Stars of ’89 back in the zone
reached 1-68 following his decision to bat first after winning the toss.
At 5-172 the captain returned to the crease and Shepparton News sports reporter of the time Keith Esson said he ‘‘showed a ton of grit and application (and) gave away his natural free-flowing game realising his side was in danger of throwing away the brilliant start’’.
McMaster-Smith eventually departed for a top score of 76 in Goulburn Murray’s 8-325, which proved far too much for Central Highlands to chase down, especially after Xavier Trevaskis (4-52) ripped through the opposition’s middle order. GMC 1989 Kleenex Cup squad Matthew McMaster-Smith (captain), Rob D’Orio, Paul Stokes, Mark Ryan, Shane Davidson, Shane Merkel, Travis Canobie, Ray Matthews, Rod Taylor, Gary McKenzie, Gareth Newman, Xavier Trevaskis and Graham Turner (team manager).
Back, from left, Gareth Newman, Matthew McMaster-Smith (captain), Rob D’Orio, Gary McKenzie, Shane Davidson, Rod Taylor, Xavier Trevaskis, Graham Turner (team manager), Paul Stokes (front left), Shane Merkel and Travis Canobie. Mark Ryan absent.