St Kilda Savage Saints leave Tigers whimpering
succumbs PREMIER CRICKET
THE opposition was formidable.
drubbing in last Wednesday’s
Cricket Victoria Twenty20 Pri-
mary Edge Cup match, earning
Batting first in the final quali-
fying round, Richmond
struggled to 7/114 after losing
The Saints thundered to 1/118
off 11 overs in their reply, with
their own state man, Rob
to Springy Richmond packed the power of
Victorian players Cameron
a place in the semi-finals.
The Saints will host
key men Blizzard (15), White
(21) and Crosthwaite (2).
Quiney, cracking 55 not out off
31 balls, with 6 fours and 3 sixes.
White, Aidan Blizzard and Footscray Edgewater on Blizzard had his stumps scat- Gareth Cross was unbeaten
BASEBALL Adam Crosthwaite in its line- Wednesday night. Dandenong tered by Andrew Downton, who on 34 off 15 balls and Damon
up. will play Melbourne in the other took 2/17 off his four overs. Tom Rowan was on 27 as the home
ST Kilda boasts the highest scoring offence But St Kilda dealt the Tigers a semi. Smith finished with 3/23. team strolled to victory.
in division three but it was silenced by
Springvale ace Glen Richards last Sunday.
Richards, making his final start before
joining the Victorian Claxton Shield team,
threw five scoreless innings and did not
give up a hit in top-of-the-table Springvale’s
5-2 win at Albert Park.
The Lions managed just six hits against St
Kilda playing manager Joe Keiper but made
them count. Richards helped his own cause
with two hits and drove in two runs.
‘‘Richards is the standout pitcher in the
competition, but we went into the game
with a plan to consistently put the ball in
play and try to put pressure on their
defence,’’ Keiper said. ‘‘Unfortunately we
didn’t execute, we had far too many
strikeouts (eight).’’ The Saints’ defence was
also uncharacteristically shaky, handing PREMIER CRICKET
Springvale its first four runs. Brad Beitzel
‘‘Our defence was off today, and you can’t
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give Springvale extra chances to beat you. ST KILDA import Gareth Cross (111) scored
Had we made the plays early the game it his first Premier Cricket century to help
might have been a different story, but we’ll push the Saints to an impressive 5/326
work hard and hopefully improve over the against Fitzroy/Doncaster on the first day
coming weeks,’’ Keiper said. of the two-day match at Schramms Reserve.
The Saints also made some good plays in Rain restricted the day to 77 overs in
the field. In his first game since suffering an humid conditions.
injury in the last game of the winter season, Cross, a Lancashire player, came in at
Chris Gregory ran down several balls in left 3/191 after County teammate Tom Smith
field, and Grant Mack saved a couple of runs (45) and Bushranger Rob Quiney (78),
early with a diving stop and throw at third available with the Indian Twenty20 cancel-
base. lation, had set a platform.
With a couple of players unavailable Smith was promoted to open and Ryan
Springvale player manager Ben Bartlett Heywood (56 not) dropped to five. Coach
pencilled Kelly Manzie and Shae Lillywhite Gerard Cull was happy with captain Glenn
of the Springvale women’s team into the Lalor’s decision.
line-up. He didn’t hide them, either. Manzie ‘‘It worked for us,’’ Cull said.
played shortstop and Lillywhite second But Cull was particularly positive about
base. the way Smith and fellow opener Damon
‘‘They can mix it up with the guys and Rowan (14) worked in the first hour when
turned a few plays that some of us guys the ball was ‘‘seaming and swinging’’.
can’t,’’ Bartlett said. ‘‘They are very handy Heywood joined Cross, who can keep and
to have and we have confidence in them. We bowl medium-fast, and kept the run-rate up.
can call on them to get the job done.’’ Two wickets were lost as the Saints tried
Division three standings through Round 9: 1. to make up for the lost overs.
Springvale 7-2, 2. Preston 6-3, 3. Port ‘‘I’d think we’d need 370 (the two-day
Melbourne 6-4, 4. Williamstown 6-4, 5. Berwick match continues this Saturday), what with
6-4, 6. ST KILDA 5-5, 7. Chelsea 2-7, 8. their line-up of (Lloyd) Mash (state bats-
Footscray 0-9. man) and (Peter) Dickson (top of aggregates
this season),’’ Cull said.
Saturday marked the half-way point of
the season based on days of play.
After last Sunday, where St Kilda (148 and
Port pair earn 1/28) lost by five wickets to Hawthorn-
Monash (251) in a Saturday-Sunday match
CAULFIELD/PORT PHILLIP LEADER December 9, 2008
at the Junction Oval, the Saints were 10
points away from top-placed Ringwood.
BASEBALL That’s a strong effort by St Kilda consider-
ing only three players (Rowan, Adam
A PAIR of Port Melbourne baseballers has Warren and Michael Beer) remain from its
been chosen to represent Victoria at next premiership team of 2006/07.
month’s national championships. IN Sub-District cricket, Elsternwick put
Samuel Morris, who plays for Port’s top up a competitive 9/211 against Noble Park
state league side, has made the Under 16 at Elsternwick Park.
Victorian team. The Wicks were 2/9, losing Cam
Matthew Morris has been named in Christiansen and coach Rohan O’Neill
Victoria’s Under 14 team. cheaply, but steadied through Phil Stewart
The Under 14s travel to Lismore for the (26) and Adam Fraine (51).
national championships while the Under 16 Keegan de Ridder (30) and Stuart Scourgie
team heads west to Geelong. (22) were handy down the list.
Last week in State League division three Matty Lawrence made 95 as Caulfield put
Port Melbourne trounced winless Footscray up 9/205 against Oakleigh, and Ormond
11-1. coach Simon Beshara took 5/46 as his side
The last-placed Bulldogs, looking for their dismissed Croydon for 174.
first win of the season, took a 1-0 lead into
the top of the fifth only to see Port score
seven runs to break the game open. St Kilda’s Damon Rowan drives in the
A three-run eighth inning brought the first hour of Saturday’s Premier Cricket
mercy rule into effect. match against Fitzroy-Doncaster.
The Mariners, third on the ladder with a Picture: MARTIN REDDY. S24DT608
mark of 6-4, play at Williamstown on