Another round and another 3 wins for St George, as the ladders across the grades begin to take shape.
1st Grade restricted UNSW to 205 from their 50 overs thanks to 3/33 from Peter Francis and 2/27 from the ever reliable Trent Copeland. Luke Bartier (43) and Nick Stapleton (68) got the Saints off to a great start and the 6 points seemed inevitable, but a major collapse meant that Tom Ortiz had to come to the crease with 4 runs to win. To provide some context, Tiz had to leave the field while bowling after tearing his hamstring. He was in such pain he had to be carried off, and in order to walk out to the middle he used his bat as a walking stick. He saw out the 2 balls he had to face, and left the last over to Pete, who hit the 2nd ball for 4 and secured an extremely tight victory for the Saints.
2nd Grade made it 4 wins from 5 after another dominant batting display. They did well to keep the uni boys to 217 with Josh Moors taking 4/37. It was the big red show in the batting innings with Adam Whatley piling on 136* off 104 balls. Mitch Gray also bagged well to score 62. Complete destruction, well done big red.
3s got their first win of the season after posting 266 thanks to some contributions from Nick Shurmer (79), Ethan Jamieson (48) and some lower order hitting from Blake Newport (32). With the ball, Paul Francis (4/35) and Connor O’Riordan (4/56) did the damage, securing a much needed W for the 3s boys.
4th grade suffered their first loss of the season after being bowled out for 135 in reply to UNSWs 167. Tom Kennedy and Steve Wark combined for the unreal figures of 20 overs 5/25, but it was ultimately in vain as the boys never got going with the bat. Ryan Peacock top scored with 34.
And lastly in 5s, the less said the better, although a promising 40 from Adam Singleton was a great sign as he continues his strong start to the year. Another solid round for the Saints. Building towards something big, week by week.