Uni 4ths bring it home

Andrew Groves spoke to Uni 4ths Ahilan Sivakumaran, who made history during the finals series with three undefeated tons in three games.

When Ahilan Sivakumaran was laying in a hospital bed nursing a fractured eye socket three unbeaten centuries through finals would have seemed like a pipedream.

But fiction became reality on Sunday when the dashing batsman stroked his way to a magnificent 145 not out against Camberwell to help his Melbourne University side win the fours flag.

His last three knocks are ones batsmen can only dream of.

150 not out against Geelong in the Quarter Final was backed up by hits of 141no against Melbourne in the Semi and the aforementioned innings aganinst the Magpies in the granny.

It was his fourth huge century of the season. On his comeback trail he blasted 177 not out against Richmond fourths in February.

Sivakumaran is thankful for the individual praise which has come in his direction after the magnificent feat, but insists it is the team that comes first.web_mucc_4ths

“I’m absolutely chuffed,” he said.

“Just for the club to win a flag is great, there were so many people down at Geelong watching, it was great to see the support down there.

“I suppose I just took my chances. The first game against Geelong I was dropped at second slip when I was on two, from then on I switched on and put a price on my wicket.

“To get three hundreds in a season would have been good enough, but to do it in finals was even better. I’m a modest kind of guy, definitely not a show off. I’m pretty humble about it all, but also proud to have done it.”

Cricket was at the back of his mind when he was struck at slip during Uni’s game against Melbourne fourths before Christmas.

The injury was so serious he had to stay in hospital and have an operation to correct the problem. He now has eight pins there, battle scars which will remain with him for the rest of his life.

“I didn’t play all December, to be fair at that moment it seemed like I wasn’t going to play for the rest of the season,” he added.

“It’s been a bit of an up and down season in that respects. But I sat there at home on painkillers and watching TV and I got bored and really wanted to get back into cricket again.

“The injury revitalised me and made me determined to come back and make a difference to the team and hopefully help them win a flag.

“It was emotional when we finally did it.”

First team skipper Jarrod Leggett was delighted with Sivakumaran’s form, and the performance of the fourths to pick up the Premiership. The nearest parallel to Sivakumaran's performance was three tons to Pat O'Beirne in the Students' Third XI finals campaign in 2003-04.

“I played in the finals games when Paddy scored three hundreds in a row. I had the best seat in the house for them being at the other end,” he said.

“When he scored them I didn’t think anyone else would do it again. For someone to do it, and for that someone to play for the same club, is pretty amazing.

“To do what he has after getting injured is a great effort. His face was an absolute mess after it, he was almost unrecognisable.

“Had it not been for that he would have been playing in a higher grade. If he can put in a good pre-season and fix up one or two things with his technique then I see no reason why he can’t push for the first team next season.”

Uni’s fourth team partied into the night after victory over Camberwell was confirmed last Sunday.

Skipper Laban Ditchburn was the bowling star taking 6-42 as the Magpies were all out for 164.

Sivakumaran’s knock in reply helped see his side home.

“It was just a Rolls Royce performance by the lads,” added Leggett.

“It was a fantastic effort and the way they celebrated it will go down in Melbourne University folklore.”

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