Another season, another classic bout expected
THE grand final is here and the two best teams of the 2016-17 Hamilton and District Cricket Association A grade competition, Macarthur and St Andrew’s, are rightfully vying for the Dundas Cup.
A lot has happened since we were here 12 months ago when Byaduk reverse outrighted Macarthur in yet another classic grand final. This weekend and maybe beyond, another enthralling battle awaits.
For Macarthur, it’s been a season of growth, new-found belief and an attitude that has landed the club in its fourth straight premiership decider.
With that, the tight-knit group can not dismiss the fact it has lost every one of those matches.
Two seasons ago, St Andrew’s were bowled out for just 38 in the first innings to then come back from the jaws of defeat and win the match. It happened again last year when Byaduk was dismissed for 47 in its first innings.
It was though to be the last hurrah for the Demons (for a while) after their most recent defeat under then skipper Matt Timms, but the wheel started spinning positively for the proud club as the new season approached.
The general consensus, from inside and outside the club, that it was time to rebuild, blooding the talented youngsters and slowly but surely setting a foundation for future seasons.