One of the best days of the season - the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Double Header at Hurstville. The lads started against Easts and looked to be in serious strife after the boys from Bondi got to 1-145 after 12 overs. What looked like a chase of 240+ became 195 thanks to some awesome death bowling. That momentum carried over to the batting innings as Stapo and Barts belted 76 from the power play, Stapleton reaching his 50 off just 20 balls. The opening partnership reached 151 before Bartiers dismissal, however Stapo carried to finish 100 not out at the end off just 52 balls.
Blake MacDonald with 70 (44) and Trent Copeland with 50* (36) helped the Saints to 185 in the 2nd game. The boys simply dominated following the dismissal of Gilkes, cutting through the top order and all but sealing the victory thanks to a top class spell from Tom Ortiz (3/17). A super effort from the boys to go 2/2 and put themselves in a good sport for the rest of the competition.
Round 3 and for the 3rd time this season we finish with 3 from 5 against a deep Parramatta.
In 1s some strong batting contributions all the way down, headlined by Matt Hopkins (79) and Luke Bartier (76) helped the Saints post 363. A road at Old Kings Oval always makes it tricky to take 6 points but the reliable Trent Copeland (3/35) and a great spell from Peter Francis (3/31) meant the boys took out a massive win.
2nd Grade saw their first loss of the year after a huge batting performance from Parra on day 1. The boys made a decent fist of the chase thanks to Mitch Gray (66) and Daniel Arahu (56) but ultimately the target of 387 proved too much.
A similar story to be told in 3s. Despite the two early breakthroughs Parramattas dominated their batting innings, declaring on 4/355. What looked like an impossible chase was made possible thanks in large part to one of the best Saints innings in recent times from Kurt Chalker who belted 159. Unfortunately, the Saints struggled to build that defining partnership, and very respectably finished 24 runs short of a miracle.
The good times keep rolling in 4s. Set a fairly daunting total of 264, the bat of 14 year old Sam Konstas did the heavy lifting. Opening for the first time in 4s, in his 2nd game, he scored an incredible 114. History in the making, one of the youngest Saints centurions of all time. The job wasn’t done there however and it was up to Joel Rush (45*) to take the boys home. 4th grade is now undefeated over their past 15 games.
Lastly it was a huge win in 5s with a team bowling effort setting up a good win. Matt Iemma returned to form with a solid 48. 5s are now 2 from 3.