Piparo’s return from injury to strengthen St George
St George believe batsman Matt Piparo’s return from a broken leg can be the catalyst for a late finals push going into the second half of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Cricket Association season.
Despite an indifferent start to the 2015-16 campaign, a win before the break against previously unbeaten Hibernians saw St George enter the new year only one game behind fourth-placed Goldrush.
Senior player Brendan Evans said Piparo’s return could be crucial.
“(Matt) was our premier batsman last year, so we’re actually going to have a pretty strong batting side, probably our strongest batting side that we’ve had all year coming into the second half of the season,” he said.
“Our bowling has kept us in games, so I’m hoping that status will be maintained. But I’ve got high hopes with our batting starting to carry its weight.”
In this morning’s KBCA return fixture at Shepherdson Park they meet third-placed Veterans, who sit one win behind two-time defending champions Locomotives with a game in hand.
The last time the sides played each other, St George managed to curb Veterans, rolling them for 115, before dropping for 98 themselves.
With Piparo back, Evans says a collapse like that is likely. “I’m confident we can do better,” he said.
Locomotives play Golden City at Shepherdson Park today, while Kambalda host Hibernians tomorrow.
Great Boulder coach Mel Gallagher.
Greg Pitt will be one to watch for Veterans.
Matt Piparo will return.