Saints fin­ish on high note

Southern Riverina news - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

Ber­ri­gan’s Mur­ray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion Di­vi­sion One has left a though of what could have been with an im­pres­sive 121 run win over third placed Nathalia on Satur­day.

With a loss in the pre­vi­ous round see­ing the Saints out of fi­nals con­tention, it was just pride on the line at Ber­ri­gan Sports­ground.

Win­ning the toss the home side had no he­si­ta­tion in bat­ting on a well pre­pared pitch.

Open­ers An­drew Parr and Damien Tay­lor bat­tled hard against the Nathalia open­ing pair of Brent Smith (0/15) and Adam Zam­mit who were ex­tract­ing some move­ment out of the wicket early.

Both Parr and Tay­lor man­age to sur­vive the early side­ways move­ment with Tay­lor swoop­ing on any­thing loose and punch­ing it to the bound­ary.

They saw the Saints score get to 0/24 af­ter 10 overs, how­ever in the 11th over it was Zam­mit (1/38) who man­aged to get Tay­lor (14) to top edge a pull shot to be caught for 14.

At 1/27, Zach Nu­gent joined Parr in the mid­dle and the two started to up the scor­ing rate.

Nathalia had two bowl­ing changes bring­ing Ger­ard War­ren and Matthew Lund­berg (0/29) into the at­tack, re­strict­ing the Saints to pick­ing up sin­gles and twos with bound­aries hard to come across.

The Saints dio ticked the score over till drinks with the score at 1/71.

Af­ter drinks Ber­rgian scored freely un­til Nu­gent (25) was caught at point for 25 in the 23rd over, bring­ing an end to the 53 run part­ner­ship.

Tom Whe­lan was the next man in get­ting off the mark quickly, but again War­ren struck pick­ing up Whe­lan (four) caught be­hind and the Saints were now 3/86.

Si­mon Packer joined Parr in the mid­dle. The two ticked the score over un­til the 29th over when Parr tried to loft War­ren (3/24) over the top to up the scor­ing rate and was caught at mid of for 46.

Fraser Haintz was came to the mid­dle with Nathalia again mak­ing an­other bowl­ing change with David Lid­dell (0/33) and Paul Harvie brought into the at­tack.

Harvie struck in his first over claim­ing Haintz (four) bowled.

With six overs to play and with Ber­ri­gan sit­ting at 5/116, Graeme Parr joined Packer in the mid­dle who took it upon him­self to ramp up the scor­ing run rate for the Saints.

The two added an­other 13 runs to the score be­fore Parr (two) was caught off the bowl­ing of Harvie (2/37) and the Saints were now 6/129 af­ter 36 overs.

Brad Loats was next in for the Saints and at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity took the sin­gle to get Packer on strike. Packer con­tin­ued to hit bound­aries and run hard pick­ing up plenty of twos, see­ing the score past the 150 mark.

Packer con­tin­ued to hit out un­til the 40th hit­ting five fours and one six on his way to 56 not out, with Loats eight not out to end the in­nings at 6/177.

With a big score on the board the Saints were keen to claim some early Nathalia wick­ets.

War­ren and Zam­mit opened up against Nu­gent and Whe­lan and it was Whe­lan who had in­stant suc­cess claim­ing War­ren LBW for a duck.

Ben Hor­rocks was next in and Whe­lan struck im­me­di­ately com­pletely up end­ing mid­dle stump and he was on a hat trick.

Mark Peter­son was next in and sur­vived the hat trick

Two overs later it was Nu­gent turn to get in on the ac­tion claim­ing Peter­son for a duck caught in the gully and the Pur­ples were reel­ing now at 3/5.

Whe­lan’s third over saw an­other wicket claimed, this time Zam­mit for one caught at sec­ond slip by Nu­gent.

Lund­berg and Sam Boyd were the two fresh bats­man in for Nathalia how­ever Whe­lan (4/5 off five) re­moved the lat­ter to have Nathalia 5/14.

Lund­berg was out soon af­ter to and when Paul Harvie was dis­missed the Saints were well on their way to vic­tory.

Nathalia man­aged to get the score to 56 runs be­fore the fi­nal wicket fell af­ter 27 overs, with the Saints record­ing their fifth win of the sea­son.

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