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St George Cricket Club:
Wed Feb 10, 2021 11:38AM
A huge week-end for the St George cricketing area with crunch match ups across the board and of course the wet weather on Saturday just to make things all the more challenging and interesting.
On Saturday at Drummoyne Oval, First Grade had some work to do following up from Sydney Cricket Club's rain affected day 1 score of 4-250. An improved bowling performance saw the Saints pick up some vital wickets with Sydney eventually declaring at 7-313. This left St George 84 overs however rain delays would alter that but with a bit of life in the wicket the Saints never got going. They were bundled out for a disappointing 92 with NSW legend Trent Copeland top scoring with 33 not out.
The team now drops out of the top 6 to 10th but a win against the 1st place Sydney University will see the team back in the hunt with two rounds remaining before the finals.
There wasn't much time to recover from the humbling defeat with St George having to back up the next day in the Quarter Final of the NSW Premier Cricket One Day competition. A tall order after the Saints qualified in 8th position and were up against last seasons champions, Sydney University who were in 1st place. The game was played at the picturesque Sydney Uni No.1 Oval.
The Saints got off to a flyer with the pitch looking like it was going to get tougher as the day progressed. Openers Nick Stapleton (52)and Matt Hopkins (49) saw the team to 107 before once again things went South. St George were all out in the 48th over for 191 losing its remaining 9 wickets for just 84 runs.
Sydney University themselves got off to a flyer before a double strike from Peter Francis had both dangerous openers back in the pavilion with the score at 2-39 after just 4 overs. This gave the Saints the boost they needed as they applied quality pressure through some intensified bowling and fielding. When Copeland struck for the third wicket followed by the huge wicket of NSW opener Nick Larkin off the bowling of Joey Graham the game was well and truly there for the taking. Graham proved the key taking 3-28 from his 10 overs whilst Leg Spinner Joshua Moors claimed 4-18 from 4.3 overs in a memorable first grade debut. He became St George first grade player No.457 in the year of the Saints First Grade centenary.
Sydney University were all out in the 38th over for 136 to now see the Saints march through into the Semi Finals to ironically play Sydney CC once again. Despite the heavy loss to Sydney the previous day, Skipper Nick Stapleton was upbeat about taking on the Tigers this Sunday in the One Day semi final despite the heavy loss to them on Saturday. "We take a heap of confidence out of our victory against Sydney Uni and the Semi Final is a new day". Stapleton said.
It was another unbelievable get out of Gaol for the St George 2nd Grade side against Sydney at Hurstville Oval on Saturday. With their run of 19 games unbeaten about to unfold the Saints took 7-30 to tie the match. The last 4 wickets fell for only 13 runs whilst Sydney actually had 2 wickets in hand when the scores were tied. They are now firmly set in 2nd position on the competition table with three rounds remaining.
St George also enjoyed a dominant outright victory in 4th grade to place them at the top of the table whilst 5th grade had a draw and 3rd grade went down to Sydney.
In the NSW Womens Premier Competition the St George Sutherland Slayers were up against Parramatta and might have been somewhat disappointed with their score of 153. Following her century the previous week, NSW Breakers rep Tahlia Wilson top scored with 40 whilst teenage sensation Ella Briscoe played a vital knock of 30 batting at No.6.
The Saints were electric in the field skittling Parramatta in the 37th over for just 90. Former state cricketer Rhiannon Dick claimed 3 for just 5 runs whilst the majority of the damage was done earlier in the innings by Jaclyn Vickery with 3-23. After a four game period consisting of a draw, 2 losses and a bye the win over Parramatta sees the Slayers consolidate in 3rd just one point from 2nd position.
The Slayers 2nd Grade side unfortunately suffered a loss to Parramatta whilst the Slayers Brewers Cup (U18's) team enjoyed a dominant victory over local rivals Bankstown thanks to the efforts of Karina Bell. With the score looking a bit bare Karina came in at No.7 and peeled off 104 not out off just 75 balls to help the Slayers to a very healthy score of 251.
She then took 2-13 alongside Juliette Morton (3-13) to bundle Bankstown out for 151. The team now sits pretty in 3rd position.
Finally in the NSW Districts Watson Shield U17 Rep competition the St George team enjoyed a thrilling win over rivals Inner West Harbour to progress through to the Final. Batting first Inner West Harbour produced 9-162 off their 50 overs at Hurstville Oval. Billy Finn and Josh Iemma provided the most damage with figures of 3-31 and 3-33 respectively. In reply the game went down to the wire with victory coming with St George 9 wickets down. Alex Parthenis top scored at open with 65. They will now play in the Final this Sunday against Parramatta with the venue to be determined.