BRENDAN Huf and Geoff Barker have defeated St Mary’s with a memorable partnership that took the match away from St Mary’s in the Bendigo Bank HDCA A grade match at Young Oval on Saturday as the St Andrew’s opening batsmen posted a stunning 180 for the first wicket.
The pair was the talk of the competition after the match with their performance rating highly in the history of the competition as many racked their memories for similar performances.
St Andrew’s started the day in the field after Damien Logan lost the toss and St Mary’s skipper Michael Ross took the opportunity to have first use of the wicket as Carl Rhook and Brendan Lang took strike.
The innings started slowly as the Drew’s opening bowlers took control of the match.
In a surprise tactic, Tim Goodman took the new ball alongside Josh Evans and the new ball attack did a great job of restricting the run rate.
Goodman is normally behind the stumps, but the young man has many strings to his bow and he bowled with pace and diligence as he beat the bat time and again.
Evans, as usual, was his economical self as the pressure mounted on the batsmen.
There was a double blow for the visitors as both openers were dismissed with the score on 28 and then just before the drinks break the Saints suffered another two wickets as Brendan Huf grabbed the prize scalps of Ali Ross and Jon Manson to leave the Saints reeling at 4-57 at the halfway point of the innings.
Knowing that the run rate had to be increased rapidly, Michael Ross took to the attack along with Ben Hockey as they added 61 for the fifth wicket in 14 overs before Hockey was gone for 10.
Full story in the Spectator on Tuesday, December 7, 2013