Saints sitting pretty
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.