The Annual St Albans Bowl-off, 2009/10

Stephen Cunis has been crowned the 2009/10 St Albans bowl-off champion. Cunis came out of retirement especially for the occasion, warming up with an appearance in the field for the 2A grade men earlier in the day before cleaning up the competition. The finals were held in front of the club pavilion in the dusky evening hours on Saturday, February 27.

The early rounds didn't see too many surprises - certainly not the elimination of competition creator Aaron Johnstone, who has yet to win a single match in the four years of the bowl-off. Many of his Premier men's team-mates also fell by the wayside in the first round. Club president Alan Jamieson defied the years to win three matches on the trot before being defeated in the semi-finals.

Cunis reached the final by eliminating three spin-bowling opponents with his accurate seamers. Along the way he became the first person to reach the quarter-finals stage three times in the event's history (and the only survivor from last year). Amy Turner emerged from the other side of the draw despite not having hit the stump a single time in her three matches, instead relying on her greater accuracy when bowling 'closest-to-the-pin' sudden-death deliveries.

The final itself was close with Cunis striking first with his fifth ball and putting the heat onto Turner. She duly responded with an immediate hit in reply as the crowd rallied for the underdog. A miss each with their sixth and final deliveries sent it into a 'golden hit' three-ball playoff. Cunis struck with his first ball, meaning Turner had to also hit straight away to stay alive. However, she missed to hand the title to the Premier men's coach and keep the trophy on the men's side of the club for the third straight year.


History:

The St Albans Bowl-off's rich history spans back to the 2006/07 season when the inaugural competition was held. 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.

Past winners have been: Erin Bermingham (2006/07), Kelvin Scott (2007/08) and Phil McGrory (2008/09).


2009/10 Results:

  First round:   Second round:    
1 George Earl
Kelly Anderson
Q
-
>> George Earl
Stephen Cunis
1
2
>>
2 Matt Holstein
Stephen Cunis
0
1
3 Chris McGoldrick
James O'Gorman
Q
-
>> Chris McGoldrick
Paul Thornton
2
0
4 Paul Thornton
Ben Langrope
Q
-
5 Karl Josephs
Greg Dawson
0
0
>> Karl Josephs
Mat Munro
1
0
>>
6 Mat Munro
Tom Hughes
1
0
7 Dan Johnston
Aaron Johnstone
2
1
>> Dan Johnston
Andrew Lawton
0
0
8 Andrew Lawton
Rob White
0
0
9 Mike Adams
Jack Bruce
2
0
>> Mike Adams
Duane Pettet
0
2
>>
10 Casey O'Brien-Smith
Duane Pettet
0
0
11 Alan Jamieson
Natalie Cox
0
0
>> Alan Jamieson
Caroline Hamel
1
0
12 Caroline Hamel
Daniel Vernon
1
0
13 Ben Brady
Sam Cassidy
1
0
>> Ben Brady
Amy Turner
0
0
>>
14 Amy Turner
Matt Lawson
Q
-
15 Emma White
Michael Davidson
Q
-
>> Emma White
Rob Sparks
1
0
16 Jarrod Stewart
Rob Sparks
0
1

  > Finals day:

  Quarter-finals:   Semi-finals:   Final:  
1 Stephen Cunis
Chris McGoldrick
Q
-
>> Stephen Cunis
Karl Josephs
1
0
>> Stephen Cunis
Amy Turner
2
1
2 Karl Josephs
Dan Johnston
Q
-
3 Duane Pettet
Alan Jamieson
0
1
>> Alan Jamieson
Amy Turner
0
0
4 Amy Turner
Emma White
0
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.

Prizes:

  • First Prize - A $100 voucher from proud sponsors The Bog Irish Bar, 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 2009/10.

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. 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.