Berrigan bowled over
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.