‘I wondered if I would ever live long enough to see Wanneroo win a first grade flag, now I’ve seen two,’ said the father of the club’s celebrated Australian cricketers Michael and David.
Ted, who has written for the Times for 23 years, has chosen to finish up as Wanneroo club secretary after 11 years and this grand final piece is his last report for this grateful paper:
It’s an old adage in cricket that irrespective of conditions, if you win the toss you bat, especially in grand finals.
Claremont Nedlands won the toss and put Wanneroo in, only to see the underdogs score 8-328 despite Saturday’s play at the WACA Ground ending prematurely because of rain.
Wanneroo bowlers set about using their 100 overs to advantage on Sunday after a half-hour of frenetic batting, but with Travis Birt batting confidently, Claremont Nedlands had 72 on the board when he was caught and bowled by Wanneroo captain Chris Quelch. Claremont Nedlands knew that all they had to do was stay at the wicket and the championship was theirs.
With great tenacity from particularly Quelch and Jack Catterall, Wanneroo dismissed their opponents for 270 with just a handful of balls left to bowl.
Catterall took 5-70 off 26.5 overs, Quelch 4-54 off 24 overs and Gary Atkinson 1-66 off 20 overs. Pundits were of a view that if Wanneroo could ever get the team to all perform on the same day, they would be unbeatable.
All the batsmen performed well and made valuable contributions in the success.
Top score was opener Rob Richards, who made 61 at the top of the list. Chris Smith made 58, John Rogers 41, Joel Charles 39, Kyle Millar 38 and Jake Fawcett 33, in an innings where Claremont Nedlands had to work hard to capture wickets.
The victory highlights three firsts for Wanneroo, with Quelch captaining the side to ultimate success in his first season as club leader.
Norm Fawcett is in his first year as president of the club, as is senior coach Wayne Pearson.