There wasn’t much to play for in First Grade other than pride and the fact that Saints legend and Captain Stewart McCabe was calling it a day on his remarkable grade career.
Unfortunately the skipper was gone early as the Saints batted first at Hurstville Oval. His opening partner Stapleton followed soon after to see the Saints at 2-16.
Jono Rose dug his heels in and a few promising partnerships ensued without unfortunately going to the next level. Rose top scored with 49 whilst our most recently spawned allrounder Nathan Ellis chipped in with 33 at No.6. Matt Lacey batting at 9 put together a quick fire 32 off 27 including a couple of 4’s and 6’s each. The Saints were all in the 49th over for 205.
Blacktown got off to a solid start before the first wicket fell at 63. Edwards then followed up with his 2nd wicket with the score on 77 to provide some hope of a victory. Lacey and Stapleton were economical but sadly 205 was just not enough and Blacktown were able to pass the Saints with 9 balls remaining.
Massive congrats to Stewart McCabe on a wonderful career with the Saints. A full article to follow soon.
2nd Grade did not come out with a win either but they would have taken out the award for the most eclectic side put on the field perhaps in the history of club with no less than 5 players playing their first game for the season, some were playing their first games for the club. St George batted first with Craig Thornborough making the most of his promotion to opener. He batted for the majority of the innings in scoring 94. He was superbly supported in a fantastic first wicket partnership with Mitch Gray who scored 63. The Saints finished their 50 overs with 5-206.
Bowling coach extraordinaire Ed Zelma turned back the clock and bowled with some good heat to collect 3 wickets. One solid partnership for Blacktown provided them the opportunity to hit out and score some quick runs towards the back end of the innings despite some miserly bowling from the Skipper, Andrew Hicks who finished with 2-22. Some late wickets saw their No 10 walk out to bat with 2 runs required before he hit the last ball of the 49th over to the boundary to give Blacktown the win with 8 wickets down. A great effort nonetheless by a side that only contained 6 of its regular players. Thanks to the 5 guys who filled in with a few of them undoubtedly saw for the next few days.
Third Grade were looking to finish in the top 3 with a win and they got off to a great start by putting on 7-230 at the end of their 50 overs at Harold Fraser. Matt Baden anchored the innings with a patient 53 whilst Nick Shurmer and Andrew Walsh provided useful runs in the middle order with 36 and 35 respectively. Trent Smith nuts at the death scoring a scintillating 52 off 38 balls including 3 x 4’s and 3 x 6’s.
Blacktown were never in the hunt with some quality bowling from the Saints. They simply did not allow any partnerships to get going. The strong battery of bowlers all chipped in but it was the spin of skipper Rodney Krause that did the majority of the damage with 4-21 off 6.5. Trent Smith snared 2 of the top 3 bats and claimed 2-30 off his 7 overs whilst the introduction of Nathan Anderson late in the Blacktown innings saw him come away with 2-3. A bonus point win saw our 3’s finish in 2nd position which now gives them a home QF at Hurstville Oval against Western Suburbs.
On a tricky deck at Whalan the usually consistent 4th Grade unit got off to a horrifying start losing their first 6 wickets for just 17 runs. Skipper Andrew Pandelis showed some resistance but a further two wickets saw the team at 8-37. Pandelis and young Michael Kennedy teamed up for a gutsy 33 run partnership before Pandelis was dismissed for 41. The Saints were eventually all out for just 72. A wicket each to Wark and Kennedy had Blacktown looking equally in susceptible at 2-5 before a slight recovery saw them to 28 before the fall of the 3rd wicket. The spin of Willmore and Dennett picked up another 2 scalps and at 5-41 there seemed a fighting hope. Unfortunately that would be the last wicket for the match as Blacktown were able to chase down the remaining runs. Thanks to a very consistent season 4’s have finished in 4th position which means they will take on 3rd placed Gordon at Tunks Park.
With another good win 5th Grade have finished in 2nd position just 2 points away from a the minor premiership. The Saints took to the field first and it was the strapping bowling combo of Witherly and Kennedy that did the damage with both units picking up 3 wickets a piece. Blacktown set a competitive score of 9-184 providing a perfect run chasing challenge for the finals bound 5th Grade lineup. No one will be surprised to hear that the young at heart Warwick Hayes had much to do with a positive start to the chase at the top of the order with 36 off 57 balls. The real star of the show however was Josh O’Shannessy with 62 off 85 which provided the backbone for the victorious run chase. The Saints ran down the Blacktown total with 8 balls to spare and 3 wickets in hand.
They will take on Northern Districts at Harold Fraser this Saturday and Sunday in the Qualifying Final.
POIDEVIN-GRAY SHIELD FINAL VS PARRAMATTA AT OLD KINGS
For the 2nd year running our Under 21’s made it through to the Big Dance. Sadly for the lads it was the same result as the previous season. Parramatta proving too good on the day and came away with the flag.
The Saints took to the field first and were guilty of a few missed opportunities which eventually allowed Parramatta to reach the total of 5-255 off their 50 overs. Caleb Bartier once again proved to be the standout with 1-25 off 10 whilst recent first grade debutant Peter Francis finished with 2-50 off his 10. The Saints got off to a positive start through openers Gray and Dedes but when Dedes lost his wicket with the score on 44 it triggered a collapse which soon saw the boys deep in it at 5-64. Luke Bartier at No.3 held firm with Jackson Shaw to put on 58 but when Bartier was out for 34 it appeared that all hope was lost. The lower order gave it their best with little starts which saw the lads finish all out for 164.
Big congrats must go to coach Peter Jackson and captain Jono Rose and his team on making the final, They finished up on top of 18 other teams and this is no mean feat at this level of cricket. Our congrats must go to Parramatta. Let’s go one better next season.
Please keep the 21st April free for our Annual Golf Day at Beverley Park Golf Club. Details to follow soon.