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
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,
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
South 303 for 9 declared (M.Paterlini
North 146 all out (A.Ferguson 54, E.MacDermott 5-48)
South 175 for 8 declared (G.Dugmore 83no, G.Savage 4-
North 196 all out (M.Quinn