Scotch College won the inaugural Tom Batty Shield by two wickets today on a breezy day in Melbourne.
Runs in the morning from Nadeem (54) and Gibson (30) helped to set a target of 274 to win in what turned out to be 80 overs. Patient batting from the Scotch top order saw them through to tea, slightly behind the putative rate but with wickets in hand. Eton failed to capitalise on chances and at the 20 overs to go mark Scotch required 100 with six wickets in hand. Renewed Eton pressure in the field, with good bowling from Clowes, Fox and Sangha (31 overs in the innings) helped to ensure an exciting finish. Scotch scored the winning runs in the last over, and more than 200 overs of competitive cricket had led to a fitting climax.