The Annual St Albans Bowl-off, 2008/09

Phil McGrory is the 2008/09 St Albans bowl-off champion! The finals were held in front of the club pavilion in the dusky evening hours on Saturday, March 21 and the long-time Saints man "Haggis" emerged triumphant in an all-British final.

McGrory's passage there was made a lot easier by the withdrawal of semi-final opponent Henry Fisher who had a prior engagement, his 21st. In the other semi English amateur Dan Footitt continued his bowling form from earlier in the afternoon to upset the favourite - and defending champion - Kelvin Scott.

However, the Scottish McGrory got one back for the Bravehearts in the grand finale. An early strike by the canny wee leg-spinner put the pressure back on pace man Footitt to respond in kind. But despite a couple of close shaves to the solitary stump the fightback never eventuated and McGrory celebrated victory with a delivery to spare.


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.

Kelvin Scott won the trophy last year after a defeating Mat Munro in a thrilling finale that went to a sudden death three-ball playoff.


2008/09 Results:

  First round:   Second round:   Quarter-finals:  
1 Laurence Bax
Mat Munro
0
1
>> Mat Munro
Ben Langrope
0
0
>> Ben Langrope
Henry Fisher
0
0
>>
2 Ben Langrope
Paul Thornton
2
0
3 Henry Fisher
Chris McGoldrick
1
0
>> Henry Fisher
Bryce Hackett
2
0
4 Bryce Hackett
Duane Pettet
0
0
5 Matt Holstein
Phil McGrory
0
1
>> Phil McGrory
Dan Johnston
0
0
>> Phil McGrory
Chris Gibb
1
0
6 Justin Gourlie
Dan Johnston
0
1
7 Ben Brady
Angus McLean
0
1
>> Angus McLean
Chris Gibb
0
2
8 George Earl
Chris Gibb
0
1
9 Dan Footitt
Kim Smythe
1
1
>> Dan Footitt
Tom Fisher
0
0
>> Dan Footitt
Stephen Cunis
2
0
>>
10 Jack Bruce
Tom Fisher
-
Q
11 Stephen Cunis
Ian Leach
Q
-
>> Stephen Cunis
Angus Bruce
0
0
12 Angus Bruce
Dean Bermingham
2
1
13 Richard Carrigan
Aaron Johnstone
-
Q
>> Aaron Johnstone
Tony Falloon
0
2
>> Tony Falloon
Kelvin Scott
0
0
14 Tony Falloon
Jarrod Stewart
Q
-
15 Duncan Anderson
Sarah Burke
Q
-
>> Duncan Anderson
Kelvin Scott
0
1
16 Kelvin Scott
Kevin Truesdale
0
0

  > Finals day:

  Semi-finals:   Final:        
1 Henry Fisher
Phil McGrory
-
Q
>> Phil McGrory
Dan Footitt
1
0
 
2 Dan Footitt
Kelvin Scott
1
0


Bowl-off Rules:

  • 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 2008/09.

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


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.