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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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       COLOUR: CMYK
                                                  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.

                                                  Cross century
   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.

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   The Lions managed just six hits against St
Kilda playing manager Joe Keiper but made
them count. Richards helped his own cause

                                                  lifts Saints
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
Victorian stripes

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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

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