The Annual St Albans Bowl-off, 2007/08

The 2007/08 bowl-off is over and the new champion is Kelvin Scott! The field had been whittled down from 54 to 18 on the first day and five no-shows quickly reduced this further to a final 13 in contention on day two. The standard was high and produced a number of nail-biters with six of the 12 bowl-offs contested going to a sudden-death decider. The grand finale between 2A men's team-mates Kelvin Scott and Mat Munro was a see-sawing encounter. Scott came back from one down to steal the lead with one ball each remaining, only for Munro to tie it up under pressure and take it to a three-ball playoff. Scott sealed the title with his last delivery, putting his name on the trophy alongside inaugural winner Erin Bermingham's.

History - Results: Top half - Bottom half - Finals
Bowl-off rules - Prizes - TAB Comment - The Market

Kelvin Scott (centre) receives the bowl-off trophy and prize from Aaron Johnstone and Dean Bermingham
History:

The St Albans Bowl-off's rich history spans back to the 2006/07 season when the inaugural bowl-off was won by Erin Bermingham. Since then the bowl-off organisers have reformatted the competition to run over two days instead of six.

The bowl-off is held annually for the Johnstone-Bermingham Trophy. The competition was founded by Aaron Johnstone and Dean Bermingham who, after finding net bowling way too easy and claiming far too many victims, decided it was time they needed something on the mantelpiece to show for their skill.

View the full results from the inaugural St Albans Bowl-off from 2006/07


Results:

  > Top half of the draw:

  First round:   Second round:   Third round:  
1 Richard Carrigan
Scott Bermingham
Q
-
>> Richard Carrigan
Tim Campbell
0
1
>> Tim Campbell
Sarah Gagliardi
0
0
>>
2 Angus Bruce
Tim Campbell
0
1
3 Angus McLean
Sarah Gagliardi
2
2
>> Sarah Gagliardi
Phil Truesdale
2
0
4 Phil Truesdale
Matt Marr
2
0
5 Lisa Moore
Ben Norriss
1
1
>> Ben Norriss
James O'Gorman
0
1
>> James O'Gorman
Scott Brooker
-
Q
6 James O'Gorman
Sarah Rosanowski
0
0
7 Jonathan Hanson
Scott Brooker
-
Q
>> Scott Brooker
Lexi Straker-Nesbit
Q
-
8 Lexi Straker-Nesbit
bye
-
9 Adam Wadsworth
Ben Langrope
0
2
>> Ben Langrope
Lea Tahuhu
-
Q
>> Lea Tahuhu
Aaron Johnstone
2
1
>>
10 Lea Tahuhu
Callum Bailey
Q
-
11 Greg Buckley
Aaron Johnstone
-
Q
>> Aaron Johnstone
Rowan Muller
Q
-
12 Rowan Muller
bye
-
13 Natalie Cox
Jack Bruce
0
0
>> Natalie Cox
Shuaib Ahmed
1
1
>> Natalie Cox
Kelvin Scott
0
1
14 Matthew Ytsma
Shuaib Ahmed
0
0
15 Alan Jamieson
Craig Linton
0
2
>> Craig Linton
Kelvin Scott
1
2
16 Kelvin Scott
bye
-

  > Bottom half of the draw:

  First round:   Second round:   Third round:  
17 Henry Fisher
Stephen Cunis
0
0
>> Stephen Cunis
Tessa King
0
0
>> Tessa King
Kim Smythe
1
0
>>
18 Tony Norriss
Tessa King
0
1
19 Kim Smythe
Dan Johnston
1
0
>> Kim Smythe
bye
-
20 Nick Gallagher
Amy Voice
-
21 Matt Holstein
Nicola Wilson
1
2
>> Nicola Wilson
Chris Gibb
1
0
>> Nicola Wilson
Justin Gourlie
1
1
22 Lance Trueman
Chris Gibb
-
Q
23 Justin Gourlie
bye
- >> Justin Gourlie
Neil Cross
2
1
24 Neil Cross
bye
-
25 Andrew Denford
bye
- >> Andrew Denford
Mat Munro
0
1
>> Mat Munro
Duncan Anderson
1
0
>>
26 Matt Lawson
Mat Munro
0
0
27 Kelly Anderson
bye
- >> Kelly Anderson
Duncan Anderson
0
2
28 Duncan Anderson
bye
-
29 Greg Dawson
Pat Gallagher
0
0
>> Greg Dawson
Dean Bermingham
1
0
>> Greg Dawson
Duane Pettet
-
Q
30 Dean Bermingham
bye
-
31 Kevin Truesdale
Paul Thornton
Q
-
>> Kevin Truesdale
Duane Pettet
1
1
32 Duane Pettet
bye
-

