Round 10 will conclude at the end of Sunday when St George complete their two day match against the University of NSW at Hurstville Oval. All other grades played UNSW in 1 day games with the Saints winning all grade but 2nd Grade.
Batting first in 1st Grade the Saints lost a few early wickets and worked hard to steady the ship. They were at 4-69 when Copeland came together with Chris MacDougal and the two were able to move the score along to 153 before MacDougal fell for 33. Copeland had brought up his half century and it was time for the reliable Saints middle to do their thing.
Copeland then enjoyed a fruitful 43 run partnership with Mitch Edwards (23) and then Nathan Ellis before Copeland eventually departed for a crucial and well compiled 94 with the score on 7-230. Copelands inning came from 143 balls and included 10 boundaries and 2 maximums.
The in form Ellis was joined by Darius Visser back in the top grade after a few games in "Two's" and he immediately got things moving. Ellis fell for 25 before Visser added another 14 runs to end the day on 46 not out off just 22 balls including 8 x 4's and 1 x 6. The Saints finishing with a respectable 8-286 off 96 overs.
On Day 2 the Saints decided to declare and UNSW got off to a shaky start falling to 3-40 with Nathan Ellis taking all 3 wickets. However David Dawson would always prove to be the key for UNSW as began working on a number of key partnerships to restore their innings. Dawson eventually bought up a hard fought century helping his team to victory by 3 wickets. He finished with 112 not out from a 318 minute stay at the crease. Nathan Eliis finished with 4-84 off 25 overs.
The Saints batted first in all grades and in 2nd Grade they got off to a difficult start at one stage 3-51 before Ben Bourke got things moving with a more than useful 40. Plenty of starts for most of the batting lineup meant that the Saints were able to finish their 50 overs all out for 202. Despite the fact that UNSW only lost 5 wickets they only managed to pass the Saints total with just 10 balls remaining. Mitch Gray finished with 2-29.
Third and Fourth Grade enjoyed very dominant victories with Captain Rod Krause "owning it" in 3's with 87 and 4-36. St George posted 3-271 with Nick Shurmer in the runs with Krause with 75 not out. Matt Baden also scored 52 whilst Andrew Walsh finished with 35 not out. In reply UNSW could only muster 151 with Krause taking 4 wickets, Daniel Arahu 3-9 and Andrew Walsh 2-33.
Fourth Grade posted 9-225 with Jackson Shaw 52 off 72, Matt Iemma 38 off 78 top scoring. UNSW were bundled out before the 30 over mark for just 63 with wickets shared around beautifully between Michael Kennedy continuing his rise to bowling dominance with 3-21 off 10 whilst Blake Newport took 2-11 off 5 and the reliable Steve Wark took 2-19 off 8. The boys are now sitting pretty in 5th position.
Things were looking a little hairy in Fifth Grade when the lads were bundled out for just 166 in 33.3 overs. Lachie Cheney top scored with 53. Thanks to a good effort in the field UNSW fell short being dismissed for 152 with one ball to spare. Josh Moors followed up his form with the bat in Green Shield by taking 3-12 whilst Muhammad Rehan took 3-32. The win sees Fifth Grade move into first position.
Round 11 sees the return to 2 day cricket for all grades with Firsts taking on Penrith at Howell Oval and 2nds at Hurstville.