Saints finish on high note
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.