  > Final knock-outs:

  Quarter-finals:   Semi-finals:   Final:  
1 Sarah Gagliardi
Scott Brooker
Q
-
>> Sarah Gagliardi
Kelvin Scott
1
1
>> Kelvin Scott
Mat Munro
2 (1)
2 (0)
 
2 Lea Tahuhu
Kelvin Scott
1
2
3 Tessa King
Justin Gourlie
1
1
>> Justin Gourlie
Mat Munro
0
1
4 Mat Munro
Duane Pettet
2
0


Bowl-off Rules:

  • Each bowl-off will take place in the nets after the completion of the Thursday night training session at approximately 7pm.
  • A coin is tossed and the winner will get the choice of going first or second in their bowl-off.
  • Each player then gets six balls each to aim at one stump, taking alternate turns.
  • The ball must bounce once before hitting the stump. If it hits on the full or bounces more than once then no point is scored.
  • The person who hits the stump the most times wins and qualifies for the next round.
  • In the case of a tie at the completion of six balls, there is a sudden-death playoff. Each player will bowl one ball and the closest delivery to the stump (or if one person hits the stump) wins the game and qualifies for the next round.
  • There will be one judge allocated for each game and their decision is final.
  • In the event of a participant being disqualified there will be a 'wildcard' draw, whereby all present entrants who have already been eliminated go into a hat and one name will be pulled out to fill the disqualified entrant's position. This is only possible in the early rounds of the competition.

Prizes:

  • First Prize - A crate of your favourite drop (or suitable substitute), possession of the Johnstone-Bermingham Trophy for a year and the ego-building opportunity of taking the pride and privilege of knowing you are the most accurate bowler at Saints in 2007/08.

The trophy for the winner will be donated by Aaron Johnstone and Dean Bermingham.

TAB Comment:

The TAB is taking bets on this competition and, at last look, an Aaron Johnstone/Dean Bermingham final is the hot, hot favourite at $1.60, which are still reasonable odds. The word is that the best of luck is being given to the players who strike either of these two in the preliminary rounds.

Other people worthy of note:

  • Jonathan Hanson - Always a chance with a couple of neck oils under the belt.
  • Michael Davidson - Set some impressive records in last year's competition. A very accomplished sledger. Could get into the head of his opposition.
  • Chris Gibb - The value bet of the competition. Always a demanding net bowler.
  • Neil Cross - Still some life in the old dog yet. The one to beat.
  • Duane Pettet - May live up to his nickname of 'Sneak Pettet' and surprise a couple of more-fancied opponents.
  • Matt Holstein - The plucky little colt has been showing he could have a profitable future.
  • James O'Gorman - Will be putting his hand up for a finals spot. A handy each-way bet.
  • Kelvin Scott - A very, very experienced campaigner.

Not a chance:

  • Stephen Cunis - Not bowling fast enough to knock the bails off. Will have to lengthen his run-up to meet the required five steps.
  • Scott Bermingham - Only family member not to have their name on the trophy and this year looks no different.
  • Richard Hooper - Broke down in the middle of the season and has pulled up lame since. Meat-works material.
  • The girls - Haven't seen one train all season. Just can't step up in this class.
  • Kevin Truesdale - Enough said.
  • Henry Fisher - The Arjee Bhajee stable may not release him for this event.
  • Angus Bruce - Got to pitch it in the batsman's half to hit the wickets. No show.
  • Matt Ytsma - Unruly. Blinkers required. False starter problem (can't stay behind the line).
  • Bryce Hackett - Put out to stud.

