It was a competition as nail-biting as any seen in Lord’s, as the judges made their way through the best of the best from both the Australian and English marmalade teams, but in the end there could only be one winner – and, to the sorrow of the home team, they have been narrowly ‘pipped’ to the post, as the Australians emerge victorious.

Marmalashes-2-trimmed-and-for-webIt was a hard fought battle, with Australia matched against England in eleven rounds of two jars each. There were four umpires, Dr Lachlan Shackleton Fergus (2017 Double Gold winner and citrusier from Warrandyte, Victoria) the Revd. George Bush (Chaplain to the British-Australia society), Hugh Corbin (retired Artisan jam maker), and Michael Perry (longstanding Marmalade Awards Patron). Chosen for their renowned credentials, and determined to find the winning team, they set to work judging the rounds. (photo, above)

marmalashesIn of the most interesting games since the inception of the Marmalashes, the umpires oversaw two rounds being clean bowled, with no victors in either side, and two rounds drawn. However, of the remaining seven rounds, the Australians out-batted the English 4 to 3, claiming their 4th Marmalashes victory and leaving the English team in the dust. To a rousing chorus of the Australian national anthem by a watching Aussie, the winning team were displayed in all of their glory in the centre of Dalemain’s marmalade rooms and the trophy, safely stored in Buninyong’s court house, is returned to the ownership of the Australians for another year.

With the Australian team the ‘toast’ of the nation, we at Dalemain wish all of them a huge congratulations, as they claim their victory.

Until next year…