Saints let fi­nals slip

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Ber­ri­gan’s fi­nal chances are over af­ter an eight wicket loss to De­niliquin on Satur­day in Round 14 of the Mur­ray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion Di­vi­sion One com­pe­ti­tion.

Los­ing the toss, the Saints were sent in on a green and spongy De­niliquin pitch, which in turn pro­vide a tough wicket to play on. An­drew Parr opened the bat­ting up with Damien Tay­lor against Char­lie Hil­lier (0/2) and the off spin of Jack Tonta.

The Saints bats­men strug­gled with a ball seam­ing around and turn­ing sharply and it wasn’t long be­fore Tonta claimed Tay­lor caught for one and the Saints were 1/4.

Zach Nugent joined Parr in the mid­dle and the two started to turn the strike over, how­ever the pitch con­di­tions con­tin­ued to favour the Rhino bowlers and in the 10th over the Saints had only 13 runs on the board.

Tim Hiller was brought into the at­tack and main­tained the bowl­ing pres­sure, but again it was Tonta (2/23) to strike again, this time claim­ing Nugent for 14 caught at point and the Saints were now 2/22.

Tom Whe­lan was the next man in but seven runs later it was Hil­lier’s turn to strike pick­ing up Parr caught in the Gully for 12 and the Saints were in trou­ble at 3/29.

Si­mon Packer was the next man in and with Whe­lan the two started to pick up the scor­ing rate with some bound­aries.

The score slowly crept up with the Saints get­ting to 45 be­fore Packer mis­judged a throw from the deep and was caught short of his ground, run out for 11 by Chris Pyle and the Saints were reel­ing at 4/45.

Next over saw the in­tro­duc­tion of Phil Rother­ham into the at­tack and had im­me­di­ate suc­cess with Whe­lan drag­ging his foot out of the crease and stumped for five and the Saints had lost an­other wicket for no change in the score. They were now 5/45.

With two fresh bats­man at the crease in Lachie Pyle and Fraser Haintz, the Saints had to show some spirit to get a de­fend­able score on the board.

The two started strongly tak­ing ad­van­tage of the small ground putting the bad balls to the bound­ary.

The two clubbed a num­ber of fours, how­ever with the score on 62, Pyle was caught off the spin bowl­ing of Rother­ham and the Saints were now 6/62.

Graeme Parr was next in but did not last long mak­ing two runs be­fore Ash Ger­mano (1/12) struck pick­ing up Parr caught at mid-off and the Saints were now 7/68 af­ter 26 overs.

Brad Loats was next in, but it was Haintz who did all the scor­ing with some quick run­ning be­tween wick­ets and lofty shots to the bound­ary.

He kept adding to the Saints score, whilst the re­main­ing bats­man suc­cumbed to the tight line and length of the Rhino bowlers.

Loats, Vidura Gu­naratne and John O’Neil all failed to trou­ble the scorer with Loats bowled by Rother­ham, Panda caught be­hind off the spin bowl­ing of Brodie Arthur (2/0) and O’Neil bowled.

The Saints fin­ish­ing all out for 80 in the 32nd over with Haintz not out for 23 and with his ef­fort claim­ing the Tim Har­ris $50 most valu­able award win­ner for the day.

With a bowler favoured wicket at the dis­posal of the Saints open­ers, 80 was a de­fend­able tar­get with they were dis­ci­plined like the Rhi­nos bowlers showed.

Zach Nugent (0/18) opened up along­side the off spin of Packer (0/12) against the Rhi­nos open­ing pair of Arthur and Pyle.

Nugent had the ball cut­ting and zip­ping around, but luck went the way of the Rhi­nos bats­men with edges fly­ing over the catches heads and just miss­ing the stumps.

Tay­lor was brought into the at­tack and had the bats­man wor­ried early with the bats­man edg­ing safely and af­ter 10 overs the Rhi­nos were 0/30.

Tom Whe­lan (1/14) came into the at­tack and with his left arm pace he man­aged to claim Arthur caught be­hind for 23 with a ball that jagged away from the open­ers bat.

Harry Hiller was next in and was in a huge hurry to fin­ish the game for the Rhi­nos.

His hard swing­ing proved frus­trat­ing for the Saints bowlers as balls flew in the air, land­ing short of field­ers. Be­tween him and Pyle the two hit their way to tie the score for the Rhi­nos.

How­ever it was Lachie Pyle (1/11) who had the last laugh with An­drew Parr stump­ing Hil­lier for 18.

The Rhi­nos were now two down.

Ger­mano joined Pyle and they took the score to 2/87 be­fore the game was called in the 24th over.

In the last round, the Saints play host to Nathalia.

Photo cour­tesy David Jack­son.

Ber­ri­gan’s Fraser Haintz top scored with 23 not out on Satur­day.

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