Saints bats crum­ble

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It was a tough day for Ber­ri­gan’s Di­vi­sion One side when it trav­elled to take on sec­ond placed Nathalia, with the home side win­ning by 144 runs.

Los­ing the toss the Saints were sent to the field.

Open­ing bowlers Tom Whe­lan (1/20) and Riley Ren­nick started strongly for the Saints, with Whe­lan clean bowl­ing Nathalia’s opener Sean Zam­mit for three.

Bray­den Sum­merville joined Scott Mor­ris in the mid­dle and it wasn’t long be­fore Ren­nick (2/34) joined in, trap­ping Sum­merville LBW for two.

Henry Congues was the next man in for Nathalia and quickly de­parted caught be­hind off the bowl­ing of Ren­nick for 1 and the Saints were on top with Nathalia at 3/25.

This brought Ned Ni­hill to the crease and with Mor­ris the two wres­tled con­trol away from the Saints, build­ing a huge part­ner­ship of 165 runs with Mor­ris pass­ing his cen­tury.

The part­ner­ship was ended when Ni­hill was fi­nally dis­missed for 71 runs, which in­cluded 10 fours, when caught off the bowl­ing of Brad Loats (1/12).

With the score at 4/190 Bowen Smith was the next man in and look­ing for quick runs in the fi­nal over was run out for a rare di­a­mond duck.

Nathalia fin­ished their 40 overs 5/210, with Mor­ris (107 not out) adding 20 runs in the last over. With a big score to chase the Saints started poorly with opener Lachie Pyle trapped LBW for 2 off the bowl­ing of Dean Lim­brick (2/26).

Ren­nick was the new bats­man in, join­ing Andrew Parr with the part­ner­ship end­ing be­fore it could be­gin with Parr caught at sec­ond slip off Lim­brick for 14 runs.

The Saints were left at 2/16 and things didn’t im­prove as new bats­man Con­nor Thorn­ton was also dis­missed quickly af­ter be­ing caught for 5 off the bowl­ing of Dale James (2/31).

Ren­nick was the next to go caught off the bowl­ing of Lim­brick for 2 and the Saints were in all kinds of trou­ble at 4/23.

Codie Hea­zle­wood and Whe­lan were the two fresh bats­men in the mid­dle and the two stead­ied the ship for the Saints get­ting the score to 57, be­fore Hea­zle­wood was caught off the bowl­ing of Smith (3/3).

This started a huge col­lapse for the Saints, los­ing the next five wick­ets for 9 runs.

Whe­lan bowled by Smith for 2; Graeme Parr caught off the bowl­ing of Clancy Congues for a duck; Fraser Haintz caught off the bowl­ing of Smith for 4; Jin­ish Joseph trapped LBW by Sum­merville for a duck and Damian Tay­lor also judged LBW for 4.

Just like that the Saints in­nings had come to an end at 66 runs.

The Saints will look to re­deem them­selves when they travel to take on the un­de­feated Waaia.

The last time th­ese two sides met Waaia just got over the line by one run.

In Di­vi­sion Two Ber­ri­gan played host to Finley, with the home side go­ing down by four wick­ets.

Finley won the toss and sent the Saints in on a green­ish wicket.

This paid div­i­dends for the Cats, dis­miss­ing the Saints for 61 with Joe Karakai top scor­ing for the Saints with 19.

Lu­cas Pea­cock was the chief de­stroyer for the Cats rip­ping through the Saints claim­ing 5/8.

Cougar McGrath also bowled well claim­ing 2/9, with Merv Percy and Jorja Daniel chip­ping in with one wicket each.

With such a small tar­get to de­fend, the Saints started strongly hav­ing the Cats in trou­ble at 6/35.

How­ever Pea­cock and Andrew Tay­lor stead­ied the ship for Finley, guid­ing them over the line in the 24th over with Tay­lor 19 not out and Pea­cock 14 not out.

The best with the ball for the Saints was Phillip Purtell with 2/11 while Matt Hea­zle­wood, Jye Adam­son and Karakai all chipped in with a wicket each.

The Saints will once again play at home this week with a winnable game against Strath­mer­ton.

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