Five wicket haul sees Saints home

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Ber­ri­gan held on to win an ab­so­lute thriller in round six of the Mur­ray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion Di­vi­sion One com­pe­ti­tion, de­fend­ing a small tar­get in their two run vic­tory over Tocumwal on Satur­day.

A five wicket haul from Zach Nu­gent helped se­cure the win, with the medium pacer fin­ish­ing with fig­ures of 5/22 off eight overs.

The Saints lost the toss and were sent in on a damp Tocumwal wicket af­ter a wet week.

Ber­ri­gan’s open­ers An­drew Parr and Zac Nu­gent started the in­nings off well with the Tocumwal open­ing bowlers strug­gling to find their line and length early.

They were also not helped in the field drop­ping a num­ber of catches, how­ever with the Saints on 24, Jor­dan Poyn­ton (3/18 off eight) struck first for the Bloods, bowl­ing Parr for 11.

Graeme Parr was the next man in for the Saints get­ting off the mark with a ‘four’, but it was Nu­gent who was next to go caught off the bowl­ing of Keith Stevens-Venville (1/22 off eight) for six and the Saints were now 2/28.

Fraser Haintz joined Parr in the mid­dle, how­ever in the next over Parr was dis­missed, with Poyn­ton claim­ing him caught be­hind for four leav­ing the Saints at 3/28.

Si­mon Packer was the next man in for Ber­ri­gan, how­ever failed to trou­ble the scor­ers with Poyn­ton strik­ing again hav­ing him caught be­hind for a duck and the Saints were now reel­ing at 4/28.

Lachie Pyle came in and with Haintz the pair saw the last of the open­ers’ overs off and went about re­build­ing the in­nings.

The two put away any bad balls to the bound­ary and took plenty of quick sin­gles to have the Saints score go past 50.

They con­tin­ued on their merry way, be­fore the in­tro­duc­tion of Paul Bagg halted the Saints’ charge, pick­ing up Pyle for 28 caught and the score was now 5/81.

This started a fightback from the Bloods bowlers, with Vidura Gu­naratne dis­missed for a duck caught off the bowl­ing of Bagg (3/3 off four) again and when Haintz was caught off the bowl­ing of Robert Owen (3/7 off 3.2) for 26, the Saints were 7/85.

Ber­ri­gan’s tail end failed to fire, only adding one more run to the score, with Brad Loats stumped off the bowl­ing of Owen, Damien Tay­lor caught and bowled by Bagg and John O’Neil bowled by Owen all for a duck with Jeremy Packer in his first game fin­ish­ing not out with­out scor­ing.

The Saints fin­ished on 86, los­ing their fi­nal wicket at 31.2 overs.

With a low score to de­fend, the Saints knew they had to be tight with the bowl­ing and take ev­ery op­por­tu­nity that came their way.

Aaron Dale and Rhett Wool­ley were the two to face up against the Saints open­ers Zac Nu­gent and Damien Tay­lor.

It was the Saints who started the bet­ter of the two teams, with Wool­ley caught off the bowl­ing of Nu­gent for a duck.

Dean Cole was the new man in for Tocumwal club­bing a ‘four’ get­ting the score to 13 be­fore Nu­gent had him back­ing away pop­ping one up to first slip for five and the Bloods were now 2/13.

Brodie Wool­ley was next in and dis­missed straight away for a duck with Haintz tak­ing a screamer of a catch off Nu­gent and the Saints were on top at 3/13.

Dale fol­lowed next for five with Tay­lor pick­ing up his first wicket and Tocumwal were reel­ing at 4/13.

The big hit­ting Stevens-Venville and Meloury were the new bats­men in and the Saints had to get them quickly to stay in the game.

Stevens-Venville bashed a ‘ four’ be­fore Nu­gent had the big hit­ter trapped plum LBW with a slow full toss and Tocumwal were now 5/21.

Chan­dler was the next man in for the Bloods and a bowl­ing change saw Lachie Pyle claim him for a duck.

Perry Cole joined Meloury in the mid­dle and strug­gled against the tight bowl­ing from the Saints, but it was the lat­ter who took ad­van­tage of the sit­u­a­tion hit­ting the bound­aries off any poor de­liv­er­ies.

The two put on 29 be­fore Nu­gent was rein­tro­duced into the at­tack pick­ing Cole up caught be­hind for three with Nu­gent claim­ing his fifth wicket for the day.

With the score at 7/51, Poyn­ton joined Meloury in the mid­dle and the two started to press the Saints’ field­ing pick­ing up the sin­gles, how­ever when the score hit 65, Pyle struck again claim­ing the dan­ger­ous Meloury for 37 caught at point by O’Neil and the Bloods were now 8/65.

Owen was the next man in and put on nine with Poyn­ton be­fore Pyle claimed his third wicket, with the for­mer caught be­hind on four.

With only 13 runs to get and one wicket in hand for Tocumwal the Saints’ bowl­ing had to re­main tight in or­der to bowl them out.

Bagg joined Poyn­ton in the mid­dle and Haintz came back into the at­tack.

The Ber­ri­gan bowler strug­gled with the start of the over with Bagg hit­ting a sin­gle and then Poyn­ton hit­ting a ‘four’ and run­ning for two, get­ting Tocumwal to 84.

The pres­sure got to Poyn­ton how­ever, be­ing stumped when look­ing to go over the top to win the game for the Bloods, with Haintz fin­ish­ing 1/18 off three with the last ball of the over.

Ber­ri­gan will look to bridge a gap between them­selves and fifth placed Nathalia when they travel to Yalca to take on the Pur­ples on Satur­day.

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