Five wicket haul sees Saints home
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.