Date of Event
St George Cricket Club:
Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:33AM
A tough and gritty week-end of cricket has seen our two remaining teams, second and fourth grade advance on to the Grand Final after winning their Semi Finals.
After the Preliminary Finals were totally washed out, which in turn knocked our First Grade team out of the finals, our Second and Fourth Grade teams were able to advance into Semis.
Second Grade needed to win as they were playing the higher placed Western Suburbs team at Pratten Park. Winning the toss, Skipper Chris MacDougal not surprisingly opted to bat. The Saints found themselves in a spot of bother early as they lost two wickets early in the piece with the departure of the the experienced Gray and Chu. At 2-15 seventeen year old Max Farmer was joined by Josh Moors and the two moved the score to 62 before Moors was dismissed for 26.
Farmers gritty stay at the crease lasted 221 mins (170 balls) and yielded 46 runs but when he was dismissed The Saints looked to be in a spot of bother at 5-114 and then 6-140 after the skipper departed. However, this brought record breaker Andrew Walsh to the crease to join a hungry looking Jackson Shaw. The signs were promising for Walsh as he dispatched four boundaries of his first four balls. Unfortunately their partnership would add 43 runs before Walsh was out to a rash shot.
Jono Craig Dobson joined Shaw and the two provided the Saints with true hope of victroy as they pushed the score well beyond 200. Dobson batted intelligently with Shaw beginning to dominate with a wonderful array of attacking shots whilst also maintaining a level head and respecting plenty of good balls. When "Dobbo" departed for 28 the two had put on an invaluable 72 run partnership for the 8th wicket.
The Saints were eventually dismissed for 263 with Shaw top scoring with a superlative 82 runs from 110 balls including 12 fours and 1 six.
The Saints had 13 overs at Wests with the score at 1-35 at the close of play. Jono Craig Dobson topped off a useful day claiming the wicket.
The following day the Saints seem to gain the early ascendency with wickets being shared by McKenzie (2) and Spinners Gray and Moors to have Wests at 5-93. However, just when it looked like Wests were done for they pulled out some of that old Magpie spirit and a fighting partnership ensued also soaking up valuable time and overs for the Saints. The situation worsened when the skipper grassed a sharp chance badly injuring his thumb in the process and was unable to take any further part in the game.
After tea and with the score at 5-185 the only hope looming looked to be the prospect of the new ball and that proved to be the case as Tom Ortiz broke the partnership and provided his team with the boost they needed to reclaim the game. Ortiz took a further two quick wickets giving him 3 wickets in just 7 balls and Wests were now 8-186. The Magpies fought on but were eventually dismissed for 212 from 92.1 overs with Jono Craig Dobson taking the final two wickets to finish with 3-30. Tom Ortiz finished with 3-37. Mentioned must also be made to the fielding late in the day were some sharp chances were taken include a ripper to Nick Shurmer.
The Saints progress through to the 3 day Grand Final against Minor Premiers Manly starting on Saturday at Manly Oval.
St George 4th Grade advanced to the Grand Final when they defeated UNSW in a close hard fought semi-final at Hurstville oval. It was a typical semi-final, competitive from start to finish. Saints won the toss and sent Uni into bat. After a cautious start Uni were 0 for 15 at the first drinks break. Saints got 2 quick wickets in the first 2 overs after the break to have Uni 2 for 16 after 19 overs. The clinical bowling and fielding continued and Uni were finally dismissed for 107 in the 75th over. Tom Kennedy 3 for 29, Steve Wark 3 for 20 and Josh Appleton with season best figures of 4 for 20 bowled brilliantly while many Second Efforts in the field saved countless runs. Blake Kenworthy with 3 catches behind the stumps was outstanding.
In reply St George lost early wickets and were 3 for 12 after 9 overs. Jarrod Brown 4 not out and Josh Appleton 12 not out took us to stumps with the score on 3 for 28 after 19 overs. We resumed on Day 2 needing 80 runs from 96 overs to win. Saints made steady progress with the bat against a Uni bowling attack which made scoring very difficult. Josh Appleton 23 and Blake Kenworthy 23 made solid contributions with the bat while the real hero was Jarrod Brown who held the innings together with a defiant 41 not out off 158 balls. Pat Brown hit the winning runs with a four on the first ball of the 63rd over and we ended up 6 for 108 to record a sensational victory. Once again another Fantastic Team Effort by the boys. As minor premiers St George play Sutherland in the Grand Final at Hurstville oval.