Magpies' 2nds triumph

Andrew Groves spoke to victorious skipper Sam Parker after the Magpies' 2nds triumph at the weekend.










It will take a while for Sam Parker and his Camberwell crew to get off Cloud Nine.

The Magpies picked up the Premier twos flag on Sunday the hard way by beating a strong Prahran outfit by five wickets.

A magnificent bowling effort by Mark Dwyer was the key to the club’s success.

His 6-74, off a marathon 26.2 overs, put the True Blues on the back foot. His efforts were supported by Jack McNamara’s 26-over spell of 3-44 as Prahran were all out for 209.

In reply Michael McClean got the ball rolling with an important 63. Glen Parker (35), Sam Parker (28no) and Amrith Eldridge (34no) brought the side home to a memorable win.potf_mark_dwyer

While the dust settles on a fantastic year for all four grades - the fourths made it to their respective final only to be beaten by Melbourne University - Parker and the rest of the management team are already plotting even more success next season.

Sky is certainly the limit when you look at the average age of players all the way through the teams. The oldest is 28, with boys turning to men over the course of the season, showing maturity way beyond their years.

It is a happy place to be at the moment according to flag winning captain Parker.

“We’re pretty wrapped,” he said.

“We’ve been planning it since the start of the season, but for it all to come together is a great feeling.cmcc_2nds_celebrate

“Last season we were putting stuff in place, we finished third bottom, so to come out this season and win the flag is great.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet. Things didn’t really come together until after November for us. We didn’t play very well in the one-dayers, but our strength was in our two-day cricket.”

Having finished second on the ladder, Parker’s troops started their final journey with a tricky contest against Fitzroy Doncaster.

It’s a test they passed with flying colours when they rolled the Lions for just 48. Dwyer kicked off his finals campaign with an eye-watering 6-15, Lachlan Mahon pitching in with 4-13. They had no trouble coming home for a nine-wicket win in reply.

The comprehensive victory set up an almighty tussle with perennial strongmen Melbourne in the semi-final.

The match was fit for a granny itself. Melbourne, boasting soon to be ones man-of-the-match Matthew Begbie, batted to a commanding 5-279.

However, the Magpies weren’t daunted and surpassed the Demons with five wickets still in the shed. McClean (54), Nick Richardson (37), Justin Lampard (61) and Glen Parker (73no) all making sizeable contributions to the winning effort.

“It’s always a tough competitive game against Melbourne, every time you beat them you’ve got to earn it,” continued skipper Parker.cmcc_2nds_with_flag

“We were not as nervous going into the final against Prahran but we know we were expecting another hard game.

“We had a bit of a club celebration after the game which was very family friendly. It was a shame about the 4s but they didn’t make enough runs really.”

Like many clubs celebrating finals wins over the weekend, some of the Camberwell boys would have woken up with sore heads on Monday morning.

However, it was reward for a superb season on and off the pitch where things are moving in the right direction.

Expect a few more stars to shine next season too.

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