The Market:

The odds for players who have appeared in morning grade men's or women's cricket this season (plus a few selected others):

Revised Competition Odds (third round onwards):

Neil Cross $2.50 Natalie Cox ($5.00) $2.50 Lance Trueman $5.00 Aaron Johnstone ($9.00) $3.50
Michael Davidson $3.00 Amanda Dickie $5.00 Amy Turner $5.00 Angus Bruce $10.00
Justin Gourlie ($3.00) $2.10 Laura Dixon $5.00 Adam Wadsworth $5.00 Adam Percival $10.00
Kelvin Scott ($3.50) $2.30 Travis Dixon $5.00 Helen Watson $5.00 Matthew Ytsma $10.00
Duane Pettet ($3.80) $1.90 Elliott Dunn $5.00 Ben Young $5.00 Stephen Cunis $12.00
Chris Gibb $4.00 Sam Fitzsimon $5.00 Duncan Anderson ($6.00) $2.80 Angus McLean $15.00
Ben Langrope ($4.00) $2.10 Alice Forbes $5.00 Sarah Burke $6.00 Mark Child $16.00
Beth McNeill $4.00 Clare Forbes $5.00 Henry Fisher $6.00 Dale Cook $20.00
Amy Satterthwaite $4.00 Patrick Gada $5.00 Matt Holstein $6.00 Pat Gallagher $20.00
Scott Bermingham $4.50 Blair Gordon $5.00 Matt Lawson $6.00 Phil Truesdale $25.00
Andrew Denford $4.50 Tessa King ($5.00) $3.00 Tony Norriss $6.00 Kevin Truesdale $35.00
Craig Linton $4.50 Shea MacDougall $5.00 Henry Nuttall $6.00 Chris McGoldrick $40.00
Matt Abbott $5.00 Dan Meier $5.00 Dean Bermingham $6.50 Jonathan Hanson $50.00
Shuaib Ahmed $5.00 Will Mills $5.00 Mat Munro ($7.00) $2.30 Nav Singh $50.00
Kelly Anderson $5.00 Lisa Moore $5.00 Jack Bruce $8.00 Matt Grenfell $100.00
Callum Bailey $5.00 Rowan Muller $5.00 Richard Hooper $8.00 Chris Harris $100.00
Matt Baldwin $5.00 Ben Murdoch $5.00 Dan Johnston $8.00 Luke Piper $100.00
James Boock $5.00 Ben Norriss $5.00 Matt Marr $8.00 Bevan Rich $200.00
Ben Brady $5.00 Hamish Noster $5.00 Rowan Milburn $8.00 Kara Cunis $1,000.00
Janet Brehaut $5.00 James O'Gorman ($5.00) $3.60 Casey O'Brien-Smith $8.00 Nigel Jones $1,000.00
Scott Brooker ($5.00) $2.50 Sarah Parker $5.00 Kim Smythe ($8.00) $2.70 Dean Marsh $1,000.00
Kelly Brown $5.00 Sam Read $5.00 Lexi Straker-Nesbit ($8.00) $3.50 Terry McErlain $1,000.00
Tim Campbell ($5.00) $3.20 Ben Swinburne $5.00 Nicola Wilson ($8.00) $2.20 Pat Morris $1,000.00
Richard Carrigan $5.00 Lea Tahuhu ($5.00) $3.80 Joel Huston $9.00 James Needham $1,000.00
Greg Dawson ($5.00) $2.70 Sarah Gagliardi ($5.00) $2.50        

Small print (in large writing):

Banter, mind games and sledging to get the mental edge over your opponent is encouraged. There are no physical put-offs allowed, however. New, innovative celebrations are also encouraged, for comical value. There has to be a minimum of a five-step run-up. There is a three-man judging panel for the semi-finals and final. All normal cricket laws apply and will be strictly enforced by the adjudicating judge(s) ie. no-balls, illegal bowling action, type of ball used etc.