Thorn­ton hits cen­tury in win

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A cen­tury from Ber­ri­gan cap­tain Con­nor Thorn­ton has helped his side to a nail-bit­ing three run win over Ba­rooga in Ber­ri­gan on Satur­day.

In what was the first round of the Murray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s Di­vi­sion One com­pe­ti­tion, Thorn­ton smashed 17 ‘fours’ and one ‘six’ on his way to an un­beaten 122 runs.

With his side get­ting to a to­tal of 188, he then played a cru­cial part at the end of the game, tak­ing 2/38 from his seven overs to help the Saints hold on.

On a well pre­pared track, Ber­ri­gan’s cap­tains, Thorn­ton and Lachie Pyle won the toss and had no hes­i­ta­tion in bat­ting.

The skip­pers opened the bat­ting with Pyle (5) was caught be­hind off the bowl­ing of Dave Stevens (1/33), leav­ing the home side at 1/19.

An­drew Parr joined Thorn­ton in the mid­dle and both bats­man started to up the scor­ing rate for the Saints.

Thorn­ton reached his 50, and be­gan to find the gaps with ease.

Parr also upped the anti with the two scor­ing at 4.5 runs per over, how­ever with the score on 113, Parr (35) was caught off the bowl­ing of Graeme Root­sey (1/23).

Tom Whe­lan was the next bats­man in for the Saints and knocked the ball into the gaps giv­ing Thorn­ton the strike.

Whe­lan stuck with Thorn­ton un­til Sean Morey (1/19) had Whe­lan caught be­hind for 15 and Ber­ri­gan was now 3/157.

Brad Loats (4) was the next man in and stuck it out for the re­main­ing four overs with the Saints fin­ish­ing at 4/188.

With a good score on the board the Saints needed to get early Ba­rooga wick­ets to re­ally ramp the pres­sure on them.

Ba­rooga’s open­ing pair of Richard McCaskill and Zach Ni­chols were tested by very good bowl­ing from Whe­lan and Pyle.

How­ever the two man­aged to get the score to 37, be­fore Whe­lan had Ni­chols (7) caught at point af­ter pop­ping one up.

This started a run of wick­ets for the Saints, with Aaron Elzinga (1), McCaskill (25) and Morey (0) fall­ing, with Whe­lan (3/64) and Pyle (2/20) do­ing the dam­age for the Saints and Ba­rooga strug­gling at 4/40.

Hugh and Wes Sut­ton were the two next bats­men in for the Hawks and to­gether both slowly started scor­ing well for Ba­rooga, get­ting the score to 76 be­fore Wes was caught off the bowl­ing of Damien Tay­lor (1/28) for 21.

Haydn Brown was the new bats­man in for the Hawks, but the part­ner­ship was bro­ken five runs later with Hugh caught at point by a one handed dive from Ri­ley Demp­ster off the bowl­ing of Loats (1/30) for 21 and the score was 6/81 af­ter 23 overs.

An­ton No­ble was the new man in for Ba­rooga. He started strongly, hit­ting bound­aries and tak­ing plenty of sin­gles, pun­ish­ing the Saints bowlers at any op­por­tu­nity.

Be­tween Brown and No­ble they got the Hawks back in the game and put all the pres­sure back on the Saints’ bowlers and field­ers.

The two put on a 40 run part­ner­ship be­fore Thorn­ton (2/38) broke it claim­ing Brown for 18, caught be­hind, and the score was 7/121.

Graeme Root­sey was the next man in, quickly turn­ing the strike over to No­ble at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity and to­gether they put on a 44 run part­ner­ship.

Root­sey was then sent away, run out by Tay­lor for seven and the Hawks were 8/165, with four overs to go.

Stevens was the next man in and was quickly bowled two runs later for a duck by Thorn­ton and the Hawks were 9/167.

No­ble con­tin­ued to bat well but af­ter 40 overs the Saints pre­vailed, re­strict­ing Ba­rooga to 185, with No­ble fin­ish­ing on 61 not out and Hamish David­son on one.

Next week the Saints play Strath­mer­ton at Strath­mer­ton.

Di­vi­sion Two will start its sea­son next week with Ber­ri­gan play­ing host to Co­bram.

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