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One of the Great St George Victories... In 100 Years
Date of Event St George Cricket Club: Sun Nov 22, 2020 7:57AM

Set the daunting task of chasing 355 the previous week followed by one of the more disastrous starts the Saints found themselves at 1-0, 2-6, 3-11, 4-11, 5-47 and then 6-52. Enter No.8 batsman Andrew Walsh to join Tom Engelbrecht who was beginning to hold fort and the rest will be considered history.

 

Tom eventually departed for 64 with the score at 7-112 and perhaps many were thinking "Ooh, I hope they don't get beaten outright". 

 

Well Andrew Walsh and No.9 batsman Joe Graham wiped the thoughts aside over the next 213minutes that they were together.

 

The game eventually came down to the last ball of the day with the scores tied and No.11, new boy Tom McKenzie successfully driving over the top for a famous boundary for an even more famous win.

 

We are learning of the recording breaking details so stay posted to this article as we provide further info from this extraordinary day of cricket.

 

Andrew Walsh finished with 208 from 209 balls with 15 x 4's and 15 x 6's.

- It is the highest ever score by a No.8 batsman in the history of 1st Grade Cricket for all clubs. The previous record was 154 not out by Hugh Chilvers for Northern District in 1936/37 playing against Marrickville at Waitara.

 

- It is the 13th 1st Grade double century and the equal 3rd Highest 1st Grade score along with the great Brian Booth who scored 208* in 1968-69. The highest is 246 by Sir Donald Bradman in 1931-32 and 219 by Greg Hunt in 2011-12.

 

There have been 22 double centuries in the club 110 year history and this is the 8th highest.

 

- Highest 1st grade score for St George v North Sydney, beating Arthur Morris' 201* in 1951/52.

 

- There have been 22 double centuries in the club 110 year history and this is the 8th highest.

 

- Equal 4th most sixes in a first grade innings with Victor Trumper (15). Trumper also holds the record with 22, Shane Watson and Tibby Cotter  share 2nd with 16.

 

- Prior to this innings Andrew's highest grade score occurred 11 years ago when he scored 61 not out in 2nd Grade. His highest score for St George is 63 but in the PG's (U21's comp) where the stats do not count towards your official Grade statistics. It was the 9th time he passed the half century mark in grade and his previous best in first grade was 53 back in September 2012. He has 296 grade wickets.

 

 

Photo's by Hamish Solomons. Use with permission - hamish.solomons@gmail.com

 

The 213 run partnership for the 8th wicket by Walsh and Graham also sets a few new standards.

 

- Highest for the 8th wicket in first grade for the club, beating Done and Cremer in 1978/79.

 

- First 200+ partnership for the club in 1st Grade for the seventh wicket or later.

 

- Second highest 8th wicket for the club, behind 217 by Matchett and Laws in 3rd grade in 2001/02,

The highest ever 8th wicket 1st grade partnership is 222* so there's a good chance this is the 2nd highest 8th wicket partnership for NSW Premier Cricket, or at least among the top 5.

 

 

Many St George Stalwarts are calling it one of the greatest wins they've witnessed. 

 

 

 

First Grade had to refocus very quickly as they took on Sutherland less than 24 hours later in the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup. Batting first the Saints got off to a scintillating start thanks to Luke Bartier who finished with 67 off 40 balls inluding 8 boundaries and 3 sixes. He was well supported by Tom Engelbrecht with 25 from 25 but just as St George looked like they were heading to a 180+ score, wickets tumbled. St George finished their 20 overs at 8-145.

 

The Saints got off to a positive start in the field with Kaleb Phillips claiming 2 wickets at the top of the order. Without getting too far ahead Sutherland always seemed to be on target whilst the Saints did a great job to keep things tight and interesting. The key wickets of Fallins and Dwarshuis set up for a thrilling ending with Sutherland finishing just 2 runs short on 6-143. This time it was with the ball that Andrew Walsh came up trumps bowling the final over and finishing with 3-24 (4 overs) whilst Phillips finished with 2-11 (2).

 

The rest of the club has also enjoyed success in most other grades over the week-end.

 

In the 2nd grade two dayer at Tunks Park the St George were in early trouble on Day 1 at 5-64 before another spirited Saints fightback through Nick Shurmer (69) and Jackson Shaw (46) helped the side to finish with 189.

 

Norths never really got going on Day 2 thanks to a quality effort by the St George bowlers, in particular Vasi MacMillan who finished with the brilliant figures of 4-28 from 22 overs whilst his pace partners in Jono Craig Dobson 3-63 and Paul Francis 2-19 helped maintain quality pressure on the Bears. They were eventually all out for 167.

 

In 3rd Grade in a one dayer at Harold Fraser the Saints had a dominant win by 9 wickets. The Bears were dismissed for 140 from their 50 overs with Rory Russo claiming 4-21 from 10 overs ably supported by Victor (The Inflictor) Strange with 3-26 off 8. Joel Rush was the star of the show scoring an almost run a ball 83 not out. He shared in a 129 run opening stand with Matthew Iemma who finished with 45.

 

4th Grade got off to a horrific start in their one dayer against Norths at Olds Park. Reeling at 2-1 and then recovering somewhat to 4-66 the side then enjoyed a 106 run partnership between the in form Andrew Pandelis and Blake Newport who was down in 4's recovering from injury. After the dismissal of Pandelis for 50 Newport continued on his merry way to bring up a quality ton finally being dismissed for 107 of 125 balls. The team finished with 233 off their 50 which is generally considered a very decent score on the biggish Olds Park arena. At 2-137 The Bears looked pretty comfortable but with some good turn for the spinners Norths collapsed to be all out in 48 overs for 211. Shiven Chaturvedi finished with 3-27 from 8 overs whilst Pat Brown chipped in with 2-34 off his 10.

 

5th Grade looked good at one stage to give the Saints the clean sweep in their chase of Norths very healthy 6-252 (50). Joey Towerton (58 and Billy Arena (57) had the Saints positioned nicely at 1-132. Harrison Brown kept hope alive following up with 32 but when he was dismissed for 30 the Saints lost their way and were dismissed in the last over for a respectable 229.

 

The PG's also squared off against North Sydney on Sunday the 15th. Batting first North Sydney looked as if they were going to set an unbeatable target as runs came thick and fast at the small Bon Andrews Oval. To the Saints credit, they stuck to their guns and managed to firstly claim a batch of wickets and then restrict the Bears lower order. North Sydney dismissed in the 49th over for 275 with Vasi MacMillan taking 3-55. Phillips, Russo and Willmore all chipped in with 2 wickets apiece. What happened next can only be described as an onslaught as Kurt Chalker put the ball to all parts of the ground in a brutal display that yielded 131 runs from just 100 balls including 12 fours and 9 sixes. He enjoyed a 157 partnership with Kaleb Phillips who finished with a pleasing 64 off 66 balls. The Saints ran down the total in the 44th over to bring home a juicy victory.

 

Unfortunately they could find a repeat of their batting form in their T20 fixture the following Sunday against Sutherland. Restricting Sutherland to 5-129 off their 20 overs the Saints lost constant wickets throughout their 20 overs and never really got going. They finished with 8-108 with Jack Hartigan top scoring with 20 off 17 balls.

 

 

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