Pi­paro’s re­turn from in­jury to strengthen St Ge­orge

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Kalgoorlie Miner - - SPORT - Josh Chiat

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.

Pic­tures: Mary Meagher

Great Boul­der coach Mel Gal­lagher.

Pic­tures: Louise White and Paul Braven

Greg Pitt will be one to watch for Veter­ans.

Matt Pi­paro will re­turn.

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