Saints sit­ting pretty

Southern Riverina news - - LOCALCLASSIES -

Ber­ri­gan are now out­right third on the Murray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion Di­vi­sion One lad­der, fol­low­ing a four-wicket win over Nathalia in round seven on Satur­day.

The Saints trav­elled to Nathalia, again los­ing the toss and be­ing sent into the field, where a very hard wicket and quick out­field were pre­pared.

The Nathalia open­ers Adam Zam­mit and Clay Stevens bat­tled slowly against the open­ing bowl­ing of Zach Nu­gent (0/20 off eight) and Lachie Pyle (1/32 off eight).

The Pur­ples upped their at­tack, tick­ing the scor­ing rate to 3.4 runs an over, be­fore the in­tro­duc­tion of Tom Whe­lan (2/35 off eight) into the at­tack got the Saints on the board.

Whe­lan had Stevens caught at first slip for 15 and two balls later claimed the new batsman Jamie Hardy, caught be­hind for a duck and Nathalia were 2/37 af­ter 13 overs.

Fraser Haintz was brought into the at­tack and in his third over he struck, bowl­ing Zam­mit for 16 and Nathalia were now 3/43.

Gerard War­ren and Brent Smith were at the crease get­ting the score to 3/62 at drinks.

Af­ter drinks they be­gan to up the anti scor­ing at 6.5 runs per over for the next 10 overs, be­fore Pyle came back into the at­tack and clean bowled War­ren for 31.

Dale James was the new man in and didn’t muck around ro­tat­ing the strike with Smith un­til the score was on 141.

James smashed a sin­gle to Haintz at deep mid on with the Ber­ri­gan fielder throw­ing the ball in from the deep, with Smith dawdling at the wicket keeper’s end and be­ing run out for 61.

With the score at 5/141, Cameron Hard­ing was the next bat­ter in for Nathalia and ro­tated the strike to al­low James to smack the ball to the bound­ary.

In the last over Darcy Pyle (1/7 off one) claimed the wicket of James for 32 with Nathalia fin­ish­ing 6/178 af­ter their 40 overs.

With a big to­tal ahead An­drew Parr and Lachie Pyle opened the bat­ting for the Saints against the open­ing bowlers of James and Smith.

The Saints open­ers started well scor­ing freely and with a little luck set­tled at the crease well.

The two scored quickly get­ting the run rate up to 6.1 runs per over be­fore Pyle’s stumps were up­ended by Archie Congues (1/24 off four) for 11 and the Saints were 1/61 af­ter 10 overs.

Af­ter los­ing Tom Whe­lan (one), Parr was ad­judged LBW for 49, which in­cluded eight ‘fours’ and a ‘six’, and the Saints were now 3/66.

Nu­gent came to the crease get­ting off the mark with a ‘four’. Haintz and Nu­gent bat­ted well to­gether with Nu­gent blud­geon­ing the bound­aries against the Pur­ples at­tack.

The two saw the score pass 100 but in the 18th over Nathalia struck again, with Zam­mit trap­ping Haintz LBW for five and the score was 4/112.

Nu­gent con­tin­ued on his way smack­ing the ball to all parts of the ground, even hit­ting a ‘six’ into the Nathalia Pool.

Putting on a part­ner­ship of 50 runs with Brad Loats, Nu­gent went for one more big hit but Hardy (1/12 off four) cleaned bowled him for 81, which in­cluded seven ‘fours’ and six ‘sixes’, only re­quir­ing an­other 12 runs with 11 overs to go. The Saints eas­ily sur­passed the score fin­ish­ing 6/180 af­ter 32 overs.

Ber­ri­gan will look to con­tinue their strong form when they host bot­tom of the lad­der Tocumwal on Satur­day.

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