Saints bats crumble
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.