies of multi-day cricket, with the pendulum swinging in favour of one team to the other during hard-fought duels between bat and ball, with both teams due credit for producing such an absorbing encounter.

 

After the game, Michael Quinn received the Fair Play Award, and was commended not only for his gutsy second innings knock, but also for bowling a marathon 55 quality overs.

 

Veteran Grant Dugmore was awarded the Forrester Shield as Player of the Match, for his crucial contributions in both South innings, making 61 in the first innings after coming in with the score at 40 for 4, and an unbeaten 83 in the second innings after getting to the wicket with South 27 for 4.

 

Summarised scores:

South 303 for 9 declared (M.Paterlini 81, G.Dugmore 61, B.Irigoyen 51, M.Quinn 4-81)

North 146 all out (A.Ferguson 54, E.MacDermott 5-48)

South 175 for 8 declared (G.Dugmore 83no, G.Savage 4-58, M.Quinn 3-48)

North 196 all out (M.Quinn 38, C.Young 37, A.Husain 4-46)