Ber­ri­gan bowled over

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A tremen­dous bowl­ing per­for­mance wasn’t enough for Ber­ri­gan to claim an up­set win over sec­ond placed Katunga, fall­ing 34 runs short of vic­tory in Katunga on Satur­day.

Af­ter con­tain­ing the Swans to a get­table to­tal of 157, the Saints were un­able to get the job done with the bat, los­ing their fi­nal wicket in the last over.

On what ap­peared to be a green­ish and soft wicket, Ber­ri­gan cap­tain Lachie Pyle won the toss and sent the home side in.

Katunga’s open­ing bats­men Jar­rod Rankin and Adam Cook started slowly against some strong bowl­ing from Ber­ri­gan’s open­ers Zach Nu­gent (2/33) and Pyle (1/33).

How­ever af­ter six overs, the Swans started to up the run rate and put pres­sure on the Saints bowlers and field­ers.

The two got the score to 50 af­ter 12 overs and ap­peared to be cruis­ing be­fore Tom Whe­lan was in­tro­duced into the at­tack, claim­ing Cook caught be­hind for 33 and Katunga were 1/50.

Josh Mac­fay­den was the new man in for the Swans and set­tled in quick, scor­ing freely against the Saints bowlers.

The two took the score past 100, scor­ing at four an over and the Saints’ con­fi­dence started to wane.

The rein­tro­duc­tion of Nu­gent into the at­tack brought suc­cess, with the opener claim­ing Rankin caught for 33 and the Swans were now 2/112.

Spencer Small was the new man in and again an­other bowl­ing change saw Damian Tay­lor (4/16) have im­me­di­ate suc­cess pick­ing him up caught for a duck and now Katunga were 3/113.

Mac­fay­den was next joined by his brother Aaron who helped him get to his 50 be­fore Josh was bowled by Nu­gent and now the Swans were 4/127.

Toby Miles joined Aaron in the mid­dle and the two started to work the sin­gles, how­ever with the score on 141, Aaron was claimed by Tay­lor for four and now the Swans were five down af­ter 36 overs.

Josh Miles was the next man in and it wasn’t long be­fore the Saints claimed their sixth wicket with Pyle claim­ing Toby for nine runs.

Shaun McAl­lis­ter was the new bats­man in mak­ing two, be­fore he was caught be­hind off Tay­lor’s bowl­ing and the score now was 7/149.

Nathan Shan­non walked to the mid­dle, how­ever he walked back just as quickly, when Tay­lor up-ended him for a duck.

Daniel Simp­son joined Miles adding a few runs to get the score to 157, be­fore Miles was run out on the last ball for five with the Swans fin­ish­ing at 9/157.

With a score the Saints could chase they started con­fi­dently against the Swans bowlers.

An­drew Parr and Si­mon Packer were the two to start the Saints run chase, start­ing strongly against some good bowl­ing against Katunga’s open­ers Toby Miles (2/10) and Simp­son (0/14) get­ting the score to 23 be­fore Parr was bowled by Miles for 14 and the Saints were 1/23.

Nu­gent came to the crease and was straight back to the pavil­ion for a duck af­ter Miles clean bowled him and the Saints fell to 2/23 af­ter eight overs.

Matt Hea­zle­wood was the new man in and with Packer stead­ied the Saints get­ting the score to 37, be­fore Packer was caught for 19 off the bowl­ing of Shan­non (3/25).

Pyle was the next man in, how­ever his in­nings was short lived, dis­missed LBW by Chris Kelly (2/12) and the Saints were now reel­ing at 4/44.

Whe­lan was the next man in and along­side Hea­zle­wood again got the run chase head­ing in the right di­rec­tion with the two putting away the bad balls.

How­ever Shan­non struck again, claim­ing Hea­zle­wood for 17 and the Saints were now 5/62.

Har­ley Mid­dle­ton was next in and af­ter a 10 run part­ner­ship with Whe­lan, the lat­ter was caught off the bowl­ing of Kelly for 10 and the Saints were now 6/72.

Josh Mac­fay­den (1/8) was in­tro­duced into the at­tack and had im­me­di­ate suc­cess, claim­ing Mid­dle­ton caught for two.

Graeme Parr and Ri­ley Demp­ster were fresh at the crease, try­ing to get the Saints’ in­nings go­ing again.

The two made sure they put the bad balls to the bound­aries and were tak­ing quick sin­gles to move the score up to 94, be­fore Parr was caught for 10 off the bowl­ing of McAl­lis­tair (1/29) and the Saints were now eight down.

Tay­lor was the new bats­man in for the Saints, start­ing strongly get­ting off the mark with a boundary.

He con­tin­ued on strongly for the Saints, putting on a part­ner­ship worth 30 runs with Demp­ster be­fore the lat­ter was bowled by Simp­son for 19 and the Saints were now 9/124 af­ter 39 overs.

With only one over ream­ing, Tay­lor was picked up, bowled by Shan­non with­out any change to the tally and the Saints fin­ished all out on 124.

Next week the Saints on the road again to take on fourth placed Nathalia.

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