The Australian Lawyers Cricket team will meet at TressCox Sydney office today for a lunch to celebrate their recent win of the 2nd Lawyers' Cricket World Cup held in Cambridge, England.
The team beat the reigning champions, India, in a nail-biting final, held at London's famed international test cricket ground, The Oval, to secure the coveted trophy.
The Aussie team, captained by NSW DPP solicitor Karl Price and selected via a vigorous selection process in January, won the final on the second-last ball of the game, scoring 9 for 195 in reply to India's 8 for 193.
Though he admits the final was "extraordinarily close", Alex Martin, the president of the Australian Lawyers Cricket Council which administers the Australian team, said he had a lot of confidence in his team going into the cup. "I was confident in a way that the rest of my team though I was overconfident - I knew I had high-calibre players," he said.
With good reason. The team's bowling line-up boasted former Australian cricketer Greg Rowell, who had opened the bowling for Australia in the World Series Cup, former South Australian Second XI cricketer Chris McGowan, former Queensland Second XI cricketer Dan Maroske - to name just a few.
"I knew we had an outstanding bowling line-up ... When I saw how good our bowlers were I realised the opposition would struggle," Martin said.
Though he considered the bowling line-up to be the team's strength, the batsmen didn't fare too badly either, with Seb Reid scoring two centuries during the tournament and Andrew Forbes adding another.
Some of the highlights of the tournament, Martin said, were "thrashing" the India B team - all out for 37 - and beating the West Indies South team by 200 runs. Murray Proctor also let a rabbit out of the bag in the match against Pakistan - he came in when Pakistan was none for 90 and turned the game around, taking 5 wickets for 14 runs.
Not surprisingly, the team took the opportunity to savour their World Cup victory when they'd secured the final. "We stayed at the ground, principally because it was such an exciting thing for cricketers of our standard to be playing at The Oval, and then to win a world cup final at the Oval. So we stayed there until they threw us out quite late in the evening ..." he explained.
Another selection process will be held in January 2011 to select a team to defend the title in the next world cup, to be held in Barbados in August 2011.
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